I have given my support to children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions in Oldham and Saddleworth at a Westminster event held by children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
I met with Anna Gill OBE, a parent carer of a young person with a life-limiting condition, in addition to representatives from Together for Short Lives, the charity behind Children’s Hospice Week and agreed to write to Oldham CCG and Oldham Council to ask what action they are taking to integrate services for children who need palliative care.
Providers of children’s palliative care offer a vital lifeline to families. Yet commissioning of services, particularly from the voluntary sector, is patchy and inconsistent. Well commissioned and co-ordinated palliative care helps families make to the most of their time together and enables services to develop to meet their needs.
It is essential that health and social care services work together to ensure that services are joined up and funded fairly and sustainably by the NHS and local authorities to ensure that the excellent care they provide can continue. Labour’s plans for whole person care will see a proper integration of health and social care, centred around the person’s specific needs.