Fiona Bruce MP speaks up for Donna Louise in Parliament



Fiona Bruce MP spoke up in Parliament to commend the work of Donna Louise Children’s Hospice and raise concerns on behalf of the hospice with Ministers.

Donna Louise Children’s Hospice provides children’s and young people’s hospice services across Staffordshire and south-east Cheshire, including Congleton, Sandbach, Middlewich and Alsager. Fiona Bruce spoke out on behalf of families who rely on The Donna Louise, raising the hospice’s concern that the lack of consistent funding poses a constant challenge and echoed the hospice’s call on the Government to improve funding for children’s hospices.

Speaking in Parliament this week, Fiona Bruce said:

“I commend the work of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent, which provides children’s and young people’s hospice services across Staffordshire and south-east Cheshire. It has written to me this week—given that time is short, I will pass the Minister a copy of the letter after the debate. It talks about the quality of palliative care as patchy:
“The way in which NHS CCGs and local authorities plan, fund and monitor children’s palliative care in hospitals, children’s hospices and the community represents”— as we have heard—​ “a postcode lottery. Staffordshire has no coherent plan and this is reflected in the poor financial support the Hospice receives from local commissioners. Donna Louise receives 8.9% of its income from the NHS”.
The hospice calls on the Government and NHS England “to consider appropriate mechanisms to bridge the children’s palliative care accountability gap.”

Fiona Bruce MP said after the debate:

The Donna Louise said:
“Thank you to MP for Congleton, Fiona Bruce for speaking out in Parliament yesterday on behalf of families who rely on The Donna Louise. The lack of consistent funding poses a constant challenge and we are so grateful to have the voices of local families heard.”

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