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Strategic thinking: improving care for children with life-limiting illnesses

There is a unique opportunity to improve the care provided to children with life-limiting illnesses in 2017, according to experts.

There is a unique opportunity to improve the care provided to children with life-limiting illnesses in 2017, according to experts

Major announcements were made in all four parts of the UK at the end of last year. All have the potential to improve the way seriously-ill children are looked after.

In December the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) unveiled its final guidance for End of Life Care for Infants, Children and Young People in England and Wales. This came a month after Northern Ireland published its own plans. The Strategy for Children’s Palliative and End-of-Life Care set out a ten-year vision for services. And in October the Scottish Government announced a £30 million five-year funding package for Scottish hospices.

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