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Katrina McNamara: Government action vital to improve children's palliative care

Out of hours children's palliative care services are vital to support the families of seriously ill children, yet a report by the charity Together for Short Lives reveals a lack of planning and funding for these services by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities in England

Out of hours children's palliative care services are vital to support the families of seriously ill children, yet a report by the charity Together for Short Lives reveals a lack of planning and funding for these services by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities in England

The report on the commissioning of children’s palliative care services in England, published in early November by the children's charity Together for Short Lives , makes challenging reading for those committed to providing quality of life and end of life care for children with life-limiting conditions.

Caring for a seriously ill child is not a nine to five job. What is most striking in the report is the disparity

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