Hospice boss meets PM

MEETING Khalid Aziz
MEETING Khalid Aziz
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THE chairman of a leading children’s hospice will meet with David Cameron later today to discuss funding.

Khalid Aziz, chairman of Naomi House children’s hospice, near Winchester, is to see the Prime Minister at the House of Commons after PM’s Questions.

He has said that children’s hospices have ‘for too long been Cinderellas when it comes to government funding’, with varying support from different health authorities.

He said: ‘We are hoping that, thanks to the support of our MPs, in particular John Glen (Salisbury) and Steve Brine (Winchester), this face to face meeting with the Prime Minister will mean we can repeat the formula across the rest of the health service not just for Naomi House but for the 41 other children’s hospices too, putting them on a par with adult hospices.’

Its costs around £5m to run the hospice, with more than 90 per cent coming from charitable donations.