MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, has given his support for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions in Carshalton and Wallington at a Westminster event last week held by children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
Tom met with a representative from Together for Short Lives, the charity behind Children’s Hospice Week. He agreed to write to Sutton clinical commissioning group and Sutton Council to ask what action they are taking to integrate services for children who need palliative care. Tom also committed to asking health and social care commissioners how they were funding palliative care services supporting children with life-limiting conditions - and their families – in Carshalton and Wallington.
Tom said, “Providers of children’s palliative care offer a vital lifeline to families and well commissioned and co-ordinated palliative care helps families to make 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 – including Shooting Star hospice - are joined up and funded fairly and sustainably by the NHS and local authorities to ensure that the excellent care they provide can continue.”
To find out more about Together for Short Lives and the great work they do, visit: www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk