Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, recently attended a reception at the House of Commons hosted by Help the Hospices, Sue Ryder and the National Council for Palliative Care to discuss the issue of VAT payable by hospices which is not payable by the NHS. He has previously spoken out on this issue in Parliamentary debates and has raised it once again with Ministers in an effort to untangle the complex rules that affect hospices in this regard.
Also on Friday 23rd March, Robin visited Acorns Childrens Hospice for the Three Counties in Worcester to see their wonderful new garden, supported by Webbs of Wychbold and to discuss a number of issues with their Chairman David Strudley. Following the meeting he has written to Ministers in the Health and Education departments to invite them to work together on the issue of transition from childrens hospices. As childrens hospices take on, not only people at the end of life but also those with life limiting conditions, there are particular concerns about how some of those people transition into adulthood and how their care is provided once they are too old to attend a children's hospice. Acorns is carrying out some pioneering work in this area and Robin is keen for Minister to engage with them as they do so.
Today in Parliament, MPs debated a motion on assisted suicide, a matter on which the MP does not support further legislation, but has supported an amendment, backed by around one hundred backbench colleagues to amend the motion so that it calls for more support palliative care and for hospices.
Separately Robin's researcher in Parliament, Nik Darlington, will be running the London Marathon to raise money for St Richard's Hospice in Worcester and is raising money at:
"Our hospices in Worcester are wonderful institutions that provide vital support to so many people. I will do whatever I can to support them and I was very pleased to be able to raise a number of issues on their behalf during this term in Parliament. I am delighted that Acorns Childrens Hospice has such wonderful outdoor facilities for the children and families to enjoy and I am very pleased to support Nik in running the London Marathon for St Richards."