MP makes plea over provision for young people with life-threatening conditions (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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MP makes plea over provision for young people with life-threatening conditions
11:00am Wednesday 25th December 2013 in News
An MP has sought assurances about provision for the future for young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew asked for the assurances during the Second Reading of the Care Bill.
Mr Andrew said: “There are more than 40,000 children and young people aged up to 19 in England who have long-term health conditions which, for most, will eventually end their lives and for which they may require palliative care.
“Medical advances mean that more young people with a range of different conditions are living into adulthood than ever before. This represents a 30 per cent increase over ten years. The highest rate of increase is among those aged 16-19, who now account for 4,000, or one in ten, of 0-19-year-olds who need palliative care and it is vital that in such cases, a child’s carer’s assessments should be undertaken before the young person is 16 and adequate provision for the future is determined.”