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Cash boost for cancer patients
Hospice in the Weald
Six hospices in Kent will benefit from extra government funding
Terminally ill cancer patients in the South East are set to benefit from almost 3m of government funding.

The money is being invested in care services run by the NHS and voluntary staff in Kent and Sussex.

Six hospices in Kent, including the Hospice in the Weald, will benefit by over 100,000 each.

A 24-hour nursing operation will also be expanded, to cover the county.

In Sussex, 1.5m has been awarded to employ more nurses.

The government announced the funding in the autumn of 2001, but it has taken two years for the money to be finally awarded.

Health Secretary Dr John Reid made the announcement as part of a 50m investment ensuring frontline cancer care services benefit.

The money has been allocated across England through a national partnership made up of voluntary sector groups and NHS representatives.

Dr Reid explained that providing the best possible care for cancer patients was about using the money "in the right way to bring relief from pain and allow people to keep their dignity while fighting the disease".

The move has been welcomed by hospices and those working with people living with terminal cancer.

However, some voluntary organisations say they have enough money for only a few weeks, despite the extra cash.

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