Updated: Jun 16, 2021
Last month the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced a revolutionary new fund that will cover the unavoidable expenses of families with a child or young person in hospital.
The Young Patients Family Fund is an expansion of the Neonatal Expenses Fund, created by the SNP Scottish Government in April 2018, and will now cover all young patients under the age of 18.
The fund will help offset the cost of parents and guardians of travelling to hospital and for subsistence such as meals and away from home accommodation where that is necessary.
Commenting, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“The SNP will deliver a Young Patients Family Fund that will remove a significant financial burden which can prevent families from being near their children when they’re in hospital.
“Spending time at hospital can be a really worrying time for young patients. The SNP wants to make sure that families spend their time caring for their sick child, not having to worry about who will cover the cost of travel, hotels and meals.
SNP MP Amy Callaghan, who twice survived cancer as a teenager heralded the move as “ground-breaking” for young patients:
“This announcement is ground-breaking for the families of children and young people spending time in hospital.
“I know from experience that having a familiar face close by is a huge comfort during what can be a daunting experience in hospital. We know that having the support of loved ones during hospital treatment can improve health outcomes for children and young people and this move will make a real difference to families across Scotland.
“I am delighted the SNP is taking on the suggestion of CLIC Sargent - and I’m sure this will be a decision welcomed by patients, their families and our amazing NHS.”