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£1m funding for research institute

The world's first purpose-built institute for research into end-of-life care is a step closer after the government announced a £1m grant for the project.

The Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care will enable leading researchers to deliver high quality palliative care solutions to patients, as well as providing education, patient information and support.

The purpose-built building will bring together leading academics, healthcare professionals, community organisations, patients and carers. The institute will be built by Cicely Saunders International in partnership with King's College London and will be based at King's College Hospital in south east London.

Announcing the funding, care services minister Ivan Lewis said: "People coming to the end of their lives and their loved ones deserve high-quality, compassionate and dignified care, on their own terms.

"This new funding will help to make this a reality and signals our determination to build up research and increase the evidence base underpinning end of life care services.

"This new project will bring leading clinicians and researchers together, enabling the Institute to roll out the most advanced palliative care research and teaching, which will deliver real benefits to patients."

Work on the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care is scheduled to be completed in November 2009.

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