PRIME Minister David Cameron today backed calls for better funding for children hospices.

He spoke after meeting the chairman of Sutton Scotney-based Naomi House at the House of Commons this afternoon to discuss funding for children's hospices across the UK.

Mr Cameron said today: “I totally get this. I will write to the healthcare commission and suggest they take up this model immediately. I see no reason to delay.”

Prof Aziz, chairman of Naomi House, wants a unified national model for children's hospice funding to put it on a par with adult hospices.

He said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this meeting. We couldn't have asked for more. For well over 10 years now, we have been asking visiting MPs who've come to Naomi House and jacksplace to help us with this.

“They all try to help, but John Glen (Salisbury MP) successfully asked the question of the Prime Minister one month ago and thankfully David Cameron said yes. We are very pleased indeed.”

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, was also at the meeting.

Naomi House currently receives less than 10 per cent of the £7million needed annually from the public purse. The average public income received by adult hospices equates to 38 per cent.