In my diary for Friday was an event I had been looking forward to. Guest at the official opening of Grace’s Place: children’s hospice. Grace’s Place has been developing a programme of care for very sick children and support for families in the Bury and North Manchester area for a couple of years. It was preparing for the long-awaited official opening. But then, with just a few days to go, the shock announcement that it will close. Despite the best efforts of management, staff and volunteers, sufficient money needed to sustain Grace’s Place has not been found. The amount given through state funding and the NHS has dwindled. It is impossible to make up such a shortfall through charitable giving alone. My question is, why is not the care of our children, the most vulnerable in society who rely totally upon us for their welfare, a national health care priority?