Health trusts are refusing to fund care for dying children, a Midland MP has claimed.
The failure of NHS trusts to contribute towards children's hospices was branded "disgraceful" in the House of Commons.
Robert Flello (Lab Stoke South) asked: "Can we really be in a position to say that a child under 18 cannot be funded to die with all the support that a hospice can give, whereas a young person over 18 can have funded support?"
He highlighted the case of Treetops children's hospice in his constituency - which didn't even receive a reply when it applied to one NHS trust for funding.
Health Minister Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, promised the Government would publish new guidance encouraging trusts to provide financial aid.
Leading a Commons debate, Mr Flello said: Such hospices have been in our communities for almost 25 years but there is still no proper means of funding their vital work.
"The current situation is disgraceful."
Officially, it was up to local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to decide whether to offer financial help, he said.
"But he warned: "I shall take a typical example, that of the engagement of Treetops children's hospice which is in my constituency, with the 10 PCTs in the area that the hospice serves.
"One PCT has not replied to any letters and, in some cases, it took many months before a reply was extracted from the remaining four.
"Those replies basically said that the PCT was not interested. So much for full engagement by PCTs with service providers."
He added: "We have the perverse situation at the moment whereby a 17-year-old with cancer is not deemed suitable to fund, whereas an adult is."
Mr Flello was backed by MP Lynda Waltho (Lab Stourbridge) who said: "I wonder whether he has shared my experience when speaking to people involved with children's hospices; there is a feeling of utter frustration.
"On the one hand, Ministers say that money is available, but the problem appears to be that it is allocated to the primary care trusts. That is where it gets stuck."
Mr Byrne said: "The local NHS receives record funding. There is no ceiling on the money that it can give to children's hospices, but the funding must be co-ordinated. Hospices must not be trapped in a paper chase or, worse, at the end of a telephone, with no reply.
"The NHS and the local children's hospice sector have asked for guidance on important matters, and I am pleased that we can assist them through the publication of the guide."