Senator Fiona O’Loughlin welcomes the announcement that Minister Stephen Donnelly has announced €10 million in funding for palliative and end-of-life care, which includes 1 million in once-off funding to progress our commitment to develop a hospice in Tullamore.
Senator O’Loughlin said, “I recently raised the inherent black spot in the Midlands region in terms of hospice care. I strongly advocated for a hospice to be secured for the region.”
“Minister Mary Butler confirmed to me that the Department of Health was actively engaging with the HSE to progress plans for the development of hospices planned for Drogheda, Cavan and the midland, and I called for that process to be fast tracked.”
“This additional funding is very welcome. I have been working with Deputy Barry Cowen who has been driving this project within the Parliamentary Party for some time, and I am pleased that we could secure this funding.”
Fiona concluded “We need to ensure that we are providing patients and their loved ones with adequately funded and resourced end-of-life and palliative services. We should not have black spots in terms of hospice care in Ireland.”