Fianna Fail Senator Fiona O’Loughlin calls for progress on a midlands hospice in the Senate.
Senator O’Loughlin said, “The Midlands region of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath is the only region in Ireland that does not have a hospice, and that is just not acceptable.”
“Despite a proposal for a 16-20 bed In-Patient Unit (Hospice) within the grounds of the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore agreed in 2014, the Midlands still have the lowest level of regional state investment in palliative care nationally with no specialist inpatient hospice unit”
“While the region is fortunate to have a well-developed palliative care service in the community and the aim is to care for people appropriately at home for as long as possible, the provision of specialist palliative care inpatient beds will facilitate hospital avoidance and support families in end-of-life care for their loved ones”
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. These are already incredibly difficult and traumatic times for people, and it is not acceptable that we add to that suffering by not providing hospice care in the midlands”