€10 million in funding for palliative and end-of-life care

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A total of €10 million in once-off funding has been provided for palliative and end-of-life care.

The funding will help to progress national priorities, including increasing the equitable access to palliative care services across Ireland. Funding will also be used to support palliative care services provided by voluntary organisations and support the financial sustainability of the voluntary hospice sector. 

Health Minister, Stephen  Donnelly said: “I have secured €3 million of this once-off funding to progress our commitment to develop hospices in Cavan, Tullamore, and Drogheda. The development of these units will result in a hospice serving every region of the country.”

“In addition, funding will be used to support the crucial work of a number of national organisations in the palliative care and bereavement sector. I am delighted that we can provide this once-off funding to support the work of voluntary groups including LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s hospice, Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, the Irish Hospice Foundation, the Irish Cancer Society, bereavement organisations and the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care.” 

“I am delighted to announce that funding will also be allocated to members of the Voluntary Hospice Group. We value the essential palliative care services provided by members of the Voluntary Hospice Group and this funding is in recognition of, and to support, their valuable services.”  

Of the €10 million, €3 million will be equally distributed to progress the development of hospices in Drogheda, Cavan and the Midlands which are currently in the planning stages. €5.2million will be distributed to the members of the Voluntary Hospice Group to support the valuable work of members. A Atotal of €200,000 will be provided to the Waterford Hospice Foundation to clear the debt on the new 20 bed specialist inpatient unit. The removal of this debt will allow Waterford Hospice Foundation to direct funds towards patient services.

The remaining €1.6 million will be distributed across a number of national organisations in the palliative care and bereavement sector. €800,000 will be granted to LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, €150,000 granted to the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, and €300,000 will be distributed equally between the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society. In addition, €100,000 will be granted to the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, and €100,000 distributed equally between bereavement organisations Anam Cara and First Light. 

Details of allocations:

ServiceAllocation €uro
  All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care    100,000
  Anam Cara    50,000
  First Light    50,000
  Galway Hospice & Mayo Hospice (Galway €420,000, Mayo €330,000)    750,000
  Irish Cancer Society – Night Nursing    175,000
  Irish Hospice Foundation    175,000
  LauraLynn Children’s Hospice    800,000
  Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, Cork  1,000,000
  Midlands Hospice, Tullamore    1,000,000
  Milford Care Centre, Limerick    700,000
  Newgrange Hospice, Drogheda    1,000,000
  North-West Hospice, Sligo    250,000
  Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services – Including Harold’s Cross, Blackrock, Wicklow    1,500,000
  Scholarship Programme in Children’s Complex & Palliative Care    100,000
  St Christopher’s Cavan    1,000,000
  St Francis Hospice, Raheny & Blanchardstown     1,000,000
  The Jack & Jill Foundation    150,000
  Waterford Hospice Movement    200,000
  Total     10,000,000