STEPHEN Donnelly, the Minister for Health, has confirmed a €10 million funding package for palliative care.
The once-off funding is in response to challenges posed by Covid-19.
The funding may be used for improvements to premises, facilities and ICT systems. It may also be used for training programmes, eduction and tele health platforms.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, especially those who are vulnerable, their families and those who care for them,” Donnelly said.
“Hospices and other providers of palliative care have really stepped up to support people with palliative and end-of-life care needs and their families during this most difficult time.
“They have also supported acute hospitals and community health services, including nursing homes, to meet the rising demand for palliative and end-of-life care associated with Covid-19.
“At the same time their fundraising activities have unfortunately been curtailed due to the pandemic, impacting on their capacity to maintain their vital services.”Tags: