Thursday, 16 May 2019

Questions (99)

Niamh Smyth


99. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the status of a unit (details supplied); if the location of same has been decided upon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21189/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In accordance with national policy, the Government is committed to ensuring that specialist palliative care inpatient services are provided in all regions of the country. My Department and the HSE accept that a hospice is needed in Cavan, serving counties Cavan and Monaghan, as the demand for specialist palliative care in the region is not being met by existing services.

The HSE's Palliative Care Three Year Development Framework 2017-2019 commits to the development of a 16-bedded specialist palliative care unit in Cavan. My Department is continuing to engage with the HSE to work towards this objective.