Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (600)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

600. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients who received specialist palliative care treatment in their normal place of residence in each month to date in 2019. [30994/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The provision of specialist palliative care in a person's normal place of residence is an important part of palliative care. The 2001 Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care states that in order to achieve the best quality palliative care for patients and families, a comprehensive specialist palliative care service should be available in all care settings and should support the patient wherever they may be: at home, in hospital, in residential care, day centres, outpatient units or in hospices.

In addition to the 214 specialist palliative care beds provided in 10 hospices, all HSE areas have Community Specialist Palliative Home Care Teams. Specialist palliative care is also provided in 38 acute hospitals, through approximately 150 palliative care support beds in over 60 locations, and through designated home care packages.

With regard to the specific question on the number of patients receiving specialist palliative care in their normal place of residence in each month to date in 2019, as this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.