Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (341)

John McGuinness


341. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the extent of the palliative care services in the south east for children and teenagers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46248/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In December 2009 the Department of Health published Palliative Care for Children with Life Limiting Conditions: a National Policy. Containing 31 recommendations under 19 headings, the structures set out in the Policy are designed to meet the palliative care needs of children born with a life-limiting condition and their families across all care settings.

To respond to the increasing demand for palliative care services for children, the HSE, with co-funding from the Irish Hospice Foundation, established a Children’s Palliative Care Programme including three elements: a consultant post in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, an education programme, and the appointment of clinical nurse co-ordinators. A network of 11 clinical nurse co-ordinators is in place, with responsibility for ensuring that children being cared for at home by their families have access to co-ordinated and supportive services. A second consultant took up a position at Temple Street Children's Hospital in February 2019. The Children’s Hospital Group has agreed that both posts will be located in the new national children’s hospital when it opens.

With regard to the Deputy's specific query, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.