Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (377)

Brendan Howlin


377. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied with the provision of palliative care facilities in the south-east; his views on the lack of paediatric palliative care; if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); if appropriate paediatric palliative care will be made available in the future to children facing the same challenges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46502/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Palliative Care for Children with Life-limiting Conditions in Ireland – a National Policy (2009) sets out a clear direction for the development of an integrated palliative care service for children and their families, across all care settings. Under this policy, the HSE has established a Children’s Palliative Care Programme which includes 11 clinical nurse coordinators for children with life-limiting conditions, two consultant paediatricians with a special interest in children’s palliative medicine based in Crumlin and Temple Street, and an education programme also based in Crumlin. The aim of the Clinical Nurse Coordinator (CNC) service is to co-ordinate seamless continuity of care between the acute paediatric unit, community services and the child’s home. The paediatricians provide support to parents and neonates in maternity hospitals and paediatric units.

In relation to the provision of paediatric palliative care in the south-east specifically, as this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.