Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (244, 245)

Liz McManus

Ceist:

320 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Health and Children his views on whether the €11 million divided between all health boards since 2001 is adequate to implement the recommendations made in the report of the national advisory committee on palliative care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3587/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

The publication of the report of the national advisory committee on palliative care was approved by Government and launched on 4 October 2001. The report describes a comprehensive palliative care service and acts as a blueprint for its development over a five to seven year period. My Department has provided funding to all the health boards on a pro-rata basis to commence the development of palliative care services in line with the recommendations in the report.

The report recommended that palliative care needs assessment studies should be carried out in each health board area and these studies are either completed or nearing completion. Information gleaned from these studies will inform the future development of palliative care services at health board level in consultation with the consultative and development committees which have been set up as recommended in the report. In addition, a paediatric palliative care needs assessment study is nearing completion and the report of the expert group on specialist design guidelines for palliative care settings is also nearing completion.

As the Deputy can see, my Department, the health boards and the voluntary sector are actively involved in planning for the development of palliative care services in line with the recommendations in the report of the national advisory committee. Funding is being provided for the development of such services on a incremental basis in line with the recommendations in the report.

Liz McManus

Ceist:

321 Ms McManus asked the Minister for Health and Children the action which is being taken by each of the health boards with respect to the development of palliative care services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3588/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

As the Deputy is aware, the development of palliative care services in this case is a matter for each health authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards to provide the information, which will be forwarded to the Deputy, as a matter of urgency.