Louth TD Fergus O’Dowd says he has been assured that plans for a hospice in Drogheda to serve the Northeast are still in the pipeline.
nevertheless, there is still no start or completion date for the much-needed Newgrange Hospice facility.
In correspondence with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly TD, the Fine Gael deputy said there were very urgent concerns over highly anticipated plans to set up a new specialist palliative care unit in Drogheda to serve the Northeast.
“The project was awarded €1 million at the end of last year to bring the project to planning permission and now I am extremely concerned about the recent announcement by the Taoiseach that the new hospice announced for Tullamore is fulfilling the government’s commitment to work in every region. to have a hospice”.
Deputy O’Dowd points out that this would obviously be completely unacceptable to the people of the Northeast because although Tullamore is in the hospital group, it would in no way provide the specialized palliative services that the people of Louth and Meath so desperately need. .
“This health inequality needs to be corrected and the government needs to make a clear commitment to fully fund the hospice unit planned for Drogheda,” he added.
Tullamore received their funding at the same time as Newgrange Hospice.
In response, Minister Donnelly said it is a program for the government’s commitment to make plans to build specialist palliative care units in Drogheda, Cavan and the Midlands.
“The Palliative Care Development Framework identified a need for specialized palliative care units in Drogheda and Cavan. The department is working closely with the HSE to plan for these specialized palliative care units,” he wrote. A specialized inpatient palliative care unit on a site adjacent to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda is planned. These plans are well advanced and the €1 million in funding allocated to the project in 2021 will contribute to planning and development costs.
“I look forward to the completion of this project which will ensure the delivery of specialist inpatient palliative care to people and families living in Louth and Meath”.