The voluntary hospice sector is to get an additional €10.68m in recurring annual funding from 2021 onwards.
The money will address sustainability challenges in response to rising demand for high quality, accessible, palliative and end-of-life care in the last two decades.
Health minister Stephen Donnelly said: “Ireland is fortunate to have a dedicated voluntary hospice sector, which has worked tirelessly down through the years, in partnership with local communities, to expand the network of hospice services around the country.
“I would like to particularly commend the voluntary hospice sector for their efforts to maintain critical and ongoing care services against the background of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They have supported our acute hospitals, community health care services and nursing homes to ensure a compassionate response for those with palliative care needs and their families throughout this difficult period.”
He added that the recurring nature of the €10.68m allocation reflects a long-term commitment by Government to this vital service in light of the value and unique role that voluntary hospices play and will continue to play in Irish society.
“The additional funding is designed to take account of the potential impact of the loss of fundraising income during the public health emergency, but most importantly, ensures when such activity gets back on track it can be used to enhance and improve services, rather than fund core services.
The funding will benefit the following hospices which make up the Voluntary Hospice Group:
- Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow,
- St Francis Hospice, Raheny and Blanchardstown,
- Marymount Hospice, Cork,
- Milford Care Centre, Limerick,
- North West Hospice, Sligo,
- Galway Hospice.