26.6.2013 Lack of access to hospice care according to new report published today

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The Irish Hospice Foundation published a new report today highlighting the results of research into palliative care services around the country. The report found that up to three times as many hospice beds are needed in the country to meet demand. 450 beds are needed but only 155 are available. Nationwide, only the Mid West and North West come close to meeting the Government target of one hospice bed for every 10,000 people. In three regions, the North East, Midlands and South East, there is no hospice service. 44 beds are ready in Blanchardstown and Cork but are not yet operational due to funding shortages. The Irish Hospice Foundation is calling for a broad end of life strategy to ensure that people have access to the palliative care supports they need.

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