IHF report reveals crisis

THERE are no respite beds available for children who have palliative care needs in Louth, according to a new report.

THERE are no respite beds available for children who have palliative care needs in Louth, according to a new report.

The report reveals that there are only two hospice beds available across 11 counties for children with life-limiting illnesses.

The report on respite services in Dublin Mid-Leinster and Dublin North-East also found that there are 411 children with a life-limiting condition in these areas.

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the Children’s Sunsine Home are calling on the Government to develop a co-ordinated range of respite programmes for children.

Eugene Murray, Chief Executive of the IHF, said at present there are no children’s hospice beds.

Mr Murray said: “In the two regions that we looked at, we found only two hospice beds in Tallaght available for respite.

“So across the counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly and Laois there are no respite beds available for children who have palliative care needs.”

The IHF is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the hospice philosophy and supports the development of hospice and palliative care.

The organisation believes that no one should have to face death or bereavement without appropriate care and support.

For more information visit www.hospice-foundation.ie.