Hospice finances review

Foyle Hospice, Culmore Road, Derry. DER4614MC085
Foyle Hospice, Culmore Road, Derry. DER4614MC085

The North’s Health Minister has confirmed that the “financial position” of the Foyle Hospice is to be reviewed.

Jim Wells says the review - which will focus on the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years - will take place in conjunction with the Hospice.

Mr. Wells has also revealed that there is to be an “uplift” of £200,000 in funding for the Culmore Road hospice in 2014/15.

This will bring the value of the funding for services in this period to £662,497.

The detail emerged in the Northern Ireland Assembly in answer to a question posed by local Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin.

Ms. McLaughlin had asked the minister if he intended to review the funding allocation to the Foyle Hospice “given the level of need in the North West region.”

Mr. Wells said a recent review of the funding provided to voluntary hospice organisations across the North had revealed that the Foyle Hospice had a “funding pressure” in respect of the service it provides.

Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed news of the funding “uplift”.

“Cancer,” she said, “is an illness that has touched practically every family in our city. The remarkable staff in our health service, the Foyle Hospice and those working in the community are to be commended for all that they do, on many occasions going far beyond the call of duty. They go about their work with great dignity and respect for the patient and their families in what can be quite challenging times. We are indebted to the services they provide.”