MEP wants equality in hospice funding

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MEP Martina Anderson has called for equality in funding to the Foyle Hospice.

Her comments follow a recent visit to the Culmore Road unit.

She said: “The pressures under which the Foyle Hospice has to operate are unacceptable and need to be addressed. Other hospices across the North are funded 50% for inpatient care compared to 25% at the Foyle Hospice.

“The Foyle Hospice must be brought into line with the allocations given to the Southern Area Hospice, the Marie Curie and the NI Hospice.”

The MEP pointed to the Compton Review which, she said, highlighted the importance of palliative and end of life care and the need to move towards a community care model where it can be more appropriately delivered.

She added: “While there is tremendous community support for the Foyle Hospice in the North West, in the present economic climate even worthwhile causes such as the Hospice are experiencing a severe drop in donations.

“I am calling on the Department of Health to correct the imbalance in funding between the Foyle Hospice and other facilities.

“Health Minister Edwin Poots visited the Foyle Hospice in March of this year and saw at first hand the quality of the care provided to this city and district by the dedicated management and staff.

“The remarkable staff who work at Foyle Hospice are to be commended for all that they do, often going far beyond the call of duty.

“The Minister needs to ensure that it is treated on an equal basis financially and given the same allocation of funding available to other hospices across the North.”