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Archive for January, 2017
Former public servant and economist TK Whitaker who died last night was a great hospice ambassador and a man who contributed so much to The Irish Hospice Foundation.
The economist was Chairman of the Fellows of the Foundation and speaking at the launch of The Irish Hospice Foundation in April 1986 he said:
“I am particularly pleased to have an opportunity of making a few remarks at today’s launch of the Hospice Foundation because I have had for many years unbounded admiration for the work here and elsewhere under the auspices of the Irish Sisters of Charity.”
“More than 1500 people die of cancer every year in the area of the Eastern Health Board and of those only about one in four can be cared for in the hospice. In the hospice they can die free of pain, whereas one in three to one in five of those who do not receive such specialised care may suffer severe and unrelieved pain,” stated Mr Whitaker in his below speech from 30 years ago.
The Irish Hospice Foundation wishes to thank Mr Whitaker for all his kind help throughout his 100 years and for highlighting the need for hospice care so “the last weeks of the terminally ill can be made so happy and cheerful.”
Pictured is IHF Founder Dr Mary Redmond, Sr. Francis Rose O’Flynn and T.K. Whitaker
Irish Hospice Foundation Welcomes Latest Commitment for Hospice Units in Midlands and North East “Blackspots”
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has welcomed the Department of Health’s latest commitment to developing much-needed hospice units in the Midlands and North East as outlined in the Department’s recent Statement of Strategy 2016 – 2019.
Angela Edghill, Advocacy and Public Engagement Manager at the IHF said: “Not having a full service means patients with complex palliative symptoms who cannot be managed in homecare have to be transferred to an acute hospital, often through a busy Emergency Department. This means many more people die in acute hospitals.
“Double the percentage of people with cancer who die in the Midlands area die in an acute hospital; compared to other areas where there is a full Level III service.”
The Health Department’s Statement of Strategy commits to encouraging the development of a hospice in the Midlands which incorporates Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath and the North- East which incorporates Louth, Cavan, Monaghan and Meath
Ms Edghill said: “The IHF believes that everyone is entitled to prompt access to good quality palliative and end-of-life care when they need it, regardless of where they live. People in the Midlands and North East counties are being denied the full range of services available in other areas. The Department of Health has committed to funding the operation of new hospices that are built through local community funding. This affords another opportunity to support and strengthen the existing palliative care services while developing a full multi-disciplinary homecare and inpatient palliative care service.
Ms Edghill continued: “The IHF’s vision is that no-one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. We are heartened that the Department’s goals encompass this vision and we will continue to pursue this agenda for the best care at end of life for all. We all need to join in common purpose and work together for advancements in the Midlands and other areas to ease the pain and distress for patients and their loved ones.”
The Department’s strategy also commits to ‘work with non governmental organisations to improve information and awareness of end of life services, particularly those which provide people with palliative care in the location they choose.’
“More than 74% of people in Ireland say that they want to be cared for at home at end of life. Only 24% of people get to fulfil that wish. Our programmes are directed at supporting improvements which could enable more people to die well in the location of their choice,” concluded Ms Edghill.