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