Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. today (March 4th) launched a national report into respite services for children with life-limiting conditions which highlighted that service deficits exist and families face challenges in accessing respite care.
Respite Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland. A National Needs Assessment found that while respite services are provided in all four Health Service Executive (HSE) regions, access was often dependent on the geographical location of the child and their diagnosis. The report estimated that up to €7.6m was currently needed to provide respite care for about 812 children and €8.62m would be required to care for 925 children by 2021. This works out as an average of less than €10,000 per child being invested in respite services.
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