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IHF paper highlights improvements and gaps in palliative care services

Dublin, Friday 23 February 2018 – In a reflection paper launched today, the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) applauds the commitment by the palliative care sector and all who contributed to the Minimum Data Set. In December 2017, the Irish Hospice Foundation in partnership with the HSE, published patient data for adults specialist palliative care (SPC) services for the first time. The publication, referred to as the Minimum Data Set (MDS) provided a clear baseline for services but also showed how much progress had been made between 2012 and 2015. This tracks the development of the delivery of specialist palliative care (SPC) in inpatient palliative care units and in the community.

Commenting on the reflection Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation said, “Gaining a clear picture of Irish specialist palliative care services benefits everyone. However, it is totally unacceptable for the people living in the Midlands to be denied the full range of end-of-life care available to the rest of the country and with no clear plans for inpatient beds, this needs to be urgently addressed.”

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The IHF reflection paper on the National Summary of Patient Activity Data 2012-2015 is here.
For a full copy of the MDS report click here.