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Irish Hospice Foundation calls for national end-of-life and bereavement strategy

Hundreds attend Forum on End of Life in Ireland conference

The National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland has today (24th October) called on the Government to prepare a national end of life strategy for Ireland and to fulfill its pledge to bring in legislation to strengthen the patient’s voice in healthcare decisions.

 A commitment to lobby for an end of life strategy is contained in the Forum’s Action Plan for 2013-2015 and was launched at Forum 2013, a biennial national conference organised by the National  Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland.  The Forum is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and its National Council is chaired by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness.    

 Forum 2013 took place in Dublin Castle and was attended by 300 members of the public and healthcare professionals.  A series of speakers and workshops explored the theme of “Length of Days – Quality of Life.”

 Medical ethicist Professor Göran Hermerén from Sweden was a guest speaker.  Prof Hermerén is Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine in Lund University.  The Mary Holland commemorative lecture, organised by the IHF in association with the Irish Times, was delivered by award winning journalist and writer Fergal Keane. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE>>>