The redesignation of these four voluntary hospice providers – Marymount Care Centre, Milford Care Centre, Galway Hospice and St. Francis Hospice, will align all voluntary adult hospices to Section 38.
In addition, it will provide financial and staffing sustainability to ensure that these providers of adult specialist palliative care services can continue their vital work.
Specialist adult in-patient palliative care services provided by voluntary hospices are unique within the broad range of Section 39 organisations due to the consultant led, complex clinical care they provide.
These service providers are supporting people with life limiting illnesses to remain at home and in their communities while receiving specialist palliative care.
I am delighted to be announcing the government’s approval of their redesignation.
We value the essential adult specialist palliative care services provided by these four organisations and the benefits the care they provide give to people with life limiting illnesses and their families.
Currently, approximately 70% of inpatient and 74% of community adult specialist palliative care services are provided by voluntary hospices. The Department of Health will carry out an evaluation of the redesignation to ensure an appropriate level of resources are secured and to assist in the transition to section 38 service level agreements. The redesignation will take place before the end of 2022.