St Francis Hospice will finally be able to provide full-time in-patient care from next year thanks to the provision of €1 million in the 2014 HSE Service Plan, local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has announced.
The hospice already provides day care but this allocation will allow some of the 24 beds to open on a staged basis in 2014 after years of campaigning and fund-raising by the local community. It will take a number of months to equip the hospice and recruit staff.
“This week the Cabinet signed off on the HSE Service Plan for 2014, which sets out spending across the health service. The new Service Plan has set aside money which will allow St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown to finally open beds in 2014.
“It’s fantastic news for this state-of-the-art hospice, which already provides day care and home care services. Unfortunately it hasn’t been possible to open any full-time beds. This should change in 2014, so well done to everyone involved at local level. The support for this facility from the local community has been outstanding.
“The hospice was built on land granted by the Government, but the construction costs for this fabulous building were mainly covered by money raised locally. By this stage, almost everyone in the constituency has attended a fundraiser for the hospice or contributed in some way.
“I really want to thank the Minster for Health, Dr Reilly for his assistance in securing funds for the hospice at a time when health budgets are under so much pressure.”