Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has said that she has been given an assurance by the HSE that the Hospice in Athlone is not closing.
“I have been in communication with the HSE about concerns regarding the hospice and have been assured that this important facility is not facing closure.
“I understand that the HSE is to meet with the hospice committee members to discuss any concerns they may have.
“South Westmeath Hospice in Athlone is of paramount importance to the town and surrounding areas. The facility was built through the sterling work of the committee and the people of Athlone.
“What is provided by the Hospice cannot be provided by a nursing home, delivering as it does palliative and holistic care.
“Whether one person or four people need its services, it must remain open and any person requiring palliative care should not have to wait a number of days to access that care.”