Longford/Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden has welcomed confirmation in the Dáil today from Minister of State at the Department of Health, Kathleen Lynch, that the HSE will provide funding for a second palliative care consultant for the Midlands.
“Following on from the HSE’s announcement late last year that it is to create a second palliative care consultant post for the region, I welcome Minister Lynch’s confirmation today that the funding is now in place for the position.
“To be based at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, the consultant will be covering the Longford/ Westmeath area, and will work closely with the existing palliative care consultant for the Midlands.
“Minister Lynch outlined in the Dáil today that the paperwork to fill the new post had been sent to the HSE’s National Recruitment Service in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, and she envisaged the recruitment process would commence as soon as possible.
“Of course, as the Minister also said, the provision of a specialist palliative care in-patient unit remains a priority for the Midlands. She informed the Dáil today that Minister Varadkar met with a delegation from the Irish Hospice Foundation on February 26th and among the issues discussed was the need for a comprehensive service plan for Palliative Care in this region.”