All adult hospices to be State-funded from early next year

In February, four voluntary hospice providers in Ireland will be redesignated to section 38 agreements with the HSE, ensuring full State funding for adult hospices. The Government will provide a total of €18.6 million to support sustainable care for adult specialist palliative services. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly sees this as a significant step towards universal access to palliative care. The move will provide financial and staffing sustainability to ensure that these providers can continue their work without relying on fundraising to cover operating costs. Currently, most inpatient and community adult specialist palliative care services in Ireland are provided by voluntary hospices.

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