McLaughlin welcomes news on Foyle Hospice funding

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA and Chair of the Assemblys Health Committee Maeve McLaughlin said

“I very much welcome the news that there will be an uplift in funding for the Foyle Hospice and follows a meeting I had with them during which the issue of the imbalance in funding for the hospice locally was raised  and subsequently lead to my assembly question raising  the issue.

Cancer is an illness that has touched practically every family in our city.

“The remarkable staff in our health service, the Foyle Hospice and those working out in the community are to be commended for all that they do, on many occasions  going far beyond the call of duty. They go about their work with great dignity and respect for the patient and their families in what can be quite challenging times.

We are indebted to services they provide and the important work that they do.

Q-To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he intends to review the funding allocation to Foyle Hospice in Derry, given the level of need in the North West region.

Responsibility for the commissioning of health and social care services lies with the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) in conjunction with the Public Health Agency (PHA).
The Western Health and Social Care Trust currently sub-contracts with the Foyle Hospice for palliative care services in the north-west. Services provided by the Hospice include inpatient beds, day hospice and community services.

The HSCB recently reviewed the funding provided to voluntary hospice organisations across Northern Ireland. The result of their analysis highlighted that Foyle Hospice had a funding pressure in respect of the services they provide. The HSCB, in discussion with the Hospice, Western HSC Trust and the Local Commissioning Group, have agreed the following:

To uplift the SLA with Foyle Hospice by £200,000 in 2014/15, bringing the value of the funding for services in 2014/15 to £662,497; and

In conjunction with the Foyle Hospice to further review the financial position going forward into 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The HSCB, Local Commissioning Group and Western Health and Social Care Trust met with Foyle Hospice on 6 November 2014 to confirm the uplifted funding for the 2014/15 SLA.
The Western Health and Social Care Trust and Foyle Hospice share the services
of a Consultant in Palliative Medicine. The Trust is commissioned to fund 50% of
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