County is ‘not attractive enough’ to entice nurses
PALLIATIVE CARE HOSPICE TO BE BUILT IF FIVE-YEAR PLAN IMPLEMENTED
WICKLOW WILL see a new hospice built if a new five-year national action plan for palliative care services, just drawn up by the Health Services Executive (HSE) is implemented.
At present there are no palliative care nurses in Wicklow.
The HSE have been advertising to fill two palliative care nursing positions for the past two months but to no avail, leaving the county without the vital service.
‘The conditions are not attractive enough in Wicklow and I think that this is having the detrimental effect on not being able to fill the positions,’ said Deputy Liz McManus TD, ‘not having a hospice in the county makes the job unattractive as palliative care nurses would be connected to a hospital.’ The National Action Plan for Palliative Care Services 2009-2013, that is still in the draft stages, also commits to improving home care supports for those who are terminally ill and to increase staffing levels in specialist palliative care units.
The proposal has been welcomed by Deputy McManus who has said the county is currently in a crisis situation. ‘This is a critical situation that needs to be resolved and so I would very much welcome a hospice to the county,’ said Deputy McManus, ‘The terminally ill deserve to have these services available to them.’
The draft proposal indicates that throughout the country there will be a total of nine hospices built.