County is ‘not at­trac­tive enough’ to en­tice nurses

PAL­LIA­TIVE CARE HOSPICE TO BE BUILT IF FIVE-YEAR PLAN IM­PLE­MENTED

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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.

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