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New figures show that the prevalence of children living with life-limiting conditions is 3,840. The figures which are contained in a letter written on behalf of the HSE National Development Committee for Children’s Palliative Care appear in the latest edition of the Irish Medical Journal.
LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Jack & Jill Foundation and Irish Hospice Foundation today made the joint call for a review.
“With only one Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in paediatric palliative medicine in Ireland and only eight Children’s Outreach Nurses, there is a considerable shortage of resources given the true prevalence figures,” said Sharon Foley, CEO Irish Hospice Foundation.
“These nurses act as liaison between hospitals, healthcare professionals and parents, enabling seriously ill children to be cared for at home.
“Many more nurses are needed as due to regional inequities where you live in Ireland currently dictates whether you can avail of this invaluable service.”