Having learned that the £200m announced by the Chancellor was not for Hospices in Northern Ireland, we are very relieved that the Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a short-term funding package for Hospice services.
Heather Weir, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Hospice and Children’s Hospice said: “We are very relieved that the Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a short-term funding package for Hospice services. Having learned that the £200m announced by the Chancellor was not for Hospices in the devolved nations, we are thankful that the NI Executive quickly sought to clarify the position of local Hospices in Northern Ireland.”
“I welcome the fact, in addition to the support shown by our local community, the Executive has publicly recognised the value of our services. Our staff have been working tirelessly during this crisis to continue to provide their excellent care for our patients and families across Northern Ireland. It has been a very challenging time, both in terms of delivering end of life care under the current circumstances, and supporting those babies, children and adults and their families, at what is already a very stressful time. Hospice staff and volunteers remain at the frontline of care, and I’d like to thank them for their dedication and service to others.
“Whilst this funding does provide some relief for Hospice it does not replace our income for this year. We rely heavily on donations from the public to fund our services and we will continue to need their help. Our staff and volunteers have been uplifted by the response of the local community, who once again have demonstrated their support for the charity.”
“We appreciate this short-term funding package, however in light of the level of uncertainty posed by COVID-19, we need to consider how we can continue to deliver our services in the future. I would urge the Northern Ireland Executive to address the ongoing inequality of Hospice funding and bring Government funding up to 50/50 payment for both Adults and Children’s Hospice.”
“Northern Ireland Hospice remains deeply committed to providing specialist palliative care throughout this crisis and beyond. We have provided care here for over 40 years and we will continue to be there for babies, children and adults across Northern Ireland when they need us most."