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Gildernew pays tribute to palliative carers

13 September, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has paid tribute to the valuable role played by palliative care groups for the help and support they provide to families dealing with life-limiting or life-shortening illnesses. 

The party’s Carers spokesperson said:

“This week is Palliative Care week and it is important that we acknowledge the great work done by palliative care groups to provide a better quality of life to people with life-limiting or life-shortening illnesses.

“Palliative care groups play a valuable role in society in supporting and assisting individuals and also their families. 

“It can be an extremely difficult and challenging time for all involved, especially for those who find themselves suddenly making decisions they never thought they would need to make.

"It's important that we take a moment to appreciate all the support and care provided. This care and support can be found in many places. 

“It is clear that palliative care services are under pressure, along with the wider social care services, just as Michelle O’Neill outlined as Health Minster in the “Providing high quality palliative care for our children” strategy.

“Too many people face long travel times to access services. There are children, families and their carers in places such as Donegal having to travel to Dublin for services. The obvious solution is an All-Ireland palliative care model just like the cancer services at Altnagelvin Hospital.”

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