€5m Hospice Unit approved for Hospital

Fianna Fail TD Michael Finneran has this week asserted that the long-awaited Hospice Unit project for Roscommon Hospital is set to proceed in the New Year.    According to Deputy Finneran a new eight-bed hospice unit will be constructed in the grounds of Roscommon County  Hospital in 2008 at a cost of approximately €5 million.    The announcement was made by Deputy Finneran in an interview with the Roscommon People. He said that a full announcement will be made in the next few weeks.   ‘The money is there in the estimates for the new unit and while I haven’t the exact figures, it is expected that the unit will cost in the region of €5m.    ‘There has been a huge demand for this type of facility in Co. Roscommon and I am glad that the Government are making the funds available for it to go ahead’ he said.   There are no inpatient hospice beds available in County Roscommon at present – however there are palliative care beds in the County Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital and other nursing homes and community hospitals throughout the county.   The Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation has been lobbying for such a unit to be provided for the past two years.    A spokesperson for the group told The People on Wednesday that  they would not comment on Deputy Finneran’s announcement until it was confirmed in writing by the HSE (Health Service Executive).