On page 57 of the programme for Government
there is a commitment to ensuring appropriate care pathways are in place to improve cancer
services and invest in end-of-life care. In County Wexford, sick children cannot access
specialist palliative childcare teams when needed. Approximately eight weeks ago, a 16
year old child in Enniscorthy died from cancer. He was in hospital and wanted to go home for
his last few days, but there was a row between two different hospitals and two different
clinical teams because there was no specialist team in place to take care of him. I am not
blaming the clinicians: it is a lack of specialist childcare palliative teams in the south east.
When can such a specialist team be put in place in this very large area with a population
of 0.5 million people? I will have to ask the Minister to respond
to the Deputy directly. It is a serious issue.