Lockhart urges Health Minister to protect children’s palliative care

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has written to the Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA, to urge immediate action to alleviate financial pressures on Horizon House, part of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Guidance had been issued to families outlining a reconfiguration in service due to financial pressures.

By Carla Lockhart Candidate

Upper Bann

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The DUP MP said:

“These services are essential for families who face the very difficult pathway of palliative care for their child. They must receive all the support that is possible as their little one faces terminal illness.

Horizon House provides fantastic care in tragic circumstances, offering a place of respite for families whilst ensuring children create fun memories despite their illness. This is a vital service. We were shocked when families were advised that services will be impacted due to funding shortfalls.

Management of Horizon House are to be commended for their attempts to adapt to ensure the maximum level of care will be maintained. However, we are looking to the Department for Health, and the new Minister Robin Swann MLA, to safeguard these palliative care services and experienced workforce.

I have written to the Minister outlining the case and asked him to look closely at the situation. Northern Ireland need to support these families and children as they face such a difficult pathway, and I hope Minister Swann listens to the plea of families.”

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