Only two regions, the midwest and northwest, come close to achieving the required level of hospice care set out in 
, according to 
government policy 
that was set in place 
13 years ago. This stated that all healthcare regions should allocate one hospice bed per 10,000 people, or one per cent of total inpatient beds.

Nearly 2,500 dying people are unable to obtain hospice care every year due to inequality of resources between different parts of the country, accordin(...)

Volunteers for Irish Hospice Sunflower Day photographed on Grafton Street earlier this year from left Mark O’Donnell Elizabeth Mary Donnelly and Leah Whelan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Up to 2,500 terminally-ill patients are denied access to hospice inpatient care each year because of the lack of services nationwide, it emerged today(...)