first_imgThe HSE has agreed to subsidise flight costs for children in the county with life limiting conditions in order to travel to Dublin for treatment.Donegal Airport at CarrickfinnIt follows weeks of discussions involving the families of service users and HSE personnel and management regarding the possibility of allowing sick children to fly from Donegal’s Carrickfinn Airport to avail of treatment at hospitals in the capital.The move has been welcomed by Deputy Pearse Doherty. “After a number of weeks of talks I am absolutely delighted that the HSE has agreed to provide funding of up to €2,000 to assist with air transport for children with life limiting conditions to travel from the airport here in Carrickfinn to Dublin where they can receive the necessary medical care.”“This fantastic announcement was made after a recent meeting between the HSE and local parents group ‘Our Children’s Voice’ where it was confirmed that the money would be made available for the initiative.”“It should not be underestimated what this decision means to all the families and loved ones of these young children who for years now have been forced to travel either by car or bus to reach Dublin to make hospital appointments, often travelling for five or six hours if coming from the west of the county.”At present, there are over 140 such families in Donegal who care for seriously ill children. Deputy Doherty added “I have been in contact with some of these families today and they are absolutely overjoyed by this news, as they have passionately lobbied for this initiative for a very long time and today I must congratulate them for their efforts.”“The HSE has written to me today to inform me of their decision and to state that access criteria for this funding will be drawn up with plans hopefully to be finalised in June.”HSE AGREE TO SUBSIDISE DONEGAL FLIGHTS FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carrickfinn AirportdonegalHSEill childrenlast_img

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