A quarter of the country's hospice beds are lying idle due to a funding shortfall, *The Sunday Business Post* has learned.
The country has just over 200 in-patient hospice beds, yet 52 beds are unavailable to patients nearing the end of their lives.
St Francis Hospice built a 24-bed, €22 million hospice in Blanchardstown, Dublin, last year. It cannot get a commitment for funding from the Health Service Executive (HSE) to enable it to open its beds.
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