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Suspension of respite care services ‘unacceptable’ – Mitchell

21 April, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD


Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has described ‘as completely unacceptable’ the suspension of respite care services at St Michael’s House in north Dublin for young people with intellectual disabilities:

Deputy Mitchell said:

“I have been contacted by a number of parents of children with intellectual disabilities who have been informed that respite care services at St Michael’s House in Donabate are no longer available for the foreseeable future.

“St Michael’s House provides much needed temporary relief for families from the constant strain of caring for their loved ones.”

In response to questions from Deputy Denise Mitchell, St Michael’s House says respite care has been “temporarily suspended” and that St Michael’s House are “unable to give a timeframe” as to when this important service will recommence, Deputy Mitchell said:

“It is completely unacceptable that families suddenly find themselves without respite care for their children.

“The suspension of respite care at St Michael’s House is yet another example of the growing crisis in our Health Service. Patients and their families deserve a safe and reliable service where patients’ care needs are met, while carers and loved ones can avail of a reprieve and rest from the strain of caring for them full time.”

Deputy Mitchell says it is an issue she will continue to pursue in the Dáil and with the Health Service Executive.

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