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Home Help Cuts to feature prominently at Strabane Public meeting

22 March, 2010 - by Michaela Boyle

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Claire Mc Gill believes that concerns surrounding increasing cuts to home help provision will feature prominently at a public meeting she has arranged for Strabane next week at which representatives of Patient and Client Council (PCC) will be present to listen to, and to take on board, the views of the local community about the delivery of health and social care services.

The public meeting will take place in the Fir Trees Hotel next Wednesday (24th March) at 7pm.
Claire Mc Gill, who is also a member of the Assembly’s Health Committee, said,

"The Patient and Client Council was established on the 1st April 2009 as part of the modernisation and reform of health and social care under the Review of Public Administration.

"It gives patients, their families and everyone who uses health and social care services an independent voice for their views and concerns.’

"Its role is to ensure a strong patient and client voice at both regional at local level and aims at improving the way that people are involved in decisions about health and social care services.

“I receive representations from constituents on a wide range of health and social care issues on an almost daily basis and I do my best to secure successful outcomes with the relevant health and social care bodies.

“However, it is clear that many of these individual issues are arising as a direct result of Departmental cut backs to service provision and I want to make sure that the PCC are fully aware of the impact of these cutbacks on the local community and to press for the PCC to have these concerns addressed at a Departmental and Trust level.

“In terms of major issues of local concern, I believe that increasing cuts to home help provision will feature prominently at this public meeting as will deep concern about plans to reduce Out of Hours provision in Strabane from the first of July.

"Other issues of concern relating to the A&E at Altnagelvin such as: the extensive waiting times local people have to frequently endure as well as patients having to endure disruptive and abusive behaviour from heavily intoxicated patients, particularly weekends will also be raised.

"I would extend an open invitation to anyone who has concerns about these, or any other, issues to come along and make sure your voice is heard at this meeting." ENDS

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