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Human Rights Commission highlights serious gaps in basic services for people with disabilities

31 March, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Ó Snodaigh calls for full implementation of report’s recommendations

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Social and Family Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh called on the Government to reverse the cuts in funding to the disability sector after a report from the Human Rights Commission revealed serious gaps in the provision of basic services and inadequate physical conditions at a care centre in Galway.

Deputy Ó Snodiagh called for the full implementation of the reports recommendations.

He said:

“We need to discuss the report published yesterday by the Human Rights Commission into the provision of care for people with disabilities at a centre in Galway which has ramifications for the 8,000 adults and 400 children living in disability services across the State.

“The Government must respond by quickly and fully implementing the report’s recommendations including making assessments for people with disabilities and service agreements focus on individual needs.

“There needs to be greater provision of speech and language and occupational therapy and the introduction of independent inspections of all such residential centres by HIQA.

“And, the Government must acknowledge that current funding cuts threaten the provision of services at existing levels and make the implementation of this report’s recommendations virtually impossible. Therefore those cuts must be reversed and the necessary funding must be made available as a matter of priority.” ENDS

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