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Chronic underfunding to Disability Services causing untold misery- Mayor Holland

23 July, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South Dublin Sarah Holland has today asked the Minister for Health to review his policy of ongoing cuts to residential services for those with disabilities.

 Cllr Holland said

“I have a case, one of many, where the lone parent of a boy with intellectual disabilities is begging for help for her son.

“Her son has been on a waiting list for residential care since 2009, and he is a priority on that list.

“He needs total supervision, ie 2 carers with him at all times, and plenty of space, but he is confined to his small council home with his Mam who is struggling to cope.

“St Michaels do not have the money to give him the residential care he desperately needs, and the HSE have said they don’t have the money to fund the place.

The St Michaels House annual report, released on 13th July, says

“The cumulative effects of previous cuts allied with the ever increasing demand for services and the increasing complexity of our service users’ needs lead to a significant challenge to maintain existing services”

“They are finding it hard to maintain existing services, never mind provide much needed places for new residents.

“Those with intellectual disabilities are unable to shout – their voices can easily be ignored.

“Well I am shouting on their behalf – St Michaels need funding to maintain services and to provide places for our vulnerable citizens.

“I am seeing a pattern with the Fine Gael/Labour Government of cutting funding to the citizens who make the least fuss – the elderly, lone parents and those with special needs.

“I am asking them to take a look at their priorities – look again at the funding for St Michaels.

“If there is money to fritter away on the Eircode system then there is surely money to fund residential care”ENDS//

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