Louise O’Reilly TD hosts NAI delegation in Leinster House coffee morning
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD this week hosted a coffee morning for TDs and Senators to meet members of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) for a briefing on their “We need our Heads Examined” campaign.
Speaking after the coffee morning Deputy O’Reilly said:
“Sinn Féin supports fully the ‘We need our heads examined’ campaign and the calls of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland for the publication of an implementation plan for the National Neuro-rehabilitation Strategy and dedicated investment to the development of new services from hospital to home.
“We must help those with neuro-rehabilitation needs to lead full and meaningful lives by giving them quality, tailored rehabilitation and support. We know that early intervention ultimately reduces the care needed and many studies also clearly demonstrate significant cost-savings post-rehabilitation.
“We need the further development of community-based neuro-rehabilitation teams to provide moderate and high-intensity neuro-rehabilitation in community settings.
“We cannot continue to deny access to vital services to those who need them. The intervention period is crucial for a neurological condition, yet the reality of the current system is that people living with a neurological condition are being left to deteriorate.
“Sinn Féin will continue to prioritise this campaign and we look forward to continuing work with the NAI in the upcoming period. We are hopeful that the upcoming HSE Service Plan will make investment for the National Neuro-rehabilitation Strategy and we look forward to engaging constructively with the Minister, the Department and the HSE on this.
“The coffee morning was a successful event to raise awareness among Oireachtas members of the campaign and to ensure their support for it.”