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Boylan welcomes restoration of Oaklands Short Break Respite Services

8 November, 2017 - by Cathal Boylan

In a cross party meeting facilitated by the Trust elected representatives and families involved have been advised of a full resumption of services to the short break respite facilities.

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said: 

“I welcome the announcement that Oaklands Respite Unit has been restored to its usual level of service. 

“I am delighted to say that the complications encountered have been addressed and parents are satisfied with the new communications strategy put in place. 

“This should hopefully prevent parents from being blind sided or caught unexpectedly by last minute decisions made within the Trust.  

 “It is a great relief that families have been given assurances that the Trust are keen to work positively with them and that staff can continue to carry on with their fantastic work. 

“It is another example of how elected representatives can work positively together to deliver for the people of Armagh.”

The Sinn Féin representative however added that although complications had been addressed the Department of Health “seriously needs to look at a long-term strategy in addressing children with complex and acute needs”. 

The MLA added:

“It is evident that departments need to work together to secure an effective, co-ordinated approach where children experiencing intense or complex difficulties should be provided with coordinated support. 

“It is important that all individuals and families in receipt of respite are catered for. Breaking point is the worst situation any family could face. No family should be left without breaks or pushed to the point where it almost cracks under pressure.

“With that in mind I shall be making representation to the Department of Health Permanent Secretary seeking a meeting to discuss future plans for those with intense needs.”

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