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Loco Parentis clause makes parents virtual prisoners in their own homes - Kathleen Funchion TD

28 March, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD for Carlow Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion welcomes the unanimous support for the Motion re Disabilities brought forward by party colleague Caoimhghin O'Caoláin last night.

Teachta Funchion said:

"I welcome all aspects of the motion, particularly the removal of the loco parentis clause.

"At the core of this motion are families. Family carers provide around 10 billion in unpaid care each year, with inadequate respite services available and face daily battles - not battles to get through each day but battles just to get what they are entitled to.

"Families of children with disabilities rely heavily on organisations such as the Jack and Jill foundation because they cannot rely on the state. 

"Jack and Jill place the family at the centre of the help and build care packages around each family's dynamic

"The foundation advocate on behalf of parents and families on issues like the loco parentis clause in home care nursing contracts. 

"This clause needs to be abolished immediately and the HSE need to seriously consider the impact it has on parental well being, isolation and actually giving parents a break.

"It impacts unfairly on siblings of sick children, who can feel isolated and overwhelmed by having a brother or sister who need so much of their parents time.

"It makes parents virtual prisoners in their own homes as nurses cannot allow parents to leave the house unless another adult is present. 

"It's time the Government parties start to make a real difference, engage in meaningful change and put funding and legislation in place that helps instead of hinders. 

"We need to see action on the back of this motion and not tokenistic agreement for the sake of appeasing families and people with disabilities."

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