More resources needed to adequately treat Parkinson’s disease in Ireland – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
Parkinson’s awareness week commenced today Monday April 9th and runs until next Sunday April 15th.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disability Rights and Older People, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has stressed the importance of this special week for Parkinsons sufferers and their families.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“I truly welcome this most important initiative and wish the very best of success to all those who will take part in the various events happening during this week.
“I recently met with representatives from the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland when they protested outside Leinster House demanding more funding to roll out better services.
“I extended the support of my party on that day for PAI’s call to receive core funding from Government in Budget 2019 which will assist them in providing a much improved service for the 12,000 people living with Parkinsons in Ireland and their families.
“Parkinsons is a degenerative neurological disease for which there is currently no cure. What is needed and is being called for is a whole of Country network of Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists.
“It is a proven model of care that works.
“I encourage the government to take on board these suggestions as they plot out Budget 2019 and I again wish every success to the Parkinson’s community with the events they have planned over this week and into the future.
"I add a personal note of good wishes to my friends both here at home in Cavan and Monaghan and across the country who are living with Parkinsons.”