'Families of people with learning disabilities have been let down' - Fearon
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon said that people living with learning disabilities and their families have been let down over many years by the Southern Trust.
Responding to media reports that the Southern Trust have under-spent its budget by £7m since 2014, the Newry/Armagh MLA said:
“People living with learning disabilities and their families have been let down over many years due to high levels of under-spend.
“This under-spend has resulted in a lack of services to support for those with learning disabilities and their carers.
“We now need to listen to the advice of support groups and patients who are telling us about the type of care and support services that are needed.
“Families also need to know that support is there for them and their loved ones as they get older, and young people who are currently struggling to cope with learning disabilities need to have hope they will have support into the future."