Sinn Féin welcomes HSE decision on Sruthan House - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision by the HSE to defer the closure of Sruthan House - the Dundalk based facility which provides respite for adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities.
Teachta Adams called on "all of us who support this facility to remain vigilant and focused on saving this service".
Teachta Adams said:
“The decision to close Sruthan House and the manner in which staff and residents were informed of it was unacceptable. "
"Sruthan House provides an essential service for citizens with disabilities and their families. It is operated in partnership with the Irish Wheelchair Association, and provides a 24 hour respite care service for both male and females with physical and/or sensory disabilities.
"Last week I wrote to the HSE Head of Disability Services for Louth and Meath and to the Minister for Health seeking clarity on this matter and to insist that Sruthan House should not close.
"I welcome the decision to defer the decision and to 'allow for a more wide-ranging engagement with all service users and their families on the range of options available'.
"However, this does not mean that the HSE will still not, at some point, move to close Sruthan House. It is vitally important that all of us who support this facility remain vigilant and focused on saving this service.”
Note to Editor:
Below is the text of today’s letter from the HSE:
Update on HSE’s decision regarding Sruthan House
The HSE has carefully listened to the feedback and concerns expressed by service users, their families and political representatives regarding its decision to cease the residential respite service provided at Sruthan House and replace this provision with a range of different respite options including residential.
In recent years there have been significant developments and enhancements to the respite options available more widely within our services which include holiday and hotel breaks, home share in additional to the more traditional models of residential respite. A more client-centred and flexible approach to respite has been adopted locally and nationally which better matches individual needs and lifestyles with the options available.
In response to the concerns raised, the HSE will defer the decision to cease residential provision at Sruthan House to allow for a more wide-ranging engagement with all service users and their families on the range of options available. This engagement will inform the design of any future service models. Over the coming weeks, the HSE will meet all service users and their families to progress this engagement following which a final decision on Sruthan House will be made.