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Additional money for Respite care will not go far enough

12 January, 2006

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disability, Mid Ulster MLA Geraldine Dougan has welcomes the news that an additional £400,000 is to be allocated to specifically deal with respite services.

Ms Dougan said:

"Any additional money allocated to the expansion of Respite services must be welcomed. For too long the issue of Respite provision had received little attention and families and carers that have made the decision to care for their loved ones at home have not received the adequate assistance they needed.

"I am glad that the Department has recognised the important work that carers do on a daily basis. Respite is a much-needed facility. However, while I welcome any attempt to rectify the deficit in adequate respite care there is much work still to do in this field. These additional funds need to be used where there is the greatest need. Boards and Trusts need to work with individual carers to agree the best respite provision and the timing of such provision. ENDS

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