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Sinn Féin concern at loss of Speech theraphy funding

3 April, 2006


Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, Geraldine Dougan has criticised the decision by the Northern Health Board (NHSSB) not to fund the Speechmatters programme for the incoming year.

Ms Dougan said:

"It is with great disappointment that I have learned that Speechmatters in the 'Northern Health and Social Services Board', will not receive funding for the year 2006/07. The absece of this vital funding from the NHSSB means that all Speechmatters services in the Homefirst area will close from April 2006.

"Speechmatters provides an invaluable service and support to those with Aphasia and their families.

"This will have a devastating effect on the organisation and on the many people who have suffered a stroke or head injury that they help on a daily basis.

"I have written to the Department of Health and to the NHSSB urging them to do all in their powers to prevent the loss of such an invaluable service in this area and to make available the much needed funding that is required." ENDS

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