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HSE Reverse Respite Cuts-Minihan

25 April, 2008

Speaking in Dublin today Sinn Féin Councillor Louise Minihan announced that the HSE have reversed their decision to cut the respite services in Cherry Orchard Hospital following weeks of campaigning by Sinn Féin, the carers, their families and other organisations.


Cllr. Minihan said “This is a great day for the carers and their families. These people provide an invaluable service to our communities and actually save the government money that would otherwise have been spent on nursing care. I would like to thank the people of Ballyfermot and elsewhere who provided tremendous support for this campaign.  When the HSE announced that the respite service will continue as normal from the 23rd of May it was a victory for the people and for common sense.


“What has happened today shows that when we make enough noise our voices will be heard.  Sinn Féin will continue to campaign on such issues as the cuts to the Mental Health Service, and to the Speech and Therapy Service for young children who are especially vulnerable to HSE cutbacks, as part of our overall campaign for an equitable and efficient single-tier health service. ENDS

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