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Dysfunctional HSE threat to Rape Crisis Network must be lifted – Ó Caoláin

12 May, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Minister for Health & Children James Reilly to instruct the HSE to lift its threat to remove all core funding to the Rape Crisis Network. Deputy Ó Caoláin said this was especially relevant in light of the case of the unregistered nurse in the Donegal Sexual Assault Treatment Unit.

He said:

“The HSE is proposing to remove all core funding for the Rape Crisis Centre. This would be a major backward step for services to people who have experienced sexual violence. The Minister for Health & Children James Reilly should immediately instruct the HSE to lift this threat and ensure that core funding continues.

“This is especially relevant in the situation that has emerged where a nurse at the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Donegal was not registered with An Bord Altranais, meaning that the examination of individuals and evidence collected may potentially be compromised?

“The Rape Crisis Network is hugely concerned that the HSE itself does not have the capacity to carry out the functions for which it was funding the Network. This includes collection of vital data on reports of sexual violence.

“The HSE is proposing to replace a state-of-the-art computerised system with a paper trail which has already been assessed as flawed and inadequate. As the Donegal case shows there is a lack of communication and joined up thinking in the HSE.

“Minister Reilly must intervene and ensure that the HSE and the Rape Crisis Network and other agencies work in tandem to support all victims.” ENDS

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