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McLaughlin calls for no reduction in respite facilities

10 August, 2015 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called on the Health Minister to commit to maintaining the current number of respite beds available in the Western Trust area.  

Ms McLaughlin said; 

"Respite facilities are vital to families caring for loved ones who are ill and their relatives. 

"Given the concern about respite services, I asked the health minister to detail the number of respite beds currently available in the Western Trust area. 

"Simon Hamilton said there are currently 14 beds available for respite services in the Western Trust area, in Omagh and at The Cottages in Derry. 

"In recent months users and their families haveade public their concerns about the future of these much needed facilities. 

"It is important the Health Minister moves to allay those fears by announcing that there will be no reduction in respite services." 

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