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Report into services for disabled children in hospital requires urgent response

26 October, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on disability, Geraldine Dougan MLA, has welcomed the publication of the North's first ever report on an inspection of services for disabled children in hospital and said that its recommendations require an urgent response.

Ms Dougan said:

"Everyone should be working towards ensuring that the health service provide best care and best practice for children in hospital. This applies to all children, but it is particularly true in the cases of the children with disabilities.

"Proper clinical and social care networks, both before and after any admission to hospital are obviously necessary to make the child's stay in hospital as effective and as short as possible. That includes ensuring that proper support for families are put in place, including respite care where it is felt needed by families.

"I welcome this report and hope that it leads to a greater awareness, both inside and outside the health service, of issues surrounding the needs of disabled children and their families." ENDS

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