Smyth calls on Health Minister to resolve Rehab crisis

respite protest todayFianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Health and the Minister for Disability to engage with the Rehab group to ensure that funding difficulties, which have the organisation in crisis, are resolved.

The TD was commenting following media reports that Rehab may no longer be in a position to continue a contract with the HSE for providing services to some 3,000 people.

“The Rehabcare Group is the largest Section 39 organisation in the country and has been trying to seek a resolution with the HSE to funding anomalies for the last two years. It employs 1,500 staff across the country and provides services for over 3,000 vulnerable clients”, outlined Deputy Smyth.

“The termination of Rehab’s services would be very disruptive to all of the clients and their families who depend on them. It could also have a very serious impact for the 1,500 staff who could face redundancy or shorter working time as a consequence.

“It appears that Rehab has seeking a meeting with the Minister for Health for some months now but its requests have been snubbed up until now.  It seems that the Minister has allowed the situation to spiral before engaging in any meaningful way with management.  This is completely unacceptable and now the future of these essential services is under threat.

“It is critical now that the Minister explores all of the options available with representatives of the Rehab group as a matter of urgency.  Every effort should and must be made to resolve this issue and avoid disruption to essential health services for thousands of people. I have been contacted by a number of concerned families today who received correspondence from Rehab yesterday outlining their fears for local services in Cavan & Monaghan.”, concluded Deputy Smyth.

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