Minister must engage with RehabCare as services at risk – Smyth

gp 2Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the government to resolve the funding anomalies with regards to the RehabCare Group. Deputy Smyth has secured a topical issue debate on the matter in the Dáil on Tuesday, 14th May.

Deputy Smyth said, “RehabCare Group, the largest Section 39 organisation in the country, are prepared to terminate its entire care services due to ongoing significant under-funding. This will impact many service users in Cavan-Monaghan who rely on this care.

“My Party and I have been contacted by members who are trying to seek a resolution with the HSE to funding anomalies for the last two years. The last thing they want to see is services terminated.

“I understand there is a shortfall of around €2 million in funding and the reasons for this include the increased cost of taking care of people as they age, the costs associated with HIQA and HSE regulatory requirements and the rising insurance costs.

“The Ministers for Finance and Health have had little engagement with RehabCare despite being aware of these problems. Given the care provided in our community it is shocking the governments approach to RehabCare.

“I believe talks will commence now. The Minister has left this too late and caused unneeded panic. Families are very concerned. I will press the Ministers on Tuesday when I have the opportunity to put this major concern to them,” concluded Deputy Smyth.

 

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