Smyth expresses concern about availability of disability services

Published on: 16 January 2019

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has expressed concern about some disability services across the two counties which families are having difficulty accessing.

Deputy Smyth has been contacted by a number of families who have been unable to access services once they have left school.

“I have been liaising with the HSE in relation to disability services in the Cavan-Monaghan area, and despite assurances that services are in place, I have been contacted by a number of families who are unable to secure places”, said Deputy Smyth.

“The latest correspondence from the HSE to my office states, “to date, Cavan Monaghan Disability Services have been successful in placing all school leavers within their chosen service”.  This is simply not the case.  I have been talking to parents who have had to leave work because they have been unable to secure a place on a service for their son or daughter once they have left the Holy Family School.

“Other parents have had to take on a carer to stay with their loved one while they are at work – this places an additional financial and emotional burden on them, when they should be entitled to a place within the State’s disability services.

“I have also been made aware of long waiting lists to get into Drumlin House, which provides services to people who have left the Holy Family School.  Some people have been on the list for years because the additional services simply do not exist.

“I am calling on Minister Finian McGrath to look into these issues and explain how there can be such a disparity between the HSE’s account of services and the experiences of service users themselves.  Unless these issues are highlighted, they will continue to fall under the radar and the necessary improvements cannot be made”.

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