Cashel’s Scoil Aonghusa denied any additional Respite Care Funding – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to urgently facilitate a meeting to clarify the HSE’s decision not to provide any additional funding allocations in 2016 to respite services for those aged over 18 years in South Tipperary. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he challenged the Minister to outline his commitment to services at Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel, County Tipperary, particularly in respect of the services and respite care for those over 18 years of age:

“The news that there will be no additional funding allocations for Scoil Aonghusa or indeed any other respite facility in South Tipperary is deeply frustrating.

I can only imagine how the parents of the service users/clients and staff of the School will feel upon hearing this news.

We are being told instead that management and disability services in South Tipperary will continue to monitor this situation on an ongoing basis and will explore all possible options within resources available in order to try and improve service provision.

This will lead to huge frustration among those parents who are far better equipped than anyone in the HSE or disability services to ‘monitor’ the situation.

That is just HSE speak for ‘do nothing’.

I am also told that while 14 new allied health professional posts have been allocated for South Tipperary as part of the 2016 Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People (PDSCYP, none of these will be attached specifically to Scoil Aonghusa.

These posts will be assigned to a Children Disability Network Team (CDNT) in accordance with the national requirements.

I also find it absolutely insulting to the parents and staff of the School that neither Minister of State Kathleen Lynch nor Minister Varadkar has agreed to meet the parents despite almost five months of correspondence to their offices requesting that a meeting take place.

That in itself is in insight into the mentality that currently prevails within the Minister’s office,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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