IT is expected that Laois’ four Oireachtas members will be meeting Brendan Broderick, CEO of the Muiríosa Foundation this afternoon in Moore Abbey to discuss the future of Mountrath Respite.
Senator John Whelan told the Leinster Express that he hopes to “allay fears and genuine concerns of parents”. It is hoped that two parents representatives will be able to attend the meeting also.
“It brings clarity to have parents reps present. We need a good, constructive round table discussion”, said the Labour TD.
Senator Whelan said that Oireachtas members will be continuing to address the “well founded” concerns of parents. “These are people at the coalface and dealing with issues. We must move back towards a policy that is client centred, rather than around administration issues”.
Brian Stanley TD is demanding that the HSE desist from further cuts to respite services, many of which are facing the chop due to reduced budgets.
“I have been contacted by concerned families, who use Mountrath Respite Services Centre through the Muiríosa Foundation in Monasterevin, who are very concerned over the impact on services from the reduction in the allocation of funding to the Foundation,” said the Sinn Fein TD.
He added: “While I appreciate the problems faced by the HSE with the current financial constraints, any change to services should be done in co-operation with those families affected to ensure the best outcome for service users. It is not acceptable that such a vulnerable group should feel the brunt of cutbacks in the Health Services when other cost saving measures are available”.