Expecting parents and families to fundraise to keep Respite Care Facility open is just not fair – BREEN.

July 29th, 2010 - Pat Breen

“Expecting parents and families to fundraise to keep the Brothers of Charity Respite Care Facility in Limerick open is just not fair”, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Monday). Deputy Breen has urged the HSE to sit down and hold unconditional talks with the Brothers of Charity with a view to finding a permanent resolution to the funding crisis which saw the Centre forced to shut down on the 14th June 2010 last.”

“I welcome the fact that the Respite service run by the Brothers of Charity is set to re-open, all be it on a limited basis from the 16th August 2010 next. This has been made possible because the Brothers of Charity have contributed €50,000 from existing resources, to get the service back up and running; however, there is still a shortfall of €100,000 to be bridged.”

“A Meeting is due to take place between the parents and families support group on the 23rd August at which a fundraising initiative is to be put forward I understand. This is totally unacceptable and just not fair that these parents many of whom are elderly are now expected to fundraise so that their loved one can avail of respite care.”

“The CEO of the HSE, Professor Drum said yesterday that respite facilities have been restored, however, that is not the case here in the Mid-West Region, where they are only partially restored.”

“The HSE must now sit down and hold unconditional talks with the Brothers of Charity and permanently resolve this funding crisis. Expecting parents and families to fundraise is not the answer. I have written today to both the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney, and her colleague the Minister of State at the Department with responsibility for Equality, Disability and Mental Health John Moloney, urging them to intervene and facilitate this meeting at the earliest opportunity.”

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