Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has learned that the HSE review of St Hilda’s and St Christopher’s Services, which has been hit by a funding crisis, is due to be completed by the middle of March.
“Responding to funding issues experienced last year at both St Christopher’s and St. Hilda’s Services in Athlone, the HSE announced a review of current intellectual disability services in both counties.
“In response to recent queries I put to the HSE, Marion Meany, HSE Head of Operations and Service Improvement, Disability Services, Social Care Division, confirmed to me that the review of services commenced in late December 2014 and is due for completion in mid-March.
“The review, involving the preparation of a full report, will look at ways to develop sustainable services while also considering the current availability of resources.
“I am also pleased that the HSE committed to stabilising the current financial position at St Hilda’s and St Christopher’s during the review period in order to protect current levels of service provision.
“However, I will repeat what I said late last year at the time the HSE announced this review and that is: guarantees must be put in place to ensure vital intellectual disability services are protected against any further cuts.”