Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed a funding allocation of €95,000 by the HSE to ensure that St Hilda’s services in Athlone continue to be HIQA compliant.
“St Hilda’s services are fully registered with HIQA but the associated costs have been enormous. In this regard, the funding of €95,000 will alleviate those HIQA costs incurred by the organisation in the last three years.
“The much anticipated HSE Service Improvement Review report of St Hilda’s Services has yet to be published. As we await the report’s publication, which we expected in March 2015, I have been fighting tooth and nail on behalf of St Hilda’s to ensure there will be no further cuts to vital intellectual disability services in Athlone.
“The commitment of St Hilda’s staff and their close work with families ensures that the quality of services and care for people with intellectual disabilities is second to none.
“Of course, costs remain a challenge but helped by considerable political and public pressure, I remain confident that the Service Improvement Review report will find St Hilda’s to be an efficient, low cost organisation, which is giving very good value for money.”