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Respite care falling in Cork

Friday, 10th August, 2018 10:33am

Concerns have been expressed about the lack of respite care being provided in Cork as new figures show a decline in it being provided. 
The Sinn Féin figures show that in South Lee, which is the southside of the city and surrounding areas, there was a reduction from 649 overnight sessions in the first quarter of 2017, to 448 in the first quarter of 2018. 
Nationally there was 1,714 less hours of respite care provided in quarter one of 2018 compared to last year. 
Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said: “We all know people for whom respite is a God send, and is much sought after, and is all too infrequent. Respite care is one of the most important services provided by the health service, in providing people with much needed rest. Demand for this is rising."
"It is unacceptable, and deeply disappointing, that less respite care is being provided in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time last year."
Figures were released to Sinn Féin TD Louise O'Reilly through a Parliamentary Question. 
Ó Laoghaire continued: “The families that will suffer from the lack of respite are some of the hardest pressed families in the state but who carry on with great dignity under significant pressure. These hours provide respite and relief to parents and families who have a person in the household with a disability.
“The situation now is utterly inadequate, and the reduced availability is hard to beyond comprehension, and will deeply frustrate so many families."

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