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Rehab Group calls for Rebel support

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 4:31pm

Rehab Group is calling on the people of Cork to support a campaign to save vital disability care services amid funding crisis talks.

Almost 200 people who rely on six services in Cork city and Bantry could be affected. This includes critical respite services, resource centres and supported accommodation.

Rehab Group say their care services are under threat after years of underfunding by the HSE. Supporters in Cork have been urged to contact their TDs and senators to express how much the services mean to them as intensive eleventh-hour talks with the HSE continue.

The talks came about following an intervention by Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Disability Finian McGrath after Rehab Group announced its intention to give 12 months’ notice that it was to terminate its 147 Rehab Care services at 117 locations across the country unless it received an injection of €2 million in funding.

Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Fundraising at Rehab Group Kathleen O’Meara said: “Every day we see the difference our work makes to the people who use our services and how much it would affect them were those services to be threatened. Many are telling us they want their voices heard by their local councillors, TDs and senators. We’ve developed an email campaign on our website rehab.ie allowing them to do just that – to speak up for their own services. It’s our hope that the talks with the HSE bring about long-term stability for all involved.”

Ms O’Meara added: “This situation can be reversed, the care services could be saved but only if we are provided with urgent additional funding to ensure that these services continue. We are calling on Health Minister, Simon Harris to intervene to save our care services by instructing the HSE to providing €2 million additional funding per annum to bridge an unsustainable deficit. We need everyone to get behind our campaign to save our services so we can continue this vital care for the people of Cork and around the country.”

The HSE and Rehab Group were due to meet with Minister Harris and Minister McGrath yesterday evening to review the situation.

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