Cuts at Cherryorchard Hospital Recinded

Today Thursday April 24th, the HSE in Cherryorchard Hospital phoned individual carers who avail of respite care and were due to have it cut by end of May, that the cuts had been rescinded. Social workers informed carers that the budget was now in place to fully restore the roll-over respite service.
The campaign against the cuts in respite care welcomes this developement. Speaking today Brid Smith of the People Before Profit Alliance in the area, said “It was the carers themselves and the wider community, particularly in Ballyfermot who have brought about this u-turn by the HSE. Petitions, protests, public meetings and a media campaign have pulled the community together to fully support the carers.”

As of now there has been no public or written statement to the Carers that the service is reinstated.
The march due to take place tomorrow from Ballyfermot church to Cherryorchard Hospital will go ahead as planned at 3pm. Carers and their families want a written guarantee from the HSE that respite beds will not be closed and that there will be no future attempt to cut this service.

This campaign also wants to show support for other carers and patients across Dublin whose respite services are being cut in Baggot Street and Leopardstown hospitals.
This protest is supported by all local community groups, churches and political parties.
Ends
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

BRID SMITH

(People Before Profit Alliance- Ballyfermot) 087 9090166

Watch original RTE NEWS Report on the issue- click here

Also see below the previous reports of this issue on this People Before Profit website:

Report 1

Report 2

Report3

 

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