Statement by Rehab Group on meeting held with Health Minister Simon Harris, Wed, May 15th, 2019
A meeting was held with Rehab, Health Minister, Simon Harris, Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath and HSE officials this evening in relation to Rehab’s campaign to save vital services for 3,000 adults and children with disabilities across 147 services in 26 counties.
The Group has been calling on Minister Harris to intervene to save its care services by instructing the HSE to providing €2 million additional funding per annum to bridge an unsustainable deficit.
While some good progress was made at this evening’s meeting more time is needed for further discussions. To this end, there will be a final meeting this Tuesday, May 21st in a bid to reach resolution.
We remain hopeful a solution will be identified which will safeguard these critical services for the 3000 people in our care, and our 1,500 staff. We will continue to fight for the funding of these services which are so critical to the people we serve.