Action called for on Wicklow neuro rehabilitation services

Caroline Leonard and J Whitmore

Jennifer Whitmore TD has call for urgent action by Government to ensure that neurological rehabilitation services are rolled out in Wicklow. This follows a briefing from the Neurological Alliance of Ireland to elected officials in Leinster House today. Today’s event was attended by groups of patients and patient organisations representing all areas of the country.

Speaking after the event Deputy Whitmore said:

“The government needs to allocate funding for community neuro rehabilitation services across Wicklow now. People who need these services are suffering severe setbacks in their recovery from major brain injuries, and this can be avoided. I heard today from a patient who was six months post stroke before getting a rehabilitation appointment.

“There are only 2 rehabilitation facilities around the country. How can the Department of Health defend the government sitting on a ‘rainy day fund’ of hundreds of millions of euros for the future, when patients in need of these rehabilitation services are knee deep in water right now. The NAI is group of 30 non-profit organisations who advocate for the rights of 800,000 people in Ireland living with neurological conditions.  At the event we heard from Caroline Leonard from Enniskerry who has been campaigning for neurological rehabilitation services in Wicklow for years. She described it as battle she and others should never have had to fight. 

Briefing Room Leinster House

Pictured above, top: Wicklows Caroline Leonard and Deputy Whitmore

“I have submitted numerous Parliamentary Questions on this issue but there are still no available resources in Wicklow despite promises since 2018 from government. I continue to get answers which suggest that government are happy to keep kicking the can down the road on this. In Wicklow there are hundreds of people waiting for appointments at locations that aren’t even within an hour of where they live because there are no services available to them in their home county. I have also been getting emails on a weekly basis for months from people asking for action on this, as I am sure every TD in the country has been.

“People living with the after effects of brain trauma or with a neurological condition have been left to fight this battle alone for too long. It is time for government to get off the bench and act now so that patients can have better outcomes and faster recoveries. It is not an unreasonable request. I will be continuing to put the pressure on the Minister for Health to deliver these services in Wicklow, and around the country.”

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