Concern over Ofalia House Respite Care Service

COUNCILLOR Noel Bourke has expressed serious concern about reports that the HSE is planning to curtail Respite Care Services at Ofalia House in Edenderry as part of it's cost cutting measures.

COUNCILLOR Noel Bourke has expressed serious concern about reports that the HSE is planning to curtail Respite Care Services at Ofalia House in Edenderry as part of it's cost cutting measures.

"This is a very important part of the work carried out in Ofalia House and families need the service and have come to depend on it," outlined Cllr Bourke who added that to remove it would be a big let down to those who avail of it. He said that the HSE is supposed to be a caring organisation but by curtailing this service they are not behaving in a caring way.

Cllr Bourke explained that Ofalia House is an excellent facility provided for the area by the HSE and to interfere with the Respite Care service in any way would be a very retrograde step.

"I am calling on the HSE is retain this service in it's present form and I would hope that the new Head of the HSE, Mr Cathal Magee, whom I know from his time in Bord na Mona, will take the necessary steps to ensure that a responsible approach is taken on this matter and that the service is left in place."

Cllr Bourke said that this is a very serious matter, it should be treated as an essential and necessary service by the HSE and he will be pursuing it further.