12.6. 2013 NAI fights apparent U turn on implementation plan for the national neurorehabilitation strategy

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The NAI has written to Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, outlining its concern at an apparent u turn on the development of an implementation plan for the national neurorehabilitation strategy. Published in December 2011, the strategy commits to a three year implementation process, following the immediate development of an implementation plan. The NAI letter outlines this commitment, and also highlights the Minister's own statement in the foreword to the strategy, that she looks forward to receiving the plan as soon as possible. Eighteen months on, there is still no implementation plan. The NAI was recently copied on a response to a PQ to the effect that an implementation plan was not needed. The NAI takes strong issue with this contention, pointing out in the letter that implementation of the strategy has been fragmented, communication has been poor and there is no mechanism available to monitor progress. An implementation plan is urgently needed to address these issues. The NAI has sought a meeting with the Minister to address their concerns and highlighted the issue at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on the 23rd May.

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