2.12.2021 NAI Call for Action on Neurorehabilitation Strategy at Oireachtas Committee

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 The Neurological Alliance of Ireland today called on members of the Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters to write to the Minister for Health to highlight the lack of progress on implementing the Neurorehabilitation Strategy. 

The Strategy was published in 2011 with an implementation framework only finally introduced in 2019. The National Steering Committee responsible for implementation has not met at all throughout 2021 despite the three-year framework 2019-2021 coming to an end this December. 

Despite a commitment to fund community neurorehabilitation teams in each of the nine CHOs (Community Health Organisations) within the three year framework; only two such teams have been partially funded and are not even up and running. 

NAI Executive Director Mags Rogers and NAI Board member Dr Niall Pender highlighted that Ireland is not meeting, and will fail to meet, its commitments under the UNCRPD to people with a neurodisability unless urgent action is taken to address the complete lack of progress in implementing the Neurorehabilitation Strategy to date. 

The Chair of the Committee noted that the lack of progress on implementation was "unacceptable" and the Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Health further to the meeting today. 

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

 

 
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