29.9.2023 Update on Budget 2023 Progress on Both NAI Pre Budget Asks

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 NAI welcomes the investment announced yesterday in both neurology and neurorehabilitation services in direct response to the asks outlined in our Pre Budget Submission. 

 Minister Anne Rabbitte, Minister of State for Disability, announced funding of two new community neurorehabilitation teams as well as 23 additional neurology nurse specialists.

The Minister highlighted that this investment in neurological care services was in response to the request of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, the national umbrella for 31 neurological organisations. 
Our warm thanks to all our members and individual advocates who supported our pre budget asks. 
While this investment represents an important encouraging first step, our press release recognises that there is still a long way to go to address the deficits in both neurology and neurorehabilitation services.
There remains a significant shortfall of neurology specialist nurses while most areas of the country continue to lack access to a dedicated community neurorehabilitation team. 
Read our press release in full below
Read Minister Anne Rabbitte's announcement in Dail Eireann HERE
Thursday, 29th September 2022
Neurological Alliance of Ireland welcomes expansion of neurorehabilitation services in Budget 2023
"The funding of two new community neurorehabilitation teams, as well as 23 additional neurology nurses, will make a huge difference to the lives of those living with neurological conditions. However, this must be simply the first of many steps to deliver the services needed nationally". That's according to the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI), which represents over thirty neurological charities in Ireland, in response to this week's Budget announcement to progress the neurorehabilitation strategy and fund an additional 23 specialist nurses in adult neurology services.
The funding package for new services, included in Tuesday's Budget announcement by Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte, will support the establishment of two community neurorehabilitation teams in Cork and Galway as well as 23 additional neurology nurses in direct response to the recommendations outlined in the NAI pre-Budget submission.
Commenting on the announcement, Magdalen Rogers, Executive Director of the NAI, said: "This expansion of community neurorehabilitation services is a positive outcome for those living with neurological conditions in Cork, Galway and the surrounding areas and we welcome the investment. However, this goes only halfway to closing the gap in services nationally. We will continue to advocate on behalf of our members for Government to deliver investment in a further five community neurorehabilitation teams as outlined in the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy.
"The NAI and our members highlighted the vital role of these teams in supporting people with a wide range of neurological conditions when we met with Minister Anne Rabbitte at the launch of our pre-Budget submission in September. We thank the Minster for listening and for putting supports in place where they are needed most – in our local communities. We look forward to continuing to work with her to ensure that every Community Health Organisation area has a dedicated neurorehabilitation team in line with the National Strategy, which is a key commitment in the current Programme for Government.
"We also warmly welcome the announcement by Minister Rabbitte of 23 additional nurse specialists across adult neurology services as recommended in our pre-Budget submission and a key ask of our nationwide Patients Deserve Better campaign. According to the Model of Care for Neurology Services in Ireland we have an overall shortfall of 100 nurse specialists in this area. The announcement of an additional 23 specialist nursing posts represents an encouraging first step in our call to tackle the shortage over the next five years".
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