Friday, 31 August 2012
SIPTU will oppose HSE attempt to cut disability services
Press Release: 31st August 2012
SIPTU will oppose an attempt by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to cut the hours of Personal Assistants working in disability services.
SIPTU Organiser, Darragh O’Connor, said: “The HSE announced, yesterday (Thursday, 30th August), that it intends to cut by 7.7% the hours of care provided by Personal Assistants to people with disabilities in order to make an estimated saving of €10.8 million. This cut follows a 1.8% cut in 2011 and a 3.7% cut in 2012.”
“Personal Assistants help people with disabilities live an independent life with dignity in their own homes. The proposed cut will have a direct impact on services, which in turn will severely impact on the quality of life of people with disabilities.
He added: “These vital services are already overstretched and underfunded. The proposed further cut is morally repugnant, it will be opposed by this trade union and also by communities throughout Ireland when its full impact becomes clear.”
SIPTU will campaign to protect these vital services and is currently meeting with Personal Assistants across the country to discuss what action will be taken.