‘Frank but positive’ meeting on Carrickore Respite Unit

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has met with senior representatives of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust on ongoing concerns over access to services in Carrickore Respite Unit. 

McNulty led a delegation of parents of young children who use the service.



Speaking after the meeting McNulty said, “Over recent months I have been constantly raising concerns on behalf of concerned parents who have been unable to access respite services at Carrickore. 

“We have held meetings with the Southern Trust previously but unfortunately previous commitments received by the parents were not fulfilled by the Trust. The families concerned were deeply disappointed and angry, and rightly so.

“The major issue here has been the complete breakdown in communication between the Trust and the families. Families have been expressing their grievances for some time and those concerns have gone unresolved. To add further insult to injury, the families were assured previously these concerns would be addressed, however they were not,” he insisted.



“The facility is very much needed, and is very well used by over thirty different families and whilst they understand that each of them have their own individual needs from the service, they are adamant that the Trust must be flexible enough to meet the varying needs.

“Today’s meeting was challenging but productive. I believe the Trust have been left very clear of the concerns and expectations of all the families involved concerned. They have given very clear commitments to the families, including much improved and structured communications channels. 



The local MLA added, “I hope that we have made significant progress and will continue to liaise with both the families and the Trust to ensure issues such as this do not rise again.”

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