The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has confirmed that the Health Service Executive (HSE) will cover any cash flow issues encountered by St Christopher’s Services this year.
Welcoming the announcement, Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath, James Bannon stated that the long-term future of St Christopher’s had been secured without any service reductions.
“In order to stabilise the current financial position in St Christopher’s, and to ensure that there is no requirement for any negative impact on the current level of service provision, the HSE have made arrangements to provide financial support to resolve the current cash flow difficulties being experienced by St Christopher’s,” he said. “The present cash flow difficulties will be addressed with immediate effect. I would like to thank Ministers Varadkar, Lynch, and the HSE for intervening to resolve this extremely serious issue. The matter has been resolved and we will have full retention of all services. I am extremely happy that the stress of recent weeks on the staff, services users, and families, has now been removed.
“The HSE have informed me that that a review will be undertaken next year to avoid any financial deficit problems arising again. The HSE project manager, along with the Director of Disability Services will carry out the review with the co-operation of St Christopher’s CEO, Pat O’Toole. The review will be signed off on by the HSE director of Social Care, Pat Healy.”
Before concluding his announcement, Deputy Bannon added that, “I am delighted that in their 50th year we have managed to resolve the financial deficit and secure the long-term future of the services without seeing any reduction in services”.
This development looks certain to be warmly received at the Annual General Meeting of St Christopher’s Services Ltd, which takes place this evening, Tuesday, in the Slyvia Dawson Hall at its centre on the Battery Road, Longford, from 8pm.
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