Whitmore Calls Out Harris Over St. Joseph’s

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Whitmore Calls Out Harris Over St. Joseph’s


Latest press release from Cllr Jennifer Whitmore, issued on Monday, December 2nd 2019…

Social Democrats General Election Candidate for Wicklow, Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore has today put forward, and got support for, a motion calling for “WCC to write to Minister for Health Simon Harris and ask that he ensure that interim funding is provided to St. Joseph’s Dementia care facility in Shankill to prevent any risk of imminent closure.”

Whitmore said, “Only a few short weeks ago, Minister Harris made the welcome statement that the ‘doors will not close’ on St. Josephs. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case, and the management at St. Joseph’s have confirmed to families and staff this weekend that it will stop taking residential admissions with immediate effect.

“This cannot be allowed happen. There are 60 people living in St. Josephs – and many others that use the day service – who rely on the excellent care they receive there, as do their families. We cannot underestimate the positive difference a model service like St. Joseph’s can have on someone suffering from dementia. I have personal experience of a loved one living with dementia and the kind of dementia-specific care that is provided at St. Josephs can radically improve a person’s circumstances and brings incredible relief to loved ones as a result.

“The uncertainty that the residents and family members have gone through over the last few weeks since St. Josephs first raised their funding concerns in the public arena must end now. It is not fair that families, who already have incredible stress and worry placed on them, now have to worry about whether they have to locate an alternative home for their loved ones.

“Minister Harris needs to ensure funding is provided and that he keep his promise that the doors to St. Joseph’s remain open,” concludes Whitmore.

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