Launch of of a new scheme of registration and inspection of residential services for people with disabilities
Minister of State with responsibility for Disability Kathleen Lynch TD, today (30 October) today announced a new era for people with disabilities living in residential services
From 1 November, there will be a new scheme of registration and inspection of residential services for people with disabilities which will be delivered by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). HIQA will be able to set and monitor standards for designated centres which include residential services provided to persons with disabilities. HIQA are also now empowered to undertake investigations as to the safety, quality and standards of these residential services.
Minister Lynch said, “The introduction of this scheme has been a priority of mine and is a commitment in the Programme for Government. I would be the first to acknowledge that the disability sector itself has been calling for this for a number of years and I am very pleased that this long awaited scheme has now been rolled out.”
“With these detailed standards and with guidance from HIQA, providers are now empowered to deliver even higher quality services and with the power to inspect and investigate, HIQA will be able to safeguard and protect people with disabilities”, the Minister continued. “There is emphasis on the supports that may be necessary to ensure that the unique and complex needs of each individual person are met in an appropriate manner by service providers and their staff.”
Concluding, Minister Lynch said, “as far as possible, we want people with disabilities to be able to avail of the supports they need at home or in their own community but for those who do need residential services, these regulations will help ensure those services are provided safely. I want to acknowledge the positive contribution made by disability sector stakeholders which resulted in a focussed set of regulations for this sector.”
The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly commented “for years some of our most vulnerable citizens have not had the benefit of an inspectorate to ensure that the highest standards of care are being delivered on behalf of the State. This new development addresses this deficit; will be of real value to recipients and providers of care alike and as such I warmly welcome it.”
Minister White launched a new Patient Group to support almost half a million people with severe respiratory disease.
Minister Alex White TD, Minister of State, Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care launched a new Patient Group to support almost half a million people with severe respiratory disease.
COPD Support Ireland is a charity set up to support all those living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition that makes it hard for sufferers to breathe due to obstruction of the airways in their lungs. It is Ireland’s first national COPD support and advocacy body, bringing together local support groups from around the country, to help those living with, and caring for someone with, COPD.
COPD is a major cause of death and disability1 and mainly affects those over 40 years of age. While it can lead to severe debility and social isolation, it is preventable. COPD Support Ireland’s centralised organisational structure aims to strengthen the support available to service users and advocate for those directly affected by the debilitating disease, both at a local and governmental level. Read the full press release.
Listen to Minister White doorstep at this event. 21st Minister White Doorstep COPD Launch 21 October 2013
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly today, Thursday 10 October, officially opened the Jigsaw North Fingal Hub in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Jigsaw Hubs, which are neutral, accessible and youth friendly spaces are managed by Headstrong, a non-profit organisation committed to changing how Ireland thinks about young people’s mental health.
Jigsaw North Fingal joins other Hubs across the country in Galway, Roscommon, Meath, Kerry, Donegal, Offaly and Tallaght in providing a much needed service for young people. Plans are also in place to open in Limerick later this year.
Officially opening the Jigsaw Hub Minister Reilly said
“It is fitting that today also marks World Mental Health Day. And if I could get just one message across this morning, it is this. It is incumbent on all of us to foster a culture where those experiencing mental health issues, and especially our young people, do not hesitate to seek help. Help is available from many sources and it really can make all the difference in helping people recover as fully and quickly as possible. This Jigsaw project will provide much needed support to the youth of North Fingal and I wish all associated with it, staff and young people, every success in the future”.
- Listen to Minister Reilly speech at this event
- Listen to Minister Reilly doorstep at this event