Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Access to Community Neurological Rehabilitation Teams: Discussion

Ms Magdalen Rogers:

I reiterate our request for funding to be allocated in this year's budget to enable the establishment of teams in CHO 5, CHO 8 and CHO 9 where there has been no allocation to date. The HSE should take priority action to establish teams without delay in CHOs where funding has been made available - CHO 6 and CHO 7 as well as the newly funded CHO 4 and CHO 2.

I ask for the indulgence of the committee. I know the committee is very familiar with the work of Professor Orla Hardiman, working with those impacted by neurological conditions. Professor Hardiman will be stepping down as clinical lead for neurology this summer having been in the role since 2019. Having worked closely with her in the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, I can attest to the fact that hat she brought the same passion, dedication and expertise to this role as she has done in all other aspects of her work. She has worked tirelessly to carry out a transformative programme of innovation and development within neurology services. As Deputy Ward said, he has seen the results with his own care. Throughout her work she has recognised and championed the role of patient organisations as partners in healthcare delivery. On behalf of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, I thank her for her contribution to neurology services over the years.