Tuesday 26 September 2017

Struggling clients deserve our support

Rank and file CRC staff have taken a battering while bosses lived the high life, writes Gene Kerrigan

The Central Remedial Clinic was one of the charities that became embroiled in controversy last year. Photo: El Keegan
The Central Remedial Clinic was one of the charities that became embroiled in controversy last year. Photo: El Keegan
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

On Friday, while the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health were making a private visit to the CRC at Clontarf, the phone rang and a staff member took an earful of abuse from a ranting member of the public. The policy is to thank such callers politely for taking the trouble to ring.

There are two CRCs. One in which executive pay was inflated, creating public anger at the misuse of funds. And another in which the rank and file staff have suffered increasing strain over the past few years, while services to the clients were being run down.

The second version of the CRC is taking a battering. Resources are depleted, work conditions worsened, morale has gone down as a result of the scandal. Donations have fallen, putting the future in doubt. All this, as a result of behaviour at executive level, affecting a staff and a clientele who are blameless.

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