Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dispute between HSE and religious order settled

Tim Healy

A HIGH Court dispute between the HSE and a religious order over a threat to terminate the service it provides for people with severe learning and intellectual disabilities has been settled.

Last month, the HSE obtained an order preventing the almost immediate termination of the service provided by the Daughters of Wisdom, trading as Wisdom Services, Cregg House, Sligo, in a dispute over a €1.3m cut to the organisation’s budget.

Wisdom claimed that because of the cut brought in last year it was unable to continue providing the residential and day care service to more than 200 people.

The court ordered it must continue the service, pending further order, because of what a judge said would be the “utterly disastrous” consequences for highly vulnerable people if it was not continued.

The court heard there had been extensive negotiations since last year between the parties over the funding issue though they ultimately reached an impasse.

The HSE had argued it was possible to achieve cost savings without any detriment to people in need of care but this was disputed by Wisdom.

Today, Declan McGrath SC, for the HSE, and Ercus Stewart SC, for Wisdom, said the matter had been settled and could be struck out.   Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said she was glad the matter had been resolved.

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