Wednesday 17 January 2018

Staff at CRC claim "morale is very low" as controversies continue

By Aishling Phelan

Staff at the Central Remedial Clinic have spoken about how ‘‘morale is very low’’ since further revelations on the controversial pension pay-off were revealed.

‘‘People are very angry and morale is very low at the moment,’’ said special needs assistant for the CRC Arthur.

Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTÉ’s Liveline he said, ‘‘People are shocked at what’s going on. There are a lot of departments here between the school and the clinic that work closely together.’’

He spoke to the programme during his work break and said that as he walked around the hospital that day, the revelations were the only subject people could talk about.

‘‘There’s the Speech and language, nursing, SNA’s, teachers and they put in a tremendous amount of effort and work and I think it’s terrible that the name of the CRC is being tarnished.’’

The SNA spoke of the continued commitment of the staff at the CRC and the excellent work that has always taken place at the clinic.

‘‘People are absolutely disgusted at what’s been going on.

‘‘It’s not nice, especially for ourselves who are on the frontline of everything, have taken pay cuts and then you hear this type of [thing] going on,’’ he explained.

Voluntary worker at the CRC Jane said her fear is whether the facility was going to be affected by the revelations in the long-run.

‘‘Obviously we are all shocked by this but what with all the scandals that have gone on over the last few years, I don’t think it should be that much of a shock,’’ she said.

The worker, who has been at the CRC for the past five years, said she believed that the clinic was not the only place that this type of activity has occurred.

‘‘All these things should be run like any business, with full accountability and transparency,’’ she added.

She reflected on the great impact the facility has on the lives of the children that vitally need its services. 

Teacher Mary Ryan from Malahide brought her students to spend a day at the CRC and said it was an ‘‘extremely positive experience.’’

‘‘In spite of the fact that the children had huge challenges, it was an extremely positive place.

‘‘I think the money should be returned but really what I’m concerned about is that I’m worried to hear people suggesting that it should be rebranded and renamed.’’

She believes that the CRC has a positive image and said it was going to suffer temporarily.

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