Battle to save Rehabcare

Vincent Evans, Tommy Cantillon and Richard Smyth were among those taking part in last Friday’s day of action aimed at Rehabcare in Blennerville aimed at saving the service whose future is threatened by a lack of funding. Photos by Domnick Walsh Eye Focus
Vincent Evans, Tommy Cantillon and Richard Smyth were among those taking part in last Friday’s day of action aimed at Rehabcare in Blennerville aimed at saving the service whose future is threatened by a lack of funding. Photos by Domnick Walsh Eye Focus

Simon Brouder

A day of action took place at the RehabCare Resouce Centre in Blennerville on Friday to raise support for the campaign to Save RehabCare's Services.

RehabCare -part of Rehab Group - provides day, respite, residential and home care services to 3,000 people with disabilities and their families every year.

The organisation is currently in grave financial difficulty and will cease operations in 2020 unless urgent funding of €2 million can be secured.

RehabCare's deficits have arisen primarily due to the new and unfunded costs of regulation, significantly increased insurance costs as well as losses which arise as a result of health and social care services taken on by RehabCare on behalf of the HSE during the recession when a public sector recruitment moratorium prevented the HSE meeting people's needs directly.

"For a number of years now, the money RehabCare has received from the HSE hasn't been enough to fully cover the services that we provide. Rehab Group has been making up for this lack of funding from its own reserves which are now nearly fully depleted," said Jane O'Donghue of Rehabcare in Blennerville.

"Rehab has a responsibility to the people who use its services to guarantee the sustainability of the organisation. The Board of the Rehab Group is governed by company law and it cannot continue to deliver services knowing that the organisation will fail without an urgent allocation of funding," said Ms O'Donoghue.

"There is still time to Save RehabCare's Services. Additional annual funding of €2 million would guarantee the organisation's future and the future of services to nearly 3,000 people with disabilities," she said.

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