€1 million Extra for Dublin Disability Charity

Dublin's leading service provider for people with disabilities, has been allocated additional funding of around €1 million after negotiations with the HSE.

The extra funding will allow the Daughters of Charity to continue operating respite services for the rest of this year, but the HSE has made no commitment for 2011.

Management at the Daughters of Charity anticipate a deficit in this year’s budget, but the extra funds will maintain frontline services used by some 1,100 people cared for by the organisation.

Management of the organisation met the HSE’s local health manager and the regional director of operations last week. The discussions focused on funding issues for 2010 and, in particular, the need to maintain the provision of frontline services.

The organisation said it was forced to scale back some services this year because the HSE cut its funding allocation by about €4 million. However, the additional funding gives the organisation a reprieve until next year’s budgets are allocated.

(Source: Irish Times)