SDLP representatives meet Western Trust on learning disability underspend
Mr Durkan repeated his call for funding to be restored to services in the Western Trust area and for a full investigation into the circumstances of the underspend.
Speaking after the meeting, he said:
“An SDLP delegation met with Western Trust officials today in relation to the significant underspend on learning disability services. We put on the record our very strong frustration at the way this issue has been handled after years of fighting alongside service users for even a basic level of care.
“Given the nature and the scale of the underspend here, it’s critical that the resources are diverted back into these services rather than used as stop gaps in other parts of the health service. Service users have clearly suffered unnecessarily over the last number of years; they must be assured that this resource will be used to enhance the quality of care that they receive.
“The SDLP will continue to press the Trust to deliver the highest quality of care.”