Deputy Peter Burke, the Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath has raised the need for improved health services in Longford, in particular for those who suffer from acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions.

Speaking in Ballymahon, Burke highlighted the need for improved facilities:

“At the end of May, I tabled a Dáil question in relation to an Acquired Brain Injury Unit on Saint Joseph’s campus in County Longford and when it would be open. In his response, Minister Simon Harris outlined that the Programme for Partnership Government places a particular focus on publishing a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community and that a business case had been made for a unit in St. Joseph’s but no funding had been approved as of yet.

“I subsequently met the Minister in Leinster House on this issue with a delegation from Longford where we raised the need for an acquired brain injury unit, a step-down facility and a clinical assessment of St. Joseph’s Campus.

“The Minister is aware of the urgent need for these services in Longford and the hard work campaigners are carrying out on the issue.  He has informed me that he will revert back with an update on these matters shortly and has offered to visit Longford in the short-term to visit the health services.  He is arranging this with my office.

“I am pressing the Minister on these issues and working with Longford County Councillors to ensure adequate facilities are provided. As the economy continues to improve, we must earmark investment in rehabilitation services for those with neurological conditions as a priority”.