National Ability Supports System must deliver greater services for people with Disabilities – Ó Murchú.

Louth Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed the new ‘National Ability Supports System’ which will collect and store information about HSE services for people with disabilities.

Councillor Ó Murchú said;

“At the recent June meeting of Louth Disability Forum, members were given a comprehensive presentation by Gerard McCartney, Disability Databases Manager for Louth, regarding the new National Ability Supports System.

“In real terms the information collected on this system will make it easier for people with disabilities and their families to access State supports and services including day, respite and residential places; physiotherapy, OT, speech and language therapy, psychology and nursing support, assistive products such as hoists and wheelchairs.

“Far too many families across Louth are not receiving the supports which they are entitled to as Irish citizens.

“I am working with numerous families of people with disabilities who are afraid of what the future will bring for them and their loved one.

“I encourage families to make sure that the HSE has all of their information so that their needs are registered.

“This is the only way to make a strong case to the HSE for resources to be allocated to County Louth and to help ensure that families in Louth receive the services they need.

“Gerard McCartney confirmed to me that the new database is designed using Agile methodology which will allow for a much more responsive and adaptable system.

 “The HSE are using the database to help plan, develop and organise disability services and supports and to lobby for resources.

“It is also useful that over 65 staff from other service providers such as Rehabcare and Talbot Group can access and input into the database as well.

“I hope that the new system will make a positive difference to people’s lives.”