St. John of God budget down 17% over five years

Garden designer Lisa Murphy pictured in the Serenity Garden at St. Raphael's, Celbridge, which she designed for the 50th anniversary of the Parents and Friends Association.          Photo Tony Keane.
The Saint John of God Community Service Ltd in Kildare, which runs St. Raphael’s in Celbridge, experienced a 2.5% cut this year, the services said.

The Saint John of God Community Service Ltd in Kildare, which runs St. Raphael’s in Celbridge, experienced a 2.5% cut this year, the services said.

Over the past five years they have experienced a cumulative cut of 17%.

It operates HSE funded services in the areas of intellectual disability, adult mental health and child and adolescent mental health Services.

Andy Heffernan, CEO Saint John of God Community Services, including Kildare, said each of its services, had their budget allocation cut this year. “The level of cuts by the HSE varied across the country with a reduction of 2.5% applied in the Dublin-Mid Leinster region which includes Kildare.”

Mr. Heffernan continued: “ Services are left with no choice but to operate within these allocations and plan accordingly with an emphasis on maintaining services to those who are supported through enhanced efficiencies and reconfiguration. The planned changes in Kildare are part of this process and follow on from cumulative reductions in allocation in the region of 17% over the past 5 years.”

He said it is testament to the “hard work and creativity of management and staff in Kildare” that they have managed to maintain service levels despite the cuts.

Last week, we reported cuts to services at the canteen and the scrapping of some outside contracts.

Meanwhile on special education needs cuts Town Council will write to two and other local authorities expressing their concern over recently reversed

Leixlip Town Council supported Cllr. Anthony Larkin and Denis McCarthy expressed “disgust” at the proposed cuts for the most vulnerable in society,

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