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Boost for Longford disability service staff as HSE announces 'catch-up' funding

Apr 26, 2021 14:04 By Shannonside News
Boost for Longford disability service staff as HSE announces 'catch-up' funding Boost for Longford disability service staff as HSE announces 'catch-up' funding
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The service has struggled since 2013 to retain and attract people as they cannot match rival private industry pay rates

The HSE is to provide a major funding boost to address years of underfunding in a Longford disability services provider.

St Christopher's Service has struggled to attract and retain staff due to a lack of funds to pay nurses and carers any additional increments due to them from social partnership agreements.

Longford TD Joe Flaherty has confirmed that €800,000 is being allocated to the service which is likely to be able to provide funding for extra resources until 2024.

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The money will allow the service engage with trade unions and assist in maintaining staffing levels.

The Fianna Fail deputy says it has been a long battle to approve the money:

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