HSE slammed over Longford drugs service ‘cutbacks’

The HSE has been slammed over ‘cutbacks’ to the drugs and alcohol service in Longford.

According to the minutes of a recent meeting of its Longford/Westmeath mental health management team, released to Shannonside FM, changes to the service took effect from March 1st.

There used to be an ‘open-door’ policy for those who require the Community Alcohol and Drug Service in Longford and Mullingar, but this has changed to GP-referrals only.

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In a statement, the HSE claims that, as part of the reform of the community health services, work is ongoing to provide clarity and consistency of experience for service-users across the midlands.

It adds management have agreed to meet key stakeholders in the coming days to discuss access to the service and learning from recent changes.

However, Fianna Fáil councillor PJ Reilly, the chairman of the Dublin-Mid Leinster Regional Health Forum, is strongly criticising the changes.