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Boyle raises lack of service provision in Strabane with Health Board

Published: 6 October, 2015

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle this week met with officials from the Health and Social Care Board to push for a Health and Leisure Hub to be located in Strabane. Other items on the agenda included the lack of service provision for adults with a learning disability and supported living facilities.

Speaking after the meeting Ms Boyle said,

"This meeting provided me with an opportunity to fight Strabane's corner and push for services to be located in this area. I have requested that the Integrated Care Services team within the Health and Social Care board looks into the likelihood of a Health and Leisure Hub being located in Strabane.

"I also raised the issue of the lack of service provision for adults with a learning disability in the Strabane district. When parents get to a certain age they worry about what will happen to their son or daughter who has a learning disability when they are no longer here to care for them. In respect of current residential and supported living services in Strabane we have Iona House, a 12 bed unit. As a result of the demand for these places it is crucial that this service is enhanced.

"The Health Board have confirmed they have a plan in place with the Housing Executive where they are planning priorities for the years ahead in terms of supporting people through supported living and resettlement. One of the new priorities is for people who are living with ageing carers. They have confirmed the Housing Executive will be having planning sessions with all the Health Trusts in December.

"I will continue to keep these issues on the agenda. I intend to liaise with the local council, the housing executive, the Western Trust and the local commissioning groups to find a way of progressing these important matters."