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THE country’s main patient advocacy group is at risk of closure after the the Health Service Executive (HSE) axed €117,000 in annual funding.
The Irish Patients’ Association has warned that around 500 cases involving tragedies such as unexplained deaths, injuries and late diagnoses are in danger of being impacted by the cuts. Chief executive Stephen McMahon said it is almost entirely dependent on the HSE funding to carry out its work .
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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has described the cutting of funding to the Irish Patients Association as shameful.
Deputy Kelleher said: “I read with disbelief the news that Minister Reilly would axe the funding to the independent voice of the Irish Patients Association.
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The Irish Patients’ Association’s (IPA) core funding of €117k from the Health Service Executive (H.S.E.) has been “axed from April 2013”. The I.P.A has been funded by the H.S.E/D.O.H. since 2004 and has a service agreement with the H.S.E.
The current situation is grossly unfair as the process to choose H.S.E preferred patient advocacy groups was neither transparent nor negotiable.
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