Many of you will have heard about the launch of yesterday’s Sláintecare report by the government and wonder what it means for you.
Here in Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, we have welcomed the report because in it’s second goal, it confirms that implementation of the neuro-rehabilitation strategy will begin this year in 2018.
We know you’re probably tired of hearing about yet another strategy – so why are welcoming it? Because our own experts worked on the neuro-rehabilitation strategy to help design clearer pathways in our health system. These new pathways will allow people with brain injuries to move through health services more easily as they progress with their recovery and rehabilitation.
Our CEO Barbara O’Connell said: “We welcome the launch of today’s new Sláintecare strategy which confirms in Goal 2, that implementation of the long-awaited neuro-rehabilitation strategy will begin in 2018.
“With 13,000 new traumatic brain injuries in Ireland every year and between 8,000-10,000 strokes occurring annually, timely access to neuro-rehabilitation is crucial. As Sláintecare is implemented, we look forward to greater investment in community rehabilitation for people affected by brain injury to ensure the best chance of recovery to help them back to independent living.
“Right now thousands of lives are devastated in Ireland every year by brain injuries acquired through falls, road collisions, attempted suicides and strokes resulting in a silent epidemic leaving families struggling to cope and struggling to access services in every corner of the country.
“Clearer pathways for brain injury survivors as outlined in the neuro-rehabilitation strategy will ensure they move through relevant services in a timely fashion. Currently too many cases are stuck on the pathway or placed inappropriately in settings like nursing homes which stops any recovery. We are heartened to hear the priorities for Sláintecare which means people will be able to access care when they need it.”
You can read more about Sláintecare here