McCarthy wants pledge from Health Minister to save speech therapy centre

Strangford Alliance MLA Kieran McCarthy has said he wants the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey to give reassurances that funding will be provided in order to save the Ballynahinch-based I Can speech therapy centre, which could face closure if cuts are implemented. Kieran McCarthy is taking part in a cross-party meeting today on the issue.

Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “We need to see the Health Minister stepping up to the mark and giving children, parents and staff positive news about the I Can centre. The amount of funding required to safeguard this centre is very small given the size of the Health Minister’s budget.

“This is a vitally important facility for the community. It ensures children can stay in the local area for schooling and is of massive assistance to children and families. Devolution is all about delivery and listening to the concerns of people here, and I hope Michael McGimpsey delivers the decision that those who use this service want to hear.

“People want reassurances on the future of this vital resource. It’s time the Health Minister provided reassurances to those who use this service.”


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