The Daughters of Wisdom who run Cregg House in Sligo, a residential centre in Co. Sligo for people with an intellectual disability, have insisted that the centre has been underfunded.
Many people from Donegal use and have used the services of Cregg House since it opened in 1955.
Responding to a statement from Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch regarding their withdrawal from Cregg House, the Daughters of Wisdom stated:
“In the ‘Notes for Editors’ section that accompanied the press release from the Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, in relation to Wisdom Services it is stated that ‘it is not accepted that the service has been underfunded’.”
The Daughters of Wisdom say the facts speak for themselves.
In an earlier statement, Minister Lynch said she would like to reassure the families of the children and adults of people with disabilities who are currently receiving services that their service will continue to be provided.
A spokesperson for the Daughters of Wisdom says the HSE publishes an annual report, which contains details of the revenue, and capital funding paid to Section 38 service providers. An analysis of all the published annual reports - 2005 to 2010 – reveals that Wisdom Services received a lower percentage increase between 2005 and 2010 than all other comparable service providers in the sector. And they say they do not know why that is the case.
Wisdom Services says its costs are lower than those of comparable services provided directly by the HSE and they have reduced costs substantially in recent years.
The Daughters of Wisdom say they are not in a position to subsidise services provided by Wisdom Services on behalf of the HSE and were faced with the accumulated underfunding and the recent budget reductions were left with no other choice but to reluctantly and with regret cease being a service provider on behalf of the HSE.
MEP Marian Harkin has now called for clarification on the funding.