Urgent clarity is being sought from the HSE over respite services at Lifford Hospital.
Families were left with serious concerns this week after all respite services were suspended for necessary maintenance works. The absence of respite care leaves many carers without a vital support for themselves and their loved ones.
While the works are being described as a temporary move, services are expected to be impacted for up to two months.
“This is a very much needed local service especially at this difficult time,” said Cllr Gerry Crawford.
“I have sought reassurance from the HSE that respite care will resume with no undue delay and that staff will be kept informed at all times in these matters.”
The HSE has said that alternative respite can be arranged for families “in cases of emergencies”.
Meanwhile, Cllr Gary Doherty has stated that he received reports from staff at Lifford Hospital that they’ve been told by management that they are to be redeployed.
“I’ve been in contact with Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD who have raised this with the HSE. Staff and the wider community need clarity and answers on this asap,” said Cllr Doherty.