The Greens are finally online with an interesting view on the funding of disability services:
“The Disability Commissioner needs to be separate from the Health Services Commissioner,” Ms Bresnan said today.
“A clear recommendation from the Gallop Inquiry into a number deaths in disability services and the Disability Reform Group – which was set up to oversee subsequent improvements – was to keep these positions separate.”
“The Attorney General’s answer to a question in the Assembly yesterday however makes it clear that resource limitations have taken precedence over this clear advice. That is unacceptable.”
“The work of a Disability Commissioner is about resolving issues that have arisen in long term relationships and care. It requires a detailed knowledge and understanding of disability service provision and the needs of very vulnerable and marginalised people. “
“This is quite different to the health complaints work, which is more likely to flow from one off incidents that might affect anyone, and which often can and must be addressed fairly promptly.”