GP visit cards and extra funding for respite care will go some way to helping carers and people with disabilities in Clare, that’s according to local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Pat Breen.

Minister Breen said the new supports for carers will see all those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance qualify for a GP Visit Card, an additional €10 million will go towards providing respite care for persons with disabilities.

“I hope these new measures will go some way to helping the devoted carers and people with disabilities in Clare,” said Minister Breen adding, “we have all witnessed the strain many families are under while caring for their loved ones, a role which is taken on without any hesitation.

“However, carers themselves also require our support and I am delighted that the Minister for Health Simon Harris has allocated additional funding to improve respite care services and to ensure that all carers can access GP services without charge.”

The new provisions will be implemented in 2018, subject to the necessary legislation. Minister Breen stated, “I have also had assurances from HSE Mid West that the Mid West Community Healthcare service is currently working with the national HSE office to establish what benefit can be derived from the announcement of extra funding.

“I hope the funding will enable our carers in Clare to get a well-deserved break. Their important role places them and their families under great strain and often compromises their own health and wellbeing,” concluded Minister Pat Breen.