CPA takes challenge to Leinster House

On Wednesday, June 15th Tony Wilkinson was one of the keynote speakers at Leinster House with the Patients Deserve Better Campaign pushing to get the 100 specialist neurological nurses Ireland needs right now. Tony spoke about the lack of Parkinson’s nurses and demonstrated how that impacts the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. The room was full of TDs and Senators from around the country and was the culmination of a number of events organised by NAI (Mags Rogers) around the country highlighting the woeful shortage of specialist nurses and the immediate need for our politicians to get involved. Tony drew attention to the fact that we had 6 Parkinson’s nurses in the country and we are now down to 4. Nobody in the room was in any doubt about the serious nature of this shortfall and the impact it is having on their constituents.

Colm Burke TD – Cork North-Central, who was instrumental in helping NAI set up this meeting in the AV room in Leinster House, pictured here with Tony Wilkinson of CPA and other speakers.
Orla Hardiman, Professor of Neurology at Trinity listening to Tony Wilkinson talking about the need for Parkinson’s nurses.

Richelle Flanagan has kicked off a petition ‘Proper care for people living with Parkinson’s’ which will go to Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, TDS nationwide, Paul Reid, Director General of the HSE. Click here to add your voice for better care.

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