There was a great level of interest in the campaign among Cork TDs and they agreed to meet representatives of the campaign together with members of the Cork Parkinson’s branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) in Buswells Hotel Dublin beside Leinster House. Due to current COVID19 case numbers and the need to limit the number of people in the room, we invited patient organisations supporting the campaign to join the meeting via a zoom call. Buswell’s arranged for the zoom call to be projected on to a screen in the room and TDs were able to clearly see all the participants on the call.
The meeting was led by Tony Wilkinson, Chairman of the Cork Parkinson’s group , who has been at the forefront in the fight for neurology nurses. Tony addressed the room stating that little has been done to help people who have neurological problems. He highlighted the fact that we have 24,000 people seeking an appointment with a neurology nurse. Of these, 8,000 are waiting over 19 months. To keep up with other modern countries across the world, Ireland should have 142 specialised neurology nurses but we only have 42. We should have 20 such nurses in County Cork alone but sadly for those with Parkinson’s or other ailments, we have only four nurses, leaving people urgently seeking help that is not there. We ask the Minister for Health to immediately address this issue.
Top Photo features Jimmy Smyth (Neurological Alliance of Ireland), Paula Gilmore (CEO of Parkinson’s Association), Tony Wilkinson (Chair of Cork Branch, Parkinson’s Association), Michael Collins (TD Cork South-West) Ted Horgan (Emeritus Chair Cork Branch of Parkinson’s Association) Lisa Wynne (PAI Nurse Specialist)