The Mayor of Killarney has called on the HSE to pay the salaries of the four specialist nurses employed nationally by the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
At the December monthly meeting of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael Gleeson said that the nurse’s work is absolutely vital for the people with the degenerative disease, that they save the State some considerable cost in hospital and nursing care, and they afford assistance and relief to the immediate relatives and carers.
Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive neurological disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord and impedes the transmission of messages from the brain to the muscles. The sufferers ability to breathe, walk, talk, eat, drink etc can be gradually diminished.
“The four specialist nurses have a vitally important role in assisting the approximately 360 sufferers at any one time in this country,” Cllr Gleeson said.
“It is very sad that the funding for the four wonderful nurses depends totally on voluntary donations. The fourth nurse was recently employed as a result of the money raised by Fr Tony Coote, who died in August 2019 aged 55, on his round Ireland wheelchair journey. I call on Government to allocate the cost neutral finance to the MNDA to allow for the salary payment for those vitally important nurses.”