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They've cut my poor girl's care.

A MOTHER told yesterday how the Con-Dem cuts had left her without vital help for her vulnerable young daughter.

Kathleen Gallagher has come to depend on the Community Carers Cambuslang and Rutherglen(CCCR).

Her second oldest daughter Ailis suffers from a rare genetic disorder Leigh's disease. Her sister, Aoife, has already died from the same illness.

Ailis's acute needs mean she cannot be left alone with her nurse.

Another adult must always be available in case she needs to be helped to breathe by hand - a job that requires two people - and CCCR support has made this possible for years.

It allows Kathleen to collect her other children, Kiera, 10, James, five, and Shaun, three, from school and nursery. She says the consistency and reliability of the care has been vital.

Kathleen said: "Councillors have said that we will get the same level of care but it simply isn't true.

"Our very specific needs were addressed so well by the CCCR. We will have strangers coming in to our home, involved in intimate care that require sensitivity and experience."

The CCCR were due to celebrate their 21st anniversary this year.

Instead of a gala celebration they are closing, putting 27 staff out of work and 90 clients facing upheaval.

The needy clients, aged nine to 105, geared at maintaining dignity and continuity in their lives.

South Lanarkshire Council, who gave 89 per cent of CCCR funding, have pulled the plug, flying in the face of the David Cameron's " Big Society" idea.

The council insisted the families involved won't lose out on their care.

But Suzanne Donachie, manager of CCCR, said more than half their clients were losing aspects of their care - even though the council had referred them to CCCR for support in the first place.

She said: "It's difficult to measure the importance of consistency in caring, but it's absolutely crucial."


FUTURE OF FEAR: Kathleen with Ailis
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 11, 2011
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