Praise for cross border health work from EU Commissioner Hahn


Praise for cross border health work from EU Commissioner Hahn

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn had the opportunity to hear at first hand from the cross border health partnership, Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), about the tremendous strides being made in cross border health and social care services, when opening the ‘Peace Bridge’ in Derry-Londonderry recently. A delegation from CAWT met the EU Commissioner in the city to brief him on the 12 cross border health and social care services underway through CAWT’s ‘Putting Patients, Clients and Families First’ initiative, which has received £24 million sterling / €30 million euros from the EU INTERREG IVA programme.


The CAWT delegation included Bernie McCrory, Chief Officer, Edel O’Doherty, Deputy Chief Officer, Tom Daly, HSE and Director General of CAWT and Joe Lusby, Deputy Chief Executive, Western Trust.


Commenting on the meeting with the EU Commissioner, CAWT’s Director General, Tom Daly said: “it was an excellent opportunity to highlight the considerable amount of cross border work underway by the health services and to demonstrate the practical difference which EU funding is making to peoples’ lives, by enabling them to have better access to health and social care in the border region. I informed the Commissioner that to date almost 7,000 people in total have benefitted from cross border health and social care services under our current work programme which runs until 2013. We expect to achieve a target of 25,000 people who will have benefitted from our cross border activities by the end of the programme”


Chief Officer of CAWT, Bernie McCrory emphasised the broad range of cross border health and social care work underway. She said: “our team outlined to the EU Commissioner some of the new and enhanced services we have been able to put on the ground in the border region due this EU funding. Services we are supporting include additional eating disorder services; diabetes education, sexual health clinics; ent, urology and vascular services; alcohol abuse prevention work; disabilities services; social inclusion programmes; obesity prevention; autism support; children and older peoples’ services.


The CAWT partner organisations are the HSE in the Republic of Ireland and the Western and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts, the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.