01 Jul 2022

Offaly children waiting 24 months for treatment under disability teams

Carol Nolan TD has been speaking about the issue

Offaly children waiting 24 months for treatment under disability teams

Offaly children waiting 24 months for treatment under disability teams

Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary, Carol Nolan, has expressed huge concern at the waiting times for speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiothearpy in counties Laois and Offaly.

Nolan was commenting on figures released to her under parliamentary questions.

"The waiting times for the children's disability teams for speech and language therapy are 12 months in Laois and 24 months in Offaly," she said.

"Adults with intellectual disabilities are currently waiting 84 weeks for assessment for speech and language therapy," she added. 

There are 1,824 children and 899 adults on the waiting list for occupational therapy across Laois and Offaly at the end of October, according to the figures seen by Deputy Nolan.

"Children are waiting up to 4 years for occupational therapy and adults are waiting up to two years."

"These figures are an indictment of the failure of our government to invest in essential front line services," Nolan remarked. 

"In our alternative budget, Sinn Féin put forward proposals to hire 600 additional frontline staff including speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physios and psychologists at a cost of €24.57 million."

"Sinn Féin has proven that it is possible to invest in critical services and reduce waiting times. There is no excuse for this chaos in our health system, for which patients are paying the price," she claimed.

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