Shocking figures show number of Offaly children awaiting occupational therapy
Local TD and future Laois-Offaly General Election candidate, Brian Stanely, has labelled as "shocking" figures showing the extent of children's occupational therapy waiting lists in Laois and Offaly.
The release of new information to the Sinn Fein TD regarding the number of children awaiting Occupational Therapy Services in both counties show that the numbers have escalated to an all-time high.
Responding to this, Stanley said, "Latest figures confirm that there are 1,850 children awaiting this service in Laois/Offaly with a shocking 1,022 waiting over 12 months."
"Some of these may be waiting 2 or more years but the HSE were unable to give a breakdown of these figures," he added.
"These figures are outrageous and behind every one of these numbers, there is a child and family being denied this service. It is an established fact that early intervention is the key to assisting children who may have a disability or have delayed development."
"What we have here in Laois/Offaly are young people not being able to obtain these services at a critical point in their development and when they most need it. This means that they don’t reach their full potential which can lead to difficulties for them in later life," Stanley continued.
These figures regarding Occupational Therapy comes on the back of figures released to me in May which reveal that 391 children in Laois/Offaly are awaiting Physiotherapy services.
"On a regular basis I have people contacting me who are desperately trying to get Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy for their child," Brian commented.
"Sinn Fein is now demanding that the Health Minister along with Senior HSE management get their act together and start addressing these huge gaps in our health services and community care. Considering that we have one of the highest spends per capita on health in the OECD, this can no longer be tolerated," he concluded.
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