Offaly TD tells Minister to 'get his act together' over child assessment backlog
Offaly-North Tipperary TD Carol Nolan has again raised in the Dáil the issue of waiting lists for those seeking access to School Age Development Services including Occupational and Speech Therapies.
Speaking on Promised Legislation, Deputy Nolan spoke of the lengthy waiting lists for treatments in the Offaly-Laois area but in particular, she addressed the issue of the ‘unacceptable delay’ in the Assessment of Needs in the first instance.
“Leaving these children so long on a waiting list is impacting greatly in their education and more importantly on their wellbeing. This is a grave injustice and the Minister needs to ‘get his act together’ take a look at the situation and take action," she fumed.
In response Minister of State John Halligan stated that a ‘comprehensive analysis’ is being undertaken by the Department of Disability and the Department of Education and he will revert back to Deputy Nolan in due course.
The total number of children in the Laois/Offaly area awaiting assessment for Occupational Therapy currently stands at 811.
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