Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Tourism & Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has demanded government action to increase the number of child psychologists within the HSE.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy McLellan said:
“The forthcoming Health Reform Bill must contain provision to increase the number of child psychologists within the HSE.
“The current moratorium has greatly reduced their numbers of child psychologists and this is having damaging effects on the welfare of children. It is also damaging their families who have to wait up to a year for an assessment and in many cases there is no follow up services being provided due to lack of child psychologists.
“This is unacceptable and the government must address the issue as a matter of urgency.”