HSE must deliver for City's Children
Following a question raised by Dublin City Council party leader Cllr. Christy Burke at the HSE Regional Health Forum for Dublin and North East as to when funding would be made available to 17 schools in Dublin with requirements for therapists for children with autism the HSE stated the therapists would be allocated from existing 2008 funding.
Cllr. Burke said:
“I am in regular contact with schools in Dublin who desperately need these specialised therapists in order to facilitate learning and development for children with autism.
“I raised a question with the HSE Health Forum, of which I am a member, as regard to the significant number of new outreach centres such as the much publicised centre in Kell’s that whilst equipped cannot open its door to children as it does not have adequate staffing resources.
“Whilst I welcome the funding allocation for 2008 for 140 multi-disciplinary posts to develop services to people with disabilities I am concerned with the HSE’s response that it from this pool of posts that it intends to resource new outreach classes for autism. Sadly this appears to be a strategy of borrowing from Billy to pay Jack which will not address the educational needs of the city’s children. The Department of Health and HSE must evidence a greater commitment to the educational requirements of children with special needs, including autism.” CRÍOCH