Physiotherapy Crisis Reaches Critical Point in Erris and North Mayo – Conway-Walsh
Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has again raised the detrimental impact that a lack of physiotherapy services is having on the lives of people in Mayo. Speaking in the Seanad today, the Mayo Senator said:
“A number of weeks ago, I raised the dire situation of the crisis with physiotherapy in Mayo. It has not improved since then and the situation is still the same. Erris, with a population of about ten thousand people, is without any physiotherapy whatsoever. Some people have to go almost fifty miles to the nearest physiotherapy services. There are also huge waiting lists that are getting longer and longer. It is absolutely unacceptable that this situation be allowed to continue.
“I would ask members of the Government and especially the Minister for Health Simon Harris to try to understand what it’s like for the most vulnerable people in our society to not be able to get something as basic as physiotherapy services in their own communities. That ranges right through the life cycle from elderly people to children to people who are recovering from injuries. The damage that is being done to people physically and indeed mentally to people because they cannot get physiotherapy is absolutely unacceptable.
“There is much discussion about a rainy day fund in the budget and its pros and cons. It is a rainy day in Erris when you cannot get a physiotherapist and it’s a rainy day in north Mayo when there isn’t even one paediatric physiotherapist supplied by the HSE. They hide behind the cloaks of maternity leave and long term sick leave as excuses for not providing such a basic service.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable that we have children of all ages with disabilities that are medically deemed to need physiotherapy every week but haven’t got physiotherapy for months just because they come from an area in rural Mayo.”