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1,266 people wait in Louth for Occupational Therapy assessment – Adams

3 October, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has criticised the HSE figures for August which show that the number of people waiting for Occupational Therapy assessment in Co Louth exceeds 1,000.

Teachta Adams made the remarks on receipt of a response to a Parliamentary Question to the Minister on the issue which shows that 1,266 people in Louth are awaiting an assessment.

Teachta Adams said:

“The figures that I have received from the Minister indicate a wholly inadequate service for vulnerable people. They are consistently being failed by this government.

“Across the county the waiting times for initial assessment varies between age groups; 907 people under 18, 84 people aged 18-65 years, and 275 people over 65 all await assessment .The chronic lack of capacity in the public system means families are often forced to spend hundreds of euro on private therapy if they want to see their loved one talk, walk, and realise their individual potential.

“Sinn Féin is calling for significant investment in front line services such as Occupational Therapy in Budget 2018. Our Alternative Budget sets out clear and costed solutions to employ 600 additional front line staff. This is a measure which the government could and should adapt as a matter of urgency.” 

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