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Imelda Munster TD tackles Taoiseach on waiting times for OT assessments in Drogheda

2 May, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and Meath East  Imelda Munster has hit out at the government over occupational therapy waiting lists in Drogheda, where patients are waiting up to 44 weeks for assessment.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Munster criticised the government’s lack of action on the provision of therapists, despite promising to improve the service in the Programme for Government two years ago.

“There is only one full time and one part time occupational therapist covering Drogheda and its environs.

“There are currently 124 people on the waiting list, and the wait time is currently up to 44 weeks".

Deputy Munster tackled the Taoiseach, asking him how the government can stand over such poor service delivery.

“An elderly constituent of mine who has Parkinson’s disease has been waiting for almost seven months for an assessment. This week he was told that he will have to wait up to 11 months.

 “I want some accountability in the HSE for a change. I asked the Taoiseach to take HSE management to task on this. It’s just another example of the lack of appropriate management and accountability in the health service.

“I am writing to the Minister today to highlight this matter, and I intend to pursue it until the matter is rectified.

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