Meath Occupational Therapy waiting lists too long – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín, has said that waiting lists to get an assessment by an occupational therapist are simply too long especially for older people.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“Occupational therapy has a vital role in helping individuals with disabilities, illness or injury maximise their levels of independence in everyday life. It is an important part of our primary health care system.
“A list that was issued to my party colleague Imelda Munster TD shows that waiting times across the country are particularly bad for initial assessment for occupational therapy. Meath does not come out well in the over 65 group in particular.
“The list, which was compiled in March of this year, found that 113 people over the age of 65 were waiting between 3 and 6 months to get an assessment.
"Over 43 people in this age group were waiting over half a year. The person waiting longest on the list had been waiting fifty weeks for this assessment.
“This is simply not good enough. We’re talking about people who have reduced mobility here, physical problems and pain. It is the elderly amongst us that are suffering the most in these cases.
"It is unbelievable that our elderly citizens are being forced to wait up to a year just for an initial assessment."