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No surprise as sub-par Minister achieves sub-par results in CRA Report Card - Louise O'Reilly TD

26 February, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning after the publication of the Children's Rights Alliance Report Card 2019, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD said that she is not in slightest bit surprised that the Alliance gave the standard of healthcare for children a 'C' given that we have an 'F' rated Minister for Health.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The health section of the Children's Rights Alliance (CRA) Report Card starts off by summarising Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in that every child has the right to enjoy the highest possible standard of health, to access health and other related services and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health.

“That is not the case in this State and I would challenge anyone who claims otherwise.

“Currently we have over 4,000 children waiting for an inpatient procedure in a hospital and we have thousands waiting for Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy in the community.

“The system is failing at both ends - acute and primary.

“This is not happening by chance, it is the direct result of failed policies implemented by failing Ministers from a failing Government.

“It is little wonder that mental health received a 'D' rating from the CRA given that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have barely half the staff it needs to operate fully.

“As a result, at the end of last year there were 2,250 children and young people waiting to access CAMHS services, 286 of these were waiting over a year to access their first appointment; 105 of these young people had been waiting in excess of 18 months.

“The CRA report card is a fantastic and thoroughly researched piece of work and it should be used by government to pinpoint issues and the recommendations they make should be taken on board and addressed each year.

“However, the fact of the matter is not only is this Minister incapable of addressing these issues, but this government is incapable of addressing them too.”

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