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Occupational Therapy Waiting Lists – 3 year wait for assessment unacceptable

24 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Mickey Brady has said that many people from the area waiting for assessment by Occupational Therapists, who are deemed as 'non-priority' are having wait up to three years for initial assessment.

Mr Brady said:

"This is a totally unacceptable situation. Many of those deemed 'non priority' are older people, and a three year wait effectively ensures that as time progresses their quality of life is negatively impacted upon as they wait for their needs to be assessed.

"People particularly, older people and those with a disability, find it very stressful to be waiting on a list and we have to make sure that the system is as effective and helpful as it can be, so that we can support the vulnerable people in our community.

"I have asked the Southern Health Trust to provide explanations about how such backlogs have been allowed to develop and for details about the procedures that have been put to address and alleviate this 3 year assessment waiting list.

"There has to be a focus on improving these waiting lists so that vulnerable people needing adaptations and equipment in their homes to facilitate independent living can effectively do that." ENDS

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