OT assessment waiting list now 1,266
THE number of people now waiting on occupational therapy assessment in Louth has reached 1,266, this newspaper has learned.
Louth TD Louth Gerry Adams criticised the HSE figures for August which indicated that the number of people waiting for occupational therapy assessment across Louth was 1,266.
Deputy Adams made the remarks on receipt of a response to a Parliamentary Question to the Minister on the issue which shows that well in excess of 1,000 people in Louth were awaiting an assessment.
‘ 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.’
The latest HSE figures indicated that 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 Louth TD said: ‘ 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.’
He called for significant investment in front line services such as Occupational Therapy in Budget 2018.
‘ This is a measure which the government could and should adapt as a matter of urgency,’ concluded Deputy Adams