OT assess­ment wait­ing list now 1,266

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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

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