Unacceptable wait for occupational therapy

first_img TAGSFianna Fáillimerickoccupational therapyThe Confidence and Supply AgreementWillie O’Dea TD Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Willie O’Dea TDNEW figures obtained by Fianna Fáil show that there are 77 people over the age of 65 waiting for their first occupational therapy assessment in Limerick.The figures, which date from August 2016 and are the latest available also reveal that there are 40 children aged between five and 18 waiting between three and six months for their first assessment in Limerick alone.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea believes that waiting lists for those seeking their first occupational therapy assessment is “completely unsatisfactory”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “138 people over the age of 65 are waiting more than six months for their first assessment in the Mid-West. In Limerick alone, there are 77 people over the age of 65 seeking their first occupational therapy assessment,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.“Occupational therapy is crucial for enabling all age groups to go about their daily lives when faced with illness, injury or a disability. To have so many young people waiting over three months for an assessment for such fundamental therapy is simply inexcusable.”He feels that any significant length of wait for initial assessment is simply unacceptable particularly for children.“Waiting for treatment couldprove very damaging and occupational therapy is critical for children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and spina bifida.“The Confidence and Supply Agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael commits to improve services and increase supports for people with disabilities, particularly for early assessment and intervention for children with special needs. These figures underline the urgency of meeting this commitment,” he said.by Alan [email protected] Print NewsLocal NewsUnacceptable wait for occupational therapyBy Alan Jacques – December 3, 2016 722 Linkedin Email WhatsAppcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Facebook Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleBus Éireann enhances Limerick City network Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more