Six-month wait for ice victims
MANY who suffered injuries after falling in the recent snow and ice will face long delays for physiotherapy.
The moratorium on recruitment in the health service means that patients are now facing more than a six-month wait for a "routine appointment" to see a physiotherapist.
At the same time, nearly six in 10 physiotherapy graduates are unemployed or have emigrated, warned the Irish Society of Physiotherapists.
Hospital emergency consultants said recently they were seeing 10 times more patients who had suffered fractures than usual.
"Reducing services in physiotherapy and rehabilitation is a false economy," said physiotherapists' spokesman Spencer Turvey.
It was time for the HSE to increase recruitment of frontline physiotherapists as a "cost-saving measure, reducing the costs of long-term disability for the Irish taxpayer", he added.