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Cllr Brigid Manton (FF)

Cllr Brigid Manton (FF)

Cllr Brigid Manton (FF)

A question to the the HSE from a Swords councillor has revealed shocking waiting lists for therapies for children with special needs in Fingal.

Cllr Brigid Manton (FF) sits on the Regional Health Forum and used that platform to raise the issue recently.

She tabled a question at the forum asking the HSE 'how many school age teams are there operating in the Fingal area for delivery of Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychological Services?'

She asked: 'How many children are on waiting lists for these services in Fingal? 'How many therapists are working with other services, e.g. St. Michael's House, and how many children are on their waiting list for services and for how long?'

A written response was given from the HSE, laying out some of the shocking figures.

The HSe said there are just two School Age Disability Teams operating in the Fingal Area.

In terems of the waiting lists for the services outlined by Cllr Manton, the HSE said there are 187 waiting on services from the St Michael's House School Age Disability Team and some 223 children on the waiting list of the Central Remedial Clinic School Age Disability Team.

Even more disturbing was news that the time spent on these waiting lists for many children varies from 18 to 24 months.

The figures were revealed at the January meeting of the Regional Health Forum which includes among its members, a number of Fingal County Councillors, including Cllr Manton.

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