Assessment of Needs overdue in Cavan-Monaghan highest in CHO1 – Smyth

Stephen Donnelly Cavan General HospitalFianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, has expressed her disappointment that the numbers of overdue Assessment of Needs under the Disability Act was 52 in Cavan-Monaghan, significantly higher than neighbouring counties in the CHO1 health area.

The 2005 Disability Act provides for an assessment of the needs of eligible applicants with a disability. Assessments of need must commence within three months of receipt of a completed application and must be completed within a further three months.

Deputy Smyth commented, “It is very disappointing that we have patients overdue an Assessment of Need. Early intervention is so important yet to have overdue assessments which delay assessing the health and education needs is very disappointing.

“To have so many children in a position where they cannot access their legal entitlement within the statutory timeframe is just wrong and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“Again Budget 2020 has made a big deal of promising extra therapists but most of them won’t be in place until 2021. This is just one of many areas in disability services where children are enduring long waits.

“Waiting lists like this should be tackled as a matter of urgency but sadly there does not seem to be any political will on the part of the government,” concluded Deputy Smyth.

Please see PQ reply attached. PQ 40495.19 (Deputy Murphy O’ Mahony) Assessment of Need (17-10-19)

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