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Number of children awaiting Psychology Services in Laois ‘outrageous’

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has said that the latest figures released to him are outrageous.

Deputy Stanley said: “The figures that I got in response to a Dail Question put to the Health Minister Simon Harris are alarming.

“They highlight the scale of the crisis this service is in with a total of 1250 children awaiting Psychologist assessment in the 2 counties. 750 of these children are under 5 years of age.

“The really concerning piece of information is that 80% are waiting for over 2 years.

“In reality the services are in crisis. Hundreds of children in Offaly and Laois with autism or have other conditions are being denied services as they can’t even get assessed.

“The fact that there is no Early Intervention, or that they are several years late getting the services they need so badly, means that they will not reach their full potential as adults.

It is an established fact that this can lead to long-term Psychological problems right throughout their lives.

“The revelation that there are 1250 in Laois/Offaly awaiting Psychological assessment comes on the back of the other figure released to me over the past month that show that 1850 children in Laois/Offaly are awaiting Occupational Therapy services and 391 for Physiotherapy.

“Overall these figures show that children’s services in the Midlands are in crisis.

“According to recent Central Statistics Office figures we have one of the highest spends per capita on Health, we still have huge gaps in our frontline services.

“Both the Government and the HSE now need to plan for the future by training and recruiting specialised staff to provide the services that will be needed by our expanding population.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.