Fianna Fáil Disability Spokesperson Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has hit out at the failure by the Government to deliver a promised 129 additional Children’s Disability Network Teams.
The 2016 HSE Service Plan stated that work was underway in reconfiguring children’s disability services into geographically based Children’s Disability Network Teams (early-intervention and school-aged or 0–18 teams), with 56 of the 129 teams reconfigured.
Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “The 2016 HSE Service Plan stated that the number of Children’s Disability Network Teams would increase to 129 by the end of 2016. However, by the end of 2016 there were still only 56 teams in place.
“The same commitment was made in the 2017 HSE Service Plan and yet again at the end of the year it was still the case that just 56 of the promised 129 teams were in place.
“I raised the matter in the Dáil on Thursday with Minister McGrath and he told me that a total of 56 networks are in place.
“So, we are now half way through 2018 and there is still no delivery on a commitment made at the end of 2015. There are still only 56 teams in place.
“Minister McGrath has again pledged the full delivery by the end of this year but really it is just shocking that this commitment hasn’t seen any progress in delivery during his two years in office.
“At the same time we have thousands of children with overdue Assessments of Need under the Disability Act. Thousands too are awaiting assessments for Speech and Language, and Occupational Therapy. The HSE tells us 400 extra therapists are required. It’s time for Minister McGrath to deliver.”