Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway, Eugene Murphy, has expressed his concern regarding the limited Occupational, Speech, and Physiotherapists in Galway and Rosccommon.

Deputy Murphy was commenting on the shortage of services after many parents of children with Down Syndrome, who have long wait times before accessing services, have contacted his offices seeking assistance. 

He commented, “Parents have contacted me in great distress. They are waiting on services which are not forthcoming.

“In my constituency there is a significant shortage of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Physiotherapists. Early intervention and therapy services are vital.

“More often than not parents pay privately for these services. In most case this is a serious financial commitment and one in which great sacrifices are made to fund. This shouldn’t be case. The HSE should have the adequate resources to support all families who require these services.

“We require more therapists in the region. Without this, parents will still cover the costs while feeling abandoned by government,” he concluded.