Fianna Fail’s Disability Spokesperson, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has secured approval for the representative bodies of psychologists and occupational therapists, and for disability rights organisation to appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee to discuss these concerns on the new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Assessments of Need.

Members of the Psychological Society of Ireland, the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland and advocacy group, DCA Warriors will present before the Oireachtas Committee on Health on Wednesday, 27th June.

“I’ve asked for these bodies to come before the Committee to outline why they are concerned about the new SOP and how it will affect the delivery of disability services in this country.

“We all agree that the current model of providing Assessments of Need isn’t working. There are major delays in children with disabilities getting them completed within the statutory three month window.

“Nationally, over 4000 children are waiting for their Assessment, with three quarters waiting longer than the three month target.

“Changes are needed, and AONs should be standardised across the country. However, I and many others are concerned that the professionals tasked with delivering this service have not been involved enough in the development of the new Standard Operating Procedure.

“Let’s have an honest discussion at the Committee next week. Let’s hear from the professionals on the frontline, and above all else, let’s fix the system because it’s simply not working for children with disabilities,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.