Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation that an Assessment of Needs Officer has finally been appointed to Cavan-Monaghan Disability Services.

Deputy Smyth had been highlighting the vacancy for a number of months, as backlogs in the system continue to escalate.

“Waiting lists for a first assessment for children with disabilities in the Cavan-Monaghan area are simply unacceptable.  Despite a three month target time, many children are waiting much longer than this to see a doctor.  Much of the backlog was as a result of a key vacancy within the service, and I am pleased to have received confirmation from the HSE that the Assessment of Needs Officer post has finally been filled”, says Deputy Smyth.

“Early intervention is critically important, particularly in the area of disability.  The HSE has stated that “an operational plan has been implemented to deal with a backlog of applications for Assessment of Needs”.  A strategic plan “in regard to the recruitment of additional staff has been submitted…in an effort to alleviate the current waiting list for services”.

“These are all welcome developments but I will be following the progress in this area very carefully.  All too often we get announcements which are not followed up with delivery.  This cannot be allowed to happen in this instance and I will be monitoring developments very closely”.