FOURTEEN new psychologists and therapists are being allocated to the South East – but none are coming to Wateford.
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said it was scandalous that Waterford city and county will not benefit from any of the additional posts which are for child psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.
He also claimed that more than €100,000 previously allocated to Waterford had been withdrawn. This money was meant to ensure children with autism can get assessments done privately to speed up waiting times.
“I am livid and outraged that Waterford children with autism and intellectual disabilities face having delayed assessments and supports due to a scandalous decision not to allocate additional posts to the county,” said Mr Cullinane.
“Last year Mary Butler TD and I, along with parents of children with an intellectual disability met with minister with responsibility, Finnian McGrath.
“We impressed upon him the urgent need for more child psychologists, speech and language therapists as well as occupational therapist posts.
“Since then of the 14 additional posts allocated to the South East not one has been allocated to Waterford.
“Meanwhile multi disciplinary assessment teams have been established in Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow but not in Waterford.
“And to add insult to injury over €100,000 needed to speed up assessments for children with autism has been withdrawn.
“This is a scandal and the minister needs to clearly spell out the rationale for this decision.
“I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that all children in the region with an intellectual disability are assessed as quickly as possible and receive the appropriate supports”.