Minister expects new measures will cut Kerry’s waiting list for special needs assessments

It’s hoped new HSE measure will cut Kerry’s waiting list for special needs assessments of children.

Currently in the Kerry and Cork region, there are 1,718 children waiting for an assessment of needs, with the average waiting time last year being two-and-a-half years.

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has raised the issue in the Dáil saying the length of time Kerry children have to wait, the longest in the country, is unacceptable.


 

Responding to Deputy Ferris, Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said the HSE is reconfiguring services into geographical-based teams, which will result in one clear referral pathway for children.

He said children’s disability managers are currently being recruited across the country, and extra measures will be put in place to help reduce waiting lists.