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O’Brien welcomes funding to clear Assessment of Needs backlog

Funding will help children in Balbriggan

Local Fianna Fáil Minister Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the allocation of almost €2 million to CHO 9 which will go towards clearing the backlog for children’s Assessment of Needs and supporting the roll out of Children’s Disability Network Teams.

Nationally €7.8m was announced with €1,974,000 being allocated to CHO 9 which the town of Balbriggan is in.

Minister O’Brien said, “I’m very glad to see this allocation. It was a clear commitment in the Programme for Government that this issue be dealt with as quickly as possible.

“Over the years I have been contacted by many parents in Balbriggan who have been rightly angry and frustrated due to unacceptable delays in assessments of needs for children.

“No child should have to wait for an assessment of needs, something which must happen so that they can access further care and supports.

“This new allocation will go towards clinicians working overtime at weekends and evenings, vacant posts being filled, additional staff recruited and private assessments procured, in Balbriggan and across CHO 9.

“Once these backlogs have been cleared I would expect that the HSE will meet its statutory obligations for all new referrals,” concluded Minister O’Brien.