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Leitrim Councillor disappointed over disability services recruitment

Jun 27, 2022 14:06 By Shannonside News
Leitrim Councillor disappointed over disability services recruitment Leitrim Councillor disappointed over disability services recruitment
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Recruitment is ongoing for the various roles.

Government must put long term measures in place to ensure vacancies in The Children's Disability Network teams are filled.

That's according to Leitrim Councillor Brendan Barry who was responding to figures released by the HSE which state over 700 posts for providing services for children with disabilities are vacant.

It's resulting in 481,000 hours of therapy and supports not being delivered to children, while 52,000 are on various waiting lists.

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The Drumshanbo native believes the slow recruitment for these positions is disappointing with the network set up over a year ago.

''It's unbelievable to think that there's children seeing specialists under primary care and they're getting seen much quicker. And then there's children with more severe needs and that's under these Children's Disability Network Teams, and they can't get to see the specialist at all or maybe are met very rarely. So there's a major problem there and it needs to be sorted out straightaway.''

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