Families Staging Third Protest In Cork Today To Protest Waiting Lists In Public Child Disability Services
Families are staging a third protest in the city centre today to highlight long waiting lists and a lack of therapists working in public child disability services.
The protest is being organised by Families Unite for Services and Support and is being held on Grand Parade at 2pm.
The group say they are forced to wait years for items such as wheelchairs for their children and are routinely having to avail of private appointments to get their children assessed and into therapy.
The latest figures show there are over 110,000 children on a waiting list for therapies and disability services in Ireland.
Speaking to RedFM News, one of the organisers of today’s protest Rebecca O’Riordan is calling for a collaborative approach to solving the crisis:
“Obviously, this is a really complex issue and it is going to take a very, very long time to resolve. But there are some very, very easy wins that could be had here, such as setting up parent forums. They were outlined in the key documents going back to 2011. And they’re really, really crucial to repairing and to building on the relationship between the disability teams and the families, because therapists don’t want to come to work when all that they’re doing all day is sitting in front of crying families who are begging and begging for help”.