Taoiseach says recruitment wit...


Taoiseach says recruitment within the HSE a key issue in relation to needs assessments backlog

Kellie Murphy
Kellie Murphy

09:59 10 Jul 2024

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The Taoiseach says recruitment within the HSE is the key issue in relation to the backlog of children waiting for needs assessments.

It comes as some parents in Cork could be waiting up to 2 and a half years for an autism assessment for their child.

6.89 million euro has been allocated to provide needs assessments over the next 6 months.

Speaking in the Dáil, Taoiseach Simon Harris says recruiting more staff is needed to clear the backlog:

"We've already allocated significant additional funding of €6.89m. This will provide a further 2 and a half thousand private assessments to be delivered in the next six months. It will  be a key issue here is trying to recruit. We have ran a recruitment campaign. 145 job offers have now been made for successful candidates to work in this area 53 of those people are now in the final stages of recruitment. We will run another recruitment campaign, very shortly"

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