health Cllr TP O'Reilly has called on the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, and the Minister for Children, Roderic O'Gorman, to provide financial support to parents who have to access private health services for their children.
The Fine Gael Councillor in the Ballyjamesduff Electoral Area raised the matter during this month's meeting of Cavan County Council. Cllr O'Reilly says there are parents across the northern sound region who find themselves having to bring their children to private occupational therapy and educational psychologists because of the backlog in the public health system.
He pointed out that these demands on parents, as the cost of living crisis deepens, are adding further financial pressures to the household. Cllr O'Reilly added the Government needs to assist families in some way given that the crisis is not of their making.
"A lot of parents can't get access to public occupational therapists and speech therapists. A lot of them are seeking private health care themselves and I think they should be supported in this. They have to fork out a lot of money and it's very unfair on families who have to do that," Cllr O'Reilly added.