We’re looking to gather stories and experiences of children trying to access public health services in Ireland. Stories submitted will be shared publicly and anonymously as part of a campaign later this year calling for solutions to the waiting list crisis. Would you like to share your child’s story?
All children deserve equal access to healthcare, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay.
Barnardos is calling on the Government to urgently address the lengthy waits for essential health services experienced by thousands of children across the country.
Children experience a rate of development unparalleled in their lifetime. Significant delays in accessing treatment can have profound, long lasting impact on a child’s health, development and well-being. Lack of treatment can tragically result in a childhood lost.
Our latest review of waiting list data from March 2018 confirms an ongoing crisis in key service areas – with thousands of children left waiting for essential health services, like mental health services, disability assessment and speech and language services. There are also huge regional variations in service provision and wait times, meaning that children are effectively entered into a lottery for support – the outcome determined by their Eircode.
Unnecessary and preventable damage is being done to children who are forced to wait for essential healthcare, this is wholly unacceptable. Barnardos has compiled a number of policy recommendations which we believe if implemented would effectively tackle waiting lists. We are once again calling on the Government to take these recommendations on board and act swiftly to prevent further suffering and long-term damage to children in need of support.
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