TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams has received confirmation from the HSE that an additional €500,000 has been allocated across the State to the National Counselling Service.
Earlier in September Teachta Adams had raised the unacceptable waiting times for the National Counselling Service, which provides counselling for adults who experienced abuse while in the care of the State as children.
Gerry Adams said;
“I was horrified to learn that these vulnerable individuals, who were failed by the State when they were under its protection as children, were being failed again through these totally unacceptable waiting times for vital counselling therapy.
“In some areas people were waiting 16 months after their initial assessment to access a counsellor. This is an outrageous length of time for someone who is experiencing mental health problems, has requested help and has been assessed as needing therapy.
“In Louth & Meath the HSE has confirmed that with this extra money counselling has been offered to 28 individuals who had been on the waiting list for longer than 10 months.
“As a result of this additional funding – though it is far too little to meet the need – the waiting list in County Louth has reduced from 13 months to 10 months.
“While it is positive news that additional once off funding has been allocated to the National Counselling Service, it does not solve the problem.
“Vulnerable people should not have to wait for counselling and I will continue to lobby the Minister for Health to invest appropriately in this service.”