Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Michael Collins (Cork South West, Independent)
I am asking the Taoiseach the same question I asked his predecessor a few years ago. In the time since little has been done to help people who have neurological problems. Today, the Parkinson's Association of Ireland is over in Buswells Hotel doing a presentation, led by Tony Wilkinson of Bandon, who has been at the forefront in the fight for neurology nurses. Does the Taoiseach know we have 24,000 people seeking an appointment with a neurology nurse? Of these, 8,000 are waiting over 19 months. To keep up with other modern countries across the world, Ireland should have 142 specialised neurology nurses but we only have 42. We should have 20 such nurses in County Cork alone but sadly for those with Parkinson's or other ailments, we have only four nurses, leaving people urgently seeking help that is not there. Will the Taoiseach work with the Minister for Health to immediately address this issue?