Thursday, 23 June 2022
Department of Health
412. To ask the Minister for Health if he supports the inclusion of speech and language and occupational therapists, child psychologist and physiotherapist positions on the critical skills occupations list; if he has engaged with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33343/22]
I am aware that the HSE has submitted a business case to the Department of Health in relation to having a number of specialist roles such as Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Physiotherapist positions included on the Critical Skills Occupations List.
Discussions are ongoing and when finalised a consolidated list will be forwarded to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with regard to the above roles and allocating them on the Critical Skills Occupation List.
In advance of this, I have also written to the Tánaiste, as the relevant Minister, outlining my support of this initiative.