September 20th, 2022
The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI), the national umbrella for over thirty neurological charities in Ireland, is calling on the government to include €3.3 million in funding for neurological care services in next week’s Budget. They say this funding is essential to fully resource at least four of the seven required community neurorehabilitation teams, and to appoint 20 additional nurse specialists across adult neurology services.
NAI members highlighted this ask with members of the Oireachtas at a pre-Budget event held today at Buswells Hotel in Dublin. Members also raised concerns that neurology waiting lists now stand at over 24,000, a 20 per cent increase over the last five years.
The NAI says that with an already under-resourced service, the growth in the number of people waiting more than 18 months to see a neurologist has doubled from 4,040 in July 2018 to 7,636 in May 2022.
The NAI Pre Budget Submission is available to download here.