More and more people are surviving brain injury because of advances in medicine and technology. This reality is now putting pressure on the Irish healthcare system as there is a dearth in suitable neuro-rehabilitation services across the pathway from hospital to home for the person with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
In Ireland it is estimated that approximately 10,000-13,000 people a year survive and live with a brain injury. There is no epidemiological data available on ABI in Ireland so very little is known about this group and their needs within the healthcare system. Due to the lack of services, ABI survivors are largely left to exist. Where there are services, they are patchy, underdeveloped and under-resourced. People with ABI wait an inordinate amount of time to gain access to specialist rehabilitation and many never get access at all. Current Government policy has failed to deliver any change in the lives of people with ABI and their families.