A Dublin mum is walking from the Taoiseach's constituency office in Ongar to the Dail today, calling for change in the health system and how children with special needs are cared for.
Lesley Anne O'Brien's 7 year old son Jamie has cerebral palsy, and today's walk aims to highlight some of the issues he's faced including long hospital waiting lists.
It comes as the latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show a record 718 thousand patients are on waiting lists - of which 48,000 are children.
Lesley says she's frustrated by the current system and feels it's time to take action
"My son was waiting for two years on a brain scan to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It's just waiting list after waiting list. Children's surgery being cancelled, from major to minor surgeries."