Minister of State at the Department of Health Finian McGrath has said it is unacceptable that families have to fight for rehabilitation for an acquired brain injury.

He was responding to figures that show it can take two years for a person with an acquired brain injury to get access to the National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr McGrath outlined the difficulty and devastation that the affected families go through and said he is pushing for better services.

"We need to do something, we have included in our programme to advance neuro-rehabilitation services which is very important."

He said up until now the services have been under-invested and the Government is trying to turn that around.

Mr McGrath said he hopes to see a change happening in the next couple of months.

An estimated 30,000 people in Ireland are currently living with a brain injury.

According to figures obtained by RTÉ News, people with an acquired brain injury can wait up to two years for access to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.

Health Service Executive figures show there are 13 people with acquired brain injuries who have been waiting between one and two years for admission to the NRH.

A further 22 people have been waiting between six months and a year. 

In a statement yesterday, the HSE confirmed there are just three beds available in the hospital for patients with complex or severe brain injuries.