Adams meets children and families campaigning for cochlear implants
February 22, 2013
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams this afternoon met families campaigning for cochlear implants for deaf children.
Speaking after the meeting with the parents and children Teachta Adams said:
“Last week I raised this issue with the Taoiseach, and in particular the case of four year old Billy who was born profoundly deaf and has only received one cochlear implant.
“The Taoiseach said that ‘a positive approach will be taken towards it’.
“International best practice is for bilateral implants to be provided for patients. In this state children only receive one implant. This is because of inadequate funding. It is not acceptable.
“Current government policy also doesn’t make economic sense. The failure to provide cochlear implants for the small number of children and adults who need them means that the state must provide additional and expensive health and educational supports for decades to come.
“I want to commend the families and their support network for their hard work in raising this issue.
“The government has the solution. The amount of money involved is relatively small, even in these straightened times. All that is required is political will by the government.
“I intend to continue pursuing this issue with the Taoiseach and Minister for Health. And I would urge citizens to support this campaign and to sign up to the families petition which is on their facebook called ‘Happy New Ear’.”