Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has given a cautious welcome to a HSE response to a Dáil Question he recently submitted seeking confirmation that “€3.22 million in the Health Service Executive Service Plan” has been set aside for a bilateral simultaneous and sequential cochlear implant programme at Beaumont Hospital.
The Louth TD asked if recruitment and training has begun in the specialised unit in Beaumont for the roll out of the programme; and when does the Minister for Health James Reilly anticipate that the first operations will commence?
Gerry Adams said:
“As so often happens when a TD submits a Dáil question the answer often fails to answer the question fully. The HSE response in this instance fails to confirm the amount set aside for the cochlear implant programme.
“However it does acknowledge that recruitment for the programme has commenced and that the programme itself will come into operation in the third quarter of this year.
“As always the devil is in the detail and the amount allocated is hugely important. I intend submitting a further Dáil question seeking confirmation on the amount of money allocated.
“This is crucially important given the number of profoundly deaf children – around 200 – who need this procedure.”