Tánaiste questioned on Orthodontic Services – Nolan
Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan has asked the Tánaiste Simon Coveney to account for the backlog in HSE Orthodontic Service waiting lists. Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Nolan drew attention to the Programme for Government commitment to ensuring timely access to orthodontic care.
Deputy Nolan said:
“I have obtained recent figures from the HSE which show that over 1,854 people in the midlands are waiting for orthodontic care. More than 1,000 have been waiting for one year while 500 have been waiting for more than four years. Many families in the Midlands, and in Offaly in particular, have waited years to get appointments for their teenage children. What resources will be put in place to improve this service and how will timely access be made a reality for these people. Is it true that there is one orthodontist between Laois and Offaly?”
In response, the Tánaiste stated that “I do not have the details on a county-by-county basis. We are now spending more on health care than the State has ever spent in its history. There is, of course, an obligation on the HSE to deal in its service plan with many areas which are under pressure. The availability of resources for health care, however, is higher now than it has ever been.”
This is the second occasion in the past three months on which Deputy Nolan has pressed the Tánaiste to examine the delivery of HSE Orthodontic Services.