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Children’s ophthalmology appointments postponed at Crumlin Children’s Hospital due to staff shortages – Ó Snodaigh

12 January, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called for additional resources to be allocated to the Ophthalmology Clinic in Crumlin Children’s Hospital after parent’s received letters this week postponing their children’s appointments due to a lack of sufficient staff numbers.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Parents have received letters this week to inform them that their children’s appointments at the Ophthalmology Clinic in Crumlin Children’s Hospital have been postponed from March back until September.

“Children originally waiting five months for an appointment will now have to wait closer to eleven months.

“The reason for this is that up until now two doctors have been seeing over 50 patients at each clinic session despite guidelines advising that between 25 to 30 patients is appropriate. This situation was not sustainable.

“Additional resources must be immediately allocated by the Government to allow the clinic to resume at the capacity that is required.

“Timely access to this clinic is vital for children whether they have a simple squint or a complex neurological eye condition. These delays are a direct consequence of the Government’s failure to invest in frontline health provision while at the same time paying inflated salaries to those at the top of the HSE.

“I questioned Minister Harney on the length of time children were being forced to wait for these appointments before Christmas but once again she passed the buck to the HSE who I’m still waiting to here from.” ENDS

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