Boot Road Dental Clinic 12 Month Closure Totally Unacceptable – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West TD Eoin Ó Broin has described the proposed 12 month closure of the Boot Road Dental Clinic as ‘totally unacceptable’. Deputy Ó Broin can confirm that the clinic will close for up to 12 months due to staffing issues and patients of the service will be redirected to the Primary Care Service in Ballyfermot.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The proposed closure of the Boot Road Dental Clinic for up to 12 months is totally unacceptable. I understand that the service will close due to staffing issues.
“Given that Clondalkin has already lost the Deansrath Dental Clinic, this further loss, even if only temporary, is not acceptable.
“I have raised this matter with the Minister for Health Simon Harris. In my correspondence with the Minister I have called on the HSE to provide funding for temporary cover at the Boot Road Clinic to ensure it remains open.
“I have also asked whether the Ballyfermot Clinic will receive extra staff to cope with the increased demand and if not what the impact on waiting lists will be.
“Waiting lists for dental services, including emergency dental interventions are already too long. Loss of further services to the Clondalkin area will only make matters worse.
“There is a small window of opportunity to prevent the closure of this vital service. Parents must contact all local TDs calling on them to intervene with the Minister as a matter of urgency.
“In particular Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald must be called upon to ensure that this vital Service in her constituency is not lost. She must intervene directly with Minister for Health Simon Harris to ensure that the service remains open.”