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Sheehan concern as Health Trust recalls 44 children

5 December, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan has raised concerns about the recall of 44 children related to paediatric audiology services in the Belfast Trust.

The West Belfast MLA initially raised concerns about Paediatric Audiology services with the Department of Health as far back as July 7th this year.

Speaking after having been contacted by the Trust, Mr Sheehan commented:

"I have been made aware that the Trust has initiated a recall of 44 children to paediatric audiology services.

"The recall involves cases of poor record keeping of children’s audiology assessments.

"It is vital these children get reassessed as a matter of urgency to ensure they are receiving the right care.

"Sinn Féin made the Department of Health aware of concerns about paediatric audiology assessments in a letter in July.

“We raised these concerns after party colleagues in Mayo/Roscommon had made us aware of problems with audiology services there involving an audiologist believed to be working in the Health and Social Care service in the north.

"A review of services showed a failure in standards for hearing assessment and treatment which adversely affected a number of children in Mayo-Roscommon. 

"I subsequently met with the Permanent Secretary of Health and the Chief Executive of the Belfast Trust in October to seek assurances that services in the north were not impacted.

"During the meeting Belfast Trust representatives expressed their confidence that paediatric audiology services were not affected.

"This recent recall of 44 children by the Belfast Trust suggests otherwise and is worrying, in particular for the children involved and their parents.

"I have requested an urgent meeting with Belfast Trust to clarify what has brought about this recall and why it has taken five months since we initially raised our concern regarding children'd audiology services to identify these potential problems."

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