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Lack of progress on scoliosis waiting lists forcing affected families to ‘go public’ with harrowing stories – O’Reilly

24 June, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that a lack of progress on scoliosis waiting lists is forcing affected families to speak in the media about their harrowing stories in order to try pressure the government into addressing the issue.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“Anyone who has a sick child will tell you how difficult the situation is and how draining it is on their families.

“The last thing these families should have to do is fight tooth and nail for access to basic health services for their children – but that is what has been happening to the families of children with scoliosis.

“Parents are frustrated and exhausted from battling the system. They are worn-out fighting for their children to access vital medical treatment - a life changing surgery. This is a battle they should not have to fight.

“They have had too many false dawns and unfulfilled promises regarding the delivery of surgery for their children.

“The situation has again become so intolerable that many families have been forced to go public with their stories in the media in order to try pressure the government into addressing the issue.

“The fact that the huge waiting lists for spinal surgery for children with scoliosis has been ongoing for almost a decade now is beyond ridiculous.

“It is nearly two and a half years since a promise was made that no child would wait more than four months for a spinal surgery – we need to see a recommitment to this target from the government, and that needs to be matched with funding and resources.” 

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