Sinn Féin T.D. Brian Stanley has again raised the dire situation regarding dental and orthodontic services for young children with the Minister for Health and the HSE.
“Dental services for primary school children in the midlands have regressed to 1950s standards which will only lead to associated health problems in later life,” he said.
“There is a wait of over one year to be assessed by an Orthodontist in Laois. On top of that, children may have to wait up to another three years to receive the actual treatment. This means that some may have finished secondary school without receiving the required orthodontic treatment.
Deputy Stanley sais he had been informed by the HSE that a review of all those waiting for assessment for Orthodontic treatment will be completed in the coming weeks. Following completion of this review all patients who had been referred for assessment up to 1st April 2013 will have received it. To provide equity of access there will be one centralised waiting list for assessments and treatment across the midlands area.”
Stanley continued “In addition the HSE is currently in the process of carrying out a validation of the Orthodontic Treatment list to see if all those on the list continue to require treatment and wish to remain on the list. When this validation is complete the HSE will update all parents in relation to their child’s position on the treatment list.”
However he said that this did not address the issue of the lack of a full time Orthodontist in Laois where currently one visits the county once a week. I’m calling on the Minister for Health to provide the resources which are badly required to ensure vital orthodontic / dental treatment is made available to those who need it.