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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Call for change as amputees left waiting a year to get prosthetics

Many people who have lost a limb wait a year before they get a prosthesis, such as an artificial leg, writes Eilish O'Regan.

Michael McWilliams, of support organisation Amputee Ireland, said: "Our members experience different processes, procedures and sanctioning timelines. In many cases, delays of up to a year are experienced.

"It is time for the Health Service Executive (HSE) to establish one central authority to ensure equality of treatment and care for all amputees based on a set of national standards. Currently there are over 25 sanctioning offices," he added.

"We also recommend the provision of free provision of prosthetics for amputees."

Irish Independent

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