Call for change as amputees left waiting a year to get prosthetics
Published 04/12/2012 | 05:00
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."