How cuts hit our children
CHECKS on the development of infants in their early months can be crucial to their life-long wellbeing. In theory, all undergo these checks by the age of 10 months, but figures from the HSE show that the reality is well below that target across the country.
In the east, only 61pc are seen within the timescale; in the west, 66pc; in the north-east, 83pc; in the south, 89pc. In some blackspots, the figures are much worse. In the Dublin south-west area, only 6pc are screened on time.
As a result, defects or potential defects in, for example, eyesight or hearing may go undetected, with grave consequences in later life.