Saturday 20 July 2019

Hundreds of children waiting up to a year for basic medical devices

New figures show that over 200 children across Cork and Kerry are waiting between six and 12 months for basic equipment to be provided to them, and another 200 are waiting up to six months.

That's according to Deputy Michael McGrath (FF) who has raised concerns about the length of time it is taking the HSE to provide essential equipment, aids and appliances to children with special medical needs.

"Some of the figures contained in the information provided to me are truly shocking. There are 35 children in Cork and Kerry who are waiting up to a year for a wheelchair. Added to that are another 23 who have been on the list for up to six months," said Deputy McGrath. "This is a desperate situation for these children and their families."

He said another device with a long waiting list is the CombiStim XP, which is a digital machine to help with the treatment of incontinence. "The fact that children are being forced to wait up to 12 months for what should be a basic entitlement is a damning indictment of Fine Gael's management of our health system," said Deputy McGrath.

"On the one hand, this government stands over huge cost overruns on the National Children's Hospital, while at the same time failing to provide basic equipment to children with specific medical needs.

"More money is being spent on health than ever before, but it is being completely mismanaged by Fine Gael and our children are paying the price. These figures, while shocking, are not surprising. Waiting lists have now become the norm in our health service. This isn't right and it isn't fair and children are suffering.

"I am calling on the Health Minister to examine this situation and ensure that children are not left waiting for months for what basic equipment", concluded Deputy McGrath.