Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (715)

Gerry Adams

Question:

715. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the steps being taken to provide a bilateral cochlear implant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if funding can be secured privately, can the implant operation now be carried out. [10230/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE undertook a National Review of Audiology Services. The National Audiology Review Group developed a comprehensive set of recommendations to address the inconsistencies and inadequacies in audiology services which are contained in the HSE Report of the National Review of Audiology Services published in April 2011.

Since then, the HSE Audiology Clinical Care Programme was formed to oversee the implementation of the recommendations detailed by this report. Progress is being made on the modernisation of audiology services in Ireland with the introduction of a universal national programme of new-born hearing screening a key priority.

In relation to your query regarding the individual referred to in your question, as this is a clinical issue I have forwarded the question to the HSE who will respond directly to you.

Question No. 716 answered with Question No. 626.