Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (245)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

245. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of children on the waiting list for orthodontic treatments in Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal; the number of these that have been on the list for more than two years; the number of these who have been on this list for more than one year; the average length of time spent by a child on the waiting list before treatment is carried out; the number of children who have been added to the waiting list per month over the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21033/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE has commissioned an independent review of orthodontic services. The outcome of this review will give guidance as to what changes will be desirable to provide the best possible model of care delivery, given the current resources available and future demand for services. It is anticipated that a report for consideration by the HSE and the Department of Health will be ready by the end of the second quarter of 2013. The HSE has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy regarding the provision of orthodontic services in Letterkenny General Hospital.