The HSE has advised that it is working closely with Beaumont Hospital to progress plans for both simultaneous and sequential bilateral cochlear implantation. The development of the service will require additional resources for Beaumont and a business case is currently being prepared, with guidance from two UK independent experts, which will be submitted for consideration in the HSE 2014 Estimates process. Confirmation of any funding must await the outcome of this process.
I am pleased to say that I have arranged to meet with Happy New Ear in early July and I look forward to hearing their views. Minister Kathleen Lynch, with officials from the Department of Health and the HSE, also met with Happy New Ear on 22 May last. She outlined to them the progress being made in regard to the provision of bilateral cochlear implantation and I understand that it was a very positive meeting.