Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (192)

Robert Troy

Question:

192. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health further to his meeting with the happy new ear campaign, if he will ensure that bilateral cochlear implants for children are rolled out without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42642/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Beaumont Hospital is the centre for delivering Ireland’s national cochlear implant programme, with surgical provision for patients under six years being carried out in the Children’s University Hospital Temple Street. Since the programme commenced in 1995, over 700 patients have received cochlear implants. Beaumont Hospital carried out ninety cochlear implants in 2012 (42 children and 48 adults).

The HSE has developed a proposal, in liaison with Beaumont Hospital, to introduce a bilateral cochlear implant programme in Ireland. It is planned that the programme will be located in Beaumont Hospital. This is a complex development and the HSE has engaged with many stakeholders in the proposal development. Introduction of bilateral cochlear implantation will involve additional staff, equipment and capital works and will be dependent on additional funding being made available to support its commencement. The proposal is being considered as part of the 2014 Estimates process.