Health Minister must act on bilateral cochlear implants

Sinn Fein Leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams today chaired a meeting of the Oireachtas All-party Group on Bilateral Cochlear Implants. The meeting followed last week’s Dail debate on the issue.Also attending were representatives from Fine Gael, the Labour Party, Sinn Fein and Independent TDs and Senators.

The meeting discussed the next steps in the campaign to secure a bilateral cochlear implant programme in the HSE National Service Plan, which is expected to be published next month.

Commenting after today’s meeting Gerry Adams TD said:

“Following the unanimous decision of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children to write to the Minister for Health appealing for the necessary roll-out of the Bilateral Cochlear Implant Programme in 2014, it is important that all TDs and Senators now get fully behind this campaign.

“It is vitally important that those children in most urgent need of this procedure are treated with the utmost urgency to ensure best opportunities for a positive outcome.

“The Minister for Health has said that the provision of bilateral cochlear implants is a priority for him. He must now ensure that this is prioritized in the HSE Service Plan 2014. No more excuses”