Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly has described as disgraceful new figures which show that 7,572 children are waiting over two years waiting for an orthodontic appointment.  New figures released to the Wicklow TD shows that there are 18,135 children in total on the waiting list.

The figures were collated at the end of June this year.

“This is the latest waiting list, which not only has an excessive number of people on it, the majority of them are waiting an unacceptably long time to be seen.  More than 40% of children on the orthodontic list have been waiting for more than two years for an appointment. In fact, 1,230 have been waiting for over four years – an incredible situation. These children began waiting before Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health, now he’s Taoiseach. It’s a shocking indictment”, said Deputy Donnelly.

“It’s just not good enough that a 14 year old could be 18 before receiving, what in many cases is deemed “urgent”, treatment.  Bear in mind that there is also another waiting list for assessment before they are even approved for treatment.

“Last year we were told that an initiative was underway, which would ensure that by early 2018 no patient was waiting longer than three years for treatment. These latest figures reveal that in mid-2018 there were over 1,000 patients waiting more than four years.  This is yet another failure to deliver by Minister Harris and the HSE.”