Local Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has called on the HSE to review the provision of dental services in Clondalkin, as a matter of urgency in light of the HSE’s u-turn to not re-open the Boot Road clinic.

In information recently received by the Deputy, it was confirmed by the HSE that there is no intention to reopen the dental clinic on Boot Road, Clondalkin.

“By refusing to reinstate dental services at the clinic on Boot Road, those living in the greater Clondalkin area will be left without dental care for the foreseeable future,” explained Deputy Curran.

“The HSE have continually promised to deliver a new Primary Care Centre in Clondalkin, which is planned to include dental services. Furthermore, the clinic on Boot Road is set for extensive renovation to bring it to optimum standards. In reality we have little or no indication how long these projects will take and given this Government’s track record on meeting commitments, we could be waiting sometime.

“Schools that were previously assigned for dental care in the Boot Road clinic are now being offered appointments in Crumlin or Rathcoole. It is simply not good enough that there will be no local dental service for school pupils to attend.

“On one hand the State is advocating high standards of dental hygiene for children, yet on the other it is failing to set aside the necessary resources to provide dental treatment in an appropriate manner. Any improvement will require more services being made more readily available in communities across Dublin Mid-West.

“I was informed by the HSE in November last year that they fully intended to maintain existing dental services within the Clondalkin area; however the HSE later made the decision to not re-open the clinic on Boot Road.

“This situation can’t continue as it is harming children’s dental hygiene in particular and is only storing up bigger problems across a generation.

“There are a number of critical job vacancies which have left services in Ballyfermot, Rowlagh and Deansrath severely compromised. While we await appropriate staffing levels to be reinstated in clinics including Rowlagh and Ballyfermot, I am calling on the HSE to review dental services in the Clondalkin area, concluded Deputy Curran.