Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said waiting lists for dental care and orthodontic treatment are rising while the government launch a new oral health policy.

Deputy Smyth commented, “Waiting times for primary school children requiring dental care in Cavan-Monaghan are particularly bad. I have had many concerned parents in my offices across both counties looking for assistance with appointments.

“l understand new proposals will see children receive eight oral healthcare packages while medical card holders who are over 16 years will also receive packages. However, there is no mention from government of the 18,000 children who are currently on the orthodontic waiting list or the 24,000 children waiting for dental treatment in general, including many in my constituency.

“It has been said that the Irish Dental Association were not consulted in the new plans. Fortunately, they have welcomed the plans despite no involvement or consultation.

“Before glossy announcements it would be wise for government to address the root cause of the problems and bring waiting times down in Cavan-Monaghan,” concluded Deputy Smyth.