Waiting list for children’s hearing assessments

I ask the Leader to bring to the attention of the Minister for Health the fact that there are now 32,000 children on waiting lists for hearing assessments. Some 16,000 are waiting for a first assessment and a further 16,000 are waiting for treatment, having been assessed. A substantial number are waiting for more than one or two years. There is a geographical discrepancy, but the circumstances are very unsatisfactory. Ultimately, are we just storing up problems for ourselves. Every year a child spends without having his hearing corrected is a year in which he is in danger of falling further behind educationally and socially.

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