Con­cern over 7,500 kids on den­tistry list

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY COR­MAC BYRNE

A TD has blasted new fig­ures which show more than 7,500 chil­dren have been wait­ing at least two years for an or­thodon­tic ap­point­ment.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased to Wick­low rep­re­sen­ta­tive Stephen Donnelly show 18,135 kids un­der the age of 14 are wait­ing for a con­sul­ta­tion.

He said: “More than 40% of chil­dren on the or­thodon­tic list have been wait­ing for more than two years. In fact, 1,230 have been wait­ing for over four years.

“It’s not good enough a 14-year-old could be 18 be­fore re­ceiv­ing, what in many cases is deemed “ur­gent”, treat­ment.

“Bear in mind there is an­other wait­ing list for assess­ment be­fore they are ap­proved for treat­ment.”

AN­GRY Stephen Donnelly

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