Dáil debates

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Dental Services Provision

11:50 am

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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39. To ask the Minister for Health the initiatives in place to improve dental services in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12203/19]

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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If Deputy Calleary introduces this question briefly, the Minister of State will have time to respond before we move on to Leaders' Questions.

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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I will let the Minister of State respond.

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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I do not have the question to hand. I can provide the answers, but not without the questions.

Photo of Margaret Murphy O'MahonyMargaret Murphy O'Mahony (Cork South West, Fianna Fail)
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The Minister of State is good, but not that good.

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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Are we on Deputy McLoughlin's question?

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Deputy McLoughlin is not here. The question before the House seeks details of the initiatives in place to improve dental services in County Mayo.

Photo of Margaret Murphy O'MahonyMargaret Murphy O'Mahony (Cork South West, Fianna Fail)
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Can the Minister of State answer that one?

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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I will have to come back to the Deputy on this matter. I do not have the reply to hand.

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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We have been inundated with representations from constituents, particularly parents of teenagers, who are being made to wait inordinate amounts of time for basic assessments for orthodontic services. Early intervention in this area can prevent a significant amount of physical pain, as well as financial pain down the line. Unfortunately, waiting lists seem to have gone beyond the two-year mark.

12 o’clock

We need a specific intervention in the county to reduce those waiting lists. As I stated previously, rather than sticking things into CHO areas, we could instead have a range of professionals who can be moved around to where waiting lists have gone out of sync. We could in that way address waiting lists that are way above the national profile. Instead of continuing to adhere to geographical rules, let us address where there are specific problems. We have a big problem in Mayo with treatment for dental and orthodontic issues, particularly for those aged under 18 years of age.

12:00 pm

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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I will come back to Deputy Calleary on this matter.

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