Statistics released by the Department of Health to Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD show a stark increase in the number of children and teenagers awaiting ophthalmology treatment / services in the Meath region.
As of December 2020, there were a total of 1,594 children and teenagers in Co Meath waiting for eye-related diagnosis and treatment. There was nobody on that waiting list at all in December 2019, or in December 2018.
Commenting on the figures, the Aontú leader, Peadar Tóibín said:
“It is deeply worrying to see such a huge increase in the number of young people on waiting lists. T

he Department have also confirmed to me that some of the 1,594 people left waiting have been waiting for more than 170 weeks for appointments/ assessment / treatment. No child or teenager should be left waiting this long. Our region has been ignored by successive governments in terms of health care and hospital investment for far too long”.

“There are 1,594 people waiting in Meath, but nobody is waiting in Laois-Offaly, or Longford-Westmeath, and in Co Louth the waiting list has gone down by over 100 on the previous year, while ours has increased by over 1,500. All that I’m asking is that Meath receives it’s fair share of funding from government, so as to prevent this waiting list from expanding further”, concluded Tóibín.