September 28, 2020
Delays in identifying deafness leads to life-long disadvantage – Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has said the Minister of Health must address the backlog of hearing related tests and treatment to avoid damaging the future achievements of children and young people who have hearing difficulties or are profoundly deaf.

Sinn Fein spokesperson on children and young people was speaking ahead of an Assembly debate calling on Minister Swann to take urgent action to tackle lengthy waiting lists.

The West Tyrone MLA said:

“More than 7,000 people with hearing issues are still waiting for diagnostic tests. Many others are waiting for intervention, including surgery. 

“Early intervention is crucial if young minds are to develop communication skills and acquire language, including Sign, to enable them to compete effectively with their hearing peers.

“Late diagnosis and delayed intervention is likely to have a life -long adverse impact on the wellbeing of children and young people with hearing difficulties. Poor communication skills can lead to disadvantage in education and employment but timely intervention can eliminate that.

“Because it’s not life-threatening, those with hearing impairment and deafness, are too often side-lined. 

“But testing and treatment can’t wait.” 

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

It was wonderful to be in Pomeroy to help launch the incredible state of the art facility for Plunkett’s GAC and the local community.

It is fantastic to see this high level ambition within local communities, with people coming together to make their vision a reality and achieve…

It's time to scrap the TV Licence. The endless scandals at RTÉ have damaged people's trust and confidence.

Those at the top are never held accountable while tens of thousands of ordinary people are dragged through the courts. The public wants decisive action. It is time to act.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said Ireland must use all its influence, at home and abroad, to demand an end to Israel’s genocidal war and to promote Palestinian national freedom.

Government’s failed bid to host EU’s new anti-money laundering agency requires scrutiny – Senator Lynn Boylan

"The obvious question for any agency or multinational looking at establishing a base in Dublin is where will their workers live." @LNBDublin

Load More