Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte TD, says that the length of time waiting on public dental services in the West is alarming.

Deputy Rabbitte was speaking as figures obtained by the Galway East TD reveal 739 people waiting between 26 to 52 weeks for orthodontic assessments in Galway, Roscommon, and Mayo, while in Galway 203 people are waiting between 12 to 26 weeks to see a dental hygienist and 14,000 people waiting over one year for dental screening.

She commented:

The figures provided to me by the HSE are massively concerning. Potentially people could be waiting up to one year for an orthodontic assessment. Waiting so long will inevitably delay diagnosis and delay treatment. In Galway alone there are over 14,000 people waiting over one year for a dental screening which is concerning considering 768 people are waiting for the same service in Mayo and 963 are waiting in Roscommon.  I am alarmed by the figures revealed.

Deputy Rabbitte concluded:

The Minister needs to explain why there is such a demand in Galway compared to other counties in the West and ensure we have the proper resources to address the waiting lists.

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