Simon Harris to meet with CEO of Crumlin Children's Hospital to discuss scoliosis treatment

Megan, a 13-year-old with scoliosis featured on RTÉ Investigates last night.

The Health Minister Simon Harris is to meet with the CEO of Crumlin Children's Hospital this evening, following an RTÉ documentary on waiting lists.

Health Minister Simon Harris

Simon Harris is to seek answers as to why a €3m theatre, designed for surgeries to treat scoliosis, isn't being used.

In the Dail this afternoon Enda Kenny has denied the waiting list figures are being massaged - saying they have been calculated the same way for 15 years.

He said the focus of the government's efforts will be to ensure no further delays in scoliosis surgeries.

“The focus will be on scoliosis, so that no child will be left with the challenges and the difficulties and the pain that they are left in - it’s not acceptable.

“The problem is how do you get your theatre, which the taxpayer has paid for, open and giving relief and comfort to children who have this particular problem.”

More on this topic

'Borderline elder abuse': FF's Stephen Donnelly slams trolley figures

Overall number of people on hospital waiting lists falls in October

342 people waiting on hospital trolleys today

‘Appalling’ daily suffering behind waiting lists

More in this Section

530 patients waiting for beds in hospitals around the country

Double lung transplant warrior Orla Tinsley grateful for support after health setback

Gardaí investigating fatal Tallaght shooting arrest 22-year-old man

Former FAI chief Rooney says many involved have 'gone beyond their sell-by date'


Lifestyle

Sleeping next to a loud snorer? Here’s how to finally get some peace at night

Seven blissful places to go on a mother-daughter date this weekend

Appliance of Science: Why do we age?

Why anis don’t put all eggs in one basket

More From The Irish Examiner