Roscommon Senator unhappy with supports offered to children affected by audiology scandal

A Roscommon senator is disputing the level of supports the Department of Education claims it is providing to children affected by an audiology scandal in Roscommon/Mayo.

Maura Hopkins told the Seanad that it was “unbelievable” that parents, who had been seeking specialist technology for their children, had been left down by the Department.

Last year the government ordered an immediate review into almost 900 audiology tests carried out between 2011 and 2015. in the Galway/Mayo Roscommon Community Healthcare Organisation.

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Issues were discovered with 49 children, and it’s understood that nine children have been referred by the HSE for specialist help.

Minister for Education Joe McHugh outlined that children had been receiving some assistance from the Department, but Senator Hopkins feels it is simply not enough