CHILDREN FORCED TO WAIT YEARS FOR SPECIALIST HEALTH SERVICES

The Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley has today called on the Berejiklian Government to urgently provide additional Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist services in the Hunter, particularly for children.

Ms Catley used a Private Members Statement in the NSW Parliament to raise the concerns of one constituent from Belmont who was forced to pay $4,000 for her young son to see a private ENT Specialist because of the lack of available public appointments. The same constituent’s other son is now waiting for grommets, which could take up to three years.

The Member for Swansea has written to the Minister for Health, calling on him to urgently expand services and to clarify exactly how many children are currently waiting for specialist ENT Services across the Hunter New England Health District.

Quotes attributable to Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley:

“At any one time there can be up to 1,500 children waiting for a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat appointment at the John Hunter Hospital alone.

“I’ve written to the Minister for Health calling on him to urgently provide additional Ear, Nose and Throat specialist services across the Hunter.

“I’ve put a Question on Notice to the Minister for Health asking him to clarify exactly how many children are currently awaiting specialist ENT services across the entire Hunter New England Health District.

“No child in the Hunter should be forced to suffer years of hearing loss, resulting in learning difficulties and developmental delay simply because their family can’t afford to pay for specialist health services.”

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