Dáil Éireann - Volume 514 - 17 February, 2000

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

166. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the waiting list for orthodontic treatment in the Western Health Board area; the comparative figures in each of the years from 1996 to 1999; and the number of orthodontic surgeons employed with the board in each of the years from 1996 to date. [4757/00]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in the Western Health Board and the maintenance of orthodontic waiting lists are the statutory responsibility of the Western Health Board.

I have had inquiries made of the board. The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:

Year

Number Awaiting Orthodontic Treatment

Number of Dentists working in Orthodontic Unit

1996

1,367

2 Full Time

1 Part Time

No Consultant

Orthodontist

1997

3,035

3 Full Time

1 Part Time

1 Consultant

Orthodontist

[1223] Year

Number Awaiting Orthodontic Treatment

Number of Dentists working in Orthodontic Unit

1998

3,838

3 Full Time

2 Part Time

1 Consultant

Orthodontist

1999

4,438

3 Full Time

3 Part Time

1 Consultant

Orthodontist