By Dan Walsh
Serious public concerns about the lack of dentists in the New Ross area taking on patients with medical cards is to be raised with the Minister for Health.
Sinn Féin New Ross area representative Marie Doyle told WexfordLocal.com; “I have been contacted by many people in New Ross highlighting the lack of dentists that accept medical card. Last week one woman who was in severe pain had contacted me looking for assistance as she couldn’t afford to pay private fees.
“This is just one of several similar stories we have heard over the last while,” said Ms Doyle, who added; “When I contacted the Wexford Health Centre for the list of dentists available in New Ross they told me there are none. This is an appalling situation that needs to be addressed urgently”
Sinn Féin TD for Co. Wexford Deputy Johnny Mythen is to bring the matter to the attention of the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly T.D. in Dáil Éireann.
“Issues with access to dentists for those with a medical card are ongoing in the county. I have tabled questions to the Minister for Health on this, given the urgent nature of the problem,” said Deputy Mythen, who added; “People cannot be left suffering in pain with nowhere to go.”
“More must be done to recruit and retain dentists on the Dental Treatment Service Scheme, said Deputy Mythen. “I will be watching this situation closely and will continue to raise this with the Minister,” he concluded.