‘Regular appointments needed for polio patients’ – Ruane

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
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Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has called for better treatment for long-term orthopedic patients with polio. ruane16Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “I have been dealing with constituents who are suffering from polio who are finding it difficult to get follow up appointments to deal with their illness. “I took the opportunity to ask the Minister of Health Simon Hamilton about waiting times between appointments but I was disappointed the Minister has failed to supply the information needed, stating the difference between review and initial appointments. “A review appointment can vary between months and years depending on a patient’s individual case, leaving patients worrying about their condition. “It is crucial for the confidence of orthopedic patients suffering with polio are given a timeframe that will allow them to monitor their illness so that any deterioration can be addressed. She added, “I am calling on the Minister to now review the appointment system so that every patient can manage their illness in a confident manner by being able to access professional information on a more regular basis.”

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