The HSE is to apologise to almost 50 families in Mayo and Roscommon for serious failings in audiology services provided to their children according to an RTE Investigates report.
It follows the completion of a look-back review of paediatric audiology services provided in over 900 cases by one audiologist.
The HSE carried out a view of services provided in Mayo and Roscommon from 2011 to 2015 as a result of concerns around some aspects of the quality of the service provided, leaving some children with lifelong implants.
The report says that the individual worked in the Mayo/Roscommon area for over a ten-year period from the early 2000s providing services to young children.
The look-back began when several professionals in the area expressed concerns about the quality of the audiologist’s work.
Of the over 900 cases examined, 49 children have found to be affected.
The HSE is expected to write to these families in the next number of days to provide them with details of the report and RTE reports the letters will also acknowledge that the failings identified either increased the risk of a missed diagnosis or a poor outcome for the affected children.
The letters will also include an apology from the HSE for its failure to provide appropriate hearing assessments and for the distress this has caused the children involved and their families.
The clinical team who undertook the review found that in the cases examined hearing assessments conducted did not meet national audiology standards.
Among the key failures identified are a failure to determine the model of paediatric audiology service provide; hearing aid management was not performed as per relevant guidelines at fitting or review appointments; there was inadequate clinical governance in place to audit and monitor service provision and poor record keeping.
The HSE has said that all affected children who required a recall have been offered follow-up appointments and in the majority of cases those clinical follow-ups have been accepted.
It said any children identified as needing further interventions have now been prioritised and treated in a timely manner.
It is understood that the individual involved has been suspended from practicing here and no longer provides services in the Republic of Ireland.
It is reported some parents are now considering pursuing legal actions against the HSE.