Today is International Cochlear Implant Day and we have something to celebrate.
There was welcome news this morning, with the government announcing an extra $6 million dollar investment for the cochlear implant programmes this year, in addition to an ongoing commitment to increase the number of cochlear implants from 80 to 160 over their parliamentary term.
The announcement was published on the Beehive website this morning, with the Minister of Health, Andrew Little stating, "The money will make for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year...and will have an immediate effect by reducing the historical adult waitlist.
“Labour made a manifesto commitment to double the number of cochlear implants each year from 80 to 160 during this parliamentary term and that commitment remains,” Little said.
To read the statement in full, click here