Support children living with juvenile arthritis

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There are 1,200 children and young people living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in Ireland. They need your support.

Arthritis Ireland is calling upon the HSE and the Department of Health to implement the national model of care for paediatric rheumatology, which was approved in June 2016.

The number of children and young people under 16 waiting more than a year to see a consultant paediatric rheumatologist increased by 80% in the 12 months since January 2017. At the end of January 2018, 902 were on the rheumatology outpatient waiting list, a 33% increase on January 2017.

Juvenile arthritis affects children and young people at a time when life should be an adventure. The pain and discomfort that it causes can impact upon their quality of life and can be associated with other health complications. Our children and young people need and deserve to receive prompt, timely access to care, diagnosis and clinical assessment. 

The way to address this is through the implementation of the national model of care for paediatric rheumatology. With every delay and inaction, our children’s lives are impacted.

Support  our children and young people living with juvenile arthritis by signing this petition urging the HSE and the Department of Health to implement the model of care for paediatric rheumatology.

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