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Cuts will lead to more backlogs like those at Tallaght Hospital – Ó Caoláin

4 November, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the Hayes Report on the delays in processing x-rays and GP referral letters in Tallaght Hospital and has called for the report’s full implementation. However, he said the threatened €1 billion cuts to the HSE will lead to similar situations.

He said:

“I welcome the Hayes Report on Tallaght Hospital and urge its full implementation. Tallaght is a fine hospital and its staff and patients deserve full support.

“The report shows that there were staffing shortages in the radiology department and delays by the HSE in approving essential posts. Proper systems were not in place to manage GP referrals and patients faced undue delays, on top of the general waiting list faced by all patients.

“While the issues at Tallaght are being addressed the Fianna Fáil/Green Government’s threatened €1 billion cuts to the HSE in the 2011 Budget will lead to similar situations there and elsewhere. This time administration and filing may be more efficient but, with inadequate staff numbers to follow up on x-rays and GP referrals, patients will experience ever longer waiting lists for treatment.” ENDS

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