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“Waiting list figures for Beaumont Hospital hugely concerning”- Cllr Denise Mitchell

11 May, 2015 - by Denise Mitchell

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor for Beaumont-Donaghmeade ward Denise Mitchell has expressed her serious concern at the number of ill people forced to wait for long periods on waiting lists in Beaumont Hospital.

Speaking today Cllr Mitchell said:

“On Friday last there were 367 citizens on trolleys in Emergency Departments across the state. Beaumont Hospital has the second highest with 34 patients waiting. The previous Friday Beaumont had the highest number in the state with 38 patients waiting on trolleys.

There is also a serious problem with waiting lists for outpatients and inpatient procedures in Beaumont.

Figures available from the National Treatment Purchase Fund reveal that at the end of April there were 24615 outpatients attending Beaumont Hospital, up 939 on the previous month.

Of these 8815 had been waiting up to three months; 4722 had been waiting for 3-6 months; 7574 were waiting 6-12 months and 3502 have been waiting between one and two years. Two people were still waiting after two years.

Inpatient figures are equally alarming. At the end of April, in Beaumont 6025 patients were waiting for an inpatient procedure. 1325 of these have been waiting for more than a year.

These figures are completely unacceptable and illustrate that the government’s health strategy is not working.

Across the state we now have the highest ever recorded number of citizens on the outpatient waiting list.

At the end of April there were 412,422 citizens on the outpatient waiting list.

Of these 72,270 have been waiting for more than a year.

Key to tackling this problem is more investment, including in additional bed capacity and frontline staff recruitment. We need at a minimum 1000 additional nurses and midwives.”

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