Almost 400 children on Hospital waiting lists more than six months - Adams
Gerry Adams TD said; ”I am particularly concerned at the numbers of babies, children and young people – 393 - who have been on the paediatric waiting list for both hospitals for more than six months.”
The Louth TD also said: “The announcement that hundreds of surgical operations and specialist appointments for Our Lady of Lourdes will be outsourced will be welcomed by the 951 patients on Lourdes general surgical outpatient waiting list. 183 of these have been waiting for more than six months.
However, the fact that OLOL, Beaumont and Connolly hospitals are all putting some procedures out to tender to the private sector, and that other hospitals are likely to follow their example, is evidence of the dysfunctionality of the health service and an inevitable consequence of 7 years of repeated cuts to that service by Fianna Fáil and now this government.”
Concluding the Louth TD said:
“Last year the HSE received only half of what it sought in additional funding from the government for this years budget. Since then the government has been forced to provide an additional €74 million euro to tackle the trolley waits in the Emergency Departments. Despite this we also know that hospital trolley numbers in our hospitals remain very high with OLOL among the highest in the state.
The HSE was over budget by €60 million in the first two months of this year and that figure is likely to be closer to €100 million now.
Inevitability the HSE will need a supplementary budget later in the year.
All of this is evidence of a government health policy that has failed to get to grips with the crisis in the health service or to implement even its own commitments made in the Programme for Government four years ago.
To end the current crisis the government must reopen many of the 2,000 beds it has closed in the last four years and recruit more nurses to replace the 5,000 nursing posts that it cut as a result of its austerity policies.”