€146 million taken from University Hospital Galway since 2008 – O’Clochartaigh
Galway based Sinn Féin Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh has today revealed that there has been €146 million taken out of the Budget for University Hospital Galway over the past six years while waiting lists for outpatient appointments currently stands at over 30,000.
“The waiting list figures for University Hospital Galway are scandalous and among the worst in the state.
“The National Treatment Purchase Fund shows that, instead of the numbers decreasing there has actually been an increase of 1,000 to the outpatient waiting list at the hospital between March and April.
“While these figures are truly shocking, it is little wonder as the staff at University Hospital Galway have been consistently asked to do more with less.
“Figures from the Management of the Hospital revealed in a Parliamentary Question show that a cumulative amount of €146 million has been taken from the Budget of the Hospital over the past six years by successive Governments.
“The results of such systematic underfunding are clear to see as over 1,000 people are waiting over a year for inpatient treatment while over 7,000 are on the outpatient waiting list for over a year.
“This revelation comes the same week as the psychiatric nurses working in the hospital have been forced to consider industrial action in order for HSE management to address their very real concerns about their unsafe working environment.
“ It is not good enough for Government Ministers up in Dublin to be congratulating themselves for an economic recovery that has not reached Galway while our health service is bursting at the seams.
"The Minister for Health must answer to the people of Galway in relation to these figures and take immediate action to ensure that our Hospital receives adequate funding and resources to tackle these waiting lists."