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Almost 3000 patients waiting over one year for treatment at Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore – Cllr Carol Nolan

8 December, 2015 - by Carol Nolan

Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate Carol Nolan has hit out at the Government after the latest hospital waiting list figures show that almost 3000 patients are waiting over a year for treatment at the local hospital.

Cllr Nolan said:

“Despite all the spin and false promises from this Government, the outpatient waiting list at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore has increased in November.

“The number of people on the outpatient waiting list now stands at a staggering 13,320 while the inpatient list stands at 2285.

“Despite all the bravado from our Minister for Health, it is clear that he is completely out of his depth and will fail to deliver on his modest target of having no patient waiting for treatment longer than 15 months by the end of the year.

“In the Midland Regional Hospital alone there are 2719 people waiting more than one year for an appointment with 1367 of these waiting for over 15 months.

“There were 248 patients treated on trolleys at the hospital during the month of November alone.

“It is clear that Fine Gael and Labour have run out of ideas and their health policy is in shambles – nurses in emergency departments are on the verge of strike action and Universal Health Insurance has gone out the window.

“To add insult to injury this Government has fined hospitals around the state to the tune of €5.8 million for failure to reduce hospital waiting lists in a cynical move to try and make this issue disappear in the run up to an election.

“The only way to resolve this crisis is to provide the necessary resources to hospitals and frontline health workers to provide the highest possible standards of care to patients.

 “Sinn Féin showed clearly how a significant investment of €383 million could be used to provide an additional 500 nurses, 250 midwives and 250 consultants in our front line health services.

“Instead all the people of Offaly got were more false promises and spin from  Fine Gael and Labour”.

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