Latest Figures show an increase in Tullamore Hospital Waiting Lists- Carol Nolan
Commenting on figures released from the national treatment purchase fund this week, Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate, Carol Nolan, has said that the figures show that both the outpatient and inpatient figures at the hospital have increased again.
“Figures released by the National Treatment Purchase Fund for January 2016 show an increase in both the out patient and inpatient waiting lists at the hospital.
“They also show clearly that the FG and Labour Government simply did not have the gumption to tackle the waiting lists effectively.
“The Minister has failed to meet his own revised target of ensuring that no patient waits longer than 15 months for outpatient treatment by the end of 2015 – there are currently 1154 patients on the outpatient list for more than 15 months.
“While I would like to commend the staff of the hospital for their Trojan efforts to tackle the hospital waiting lists, ultimately it must be said that the Government has failed to provide the resources necessary to enable the staff to be effective in this regard.
“Indeed the Minister for Health has confirmed in a parliamentary question response to my party colleague that the Dublin Midlands Group of Hospitals, of which Tullamore is part of, was fined to the tune of €691,537 last year in Waiting List Penalties.
“Given the fact that Tullamore Hospital had the largest amount of patients waiting over 18 months on the outpatient lists at the end of December 2015 in the group, it can be supposed that the bulk of this penalty was applied to our local hospital’s budget.
“This is despite the fact that the funding allocated to the hospital for2015 was almost €10 million less than the budget allocated to the hospital in 2009 – a cut of almost 10%.
“How does the Minister think that slashing budgets will help the hospital address waiting lists?
“Sinn Féin is the only party with credible, costed plan to invest in our health service, recruit adequate numbers of front line staff and provide universal healthcare for all free at the point of delivery.”