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Increase in waiting lists ‘utterly shameful’ – Ó Caoláin

11 April, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Data from the National Treatment Purchase Fund reveals that hospital waiting list figures have increased for inpatient, day case and outpatient care. Responding to these reports, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“It is utterly shameful that reports today reveal that over 490,500 patients are awaiting treatment or assessment in the public hospital system. 

“According to reports, the longest waiting lists for outpatients are in ear, nose and throat with 49,423 waiting to be seen, orthopaedics with 47,001 waiting and general surgery with 35,084 waiting. The hospital with the longest waiting list for outpatients is Galway University Hospital where there are over 30,454 waiting to be seen.

“The crisis in our health system is showing no sign of abating. Today, there are 382 people on trollies. Meanwhile, seven weeks following the election, the two leading parties are participating in nothing more than a charade with absolutely no appreciation of the distress, and often pain, that those awaiting access and those on trollies are enduring.

“These latest figures underscore how crucial it is that Dáil business resumes so that issues as pressing as these can be addressed to the responsible Minister.”  

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