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Government Cuts are Crippling University Hospital Waterford – Cullinane

26 July, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD


 David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, has slammed the government for its continued under-funding of University Hospital Waterford, with ongoing capacity issues crippling essential services and adding to the cost burden of patients.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I asked the Minister for Health for the number of persons on outpatient waiting lists at University Hospital Waterford who were referred to other public and private hospitals, and the figures I received show the numbers almost doubling in two years.

“In 2013 there were 3,085 patients referred to privately-operated bodies; in 2015 this had risen to 6,023.

“The HSE has justified this by saying that waiting times have been reduced as a result.

“However, in the absence of targeted investment in University Hospital Waterford, the stop-gap measure of referrals has turned into standard practice with negative consequences.

“These referrals are an added cost to the State with no long-term public investment to show for it.

“The main benefactors of course are the wealthy investors in private health clinics who get a guaranteed line to public funds.

“The obvious solution is to invest in University Hospital Waterford, as only investment can address the capacity issues and create a proper facility for one of the major urban and rural populations in the State.

“It is clear that there is a need for the hospital to expand to meet the health needs of Waterford and I will be calling upon the minister to address the issue as an urgent priority.”

 ENDS

[From the PQ response: " Under the 2013 and 2015 HSE Waiting List Initiatives the number of patients listed below were outsourced to Private Providers in an effort to achieve the National Waiting List targets.  The 2015 Initiative included the full package of care."

Speciality

Private Facility Assigned to:

Total OPD Outsourced 2013

Urology OPD

Whitfield Clinic

519

Dermatology

Mater Cork

100

Eyes

Whitfield Clinic

57

Pain

Whitfield Clinic

315

ENT

Whitfield Clinic

1200

Orthopaedic Cappagh

Cappagh

72

Orthopaedic Whitfield

Whitfield Clinic

173

Orthopaedic Aut Even

Aut Even Kilkenny

649

 

Total OPD Outsourced 2014

308

 

Speciality

Private Facility Assigned to:

Total OPD Outsourced 2015

Orthopaedics

Clane General Hospital

200

Orthopaedics

AUT EVEN HOSPITAL

526

Orthopaedics

Bon Secours Hospital Cork

100

Orthopaedics

Whitfield

381

Orthopaedics

Mater Private Cork

500

Orthopaedics

St Francis Private Hospital

579

Orthopaedics

Sports Surgery Clinic

500

Orthopaedics

Beacon Hospital Sandyford Limited

100

Orthopaedics

Barringtons Hospital

400

Otolaryngology (ENT)

AUT EVEN HOSPITAL

200

Otolaryngology (ENT)

Bon Secours Hospital Cork

300

Otolaryngology (ENT)

Whitfield

402

Otolaryngology (ENT)

Barringtons Hospital

200

Urology

AUT EVEN HOSPITAL

80

Urology

Whitfield

657

Urology

Mater Private Cork

100

Vascular Surgery

AUT EVEN HOSPITAL

119

Vascular Surgery

Whitfield

100

Pain Relief

Whitfield

213

Dermatology

Whitfield

200

Ophthalmology

Whitfield

293

Endocrinology

Mater Private Cork

53

 

Total OPD Outsourced 2015

6203

 

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