Government's inpatient action plan will fail patients - Gerry Adams TD
Louth TD Gerry Adams has criticised the Government's 'Action Plan for Inpatient Treatment' which was published today (13/04/18) saying that the plan is unambitious and will divert State funds to the private health care sector.
Gerry Adams said,
"In Louth there are currently 1391 patients awaiting inpatient procedures. There are 602 people awaiting day procedures in the Louth County Hospital, Dundalk and 789 on the waiting list for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.
"Across the State there are almost 80,000 patients on the waiting list for day procedures.
"The Government's plan, released today, rather than focussing on the recruitment of additional staff to the HSE, seeks to syphon taxpayer’s money to private healthcare organisations for carrying out routine and simple procedures which should be carried out in public hospitals.
"Of course this cannot be done due to the government’s failure to invest in recruiting and retaining medical professionals.
"This €55 million will be spent essentially on providing routine treatment and surgeries in private hospitals. This in no way represents value for money for the taxpayer and will just be a case of public money lining the pockets of private interests.
"In addition the Minister for Health has stated himself that this plan seeks only to reduce the waiting list by 10,000 people.
"Is the Minister content for 70,000 people to languish on waiting lists for months and months for procedures which are relatively simple but would make a major difference to their lives?
"The solution to this problem is simple - the Minister must invest properly in the recruitment of HSE staff to enable these procedures to be carried out in a timely manner by the HSE."