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Waiting lists increase to over 707,000 in Varadkar’s first year - Louise O'Reilly TD

14 June, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning Sinn Fein Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that she is shocked but not surprised that the total number of people on waiting lists to be treated, or seen by a doctor, now stands at over 707,000, the highest number ever recorded.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“There has hardly been a month since this government came to office where the total number of people on waiting lists has decreased.

“Indeed, under this current Taoiseach, who is in office one year today, the number of people on waiting lists has increased by over 20,000.

“When he came to office this day last year the Taoiseach said he would be taking a special interest in health – this special interest has amounted to overseeing an increase in waiting lists to record highs of over 707,000.

“Such failure has not just been confined to waiting lists. 

"Since Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach; 106,694 people have spent one night or more on a hospital trolley, he has presided over a recruitment and retention crisis within the health service and there has been chronic understaffing of mental health services.

"Also there has been an increase in those over 75 waiting 24 hours for care in EDs, and his government have sanctioned private investigators to spy on hospital consultants.

“If this is the Taoiseach taking a special interest in health, I would be worried to think about the state of affairs if wasn’t."

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