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Sinn Féin solutions on hospital waiting lists receive unanimous support - Louise O'Reilly TD

20 June, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly welcomed the unanimous political support from TDs for a Sinn Féin PMB proposing solutions to the hospital waiting list crisis.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta O’Reilly said:

“There isn't a family in Ireland currently unaffected by the crisis of hospital waiting lists.

“In May that list grew to a new record of more than 707,000 people waiting for a medical procedure.

“On this list there are 511,904 people waiting for an outpatient procedure and 147,387 of these outpatient appointments are outstanding for over a year as of May.

“The inpatient waiting list was no different in its severity; in May the inpatient procedure list stood at 79,649 with nearly 6,000 of those waiting for over a year.

“These people are not numbers - they are living, breathing, feeling people who are on a waiting list because they need medical attention.

“This State is washing its hands of its responsibility to these people and that can never be normalised or accepted.

“But there are solutions. For many years now Sinn Féin have called for the introduction of an integrated hospital management waiting list system, such as the one used in the Portuguese health service which has delivered significant and sustained reductions in waiting times for surgery since it was first introduced in 2004.

“Indeed, a similar system is working here on a smaller scale in the RCSI Hospital Group. The RCSI Hospital Group was the only hospital group in the State who managed to reduce their outpatient waiting lists from May 2017 to May 2018 - reducing the waiting list by 2,613.

“We need to see sustained investment in the public health system as well as the roll out of a new and single Integrated Hospital Waiting List Management IT System as used in the Portuguese NHS and the RCSI Hospital Group so we can once and for all tackle the waiting list crises."

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