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Waiting Lists improvement legacy of de Brún approach

4 September, 2003


Commenting on the latest figures on waiting lists, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Cllr Sue Ramsay welcomed the fact that there was continuing evidence that waiting list numbers were coming under control as a testament to the measures put in place by former Health Minister Bairbre de Brún

"The figures released today show that the enormous effort that Bairbre de Brún put in to bringing our waiting lists under control are beginning to show some signs of dividends. It is to Bairbre's credit that there now appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

"This is the third quarter in succession that there has been a drop in inpatient waiting lists. It‚s a small decrease but over the last 12 months there has been an almost 8% drop in total numbers of inpatients waiting lists and for the same period 2,000 more people received elective treatment. These figures are continuing evidence that waiting list numbers were coming under control and a testament to the measures put in place by former Health Minister Bairbre de Brún.

"However, sustained progress in tackling the long-term problem of waiting lists would benefit from the return of the institutions and a Minister who is in the position to give this problem their full attention. ENDS

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