“The deliberate concealment of figures is testament to a health service in perpetual crisis” – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
Speaking this morning during Statements on Hospital Waiting Lists, Sinn Féin T.D. for Cavan Monaghan, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin described the fact that The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), the body responsible for collecting, collating and validating information on persons waiting for public hospital treatment have deliberately excluded tens of thousands of people languishing on waiting lists as a “scandalous revelation”.
Deputy Ó Caolain said;
“Monday night’s RTÉ Investigates – Living on the List programme made for harrowing viewing. The problems pertaining to the waiting times experienced by those seeking medical/surgical attention has been an issue we have all been very aware of for a long number of years. However, no matter how bad we thought the situation was before, we now know that the figures presented to us were grossly understated in an attempt to conceal the true scale of the crisis within the system.
“The deliberate concealment of figures is testament to a health service in perpetual crisis. It is time for the Government to realise that their so called ‘strategy’ to deal with this crisis is not working. What more will it take for the step change that is so desperately needed to come about within our health service? I dread to think.
“The crux of all the serious issues within our health system comes down to the lack of capacity within the health system to meet demand. A lack of capacity means that those in our society who need urgent medical care and attention are left to suffer needlessly as governments dither and institute tax breaks to the better off in society. An unnecessary tax break is of no use to anybody who is languishing in pain and waiting day in and day out for medical or surgical attention. It is time the Government realised what really matters” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.