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More than half a million people waiting for hospital outpatient consultation - Louise O'Reilly TD

10 May, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this evening Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said there has never been a more inept government when it comes to the health service, as 551,965 people are on a waiting list for a hospital outpatient consultation.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“In spite of the National Treatment Purchase Fund again releasing the hospital waiting list figures late on a Friday evening, there is nowhere for the Minister for Health and the government to hide as more than half a million people are left waiting for a hospital outpatient consultation.

“The hospital waiting list figures for April show that the outpatient figure has reached 551,965, including 103,973 who've been waiting for more than 18 months.

“The figure for inpatient appointments is equally shocking with 70,295 waiting for a procedure, with one in seven waiting over a year.

“I don’t believe there has ever been a more inept government when it comes to the health service than the current Fine Gael government.

"They are presiding over the utter destruction of the health service and the destruction of patients’ lives."

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