Thursday 27 October 2016

Numbers of people awaiting hospital treatment more than 412,000


Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar

Record numbers of people are now on hospital waiting lists as the problem worsens nationwide.

There are now more than 412,000 adults and children waiting to be called for their first visit to a medical consultant at a hospital out-patient clinic. This is the highest figure ever recorded, according to the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

More than 83,000 of these people have been waiting for more than a year to have their ailment examined or treated by a specialist.

Almost 800 referred by their family doctors have been waiting for more than four years to be examined or treated.

Some 67,100 adults or children are waiting for a day case, or in-patient treatment.

These nationwide figures have just been released by the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

The national figures exclude 14,500 gastro-endoscopy patients waiting for in-patient or day case checks.

In this group, 516 patients are waiting more than a year for gastro-endoscopy checks.

Among the hospitals listed for patients waiting for day case or inpatient treatment are:

l Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin - 2,300 children are on the waiting list to be seen. More than 350 children have been waiting more than a year.

l Children's University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin - almost 600 children on waiting lists with two children waiting more than a year.

l St James's Hospital, Dublin - 5,240 on waiting lists with 1,357 waiting for more than a year.

l Beaumont Hospital, Dublin - 6,025 on waiting list and 1,325 of those waiting more than a year.

l Tallaght Hospital - 3,598 on waiting lists with 603 waiting for more than a year.

l Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital - 2,680 on waiting lists with 269 waiting more than a year.

l Mater Hospital, Dublin - 5,768 on waiting list with 1,035 waiting for more than a year.

l Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin - 2,130 on waiting list and 195 waiting more than one year.

l St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin - 2,285 on waiting list and 387 waiting more than a year.

l Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown - 958 on waiting list with seven waiting more than a year.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said in the past year it has been recruiting for specialist nurses from Europe, the Philippines and India.

Many voluntary hospitals have been recruiting from India for longer periods.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar insisted that there were "encouraging" signs that "hospitals are starting to catch up on surgery and procedures delayed due to overcrowding in January".

He said the measures announced in early April to address the delays in people needing a nursing home place under the Fair Deal scheme will have a positive impact.

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