Ó Clochartaigh calls on Harris to introduce new hospital waiting list system

Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Ahead of Health Minister Simon Harris's visit to University Hospital Galway today, Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh is demanding the introduction of a new system of hospital waiting lists, involving "fairness and strategic management".

According to the Galway Sinn Féin senator, 632,000 patients were on published and unpublished hospital waiting lists by the end of January, with 42,000 on the lists in University Hospital Galway alone.

Sen Ó Clochartaigh said that under the current waiting list system, waiting lists for outpatient appointments, diagnostic tests, day case, and inpatient procedures "vary drastically from one public hospital to the next", with patients not knowing "where they stand on the list nor at what speed their list is moving relative to that of other hospitals within reasonable travelling distance".


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