Report lifts lid on 2,762 patients 'queueing to queue' at clinics
Published 05/11/2010 | 05:00
There were 2,762 patients who needed to see a range of specialists "queuing to queue" in Tallaght Hospital last June, the report revealed.
These are patients asking for an outpatient appointment in a clinic with no slot available for a year. It means they have not even made it to the waiting list; when they do, they will face another lengthy delay to be seen.
"Such referrals which are 'queuing to queue' are stored by the adminstrative staff in boxes within administrative areas," the report revealed.
If an available slot can be identified by an administrator then the patient is given an appointment and notification is posted to them.