Wednesday 24 May 2017

It's Groundhog Day all over again as we're forced to endure long delays

Nearly 40,000 people are “no shows” at outpatient appointments every month. Picture posed
Nearly 40,000 people are “no shows” at outpatient appointments every month. Picture posed
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Hospital waiting lists are high on that ever-lengthening and depressing menu of health service problems that seem insoluble.

It's unsurprising that they command such attention when there are hundreds of thousands of public patients enduring delays across the country.

If promises made in January were followed through on, nobody should be waiting more than eight months for an operation - and they would suffer no longer than a year-long wait to see a consultant.

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