Saturday 10 December 2016

Sara Burke: Simon Harris destined for failure with inept plan to tackle waiting lists

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

Harris's statement yesterday indicates that the 15-month maximum wait time target is now discarded
Harris's statement yesterday indicates that the 15-month maximum wait time target is now discarded

As record numbers of people - more than half a million - wait for diagnosis and treatment, Health Minister Simon Harris has come up with 'five specific actions' to reduce hospital waiting lists.

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Less than three months in office, the minister took to the airwaves yesterday morning to outline his five-point plan. Harris declined to set a target for overall reduction in the numbers waiting, but his first action is to halve the number of adults waiting more than 18 months for inpatient treatment by the end of the year.

Under Fine Gael stewardship in 2011, the Government set a target that no one would wait more than nine months for inpatient or day treatment by September 2012. When it failed to reach this, new targets were set that no patient would wait more than 15 months.

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