60,000 patients in queue for day care and inpatient treatment: HSE
A NEW HSE report shows that almost 60,000 patients are waiting for a planned day care or inpatient procedure in a hospital.
The latest performance report up to December 2011, reveals that 44,079 patients were waiting for day treatment - and another 15,753 were waiting for an inpatient treatment.
The HSE report says that 11,688 patients were waiting more than six months for treatment at the end of last December.
This is a 47pc increase on the December 2010 figures.
Demand for planned procedures increased by 22pc from June to December last year, compared with the same period the previous year.
Dr Ronan Boland, the Irish Medical Organisation president, said he had to tell patients on a daily basis that they will have to wait ‘‘two years to see an orthopaedic surgeon’’.
He said any suggestion that waiting lists were getting shorter did not match the reality of what GPs were experiencing. This, he claimed, was mainly due to a shortage of key specialists.
Dr Boland said that he had just seen a patient, who has been waiting four years for a varicose vein operation.
The stats are based on patients waiting over three months, as well as new referrals.
New referrals are patients waiting under three months who are not placed on the official national waiting list.
The new figures also show that in December there were 181 adults and children waiting over a year for an inpatient procedure and 154 adults and children waiting over a year for a day case treatment.