Wednesday 21 August 2019

New high for hospital waiting lists

A record high of 564,829 patients are waiting to see a specialist. Stock photo: PA
A record high of 564,829 patients are waiting to see a specialist. Stock photo: PA
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Hospital waiting lists have reached new records with 560,251 patients now in the queue to see a specialist.

This is a jump of 3,840 in the space of a month.

The number of patients on public waiting lists for surgery also rose in June, up to 69,671 compared to 68,765 in May.

There was also a rise in patients needing scopes, rising to 22,758 compared to 22,113 in May, the National Treatment Purchase Fund reported.

The upward trend is disappointing given more inroads should be made in waiting lists at this time of year. It comes as A&E departments are still suffering winter levels of overcrowding.

University Hospital Limerick Group apologised to patients facing long waits in A&E. The hospital is the most overcrowded in the country and is experiencing a surge in presentations.

Meanwhile, the Psychiatric Nurses Association last night said it was suspending its withdrawal of overtime following talks with the HSE.

Discussions will continue next week.

Irish Independent

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