Sunday 19 November 2017

Thirty-three acute hospitals report rising waiting lists

Patients await in Beaumount
Patients await in Beaumount

David Kearns

Waiting lists are on the rise as numbers for January reveal that 33 of the country’s 41 acute hospitals have reported rising lists.

New figures show that there are now 21,500 more people waiting for inpatient care than there was over then same period last year.

Currently there are 76,666 patients waiting for inpatient, day case or a gastrointestinal procedure, while, separately, there are 385,781 patients on out-patient waiting lists.

The data was published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which showed that just eight hospitals reported a reduction in their waiting lists since January 2014.

Among those ranked the worst, Galway University Hospital top the list as with 8,347 adults and children waiting for inpatient or day case treatment. This is up by 3,000 on last year.

Other hospitals with long waiting lists included Beaumont (6,121), Mater (5,593) and St James's (4,689).

Nationally, the number of patients waiting over a year for treatment has increased from 183 to 6,120 over the past 12 months.

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The figures for January also the first to reflect cancelled planned procedures during the month to deal with emergency department overcrowding.

Because how the waiting list figures were collected, gastrointestinal endoscopy cases are listed separately.

There are over 800 patients waiting more than nine months for this procedure, while, for the end of January, there were 12,926 patients waiting for a gastrointestinal check, up 4,902 on 2014.

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