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Hospital waiting lists soar as 470,000 people are left waiting for care

Some 67,000 people are awaiting inpatient care
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Hospital waiting lists have risen to record levels, as new figures show there are over 470,000 patients awaiting hospital care in Ireland.

A new report by the National Treatment Purchase Fund shows that waiting lists for outpatient and inpatient care have hit record levels, with 85,130 patients waiting over 12 months for outpatient appointments in May.

This number is up by almost 2,000 people based on the 83,347 patients awaiting care in April.

There are currently 67,359 people on the waiting list for inpatient procedures, while almost 415,000 are waiting for outpatient appointments.

The NTPF figures for May show some 16,000 people awaiting a gastrointestinal endoscopy, of whom, 828 are waiting over 12 months.

Tallaght hospital has over 10,000 patients waiting on outpatient lists for over 12 months, and Galway University Hospital has almost 9,000.

The longest outpatient waiting lists are in the specialties of ear, nose and throat, orthopaedics, and general surgery.

Overall, the NTPF figures show the number of people waiting more than 24 months for an appointment was up, while those between 36-48 months, and over, were down slightly.

The report on waiting list times comes as a second 101-year old woman was left waiting on a trolley for more than 24 hours in an Irish hospital.

The grandmother from Ballinruan near Crusheen waited 25 hours on a trolley at the emergency department of University Hospital Limerick before getting a bed late on Thursday.

Last week it emerged a101-year-old woman had to wait 26 hours on a trolley in Tallaght hospital.

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