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Hidden toll of coronavirus as hospital waiting lists soar by 11,000 in just one month

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Concerned: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Concerned: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Concerned: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The devastating impact the coronavirus is having on public patients needing surgery is revealed in stark new figures showing waiting lists have jumped by a record 11,000 in just a month, to 77,748.

Hospitals have had to impose massive cancellations in March and April in order to free up beds, intensive care units and staff to cope with the rise in coronavirus patients.


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