0 C
Ireland
Thursday, April 15, 2021

National hospital waiting list numbers surpass 819,000 for the first time

For the first time, the national hospital waiting list has exceeded 819,000.

Of the 819,037 people, 601,300 are waiting to be seen at an outpatient clinic.

The National Treatment Purchase Fund published the figures for the end of July this evening.

At the end of June, there was a total of 802,300 people on waiting lists.

Waiting lists were already over 700,000 before Covid-19 but it has contributed to the numbers growing.

In relation to the growing numbers, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) stated that they “are not simply a result of Covid-19 but demonstrate the impact of years of consultant shortages and underinvestment in capacity across the health system”.

The IHCA added that on a population basis, Ireland has 41% less medical specialists than the EU average.

As well as this, Ireland has one third to a half of the number in some specialities.

POPULAR

Go-ahead given for 200-bedroom hotel near Croke Park

A seven-storey hotel near Croke Park has been given the go-ahead

COVID-19: 431 new confirmed cases in Ireland

Health officials have confirmed a further 431 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Twelve further people diagnosed with the virus...

Denmark abandons use of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

The Danish Health Authority has announced that it will no longer use the AstraZeneca vaccine, in a European first.

Ireland to get over 500,000 additional Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines as part of wider EU agreement

Ireland is set to receive over 500,000 additional doses of the BioNtech/Pfizer vaccine over the next three months as part of a...
Ireland
few clouds
0 ° C
0.6 °
-0.6 °
90 %
2.1kmh
11 %
Thu
12 °
Fri
11 °
Sat
9 °
Sun
10 °
Mon
9 °