Ireland 2018: One million on health waiting lists – Calleary

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An analysis of various health waiting lists has revealed that there are  997,258 patient appointments outstanding in the first half of 2018.

Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Dara Calleary has described the situation as a national scandal.

“The very fact that there are almost one million people waiting for an appointment speaks for itself.  Never before have we seen a situation whereby people have been failed so badly by a government”, said Deputy Calleary.

“The vast majority of this list is based on the National Treatment Purchase Fund monthly waiting times. In June 2018 some 717,419 were on the lists compiled by the fund.  However the NTPF does not publish waiting lists for a number of diagnostic scans and the latest available figures (April 2018) showed a further 135,000 waiting for MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans.

“There are also significant waiting lists for community care. There are 37,229 people waiting for either speech and language therapy or assessment in June 2018.

“A further 31,361 were waiting for an occupational therapy assessment in the same month. The HSE however was unable to provide figures for the number of people waiting for actual occupational therapy treatment.  If that data was provided it is likely that the numbers on waiting lists would surpass the one million threshold.

“The scale of these waiting lists is truly shocking and highlights very clearly the level of demand and the lack of capacity available to meet it. The latest available figures reveal that over 148,000 outpatients had been waiting over one year to see a consultant.

“There will be no improvement in the situation unless there is investment in capacity, and as our population continues to live longer, it poses more serious issues for our health service.  The ESRI has projected that demand for public hospital services could increase by up to 37 per cent for inpatient bed days by 2030. The time for grand plans, staged strategies and PR launches is over, what we need now is action”.

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Table of Waiting Lists

Waiting List  
Inpatient/Day Case Active (NTPF June 2018) 78,014
Inpatient/Day Case GI Endoscopy (NTPF June 2018) 18,279
Inpatient / Day Case – TCI (NTPF June 2018) 18,867
GI Endoscopy – TCI by Group/Hospital  (NTPF June 2018) 9,973
Inpatient / Day Case Suspensions (NTPF June 2018) 9,172
Planned Procedures List / Planned Procedures (NTPF June 2018) 12,567
GI Endoscopy Planned Procedures (NTPF June 2018) 56,979
Planned Procedures Suspensions (NTPF June 2018) 2,153
Outpatient (NTPF June 2018) 511,415
Diagnostics (April 2018) 135,094
Primary Care – Psychology (May 2018) 8,185
Primary Care – Dietetics (May 2018) 15,752
Primary Care – Podiatry (May 2018) 3,763
Primary Care – Ophthalmology (May 2018) 20,532
Primary Care – Audiology (May 2018) 15,264
Occupational Therapy 1st Assessment (June 2018) 31,361
Speech and Language Therapy Initial Assessment (June 2018) 14,974
Speech and Language Therapy Initial Treatment (June 2018) 7,894
Speech and Language Therapy Further Treatment (June 2018) 14,361
Home Support Hours for Older People (May 2018) 6,118
Assessments of Need under Disability Act (June 2018) 3,850
CAMHS (March 2018) 2,691
Total 997,258

Fianna Fáil
Dara Calleary TD
Deputy Leader; Mayo

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