NTPF audit raises yet more serious questions for Govt on waiting lists – FF

Commenting following the publication of the National Treatment Purchase Fund’s audit of waiting lists this evening, Fianna Fail’s Health Spokesperson, Stephen Donnelly TD said, „Despite it being over two months since the HSE responded to the findings outlined in the report, it is highly suspect that this important report would be strategically published on polling day in Ireland’s Local and European Elections, and a matter of hours after the British Prime Minister resigned from office.  

„This timing is highly suspicious and comes from Government that is more focussed on spin than substance.This audit has uncovered non-compliance in waiting list information as well as significant delays in adding patients to a waiting list. It’s understood that in some cases it has taken up to 49 working days for outpatients to be put on a list for essential treatment.

„It was disturbing enough that outpatient waiting times were as lengthy as they have been to date but to now discover that they are likely worse than was ever anticipated, is a real blow.

„Most will recall that there were close to 170,000 patients waiting over a year for treatment – it’s now known that they may have been forced to wait over two months to even be listed as ‚waiting.’

„If that doesn’t represent severe dysfunction in our health system, I’m not quite sure what further proof we could ever possibly need. I will be raising this report with Minister Harris in the Dáil next week,” Donnelly concluded.

Fianna Fáil
Stephen Donnelly TD
Spokesperson on Health

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