6th December 2019
New data shows 6,675 ‘hidden’ children waiting for treatment in University of Limerick Hospital Group
117,000 children nationally now waiting for hospital care. Hospital consultants call for data on the number of children waiting to be published, separate from adult figures. IHCA President Dr. Donal O’Hanlon: “That over 6,600 children, equivalent to the entire population of Limerick’s Corbally, are waiting for hospital care across the University of Limerick Hospital Group’s acute public hospitals, is hugely worrying. “The fact that this information is not published on a regular basis does not make the agonising wait for children and their families any less real or less damaging for the children whose healthy development is on hold”. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has today (6 December 2019) called for “full transparency” on the numbers of children waiting to access treatment in the University of Limerick Hospital Group’s public hospitals.
4th December 2019
“While the method, encouraging prompt discharge of patients at St James’s Hospital through incentives for individual hospital wards, was ill-judged, it does not take away from the underlying issue faced by the hospital professionals and all acute hospitals across the country. Namely, the severe shortage of acute hospital beds.
29th November 2019
Below is the text of an opinion article which appered in The Echo newspaper in Cork on 29 November 2019
28th November 2019
117,000 children nationally now waiting for hospital care
25th November 2019
According IHCA President Dr. Donal O’Hanlon:
15th November 2019
51,059 people already added to the outpatient waiting list this year 151,637 people added to the outpatient waiting list since the Government first took office in May 2016, which is a 36% increase Winter flu likely to increase number of patients on trolleys and further add to waiting lists Dr Donal O’Hanlon, IHCA President said: “the numbers waiting to see a hospital consultant have increased by an average of over 5,100 additional people per month since the start of this year. The consultant recruitment and retention crisis, with one in five permanent consultant posts now unfilled is a key factor in the long wait times patients face. We need to end this crisis by restoring pay parity for consultants appointed since 2012 in order to fill the large number of permanent consultant posts that are unfilled.”
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