29th November 2019

Time to address crisis in hospitals - Opinion article in The Echo newspaper in Cork

Below is the text of an opinion article which appered in The Echo newspaper in Cork on 29 November 2019
28th November 2019

New data shows 16,938 ‘hidden’ children waiting for treatment in region’s hospitals

117,000 children nationally now waiting for hospital care
15th November 2019

Winter Plan too little too late as waiting lists unacceptable

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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