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Almost 6000 waiting a year for hospital appointment 10.06.15

INISHOWEN TD Charlie McConalogue has described the Government’s health strategy has "a disaster" for Donegal as he revealed the latest figures on in-patient and out-patient waiting lists.
The latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) show that 800 people joined the out-patient waiting list at Letterkenny General Hospital since January, increasing the waiting list by 16%.
There are now 5,727 people waiting more than 12 months for an appointment – that’s 35% of all patients on a list.
“The number of people waiting more than a year for an out-patient appointment has risen by 16% since the start of 2015. This is extremely worrying. However, what’s worse is the fact that out-patient waiting times have jumped by 254% since May last year. Over the past 12 months the number of people waiting over a year for an outpatient appointment has increased by a massive 4,110," said the FF deputy.
Letterkenny General Hospital.
“This Government’s decision to strip the NTPF of its main role in driving down hospital waiting lists has proved to be a disaster for Donegal. In the past, the fund purchased spare capacity from the private sector to cut the number of public patients waiting for treatment in public hospitals. The fund treated almost 200,000 people with average waiting times being slashed from between two and five years to two to three months. Under Fine Gael and Labour these figures have gone through the roof. Nationally outpatient waiting lists have climbed to over 412,000," he added. He said his party was committed to establishing a special task force to produce a plan to ensure that all scheduled day case/in patient care is delivered within the internationally recognised target of six months.
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