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Disgraceful: More than 360,000 are on hospital waiting lists




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More than 360,000 are waiting for out-patient appointments in hospitals, it has emerged.

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has indicated the situation is only going to get worse.

“They’re not going to improve in the next few months,” he admitted.

“The reality is that there are more and more people attending A&E departments and calling ambulances.”

Liam Doran, Secretary General of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association, has stated: “Behind these figures are real people who simply want access to health care or a bed giving them privacy and
dignity, which is, surely, a basic human right.”

“Everyone must now accept, as we
enter the winter period, that the
health service is no longer capable
of meeting, speedily, and in a
quality assured way, the demands
being placed upon it.”

“Action is now required and no one
should hide behind reform programmes.”

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