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Department of Health Falls Behind On Targets To Reduce Waiting Lists

At the moment there are 516,000 people waiting for an outpatient appointment and more than 70,000 waiting for inpatient day cases.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Wicklow T.D. Stephen Donnelly says the latest outpatient waiting list figures, reflects the appalling lack of action by the Health minister Simon Harris and the government, to address the issue. 

Deputy Donnelly says the waiting list is now just 8,000 less than the entire population of the province of Connacht.

The figures shows over 164,600 are waiting over a year for an appointment, three times the capacity of the Aviva stadium, with almost 100,000 of those patients waiting for nearly two years.

Stephen Donnelly says despite the crisis, we have yet to see any real response from Minister Harris.

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