“IT’S a disgrace that over 2,500 people are waiting for operations at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore,” declared Sinn Fein’s Cllr Brendan Killeavy this week.
He said the waiting lists for orthopaedic services, ENT and in particular Children’s Surgery have been lengthened due to budget cutbacks at the hospital.
Cllr Killeavy outlined, “The HSE has recently closed down two theatres and reduced its services in the day hospital, elective surgery is postponed at the hospital until September. If the hospital budget is not corrected by September, my fear is that these arrangements will be extended until the end of the year.”
He said this is simply not good enough as he has met people in Tullamore and around the county who are waiting for appointments and operations and some are waiting in pain.
Cllr Killeavy indicated he is going to pursue the issue vigorously, “I have being requesting a meeting for several months now with Hospital Management, so far no date has been set for such a meeting. It’s not fair particularly for elderly patients who are waiting for knee or hip operations to be left in pain. Those with private insurance seem to be directed to the private hospitals in Dublin while those on the public health service are left in limbo and in pain. There are too many layers of management in the hospital and the moratorium is having a devastating effect on front line staff at the hospital.”