Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has welcomed figures received from Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, that show a significant drop in waiting times at MRH Tullamore.
“I am delighted to see that patients in County Offaly and throughout the country are experiencing shorter waiting times for inpatient and outpatient appointments,” commented Deputy Corcoran Kennedy
“There are no longer any patients waiting over 8 months for an inpatient or daycase procedure in MRH Tullamore. This has been reduced from a figure of 369 in 2011 representing a decrease of 100%.
“There was also a significant reduction in waiting times for outpatient appointments in MRH Tullamore There was a 100% reduction in the number of people waiting over 12 months for an outpatient appointment, down from 4725 in March 2013.”
The Laois/Offaly TD said that the significant reductions in those waiting are a welcome development resulting from an initiative established by Minister Reilly to properly establish the scale of the outpatient waiting list and to methodically reduce that number.
She added that under the Fianna Fáil Government, the outpatient waiting lists for hospital treatment were not even compiled.
“This progress in waiting times is being replicated right across the country. In 2011 over 100,000 patients were waiting over a year for an outpatient appointment throughout the country. Thousands of these people had been waiting over four years. This waiting list has been reduced by 95% to 4,600 patients.
“Inpatient and daycase waiting lists over 8 months have been reduced by 99% nationally. 68 patients were on these waiting lists at the end of 2013 compared with 6,700 at the end of 2011.
“Despite the constraints and increased demand on the national health budget, there have been significant improvements in the health service under this Government. This has included: 30% reduction in number of patients waiting on trolleys since we took office in 2011; The biggest reorganisation of Irish hospitals in our history. Six hospital groups have been created, radically devolving power and securing the future of small hospitals; Medical consultants will now see, treat and discharge patients on a 24/7 basis; Funding for the new Children’s Hospital was secured in Budget 2014 and 32 new primary care centres have been delivered since May 2011.”