Earlier today, Deputy Carol Nolan spoke on a Sinn Fein Private Members Bill on Hospital Waiting Lists.
Nolan, who just yesterday resigned from Sinn Fein, pointed out to the Minister that she had raised the issue of waiting lists and wait times many times.
She stated that the chronic failure of the state to deliver efficient Health services to children, adults and elderly people was unacceptable.
Nolan went on to say that the fact that this government is presiding over a waiting list of 707,000 people is unacceptable. This list includes children suffering from Juvenile Arthritis.
"As of 22nd May, 120 children were awaiting in-patient rheumatology treatment and 976 waiting for out-patient treatment. Of these 1,100 children, more than a thousand are waiting beyond the Sláintecare recommended wait-time of 12 weeks," Carol added.
Also included in the national waiting list are 3,180 older people waiting for cataract surgery.
According to a survey carried out by the Association of optometrists the average wait time across the country is 28 months and up to five years in some areas.
"The overcrowding issue in our hospitals is also impacting on waiting lists and waiting times with many elderly people having elective surgery cancelled at the last minute and having to wait longer for a procedure that will have a life changing outcome," Carol said.
"Today, there are 30 people waiting for a bed at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore. Urgent action must be taken by Minister Harris as the current situation is appalling and should be addressed."
"We cannot continue to allow people to continue to suffer and languish on unacceptably long waiting lists," the now independent TD concluded.