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Consultants Say 1 Million Now on Acute Hospital Waiting Lists

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2:22 PM - 21 Sep 2019



 

Consultants are warning that there are now one million people on Irish hospital waiting lists.

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) is holding its annual conference in Dublin this afternoon.

Addressing the conference this morning IHCA President Dr. Donal O’Hanlon said nearly 570,000 of these are waiting to be seen by a hospital consultant.

He said the problem is getting worse with around 7,000 added to the lists each month this year.

The conference heard that the issues facing the health service can only be resolved if the ongoing difficulties recruiting and retaining hospital consultants is addressed.

With one-in-five consultant jobs now vacant, the IHCA said the Government must start negotiations aimed at restoring pay parity for newer hires.

It said the staffing crisis is also set to have a serious impact on six key government health projects - the National Children's Hospital, the National Cancer Care Programme, the National Maternity Strategy the National Mental Health plan and major initiatives in urology.

The Health Minister Simon Harris was due to deliver the keynote address and debate opposition politicians at the meeting this afternoon; however, organisers said he cancelled at the last minute.

The minister cited a scheduling conflict in cancelling the appearance.

Later this afternoon, the consultants will hear research on burnout and stress among their colleagues -- and the stark contrast between working conditions here and overseas.



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