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Four-year wait for over 5,000 Limerick patients …What a disgrace


Over 5,600 patients in Limerick are waiting four years or more for an outpatient appointment, according to the latest figures from the Health Service Executive.

At the end of February, the Mid-Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom had 4,148 patients waiting four years or more.

There were 1,473 patients waiting at the nearby Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle.

There were 105,632 patients waiting over a year for a first consultant outpatient appointment across Ireland.

This represents a small improvement on the figures up to the end of January.

The hospitals with the longest overall outpatient waiting lists were:

University College Hospital Galway 41,035 patients

– Waterford Regional 28,625

– Tallaght Hospital 26,119

Limerick Regional 23,098

Cork University Hospital 22,944

Beaumont Hospital 22,206

The HSE West said that it expects to make significant improvements in the outpatient waiting list for services at the Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Limerick by the end of this month.

It said that all hospitals are validating outpatient waiting lists and historically lists have contained inaccuracies for many reasons.

It said the waiting list at the hospital as of 1 May for an outpatient appointment is 7,477.

The HSE West said that it aims to have the list validated by the end of May and have no patient waiting longer than a year for an orthopaedic appointment by the end of November.

via Four-year wait for over 5,000 Limerick patients – RTÉ News.

via Four-year wait for over 5,000 Limerick patients – RTÉ News.

Three – year wait to see consultant- Croom Orthopaedic Hospital,


ALMOST 6,000 patients have been on a waiting list for more than three years to see a consultant at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, new figures have revealed.  Meanwhile, the Midwest Regional Hospital has the third highest rate of staff absenteeism in the country. Mary Fogarty, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said that the “work environment at the Regional is not conducive to people who are not at the tip top of their health.  “Work pressures  make it difficult for someone deciding if they are well enough to be in work or to return,” she told the Limerick Post.

Upwards of 5,600 have waited more than three years just to see a consultant for an outpatient appointment at Croom.

The figures come from the HSE’s performance monitoring report, and they also show that the  Regional Hospital has an annual absenteeism rate of 6.78%, with its sister hospital in Ennis, at 7.39%.

Hospitals in Munster were €40 million over budget half way through the year.

Staff sick time at the Regional Maternity was also running relatively high at 6.63%.

By contrast, staff absences at Croom Orthopaedic are just 2.05%, and at St John’s  2.31%.

There was no figure provided for what overspend the Midwest Regional hospital carried into 2012, but after the deadline for sending out bills in June, there was still €12.88 million owed.

Limerick Maternity has to collect €1.48 million in unpaid bills, St John’s has €2.38 million in outstanding fees and in Croom, €1.45 million remains unpaid.

The audit shows that the acute hospital in Dooradoyle had its budget cut by €14.87 million in 2012, and by June, had overspent on its current budget by €11.91 million.

Over 500 beds were closed there half way through this year, including four intensive care and six children’s beds. Croom’s overspend to July was €548,000 and their budget was cut last year by €740,000.

The Maternity Hospital had spent €2.25 million more than it should have by June, against a budget cutback in 2012 of €2.06 million .

St John’s had its budget cut by €1.78 million this year, and it had overspent by €1.52 million up to June.

The Croom waiting figures are the higher of the hospitals in Limerick with the Midwest Regional in Dooradoyle having 74 people waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment.

St John’s has 76 patients waiting more than a year for similar appointments.

via Three – year wait to see consultant.

via Three – year wait to see consultant.

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