At the end of February, the Mid-Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom had 4,148 patients waiting four years or more.
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.
Nearly 40% of patients on outpatient lists in one of the country’s main orthopaedic hospitals have been waiting over four years to be seen, new figures show.
Figures for the end of January from the Department of Health’s Patient Treatment Register (PTR) show that there are currently 10,347 public patients on outpatient waiting lists at at the Mid-Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom, Limerick.
Of these, 4,109 have been waiting four years or more to see a consultant in an outpatient clinic in order to get assessed for treatment.
Croom Hospital has the highest figure in the country for the number waiting four years or more for an outpatient consultation.
The hospital with the second highest four-year plus waiting numbers for outpatients is the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, also in Limerick, which has 1,716 patients waiting over four years to see a consultant.
This is followed by Waterford Regional Hospital, which 1,086 patients with a four year plus outpatient waiting time.
Nationally, there are now 9,784 patients waiting over four years for an outpatient consultation in a public hospital.
A total of 8,989 patients nationally are currently waiting between three and four years for an outpatient consultation.
The total number of people on outpatient lists, according to the PTR figures for the end of January, is 386,643.
A CONSULTANT who advised the Government on a major transport project will face trial on charges of operating and living off the profits of brothels in Limerick.
Thomas Lyons (54), with an address at The Warrens, Malahide, Dublin, faces seven charges under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act as well as one count of making a false statement to gardai alleging a burglary at an address he was in charge of in Limerick.
Lyons was a senior consultant with Atkins Ireland, a transport group involved in advising Fingal County Council and designing support services for Metro West light rail project in Dublin.
His co-accused, 43-year-old, Zelandia Silva, a Brazilian woman with an address at The Matthews, O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick faces seven charges under the same legislation and both were served with books of evidence this Wednesday at Limerick District Court.
The prosecution claims that both were running brothels, while living off the profits of prostitution at a number of apartments in Limerick.
They are both charged with three counts of living off the earnings of prostitution from the apartments they owned or rented at Riverpoint, Bishops Quay, Bridgewater House, Harvey’s Quay in Limerick City, and at Grove Island Road, Corbally and a further three counts of operating brothels at apartments in Limerick City between August 2010 and June 2011.
They are also each charged with one count of organising prostitution at O’Connell Street, Limerick City, on February 2, 2011.
Separately, Mr Lyons faces a charge of making a false statement to gardai alleging a burglary at an apartment in Riverpoint where a brothel was in operation.
The court heard that an application for legal aid was “understandable given the serious nature of the charges” according to Judge Eugene O’Kelly.
Detective Garda Vincent Brick previously said that the State would be objecting to legal aid being granted and that “the accused was subject to a two and half year surveillance investigation and had assets outside the country.”
However, according to Judge O’Kelly, the position of granting legal aid was now “a matter for the circuit court”.
Both defendants were remanded on continuing bail to the next sittings of the Limerick Circuit Criminal Court. They are to sign on twice weekly at their local garda stations, surrender their passports and notify gardai of any changes to their addresses.
THE ongoing problem of dereliction on the city and county’s housing estates is now at crisis point, and adding his voice to those of Limerick’s elected representatives is Sean Griffin, Sinn Fein spokesperson for Limerick City South. Calling on Limerick’s city and county managers to take immediate action on the issue, he says that dereliction in the city’s Hyde Road and Prospect areas is now reaching epidemic proportions. “It poses a major health risk to the people living adjacent to these eyesores and the derelict houses are also giving a run-down look to areas where most residents strive to keep their houses in good condition,” says Mr Griffin who points out that many of the houses involved are in good condition internally.
“If they were upgraded they could be let out to rent to some of the 3,000 plus people we have on the House Waiting List – the managers could authorise action to rectify what is a deplorable situation”.
Pointing out that there are a number of what s usually termed “privately owned” properties that are derelict with overgrown vegetation, rat infestation and a “galaxy of bugs, bees, flies and other species of insects, Mr Griffin adds”
“These houses were bought by the ‘for profit’ property speculators during the so called boom and are now abandoned because they have been vandalised or burned out, but now there is no money to be accrued from them in their present condition.
“The result is that they are allowed to deteriorate until they become a health hazard and there is also the reluctance of Limerick City Council to use the Derelict Sites Act or the Dangerous Buildings legislation to solve at least some of the problem”.
As has frequently been stated in City Hall, Mr Griffin said that when contacted, the council officials usually reply that they are unable to discover who the owners are or that the owners have undertaken to have the matter attended to.
Unemployment in Limerick city is almost double the national average, and the entire city is involved in a grim daily struggle to survive the crisis
IT’S TUESDAY MORNING and a man wearing a Munster rugby shirt is walking through a door on Dominic Street in Limerick city. The motto on his Munster T-shirt is “To the brave and the faithful, nothing is impossible”, words that have a particular resonance if you are, as he is, one of 15,194 unemployed people currently registered at the Dominic Street social-welfare office.