Chambers calls on Minister for Health to immediately address the hospital waiting lists for children in the west of Ireland

Mayo general hospital
Mayo University Hospital

FF Deputy for Mayo Lisa Chambers has expressed her outrage at the fact that children in the West of Ireland are waiting longer for treatment than anywhere else in the country.

“We are continuously left at the back of the queue here in Mayo and in the West. I was genuinely angry to learn that children in the west are waiting up to 12 months and sometimes longer for outpatient and in-patient appointments than children in the East of the country.” says Chambers

“Although Galway has higher waiting lists than Mayo University Hospital, we know for a fact that many Mayo children are travelling to Galway for treatment because they cannot access treatment here in Mayo. The bottom line for children in the West is that they will wait longer for treatment and in my view that is simply unfair and unacceptable.” continues Chambers

“The number of children on waiting lists in Irish hospitals is now the highest on record we’ve ever had, this is an absolute disgrace and something needs to be done immediately, we are constantly failing our children within the health system. There has been a scandalous 45% rise in waiting lists in the last two years with 4,500 children on these waiting lists and over half of them waiting more than one year. The figures, published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), showed there were more than 420,000 people waiting for a hospital out-patient appointment at the end of June. I was pleased to hear Minister for Health Simon Harris accept that the Fine Gael wind down of the National Treatment Purchase fund was “regrettable” because in my view this has undoubtedly been a leading cause in the waiting lists crises we are facing today.” says Chambers