Stop downplaying hospital waiting times

Claims that waiting lists are improving are not supported by the data and overall trends, but ever-changing targets facilitate such lame assertions by politicians and the Department of Health

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
25th February, 2018

The waiting lists faced by patients in Ireland are unparalleled in western Europe.

Despite efforts to downplay just how serious – and indeed dangerous – our waiting times actually are, the figures speak for themselves.

In January 2012, there were 59,386 on inpatient and day case waiting lists.

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