Revealed: how the HSE is rigging waiting list stats

Internal memo lifts lid on list manipulation tactics

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
5th October, 2014

The HSE is using a range of tactics to manipulate waiting list figures, with the true number of public patients awaiting treatment significantly higher than official data.

A confidential internal HSE document sent to staff in one region has urged employees to manipulate waiting lists to meet health service targets.

It advised staff to prioritise patients who were about to be classified as long waiters, so that the number of patients in that category did...

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