The waiting game

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Tony O’Brien, director general, HSE. Picture: Tony O’Shea

What’s behind the sudden, unexplained drop in numbers on the hospital waiting lists? The opposition parties think they know the answer

Are the Irish health system’s waiting lists being fiddled? The Dáil opposition certainly thinks so.

Fianna Fáil has accused Minister for Health Leo Varadkar of “trying to manipulate waiting lists to disguise the true scale of the crisis in our hospitals”.

Sinn Féin agrees. “Once again, the Minister for Health is embroiled in an effort that seems, by any objective analysis, to be geared towards manipulating waiting list figures for political expedience,”...

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