August 8, 2017
“There is little sense of urgency on the part of the Taoiseach or the Minister for Health about the fact that so many people are denied access to critical services, resulting in huge human suffering and distress, and in some cases, avoidable death.”
“It is patently clear that the stop-start approach to hospital waiting lists has failed dismally. Ad-hoc ministerial initiatives have had no lasting impact. What is required is fundamental reform of the way we provide healthcare and an end to the inefficient and inequitable two-tier system”, said Deputy Shortall.
The all-party Committee on the Future of Healthcare made a number of specific recommendations in respect of hospital waiting lists, key among them are: