June 14, 2018
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has accused the government of callous inertia over Sláintecare health reforms, as new figures show that record numbers of people are on waiting lists for medical treatment.
Deputy Shortall was commenting as the latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show that more than 707,000 people are on waiting lists to be treated or seen by a doctor – the highest number recorded to date.
Deputy Shortall said:
“The Taoiseach and the Minister for Health are presiding over a health system in tatters, with unprecedented waiting lists for medical treatment, a year-round trolley crisis, the ongoing CervicalCheck crisis, and an appalling lack of emergency support services for young people with serious mental health issues.
“We can’t sit back and accept this situation as normal. The government’s callous inertia when it comes to radical health reform must be called out for what it is. The Minister for Health Simon Harris is paying little more than lip-service to Sláintecare, the fully costed 10-year health reform plan published over a year ago with unprecedented cross-party political backing.”
Deputy Shortall said the Government cannot continue with their blatant disregard for the suffering of public patients waiting for essential health services. She proposed the following immediate steps to tackle medical treatment waiting lists:
14 June 2018