There are more people on hospital waiting lists than ever before

first_img Short URL THE AMOUNT OF people on hospital waiting lists has reached the highest number ever recorded, with more than 707,000 people waiting for treatments or to be seen by a doctor.According to the National Treatment Purchase Fund’s (NTPF) most recent figures, waiting lists grew by more than 6,000 during May.The largest of these – 511,904 patients – are outpatient cases. This list is made up of people who have been referred to an outpatient clinic by their GP.The South/South West Hospital group has the longest outpatient waiting list, with 108,132 people waiting. The individual hospital with the longest outpatient list is Galway University Hospital, which has over 39,000 people waiting.Nearly 80,000 of these people have been waiting for an appointment for more than 18 months.There has been a slight reduction in the number of inpatients and day case procedures, continuing a trend that has emerged in recent months. May’s figures show a total of 78,596 people waiting, down from 79,414 in April and 80,058 in March.Health Minister Simon Harris welcomed the reduction in the number of people waiting for hospital operations or procedures.“A number of high volume procedures are being targeted for treatment by the NTPF and in May we saw marked decreases in the number of patients waiting for procedures such as Angiograms, Varicose Veins, Cystoscopies and Skin Lesions,” he said.The minister also said that the HSE and the NTPF are working hard to reduce the outpatient list, which “remains a significant challenge”. By Ceimin Burke Jun 14th 2018, 2:31 PM 7,526 Views A draft Outpatient Action Plan for 2018 has been presented to me and work is ongoing to finalise the plan which is focused on improving overall use of resources to tackle long patient waiting times and to ensure timely access to treatment and care for patients.Sinn Fein Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly said she is shocked but not surprised that the total number of people on waiting lists has reached the highest number ever recorded.“There has hardly been a month since this government came to office where the total number of people on waiting lists has decreased,” she said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share186 Tweet Email Image: Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 2:31 PM Indeed, under this current Taoiseach, who is in office one year today, the number of people on waiting lists has increased by over 20,000. There are more people on hospital waiting lists than ever before More than half a million people are on outpatient waiting lists however the number of inpatients waiting has fallen slightly. 39 Comments Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Carter Iraqi training goal to fall short by 17000 recruits

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help WASHINGTON (AP) — The effort to train Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants has been slowed by a lack of recruits and the U.S. will not meet its goal to train 24,000 by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday.Carter told the House Armed Services Committee that the U.S. had initially envisioned training 24,000 Iraqi security forces at four sites by this fall. But he said the U.S. has received only enough recruits to be able to train about 7,000 — in addition to about 2,000 counterterrorism service personnel. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Four benefits of having a wireless security system Carter testified along with Dempsey, who is finishing a four-year stint as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Dempsey has expressed the view that the U.S. needs to be patient and not give up on the Iraqi government’s ability to fight IS. Many Republicans in Congress, however, are leery and say the U.S. should not rely on the Iraqis.“There is a sense that we are at a particularly perilous time and that U.S. policy and strategy are inadequate,” said committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.Rep. Adam Smith, the committee’s ranking Democrat, cautioned that U.S. military might alone will not defeat IS.“We can drop 200,000 U.S. troops in the middle of this. It won’t solve the problem,” Smith said.Carter’s testimony was interrupted by an anti-war protester who shouted “We need a political solution.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center “Our training efforts in Iraq have thus far been slowed by a lack of trainees. We simply haven’t received enough recruits,” Carter said at a hearing about U.S. policy in the Middle East.So far, the U.S. is advising local Iraqi forces and is not engaging in combat against IS militants who have seized territory throughout Iraq and Syria.The White House announced last week that it was sending up to 450 more U.S. troops to a new base in Anbar province of western Iraq, mainly to advise the Iraqis on planning and execution of a counteroffensive to retain Ramadi, the provincial capital. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that more such U.S. hubs could be opened elsewhere in Iraq as the campaign advances.Asked whether the 450 extra troops will make a difference in the fight against IS, Carter said the numbers are not as significant as the location, which is in the heart of Sunni territory.The U.S. is pushing for a more inclusive government in Baghdad that is representative of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, Iraq’s three major ethnic groups.“As I’ve told Iraqi leaders, while the United States is open to supporting Iraq more than we already are, we must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government,” Carter said, adding that the Iraqi leaders understand the need to empower a multisectarian Iraqi force as well as addressing organizational and leadership failures. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories last_img read more