Cancellations at Tallaght Hospital down by 71% under FG Minister Says Local TD – Derek Keating
5 March 2013 No Comment
“Remember the mess we inherited” says Keating
Total number of day case and inpatient cancellations down almost 10% nationally signalling the steady progress being made Fine Gael Local TD Derek Keating today Monday said the reduction in the number of day case and in-patient cancellations at Tallaght Hospital since this Government came to power indicates the steady progress being made in turning our health services around and delivering better healthcare for all of our people especially the People of Clondalkin Rathcoole Saggart Newcastle Lucan and Palmerstown.
“The progress being made at Tallaght Hospital is being mirrored in many of our hospitals across the country with a reduction in the number of cancellations down 9.5% nationally; from a total of 16,764 cancellations in 2010 to 15,167 last year. While these figures show that there is still a mountain of work to be done in dealing with the unacceptable delays experienced by patients, they also show that we are moving steadily in the right direction.
“One of the first things the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, did on coming to office was to set up the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), the aim of which is to reduce the number of people waiting on trolleys and to tackle waiting list times. We are already seeing considerable progress being made in these areas with 32% fewer patients recorded on trolleys nationwide in January 2013, compared to January 2011, and a decrease of 98% in the number of adults waiting more than nine months for inpatient and day-case surgery.
“If we remain focused on unblocking access to acute services, we can gain better control of the system and mange services more efficiently. By dramatically improving the flow of patients through our hospitals and streamlining waiting lists, including referrals from GPs, we can cut down on the time patients have to wait to be treated and further reduce the cancellation of planned procedures.
“The reform of our health service will not happen overnight but we should be encouraged by the progress that is being made at Tallaght hospital and across the country. We have lived with an inadequate health service for too long. The people of Dublin MidWest deserve better. This Government’s programme of reform will ensure that it is delivered.”