General News

Waiting List Targets Cannot be Achieved unless Government Fast-Track Planned Additional Hospital Capacity

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned that the government’s waiting list reduction targets for 2024 cannot be achieved unless the opening of planned additional hospital capacity is fast-tracked…

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General News

Over 100,000 people added to waiting lists despite €1.2 billion spent on reduction measures since 2020

More than 111,000 people have been added to hospital waiting lists in the past four years, despite the Government spending a staggering €1.2 billion over the same period on initiatives aimed at reducing patient wait times. The new analysis comes as the latest National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) figures released today reveal that 889,200 people were on some form of hospital waiting list at the end of February.

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Covid 19/Advice

Leading Economist Says Health Service Supply-Demand Issues Have Created a ‘Rationing of Care’

A leading Economist and Lecturer at Cork University Business School has said the Irish health service is effectively having to carry out a ‘rationing of care’ through long waiting lists…

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Covid 19/Advice

IHCA Urge That Patients Must Remain the Priority

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) says that patients must remain the priority as their members struggle to meet the demand of assessing and treating increasing numbers of people without…

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Covid 19/Advice

Ensuring Children Can Access Care Critical for Development Shouldn’t Be Such a Battle

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned that the failure of staffing and capacity resourcing to keep pace with medical advances over the past quarter of a century has…

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Covid 19/Advice

IHCA Say Years of Underinvestment Have Led to Unacceptable Hospital Waiting Lists

Hospital waiting lists across the country have still not recovered from the height of the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, according to new analysis by the Irish Hospital…

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COVID 19

‘Perfect Storm’ of Pandemic, Increased Demand and Shortage of Staff Causing Worrying Delays in Gynaecology Care

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned of mounting delays for people waiting for planned Gynaecology care as a result of competition between services for scarce capacity and resources….

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COVID 19

Worsening Waiting List Crisis Revealed As Child Waiting Lists Top 100,000

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has expressed its extreme concern at the new record number on the child waiting lists to be treated or assessed in public hospitals. The…

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COVID 19

Extra Caution Needed to Protect Public and Hospitals From Latest Covid Wave

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has urged the public to use extra caution over the coming weeks given the widespread community transmission of the latest covid wave and the…

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Covid 19/Health

“A Patient’s Access to Care Should Not Depend on Where They Live”, Warns IHCA

Patient’s access to care by a hospital consultant are little short of a postcode lottery with dramatic variations in outpatient waiting lists across the country, new analysis has revealed. The…

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COVID 19

33% of Patients at Midlands Hospitals Waiting Longer Than 1 Year for Care

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned of the excessively long waits patients in the Midlands hospitals are experiencing before being treated or assessed by a Consultant in the…

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COVID 19

HSE Winter Plan Risks Seeing Health Service Slide Back into Pre-Pandemic Stagnation

The Irish Hospitals Consultants Association (IHCA) have said that the delay in the HSE publishing a Winter plan does not bode well for difficult weeks and months ahead. Shortfalls in…

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COVID 19

Consultants Call for Action as 69,000 People Waiting for Care in Mid-West Region

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned that the ongoing shortage of hospital Consultants across a large number of specialties in the UL Hospitals Group is restricting patients from…

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