Covid-19 and winter pressures have contributed to the latest ‘alarming’ figures but they ‘have been layered on top of a health system that has been running to stand still for a number of years’,  said Rachel Morrogh of the Irish Cancer Society. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 80,000 people, including 8,016 children, were waiting for an appointment for their inpatient or day case treatment last month, according to (...)

The latest NTPF report  shows that following a brief reprieve, waiting lists for outpatients have risen again. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people awaiting outpatient appointments in public hospitals continued to climb in February, adding more than 1,000 new patients over the(...)

The HSE promises that no patient will have to wait more than one year for a hospital procedure by the end of 2022. Photograph: Frank Miller

Proposals to cut hospital waiting lists are like buses; nothing comes for ages, and then a slew of proposals arrive. Minister for Health Stephen Donne(...)

The Minister said before the Covid-19 pandemic waiting lists were far too high and remain so. File photograph: Getty

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said he will bring the 2022 waiting-list plan to Government “very shortly”. Mr Donnelly said waiting lists (...)

The number of people awaiting a first-time outpatient appointment in public hospitals rose last month, ending a three-month decline in the number on this list. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Patients waiting to be assessed for treatment in public hospitals are facing a “postcode lottery” with variations in outpatient lists across the count(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the public health rationale for use of Covid passes in hospitality has now lapsed. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has defended the decision to scrap the requirement for the Covid-19 pass to access hospitality, saying that “for (...)

Irish Hospital Consultants Association president Prof Alan Irvine says the lack of progress on waiting lists this year is ‘really damning’. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of people waiting on outpatient appointments in public hospitals dropped slightly in November. Data released on Friday shows there were 63(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD said he believes universal healthcare is ‘the most important project of our times’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

The group representing private hospitals has said “much, much more can be done” to draw on their capacity to help tackle rising patient waiting lists.(...)

The Letsbuyhealthcare portal is described as a ‘one-stop shop’  for private health with a growing range of accredited medical providers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new private health co-op whereby members can build up their own private healthcare fund by buying €50 healthcare coin vouchers was launched on Monda(...)

While the outpatient numbers remain well above the half million mark, the  data shows a significant decline from the beginning of the year. Photograph: iStock

The amount of people awaiting outpatient appointments in public hospitals during September rose slightly and the waiting list remains stubbornly above(...)

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