University Hospital Kerry has said a programme of weekend endoscopes will clear a backlog of 100 priority cases by June.  File photograph: iStock

University Hospital Kerry has said a programme of weekend endoscopes will clear a backlog of 100 priority cases by June. It follows criticism this w(...)

The function of the NTPF is to arrange for the provision of hospital treatment to certain patients, often in cases where lengthy waiting lists in the public system delay their appointments. Photograph: iStock

University Hospital Kerry has been accused of “significant delays” in sending over 100 patients for endoscopes at a private hospital. It is understoo(...)

As more patients are initially seen and given follow-up appointments for further treatment, the number of patients on the planned procedure list increases. Photograph: iStock

Doctors have said a failure to fill hundreds of consultant posts across the healthcare system has contributed to almost 1 million people now waiting f(...)

On average, Irish patients waited 182 days for hip-replacement surgery compared with the OECD average of 116 days. Photograph: iStock

Waiting times for a number of common procedures in Irish hospitals are longer than previously believed and are among the worst in a comparison of 17 O(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly asked the HSE to suspend the programme of vaccination at Beacon  Hospital in Sandyford on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he expects the board of management of the Beacon Hospital to “ensure accountability” for the admin(...)

The HSE has stood down a number of private hospitals from an agreement that allows it to access their facilities during spikes in the incidence of Covid-19. Image: iStock.

The HSE has stood down a number of private hospitals from an agreement that allows it to access their facilities during spikes in the incidence of Cov(...)

The Taoiseach said that ‘surgery numbers to the end of November last are at 77% of the 2019 level’. File photograph: Getty

The Government will use its “safety net arrangement” with private hospitals to deal with the backlog in non-Covid healthcare, the Dáil has been told. (...)

As part of six overall objectives the plan aims to manage the Covid-19 pandemic while delivering healthcare safety to the public. File photograph: iStock

The health service will seek to reduce the need for people to attend hospital in the years ahead and reduce the numbers of older people in residential(...)

 Consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon Connor Green: “There is such a backlog in seeing children with scoliosis in clinics . . . The child with the bigger curve needs to be seen sooner.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Claire Cahill knows what it is like to see your child suffer with scoliosis while waiting for surgery and then witness what a difference the operation(...)

The number of patients waiting over 15 months for inpatient/day case treatment has increased from 56 patients in January 2014 to 14,334 in January 2021.

There are currently more than 862,000 people on some form of hospital treatment waiting list, an increase of 11 per cent since January 2020. A record(...)

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