10 December 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned that the ongoing shortage of consultants across many specialities in the north-east is restricting patients from accessing timely, highquality medical and surgical care and is “contributing massively” to growing waiting lists. A IHCA media release stated: More than 5,000 additional people in the north-east are waiting for an outpatient appointment with a hospital consultant in four specialities, an increase of 49% since 2015, new analysis has revealed.

The four specialities of Orthopaedics, Dermatology, Gynaecology and Rheumatology have some of the largest waiting lists and combined they account for half of all those waiting to be assessed by a hospital consultant in the region. These patients run the risk of either a delayed diagnosis of skin and other cancers or may be living with increased pain while awaiting hip or knee surgery or treatment for arthritis. Orthopaedics alone accounts for 17% (5,396) of the entire outpatient waiting lists at the four north-east hospitals of Cavan General Hospital, Louth County Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan has seen a 58% increase in its…

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