Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

Acute Hospital Services: Discussion

11:15 am

Photo of Sandra McLellanSandra McLellan (Cork East, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the witnesses and thank them for their comprehensive report. It is detailed in content and not only does it tell us what they do but asks questions and provides some answers too, which is very useful.

What surgeries are they referring to when they say some have not gone well? What are they doing to address that? The one that comes to my mind is orthopaedics, the length of time some people have to wait to have knee and hip replacements. I know many who take out private loans because they are in so much pain and have to wait so long. The witnesses spoke of waiting lists coming down to nine months but I know of people who are waiting four years. What are the witnesses doing to tackle that?


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