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Councillor Tom McNamara maintains Clare has taken one of the biggest hits nationally in Leader funding.

More staff sought to reduce waiting lists

  NEW measures are needed to attract more consultants and nurses in acute hospitals to reduce the high numbers of patients on in-patient and out-patient appointments in the Mid-West. That’s according to former HSE West Forum chairman, Councillor Tom McNamara, who described the latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund for the Mid-West as “totally unacceptable”. With an estimated 30% of consultant posts in the UL Hospitals’ Group vacant, Councillor McNamara claimed there aren’t enough medical staff to open a second operating theatre at weekends. The Kilmaley Councillor called on Health Minister Simon Harris to introduce a new incentive to defray the cost of training for new nurses on the basis they commit to working for at least three years in the public health service to address the nursing shortage. According to figures released by the National Purchase Treatment Fund (NPTF),  the total number of in-patients waiting for treatment in the UL Hospitals’ Group increased from 5,533 last January …

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Outpatients’ list like Connacht final crowd

THE number of people waiting for outpatient treatment in Galway’s two main public hospitals would practically fill Pearse Stadium for the Connacht Senior Football final, a meeting has been told. Official confirmation that 23,395 people are still waiting for treatment on Galway University Hospitals (GUH) outpatients list has left a local councillor “astounded”. This doesn’t include 7,109 adults and 381 children who are on the in-patient waiting list, ranging from one month to more than 12 months. Speaking at a recent HSE West Forum meeting, Councillor Padraig Conneely claimed the situation concerning people waiting for outpatient treatment in the public health system hasn’t improved in recent years. Despite obtaining a new chief executive officer, a new logo and hiring a new private public relations company, Setanta Communications, Councillor Conneely said the one thing that isn’t new is the fact that more than 23,000 people are still waiting for treatment. He expressed concern that some patients are waiting more than three …

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