Almost 1,000 patients on waiting lists for general surgery at Letterkenny hospital

Numbers on waiting lists increased by 22%

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Almost 1,000 patients were on waiting lists for general surgery at Letterkenny hospital

Letterkenny University Hospital

Almost 1,000 patients were on waiting lists for general surgery at Letterkenny University Hospital last month, according to new figures.

The figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) which show that, as of October, a total of 981 patients are on waiting lists to undergo general surgery at the hospital. The number is highest number so far for 2016 and over 22 per cent higher than when figures were at their lowest level in April.

The figures comes with the hospital experiencing severe pressure in its emergency department.

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty said the figures are indicative of the pressure under which the hospital and its hard working staff find themselves.

“The latest data on patient waiting lists compiled from the National Treatment Purchase Fund clearly indicate that waiting times for general surgery are steadily worsening,” the Donegal TD said.

“In April of this year, there were a total of 803 patients on waiting lists for general surgery at Letterkenny, with 56 people waiting over a year for surgery, four waiting for longer than 15 months and no patient waiting longer than 18 months for treatment.

“Fast forward to October, and patient numbers for General Surgery have ballooned to 981, with 97 of those waiting over a year for treatment, 22 still on the waiting list for greater than 15 months, with a further seven patients languishing on the surgery waiting list for in excess of 18 months.”