Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Sean Haughey
Dublin Bay North
11 January 2016
Beaumont Hospital figures dramatically increased since Varadkar became Minister – Haughey
– Waiting lists up 480% –
Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Bay North Cllr Sean Haughey has accused the Minister for Health of not being in control of his portfolio as statistics released last Friday show a dramatic increase in the number of Outpatients waiting more than 12 months for an appointment.
“The December Waiting lists published last Friday show that since July 2014 when Leo Varadkar became Minister for Health there has been staggering increase of 3,163 people waiting more than 12 months for an Outpatients appointment. That is an increase of over 480% and is totally unacceptable in a modern European country.
“In every interview the Minister acknowledges there is a crisis in the health service, but he does not offer any solutions. This should not be happening in 2016 in a supposed First World country.
“These figures are inexcusable and are just the latest sign that Minister Varadkar is completely out of his depth.