Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has described as completely unacceptable, waiting times for urology tests across the health service.

Figures released to Deputy Ó Cuív through Parliamentary Question reveal there are 72,700 people waiting for either an in-patient or day-case procedure.

“Lengthy waiting lists have become the hallmark of this government’s impact on our health service; the numbers waiting for urology testing are extremely worrying.  The fact that there more than 72,000 waiting across the country and just under 750 in the Saolta University Hospital Group alone is a reflection of Fine Gael’s utter failure to get to grips with improved service provision, despite successive budget increases”, said Deputy Ó Cuív.

“I have been raising this issue for some time, and while I acknowledge some progress has been made, it’s simply not happening at a fast enough rate.  I am particularly worried with the number of people who are waiting more than 6 months for an appointment – here in the west of Ireland there are 88 people waiting between 6 and 9 months for a urology test.

“These delays could have an impact on treatment and patient outcomes, and need to be addressed urgently.  I will be continuing to raise this issue with the Health Minister to ensure that action is taken to reduce these lengthy waits”.