16.8.2012: Neurology waiting lists still too high

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In the HSE performace report published June 2012, neurology is one of the six specialities accounting for high numbers of patients waiting for longer than 12 months for an OPD appointment.

The report outlined that 5,391 people had been waiting for over one year for an outpatient appointment with a neurologist. 954 had been waiting over four years, 544 three to four years and 2,746 people for one to two years.

The NAI has repeatedly highlighted the issue of waiting lists to see a neurologist.

The NAI support the work of the neurology outpatient clinical programme in securing additional neurology posts. We are however concerned that the recent recruitment freeze by the HSE could impact on these posts.

NAI will continue to highlight the Comhairle na nOspideal recommendation (2003) of one consultant neurologist per 100,000 population which Ireland is still failing to meet.

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