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Crumlin's waiting lists rise again

This is despite claims by the hospital recently that it had implemented improvements in its theatre capacity use following a productivity review in late 2009.

Latest figures show the number of children waiting between one and two years for inpatient and day treatment at Crumlin rose from 157 to 168 between January and February, while the numbers waiting over two years for operations at Crumlin rose from 37 to 39 over the same period.

Last week, it was revealed in the media that the findings of a review of the Dublin children's hospitals by Meridian Productivity showed that the three hospitals were significantly underusing their operating theatre capacity.

The review said waiting lists could be reduced if theatres were used more efficiently.

The HSE and the hospitals, in response, said since the review was carried out in late 2009, a number of improvements had been implemented, including better management and use of theatre capacity, and they said theatre activity had increased.

However, irishhealth.com last week revealed that the number of children waiting over a year and sometimes over two years for operations at Crumlin had increased substantially since late 2009, according to the January 2011 figures.

And the February stats just published show that the number of long waiters at Crumlin is continuing to increase.

Overall waiting lists at Crumlin, that is the total number of children waiting over three months for treatment, increased from 1,134 to 1,166 between January and February.

Meanwhile, just over 60% of children on hospital inpatient treatment waiting lists nationally are waiting over three months for operations, according to latest HSE figures.

The national figures also show that 55% of children on day treatment waiting lists are waiting over three months for procedures.

The HSE's official target is for all children to be treated within three months, but the latest figures show hospitals in general are still way off this target.

In Dublin Mid-Leinster, the HSE region where Crumlin children's hospital is located the percentage of children waiting over three months for inpatient care is just 59% while it is just under 60% for day cases.

In the HSE West region, 67% of children on lists are waiting over three months for inpatient treatment and 52% are waiting over three months for day case treatment.

Adult patients waiting for treatment in public hospitals fare better in terms of waiting times. The HSE's target waiting for adults to have procedures is six months.

The HSE's figures show that just over 29% of adults are waiting over six months for inpatient treatment while just over 16% are waiting over six months for day case treatment.

Overall, the numbers of adults and children waiting over three months for hospital inpatient or day treatment now stands at just over 26,000, compared to 20,000 last December.

 

 
 
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