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Campaign to reduce waiting lists in Ireland has had little impact

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7288.694/a (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:694
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    Despite an eight year, multimillion pound campaign to reduce hospital waiting lists in the Republic of Ireland, the Irish government has managed to reduce waiting times in only three adult specialties: cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and ophthalmology.

    Since 1993 the Department of Health has spent more than £Ir120m (£96m; $145m) on the campaign, and, although lists overall have shown a small decline, many patients are having longer waits now than four or five years ago.

    Although waiting times for paediatric cardiac surgery have decreased, 60% of such …

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