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Ireland's waiting list initiative is failing

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1036
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    One per cent of the Irish population is now on a hospital waiting list. Delays are now so lengthy in some cases that one Dublin woman needing to lose weight before an orthopaedic procedure was recently told that she could not have an appointment with a hospital dietician for more than three and a half years.

    And despite new promises from the minister of health to address the problem, a government panel of experts has recently questioned the value of government injections of more than £Ir70m (£64m; $100m) during the past five years to …

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