Over half a million people on hospital waiting lists last month

Junior Doctor

Hospital waiting lists reached a new record high of over half a million people last month.

It's an increase of 27-thousand since May - when Simon Harris became Minister for Health.

Figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show 439-thousand are outpatients, with more than 80-thousand waiting for over a year.

But 88 per cent of all adult patients are treated within the national target of 15 months, according to the HSE.

Liam Doran, General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, says it shows the health service is underfunded and under-resourced...