17% increase in people waiting over 1.5 years for OPD appointments

It's been revealed that there has been a 17 per cent increase in the number of patients waiting 18 months or more for outpatient treatment at Letterkenny University Hospital since the start of the year.

The figures, which have been compiled by the National Treatment Purchase Fund show that as of the end of May, a total of 15,474 patients are awaiting an outpatient appointment, 2,201 of which have been on a waiting list for at least 18 months.

Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says the situation now is worse than ever before..........