Updated: 09/08/17 : 04:40:22
are included in a disaster on waiting lists for treatment in Irish public hospitals.Figures released yesterday show that Galway University Hospital, pictured, has the worst 'waiting' record in the State just now.
Over 50,000 people are now on waiting lists in Galway for various procedures.
Across Ireland, waiting lists have grown by almost 9,500 in the past four weeks.
The National Treatment Purchase Fund released the data yesterday, Tuesday.
A new record of close on 687,000 are caught up in the 'waiting' crux, awaiting in Irish public hospitals.
Just under half a million people are waiting to be seen by a consultant for the first time after referral.
Yesterday's figures revealed that Galway University Hospital has the biggest inpatient, day service and outpatient waiting lists in the country.Most of the 50,500 on the Galway list -- which includes referrals from Sligo -- are waiting to seen as outpatients.
The data released shows that Galway now has 38,502 on outpatient waiting lists -- nearly four in every five of the overall total.Spotlight
The remainder (12,065) waiting to be seen are either for day care or impatient procedures.
The latest revelation once again focusses the spotlight on the capacity of University Hospital Galway to meet the needs of patients referred from nearby counties.