THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS WAITING OVER A YEAR FOR AN APPOINTMENT
THOUSANDS of patients are waiting more than 12 months for an appointments to see a dietitian, audiologist or podiatrist.
At the end of June 2017, there were 14,728 people waiting to see a dietician, with 2,944 in the queue for more than a year .
More than 14,000 are on a list to see an audiologist — a professional trained to evaluate and rehabilitate people with hearing loss and related disorders.
A staggering 1,520 of those waiting have been doing so for more than a year.
Almost 4,500 people are waiting for a podiatry appointment — podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Some 900 people have been on the list for more than 12 months — more than half of them aged over 65.The figures were obtained by Fianna Fail primary care spokesman John Brassil.