THOU­SANDS OF PA­TIENTS WAIT­ING OVER A YEAR FOR AN AP­POINT­MENT

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

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.

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