Investment In Ennis Hospital Needed To Curb Growing Surgical Day Case Lists

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A lack of investment in surgical facilities at Ennis General Hospital, coupled with capacity and recruitment difficulties in Dooradoyle is being blamed for lengthy waiting lists for a common surgical procedure.

It’s emerged that Clare patients are having to wait three times longer than other counties to have their tonsils removed, with 37 people waiting just over 9 months.

Minister Simon Harris has also revealed that 12 are waiting over a year and 4 at least 18 months for the procedure, which is most common among children.


Clare’s Independent TD, Dr Michael Harty has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that bed capacity and recruitment and retention issues at University Hospital Limerick is exacerbating the matter, but he says there is a solution: