Donegal TD Cope Gallagher has reacted to recent figures released on the number of people waiting for outpatients appointments in County Donegal, the figures show 1,442 people waiting for outpatient appointments for longer than two years in Donegal at present, with 94 people waiting for longer than 3 years to obtain an outpatient appointment.

Deputy Gallagher (pictured) said the figures “outlined clearly” the extent and level of crisis which exists with the health system at present, and the fact that over 1400 people were waiting two years or more in Donegal, showed that all current and existing policies were simply not working.

He added “The latest hospital waiting list figures show there are over 47,000 people waiting for outpatient appointments for more than two years.

“Last month we saw outpatient waiting lists hit another all-time high with 515,547 waiting to be seen, we now know that 38,354 are waiting over two years, 8,617 are waiting three to four years and that 568 are waiting four or more years for treatment

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