Mater cataract surgery waiting lists cause for concern – McDonald

Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has today described the average waiting times for priority patients awaiting cataract treatment in the Mater Hospital as a cause of concern and called on Fine Gael to prioritise increased investment in public services in Budget 2018.

The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader:

“Of the 396 people awaiting urgent cataract surgery in the Mater Hospital 60% are waiting over six months and 21% over a year. In a response to a Parliamentary Question I raised with the Minister for Health the Ireland East Hospital has acknowledged that the current waiting times for cataract surgery at the Mater is unacceptably long and that additional funding has been sought through the normal budgetary process.

“There are additional pressures on the capacity of the Mater Hospital caused by the increase in population as well as the aging population in the catchment area. The Ophthalmology Service in the Mater must be adequately resourced and that means the necessary investment must be delivered on by Fine Gael.

“Sinn Féin has published a number of costed health policy documents and earlier this year I published a discussion paper on The Mater Hospital. Our health service needs increased targeted investment that delivers equal access to care. We will launch our costed alternative budget next week setting out our priorities for Budget 2018 – investment in public services.” CRIOCH