Thomas Pringle TD

Thomas Pringle TD – Another Health Crisis Looming

Another Health Crisis Looming
We are going to have another crisis coming up very quickly regarding our hospitals as they start to reopen and deliver services. Outpatient clinics, and similar services, are only going to be fit to see about a third of the people they were seeing prior to this crisis.
Our waiting lists are just going to get longer and longer. Right away, therefore, we must have discussions about seeing people on Saturdays, working from 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or something like that. We will not get the level of appointments we had prior to this situation, but it is going to be a major and serious problem to stop our waiting lists going through the roof.
Will the money be made available and will hospitals be able to take those actions so as to be able to deal with waiting lists in future?