THE LATEST PATIENT figures from the patient treatment register have shown that the number of patients waiting over three, six, nine, and 12 months have dropped over the last 12 months.
When compared with March 2012, last month’s figures showed that the number of medical and surgical patients (including GO Endoscopy) waiting over 12 months dropped by 50 – down from 556 to 506.
The greatest percentage change over the 12-month period was those who were waiting more than nine months, which dropped by 1,220, or 28.7 per cent, from 4,237 to 3,019.
The second greatest drop was those who were waiting more than six months, dropping 2,252 (18 per cent) from 12,557 to 10,305.
The most notable increase in patients waiting more than 12 months could be found in Dublin’s Mater Hospital. While it had no patients waiting more than a year in March 2012, it now has 113. University College Hospital Galway saw those waiting over the same period drop from 471 to 94.
Another Dublin hospital, St James’s, also saw the greatest increase in those waiting more than nine months, increasing from one in March 2012 to 343 last month. It also recorded an increase of 947 in those waiting more than six months, up to 1,334 from 387.
Once again, University College Hospital Galway recorded a large decrease here, with a drop of 705 for those waiting more than nine months and 1,091 for those waiting over six months.
The same Galway hospital continued the trend for those waiting more than three months (down 1,578) and between zero and three months (down 1,860).