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HSE Blames Status Of Tullamore Hospital For Waiting Times

843 people over the age of 75 waited for more than 24 hours at midlands emergency departments in 2019.

The HSE says Tullamore Hospital is the regional centre for a number of patient services, which is adding to long waiting times.

It was revealed yesterday that 843 people over the age of 75 were left waiting for more than 24 hours at midlands emergency departments last year.

The Offaly facility was the worst affected by outpatient queues, with 628 waiting between January and November 2019.

In response, the HSE says Tullamore is the base for orthopaedics, oncology, haematology, renal and ENT services in the midlands.

But a number of initiatives proposed by the National Treatment Purchase Fund will significantly reduce waiting times in 2020.

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