The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is calling on the government not to ignore hospitals in the regions in favour of investment the new National Children’s Hospital.
Figures obtained by Fianna Fail show over 200,000 children are on waiting lists for healthcare in Ireland.
117 thousand children are waiting for hospital treatment with a further 90 thousand children waiting for community health care services, including speech therapists.
In the Saolta University Health Care Group’s public hospitals in Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal, there are 15,167 children waiting for hospital care.
Martin Varley is the General Secretary of the IHCA.
He says that while the government is investing over and above in a new national children’s hospital, the regional centres must also be prioritised.