The Irish Patients Association

  • It could take up to two years to clear the backlog of elective surgeries which were cancelled due to Covid-19.

    New research from the University of Birmingham says 28 million surgeries worldwide could be cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

    There's currently a backlog of over 16,400 postponed surgeries in Irish hospitals.

    Stephen McMahon, from the Irish Patients Association says the figure could be higher.

  • Health clinics nationwide are facing a personnel crisis due to the retirement of up to 700 GPs over the next seven years.

     

    The Irish Patients' Association says up to five percent of clinics could close, forcing patients to travel greater distances.

     

    Stephen McMahon, from the IPA, says new doctors are also being tempted away from Ireland by attractive packages abroad.

  • The Irish Patients Association says "two Croke Parks worth of patients" will be disrupted by further nurses' strikes this week.

    37 thousand members of the INMO are due to walk off the job on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as a row over pay and working conditions continues.

    The union together with the PNA is meeting government officials and the HSE in the Labour Court at the moment for further talks aimed at avoiding the industrial action going ahead.

    Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association says patients' lives will be put at risk if the strikes are not averted.