A Castlebar based Independent Councillor is asking if people in Mayo who are waiting a long period of time for Cataracts operations avail of the cross border programme to get the procedure carried out and receive re-imbursement from the HSE.

Michael Kilcoyne is raising this matter at tomorrow’s HSE West Forum meeting in Galway.

Cllr. Kilcoyne has previously raised the need for a service to be provided at Mayo University Hospital for people who require cataract operations.

He says it's unfair that Mayo patients requiring treatment for cataracts are referred to hospitals in Galway and Sligo.

There are currently over 1800 people on waiting lists at Galway and Sligo University Hospitals for an appointment with a consultant in relation to cataracts, with some people waiting up to two years for a consultation, before their procedure can go ahead.


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