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Fine Gael Midlands-North-West MEP Mairead McGuinness


Independent European Election Candidate and patient rights activist Olive O’Connor.


Olive O’Connor

File Photo Simon Harris 'ashamed' and 'heartbroken' but defends government on waiting lists. End. 25/11/2016. National Maternity Hospital. Fine Gael Minister for Health Simon Harris talking to the media while meeting the parents and babies in the National Maternity Hospital (Holles St) in Dublin. Following the announcement that an agreement has been reached between the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) and St Vincents Hospital Group on the redevelopment of the NMH on the Elm Park campus. The Minister took a tour of the National Maternity Hospital (Holles St) in Dublin before the eventual plan to move it to the new National Maternity Hosptial in St. Vincent's Hosptial which the Minister hopes will be ready to accept mothers in 2021. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

“The personal stories of the people waiting for treatment are deeply moving and the experiences they describe are absolutely inexcusable.

“I am keenly aware of this burden and it is for this reason that last summer I requested that the HSE put in place an Action Plan to halve the number of patients waiting over 18 months for treatment….

However, I think it is important to note that, while there are still too many people who have to wait too long for their treatment, as of last December, only 2% of patients were waiting longer than 18 months for treatment. 93% were receiving treatment within 15 months and over half were receiving treatment within 6 months.”

Minister for Health Simon Harris (top) on last night’s RTÉ Investigates (above) programme on overcrowding in Irish hosptials

Viewers shocked as people on hospital waiting lists often consider suicide (Irish Examiner)