Over 15,000 children waiting for hospital appointments across the north west

New data shows that there are over 15,000 children waiting for hospital care in the north west.

The figures were released to Fianna Fail Health Spokesperson, TD Stephen Donnelly.

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is calling for full transparency after it was revealed there are 15,167 children waiting for hospital appointments in Sligo and Letterkenny University Hospitals.

Statistics are not released specifically on the number of children waiting in Ireland for appointments as they are generally included with adult figures.

The report also found there are over 117,000 children waiting nationally for appointments including some in the north west that are waiting for care in Dublin hospitals.

Martin Varley is the General Secretary of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association.

Speaking to OceanFM News, Mr. Varley, says the early years of a child’s development are critical to their ‘life long development.’

Mr Varley also says there are a significant number of children not included in the figures and is calling on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to publish figures on a monthly basis.