Supporting primary care 'essential to reducing hospital waiting lists'

Supporting primary care 'essential to reducing hospital waiting lists'

Primary care can ease the pressure on Irish hospitals, according to care providers.

They have made several recommendations in Ireland's first Primary Care Partnership document.

Almost half a million people are on hospital waiting lists, with nearly 45,000 waiting more than a year to see a consultant.

Dr Liam Glynn, chair of the No Doctor No Village Campaign, said that supporting primary care is essential.

"We know that for every euro you invest in primary care, you save €6 elsewhere in the healthcare system," he said.

"And we also know that for extra GP per 10,000 patients, you reduce A&E attendances by 10% and hospital admissions by 7%, so these are really important figures, they are well recognised internationally, and we also know that in health systems around the world, the focus now is on strengthening primary care."


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