Health Minister Simon Harris expects 600 people awaiting orthopaedics, spinal, and scoliosis procedures to be removed from waiting lists by the end of the year.
In a statement, Mr Harris said €7 million earmarked for hip and knee replacements and scoliosis operations would help “put people out of their pain”.
The fund is contained within an additional €40m secured as part of the HSE Winter Initiative 2016-2017, unveiled last Friday.
Some €3m is earmarked for an additional 570 orthopaedic procedures at the National Tertiary Referral Centre at Cappagh, while €2m will be put towards additional orthopaedic procedures in Beaumont, Tallaght, Tullamore, Waterford, and Galway.
Another €2m is specifically to treat 39 adolescent scoliosis patients on the Tallaght waiting list and an additional 15 to 20 paediatric patients by year-end.
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