Over 20,000 people are currently awaiting respiratory outpatient appointments with over a quarter of those already waiting more than 18 months.

The issue has been highlighted by Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten who says figures presented to him by the HSE show 20,632 people are currently on waiting lists for respiratory appointments and over 5 and a half thousand of those have been waiting more than 18 months.  

He has told Midwest News that the lack of specific clinics to deal with patients suffering from long Covid has put a major strain on respiratory clinics nationally.

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