ACCESS FOR GPS TO CONSULTANT SCHEDULE COULD REDUCE WAITING TIMES

Giving GPs access to consultants schedules could help reduce waiting times at Irish Hospitals.

International experts claim a new appointment system has already cut times in several other cash-strapped countries like Serbia.

The programme works by allowing doctors see when surgeons are free, before booking appointments.

Wexford Fine Gael TD Michael Darcy likes the idea but he says a lot needs to be done with the bureaucracy that is weighing down the Irish health system.

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