Over 38 thousand people have been waiting over 18 months for a health scan in hospital.

They’re among 251 thousand people who are waiting for a CT, MRI or ultrasound as an outpatient.

The HSE says funding has been provided to address the problem, under the 2023 Waiting List Action Plan.

Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson, David Cullinane, says the new figures are shocking.

‘So when you have tens of thousands of people waiting over 18 months for a scan on the public system, that will obviously have an impact on the ability of healthcare professionals to provide safe levels of care to people because scans are really important and while some might be routine, obviously scans are what show up difficulties and challenges which can then lead to a diagnoses.’