Information on waiting lists for radiology and other diagnostic procedures is not routinely collected by my Department.
I am informed by the authorities at St. Michael's Hospital that they operate a separate waiting list for public and private out-patients who require ultra sound facilities at the hospital. The waiting times for out-patient appointments are presently two months for public patients and two weeks for private patients. The hospital have advised me that in-patients at the hospital who require ultra sound facilities are seen without delay.
Under existing eligibility arrangements regarding waiting lists for patients requiring out-patient treatment, a consultant's private out-patients may be treated in a public hospital either: (a) at a public clinic in accordance with their place on the overall waiting list for that clinic, or (b) at a time agreed with the hospital authority, outside of the consultant's public commitment.
Any out-patient whose condition necessitates immediate treatment would, of course, receive priority regardless of public or private status.