Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

288 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Health and Children when he will next publish hospital waiting list statistics; the frequency with which such lists are published; the dates on which the last five publications took place; if he will regularise the publication of this information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10670/03]

My Department collates and publishes acute hospital waiting list data which is submitted by health agencies in respect of the position as at 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December each year. The dates on which the last five publications took place were as follows:

In respect of quarter ending

Date Published

30 September 2002

3 December 2002

30 June 2002

7 November 2002

31 March 2002

1 July 2002

31 December 2001

15 March 2002

30 September 2001

19 December 2001

Figures in respect of the position as at 31 December 2002 are being collated by my Department and will be published shortly. The information will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as the figures are published.

Michael Ring

Question:

289 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for a transplant operation. [10671/03]

The provision of hospital services in this case is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position and to reply directly to the Deputy.