Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (629)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

743 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will report on the uptake with regard to the national treatment purchase fund; the action he is taking to promote the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1801/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The Deputy will be aware that the national treatment purchase fund, NTPF, has engaged in an extensive media campaign at national and local level to raise awareness among the general public of the services being offered to those waiting longest for hospital admission. The NTPF has also undertaken an information campaign among general practitioners and hospital doctors to raise awareness of the NTPF. Liaison officers are also in place at individual hospital level to identify those patients who may qualify for treatment under the NTPF. Alternatively patients who feel they may qualify for treatment under the NTPF can ring the Locall number 1890 720 820.

My Department has requested the chief executive officer of the NTPF to contact the Deputy with further information in relation to this matter.