Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (93)

Dan Boyle

Question:

206 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason his Department does not support the idea of a single waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2027/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I assume the Deputy is referring to a single waiting list for public and private patients who are waiting for treatment at a public hospital. Under the terms of the consultants' common contract, consultants are entitled to engage in private practice within the hospital or hospitals in which they are employed. Placement of patients on a waiting list for private treatment is essentially, in the first instance, a matter for the consultant concerned. Information on private waiting lists is not routinely collected by public hospitals. Issues concerning private practice will be pursued in the context of the negotiations on the new consultant's contract.

Question No. 207 answered with QuestionNo. 150.