Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (234)

Michael Ring


312 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for hip surgery; and if this person can be treated under the national treatment purchase plan in view of the fact that they are waiting for this surgery since 1999. [6742/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The national treatment purchase fund, NTPF, has asked health boards to identify public hospital patients waiting longest on in-patient lists so that they can be offered treatment under this initiative. Public patients, who satisfy the criteria, can apply to their general practitioners, medical consultants or to their local health board to seek to have their treatment carried out under the NTPF.

My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in relation to the national treatment purchase fund and the person's eligibility and to reply directly to the Deputy.