Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (242)

Michael Ring

Question:

320 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be brought for treatment under the national treatment purchase plan. [6945/04]

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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 local health boards to have their treatment carried out under the NTPF. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter referred to by the Deputy and the person's eligibility for treatment under the NTPF and reply directly to the Deputy.