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Hospital Waiting Lists.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 November 2006

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Questions (221)

Paul Kehoe


284 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Health and Children the efforts she is making to reduce the waiting times for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; if it is acceptable for these delays to affect a persons health; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37523/06]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The management of patient waiting lists is a matter for the National Hospitals Office of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the individual hospitals concerned. However, in general, patients waiting more than three months on a surgical waiting list may qualify for treatment under the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF). The NTPF deals with representations from TDs on behalf of their constituents on an on-going basis. Accordingly, the Deputy might consider contacting the Chief Executive of the Fund directly in relation to this case.

In view of the overall responsibility of the HSE, I have asked my Department to request the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the HSE to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.