Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (245)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

248 Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the National Treatment Purchase Fund website is still accessible; his views on whether this will cause confusion to the public; if he will seek to have the website removed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32631/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

In July 2011 I announced changes to the remit of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) — namely its role would be changed to support the mission of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU). The NTPF is now fully aligned with the SDU and is targeting waiting lists strategically and incentivising hospitals to manage their waiting times proactively. The NTPF capability is a core part of the SDU's performance improvement role in holding public hospitals to account.

So while the role of the NTPF has changed, it is still a separate entity. The content of the website has been altered to reflect the changes to the organisation and will be updated as the function of the NTPF becomes more interlinked with that of the SDU.