Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (538)

James Bannon


538. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update regarding an appointment for urgently needed hip replacement surgery in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11300/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The management of inpatient and daycase waiting lists for patients awaiting public health care is based on the principle that after urgent and cancer patients are treated, then clinically assessed routine patients should be seen in chronological order (i.e. longest waiter first). Should the patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the consultant and hospital involved. In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.