Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (626)

Colm Keaveney

Question:

626. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Health when a child (details supplied) in County Galway may expect to be called for reimplantation surgery. [12746/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Immediately following his appointment, the Minister for Health established the Special Delivery Unit, as set out in the Programme for Government. The aim of the SDU is to unblock access to acute services by improving the flow of patients through the system. A target was set for 2012 that no child should be waiting longer than 20 weeks for an elective procedure (either inpatient or daycase) and by the end of December 2012 the number of children waiting longer than 20 weeks had fallen to just 89 compared with 1.759 children waiting longer than 20 weeks in December 2011. The target remains in place for 2013, as set out in the HSE's National Service Plan.

In regard to the particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to him on this matter.