Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (215)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

215. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if he will clarify the reason a referral in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal who is experiencing great discomfort has been cancelled and rescheduled for 15 October 2014; his views on whether this is an appropriate time frame to wait for such an urgent appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21611/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has recently been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the situation and respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.