Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (562)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

562. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason the Health Service Executive has failed to deal with a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12. [30187/13]

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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. The management of inpatient and day case 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 regarding a surgical procedure for an individual patient, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.