Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (233)

Pearse Doherty


233. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a patient (details supplied) in County Donegal whose case has been regarded as a priority may expect to be called for elective hip surgery in view of the fact that the patient is in severe pain; the number of elective hip replacements carried out at this hospital last year and the expected number for 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32461/13]

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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 been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular queries raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the situation and respond directly to the Deputy in these matters.