Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (773)

John McGuinness

Question:

773. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if an early date for a knee operation at Waterford Regional Hospital will be confirmed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite a response [22524/14]

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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 Health Service Executive, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he or she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the consultant and hospital involved.

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