Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (466)

Micheál Martin


466. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 who is waiting for a double bypass heart surgery at St. James's Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24165/14]

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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 2014, 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 specific patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.