Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for the Government and €50 million was provided to the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) in 2018 to secure treatment for patients. The estimated actual care expenditure to the end of September is €33.6m.
The Inpatient/Day Case Action Plan, published last April outlines the combined impact of HSE and NTPF activity in 2018. The Inpatient Day Case Waiting List figures published by the NTPF for August are showing an ongoing improvement with almost 74,200 patients waiting for hospital operations and procedures. This is a reduction of almost 9,800 compared with August 2017. There has been a significant reduction of almost 7,300 in the number of patients waiting longer than 9 months for an inpatient or day case procedure since this time last year.
The NTPF advise that in 2017, 9,500 patients accepted offers of treatment, while almost 6,000 patients were treated last year and to the end of September 2018, almost 18,000 patients accepted offers of treatment, while over 14,300 have completed their treatment.
In addition, the NTPF are working closely with Hospital Groups inviting proposals to facilitate the trialling of funded interventions for Outpatients, including weekend and out of hours clinics. At the end of September had approved almost 12,700 outpatient appointments.