Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (858, 859)

Gerry Adams

Question:

858. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting for plastic surgery appointments; and the length of time they have been waiting. [19354/19]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

859. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the hospitals and locations in which plastic surgery is carried out nationally. [19355/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 858 and 859 together.

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital appointments and procedures is a key priority for Government. Budget 2019 announced that the Government has further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) increasing from €55 million in 2018 to €75 million in 2019.

The joint Department of Health/HSE/NTPF Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 was published in March and sets out measures to improve care for patients waiting for scheduled care in 2019 by reducing waiting times for inpatient/day case treatment and outpatient appointments. Under the Plan the HSE, in line with the National Service Plan, will aim to deliver 1.155 million elective inpatient and day case discharges, as well as 3.3 million outpatient appointments, of which approximately 1 million will be first appointments.

The locations at which plastic surgery is carried out is captured in the Inpatient and Daycase (IPDC) waiting list. The hospitals which held an active IPDC waiting list as of 28 March are listed in the attached document. In addition, the outpatient waiting list for plastic surgery as of 28 March is also provided for the Deputy in the attached document.

Hospitals with IPDC Plastic Surgery Waiting Lists

as of end March 2019

Bantry General Hospital

Beaumont Hospital

Cork University Hospital

Ennis Hospital

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

St. James's Hospital

St. Vincent's University Hospital

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

CHI at Crumlin

Galway University Hospitals

CHI at Temple St

Portiuncula University Hospital

St. Michael's Hospital

Roscommon University Hospital

OPD Waiting List for Plastic Surgery as of 

 0-3 Months

 3-6 Months

 6-9 Months

 9-12 Months

12-15 Months

15-18 Months

as of end March 2019

4,079

2,047

1,586

1,351

971

897

Table contd.

OPD Waiting List for Plastic Surgery as of 

18-21 Months

21-24 Months

24-36 Months

36-48 Months

48+Months

Grand Total

as of end March 2019

797

797

1,875

500

86

14,986