Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (498)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

498. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for orthopaedic surgery in each of the CHO areas to date; the number for the previous three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23544/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Budget 2019 announced that the Government had further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the NTPF increasing from €55 million in 2018 to €75 million in 2019. The joint Department of Health, HSE, and NTPF Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 was published in March.

Under the Plan the HSE, in line with the National Service Plan, will deliver 1.155 million elective inpatient and day case discharges at a value of €1.4 billion in 2019. The Scheduled Care Access Plan includes:

- detailed plans from the NTPF to fund 25,000 IPDC treatments; 5,000 Gastro Intestinal Scopes; and 40,000 outpatient first appointments.

- Projections by year end to reduce the overall number of patients on the waiting list (excluding GI scopes) from just over 70,200 in Dec 2018 to under 60,000;

- Within this overall reduction the number of patients waiting longer than 3 months will reduce from 40,200 at the end of 2018 to 31,000;

- It is also projected that for ten identified high volume procedures, including hip and knee replacements, all clinically suitable patients waiting more than 6 months will be offered treatment in 2019. These 10 procedures account for over a third of the active inpatient day case waiting list and represent 60% of NTPF planned activity in 2019.

In relation to the particular matter raised by the Deputy, the table provides the Inpatient and Day Case waiting list figures by hospital for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and to the end of April 2019.

Inpatient/Day Case Waiting List - Orthopaedics by Hospital

South South West HG

Apr-19

Dec-18

Dec-17

Dec-16

Bantry General Hospital

9

0

0

0

Cork University Hospital

9

2

27

9

Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital Kilcreene

279

252

374

352

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

447

466

394

423

University Hospital Kerry

145

152

60

68

University Hospital Waterford

142

149

166

138

University of Limerick HG

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

186

145

78

159

RCSI Hospital Group

Beaumont Hospital

183

162

175

191

Louth County Hospital

0

0

18

0

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

38

44

71

80

Ireland East Hospital Group

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

1531

1413

1813

2055

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

129

145

223

184

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

596

641

542

420

St. Vincent's University Hospital

24

25

40

51

St. Michael's Hospital

3

3

21

8

Dublin Midlands HG

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

984

1067

1088

1237

St. James's Hospital

523

569

574

424

Tallaght University Hospital

1476

1412

1659

1776

Saolta Hospital Group

Letterkenny University Hospital

414

438

548

553

Galway University Hospitals

1293

1199

1005

799

Sligo University Hospital

391

271

392

429

Mayo University Hospital

1297

1234

1142

823

Childrens' Health Ireland

CHI at Crumlin

0

355

572

616

CHI at Temple St

0

479

549

471

Small Volume Hospitals

Small Volume Hospitals

0

0

2

6

Grand Total

10099

10623

11533

11272