Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Questions (183)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

183. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on a waiting list for surgical procedures in the CHO2 area in counties Mayo, Galway and Roscommon by length of time on the waiting list in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24433/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations 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. The plan will place a strong focus on a number of high-volume procedures. When combined with HSE activity, it is projected that the NTPF will be in a position to offer treatment to all clinically suitable patients waiting more than 6 months for one of these high-volume procedures.

The latest published National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) figures for the end of April show that the Saolta University Health Care Group IPDC waiting list has decreased by 17% (-3,271) when compared to the same period last year. 70% (11,464) of patients on the Saolta IPDC waiting list are waiting 9 months or less and 80% (13,049) are waiting 12 months or less.  In terms of long waiters, the number of patients waiting over 12 months has decreased by 17% (-652) when compared to the same period last year.

The information requested by the deputy is outlined in the table.

Saolta Group IPDC Waiting Times

Letterkenny University Hospital

879

475

229

105

46

24

40

21

1

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1820

Galway University Hospitals

2759

1770

1207

947

568

317

499

494

106

20

8687

Sligo University Hospital

1021

659

373

223

166

106

166

138

16

2868

Mayo University Hospital

648

447

322

253

188

120

94

10

4

2086

Portiuncula University Hospital

143

44

38

33

16

2

0

0

276

Roscommon University Hospital

198

163

89

24

14

18

25

19

550

Total

5648

3558

2258

1585

998

587

824

682

127

20

16287

Question No. 184 answered with Question No. 178.