Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (147)

James Browne

Question:

147. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) must wait four weeks until a MRI scan regarding a possible case of prostate cancer may be read by a consultant; if four weeks is deemed an appropriate waiting time for a rapid clinic; if a verbal report on the scan may be given to the general practitioner of the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24716/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Rapid Access Clinics (RAC) for patients with suspected prostate cancer take place in each of the eight designated cancer centres. The national target is that 90% of all prostate cancer patients are offered an appointment within 20 working days of the receipt of the referral letter. 

In April 2019, the most recent figures available, 100% of patients referred to the Prostate RAC at St Vincent's University Hospital were offered an appointment within 20 working days.

As the particular issue raised is a service delivery matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy.