Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1151)

Robert Troy


1151. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if an appointment will be scheduled for a person (details supplied) through the National Treatment Purchase Fund. [31882/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) works with public hospitals, as opposed to with patients directly, to offer and provide the funding for treatment to clinically suitable long waiting patients who are on an inpatient/day case waiting list for surgery, having been referred on to such a list following clinical assessment by a consultant/specialist at an outpatient clinic.

The key criteria of the NTPF is the prioritisation of the longest waiting patients first. While the NTPF identifies patients eligible for NTPF treatment, it is solely on the basis of their time spent on the Inpatient/Daycase Waiting List. The clinical suitability of the patient to avail of NTPF-funded treatment is determined by the public hospital.

In relation to the patient's appointment in Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.