Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1176)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1176. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of children waiting on their first orthopaedic appointment with a consultant across the HSE, in hospitals, public and voluntary, by hospital and time waiting in tabular form. [31940/19]

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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. In this regard, the Government is committed to improving waiting times for hospital appointments and procedures.

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 places a strong focus on ten high-volume Inpatient/Day Case 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.

A key element of the Plan is the stabilisation of the Outpatient Waiting List. Under the Plan the HSE, in line with the National Service Plan, will aim to deliver 3.3 million outpatient appointments, of which approximately 1 million will be first appointments. For its part the NTPF will aim to deliver 40,000 first Outpatient appointments.

The NTPF advise that over recent months they have placed a particular focus on engaging with hospital groups and individual hospitals to identify waiting list proposals. The NTPF welcomes proposals from all acute hospitals for initiatives to improve access for patients on waiting lists.

In addition, my Department is working with the HSE and NTPF, under the Access Plan, with the objective of developing medium-long term improvement initiatives for patient access to hospital procedures. This will include moving care to more appropriate settings and providing care at the lowest level of complexity.

The data requested by the Deputy is outlined in the following document.

Row Labels

 0-3 Months

 3-6 Months

 6-9 Months

 9-12 Months

12-15 Months

15-18 Months

18-24 Months

24+ Months

Small Volume TimeBands

Grand Total

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

27

35

14

16

7

99

Cavan General Hospital

5

5

CHI at Crumlin

533

347

251

246

181

122

151

1831

CHI at Tallaght

119

119

CHI at Temple St

400

258

233

218

229

149

180

114

1781

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

109

53

40

41

38

24

59

74

438

Galway University Hospital

130

52

27

21

11

19

7

9

276

Kerry General Hospital

23

13

8

5

49

Letterkenny General Hospital

42

22

18

22

25

20

31

11

191

Mayo General Hospital

51

23

17

14

17

12

8

142

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

52

52

27

10

5

8

154

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

57

23

29

11

14

7

141

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

6

6

Sligo Regional Hospital

55

31

18

41

21

17

27

8

218

Small Volume Hospitals

9

16

8

5

5

6

8

57

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

332

65

37

19

11

6

19

40

529

University Hospital Waterford

69

40

18

22

27

5

12

193

Grand Total

2019

1030

745

691

581

386

487

282

8

6229