Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1800)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

1800. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the proportion of patients who spent less than six hours in an emergency department during the first six months of 2019. [34080/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

This is a very busy period for our health services, with many hospitals reporting significant numbers of patient attendances. For the first six months of 2019, the number of patients attending hospital EDs increased by 3.6%, and the number of ED admissions increased by 2.5% compared to the same period last year.

Despite the significant increase in demand, our health services have managed better for the first six months of 2019 than in the previous year, and the numbers of patients waiting on trolleys nationally were 4.7% lower than the same period last year.

With regard to the specific question the Deputy has asked, I have asked the HSE to respond directly with the information requested.