Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1951)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

1951. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Health the waiting list for pain management in CUH and the Mercy hospital by three, six, nine, 12, 18 and 24 months. [34396/19]

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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 document attached.

Due to the small volume of patients waiting in certain specialties, to preserve patient confidentiality, when the amount of patients is <5, these have been included within broader timebands.

IPDC Pain Relief Waiting List Mercy University Hospital

 0-3 Mths

 3-6 Mths

 6-9 Mths

 9-12 Mths

12-15 Mths

15-18 Mths

18-24 Mths

Grand Total

Mercy University Hospital

106

71

38

21

18

8

11

273

Outpatient Pain Relief Waiting List for Mercy University Hospital

 0-3Months

 3-6Months

 6-9Months

 9-12Months

12-15Months

15-18Months

18-21Months

21-24Months

24-36Months

36-48Months

Grand Total

Mercy University Hospital

132

128

97

94

75

63

45

58

154

846

*Please note that there are no IPDC or Outpatient waiting lists for Pain Relief at Cork University Hospital

Question No. 1952 answered with Question No. 1529.