Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (847)

Pearse Doherty


847. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) in County Donegal had appointments for a procedure in Galway University Hospital cancelled on four occasions; when a new date for the procedure will be offered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34974/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Maintaining scheduled care access for all patients is a key priority for hospitals. I fully acknowledge the distress and inconvenience for patients and their families when elective procedures are cancelled, particularly for clinically urgent procedures.

While every effort is made to avoid cancellation or postponement of planned procedures, the HSE advise that planned procedures and operations can be postponed or cancelled for a variety of reasons, including capacity issues due to increased scheduled and unscheduled care demand, medical reasons, and patient choice.

In relation to the specific question raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to reply to the Deputy directly.