Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (128)

Hildegarde Naughton


128. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting for elective surgery within the Saolta Hospital Group by county; the category of surgery for which they are waiting, that is, orthopaedic, ophthalmic and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37984/19]

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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 access for patients waiting for scheduled care this year. The plan places a strong focus on ten high-volume Inpatient/Day Case procedures.

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.

The data requested by the Deputy is outlined in the attached document contained in the link below.

Saolta IPDC