Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (358)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

358. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for an outpatient appointment at Mayo University Hospital; and the length of time they been waiting [51284/19]

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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 2020 announced that the Government has further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the NTPF increasing from €75 million in 2019 to €100 million in 2020.

My Department is working with the HSE and National Treatment Purchase Fund to develop the Scheduled Care Access Plan 2020. The National Service Plan 2020 will set out HSE planned activity level for the year ahead, while the NTPF will work with the hospital system to provide additionality to improve access to inpatient/daycase treatment and with a particular focus on hospital outpatient services.

In this regard, I would encourage all hospital groups and individual hospitals to engage with the NTPF to identify waiting list proposals for the remainder of this year and for 2020.

The data requested by the Deputy is outlined in the document attached. The requested data is also publically available on the NTPF website at https://www.ntpf.ie/home/nwld.htm

Mayo University Hospital Outpatient Waiting List

 0-3Months

 3-6Months

 6-9Months

 9-12Months

12-15Months

15-18Months

2761

929

829

679

568

542

18-21Months

21-24Months

24-36Months

36-48Months

48+Months

Grand Total

432

246

823

528

292

8629