Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (449)

James Browne


449. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the need of a person (details supplied) to undergo ENT treatment in University Hospital Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51764/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Question No. 450 answered with Question No. 305.
Questions Nos. 451 to 453, inclusive, answered with Question No. 405.