Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (642)

Mark Ward

Question:

642. Deputy Mark Ward asked the Minister for Health the waiting times by CHO areas for suprapubic catheter surgery to date in 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2806/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted in the last year as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HSE is currently recommending that only critical time dependent elective procedures are undertaken at this time due to the on-going and significant increased demand for bed capacity related to Covid-19.

This decision was made arising from the rapid increase in Covid-19 admissions and to ensure patient safety and that all appropriate resources were made available for Covid-19 related activity and time-critical essential work.

Patient safety remains at the centre of all hospital activity and elective care scheduling. To ensure services are provided in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, hospitals are following HSE clinical guidelines and protocols.

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists and was developed in 2014 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.

The data requested by the Deputy is outlined in the attached document. Please note that due to the low numbers of people waiting for this procedure, all groups fall into Small Volume Groups and the NTPF have limited the time band to 0-3 Months, 3-12 Months and 12+ Months.

*Due to the small volume of patients waiting, to preserve patient confidentiality, when the number of patients is <5, these have been included within broader timebands and aggregated into a 'Small Volume Group' cohort.

Wait times for Laparoscopic cystotomy, Cystotomy, Percutaneous cystotomy by hospital group as of 26/11/2020

Sum of Amount

Column Labels

Row Labels

0-3 Months

3-12 Months

12+ Months

Grand Total

Small Volume Groups

7

5

8

20

Grand Total

7

5

8

20