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Hospital Waiting Lists

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 13 July 2021

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Questions (99)

Rose Conway-Walsh

Question:

99. Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh asked the Minister for Health the status of waiting list for elective surgery in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37741/21]

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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 sixteen months as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and more recently as a result of the ransomware attack.

While significant progress was made in reducing waiting times from June 2020 onwards, the surge in Covid-19 cases in the first quarter of 2021, and the resultant curtailment of acute hospital services, is reflected in the most recently available waiting list figures to 13th May 2021.

On 23 March 2021 the HSE published the “Safe Return to Health Services Plan”, outlining a three phased approach for the proposed restoration of services across Community Services, Acute Hospital Operations, Cancer Services and Screening Services. It sets target times for their safe return and details the conditions and challenges that will have to be met. However, the implementation of this plan has been suspended pending the resolution of the recent ransomware attack, which had a significant impact on acute hospitals.  

The HSE has been working since 14th May last to recover the effects of the cyber attack on its systems. The HSE advise that at present most systems are operational and services are returning to normal activity. There is a challenge in back entering data and there are still a number of areas of ongoing concern. The HSE was already seeking to recover from the Covid peak in the first quarter of this year and the ransomware attack has delayed this and had the effect of increasing access delays for services. My Department  does not have full access to information on the impact of this ransomware attack on elective waiting lists but will provide an update as soon as one is available.

An additional €240 million has been provided in Budget 2021 for an access to care fund, €210m of which has been allocated to the HSE and a further €30m to the NTPF. This is to be used to fund additional capacity to address the shortfall arising as a result of infection control measures taken in the context of COVID-19, as well as addressing backlogs in waiting lists.

My Department, the HSE and the NTPF are currently working on a Multiannual Waiting List Plan to address waiting lists and bring them in line with Sláintecare targets over the coming years.

Due to the ongoing IT issues triggered by the HSE cyber-attack, the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has been unable to receive weekly national hospital waiting list data or downloads. The latest published waiting list information was collated by the NTPF on 13th May 2021. The information requested by the Deputy concerning the number of persons on the waiting list for elective surgery in County Mayo is outlined in the attached document.

 Row Labels 

  0-6 Mths 

  6-12 Mths 

 12-18 Mths 

 18+ Mths 

 Grand Total 

 Cardiology 

                               166

                  67

                       6

                  5

                 244

 Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 

                                     7

                       7

 Dermatology 

                                     6

                       6

 Gastro-Enterology 

                                  52

                  12

                       6

                  5

                    75

 General Medicine 

                               290

               187

                 200

            223

                 900

 General Surgery 

                               173

                  86

                    74

               57

                 390

 Gynaecology 

                               180

                  60

                    48

            129

                 417

 Neurology 

                  7

                       7

 Ophthalmology 

                               129

                  37

                    29

               20

                 215

 Oral Surgery 

                                  21

                  10

                       6

                  8

                    45

 Orthopaedics 

                               254

               123

                    81

            177

                 635

 Otolaryngology (ENT) 

                                  44

                  15

                    12

               31

                 102

 Paed Cardiology 

                                     7

                       7

 Paed Orthopaedic 

                                  12

                     7

                       7

                  7

                    33

 Paediatric Respiratory Medicine 

                                     5

                       5

 Paediatric Surgery 

                                     7

                       7

 Paediatric Urology 

                                     7

                     5

                    12

 Pain Relief 

                                  32

                  23

                    37

               54

                 146

 Plastic Surgery 

                               121

                  44

                    43

               59

                 267

 Respiratory Medicine 

                                     7

                  9

                    16

 Rheumatology 

                       9

                  7

                    16

 Small Vol Specialty 

                                  20

                  24

                    17

               17

                    78

 Urology 

                               210

                  74

                    37

               36

                 357

 Vascular Surgery 

                                     8

                  16

                       9

               14

                    47

 Grand Total 

                           1,758

               790

                 621

            865

             4,034

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