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Hospital Waiting Lists

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 8 March 2022

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Questions (726, 727)

Sorca Clarke

Question:

726. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health the number of women awaiting gynaecology appointments by hospital, in tabular form. [13123/22]

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Sorca Clarke

Question:

727. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health the average waiting time for a gynaecology appointment by hospital in 2021 and to date in 2022. [13124/22]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 726 and 727 together.

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. While significant work continues to positively impact on waiting times and improve pathways to elective care, acute hospitals have been impacted by operational challenges arising from surges in cases related to the Delta and Omicron variants.

The HSE has confirmed to the Department that 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 Department of Health continues to work with the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) to identify ways to improve access to care, including through increased use of private hospitals, funding weekend and evening work in public hospitals, funding “see and treat” services, providing virtual clinics, and increasing capacity in the public hospital system.

The 2022 Waiting List Action Plan, which was launched on the 26th of February, allocates €350 million to the HSE and NTPF to reduce waiting lists. Under this plan the Department, HSE, and NTPF will deliver urgent additional capacity for the treatment of patients, as well as investing in longer term reforms to bring sustained reductions in waiting lists.

The plan builds on the successes of the short-term 2021 plan that ran from September to December last year. The 2021 plan was developed by the Department of Health, the HSE and the NTPF and was driven and overseen by a senior governance group co-chaired by the Secretary General of the Department of Health and the CEO of the HSE and met fortnightly.

This rigorous level of governance and scrutiny of waiting lists has continued into this year with the oversight group evolving into the Waiting List Task Force. The Task Force will meet regularly to drive progress of the 2022 plan.

This is the first stage of an ambitious multi-annual waiting list plan, which is currently under development in the Department of Health. Between them, these plans will work to support short, medium, and long term initiatives to reduce waiting times and provide the activity needed in years to come.

The data requested by the Deputy regarding the number of women awaiting gynaecology appointments by hospital in tabular form and the average waiting time for a gynaecology appointment by hospital in 2021 and to date in 2022 is outlined in the attached document. The NTPF has advised my Department that the health system does not collect the data necessary to calculate average wait times. In particular, the time to treatment of patients who have already received their care is not collected. The NTPF collects data on patients currently on the waiting list and the average time that these patients have been waiting is provided here.

Total Females Waiting for an Outpatient Gynaecology Appointment by Hospital as at 27/01/2022

Hospital

Total

Beaumont Hospital

499

Cavan General Hospital

950

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

429

Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital

2,741

Cork University Maternity Hospital

2,356

Ennis Hospital

599

Galway University Hospitals

2,035

Letterkenny University Hospital

485

Louth County Hospital

352

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

328

Mayo University Hospital

659

Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar

1,298

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

1,386

Nenagh Hospital

272

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

1,383

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

306

Portiuncula University Hospital

853

Rotunda Hospital

2,811

Sligo University Hospital

960

St. Columcille's Hospital

33

St. James's Hospital

82

St. John's Hospital Limerick

435

St. Luke's General Hospital Kilkenny

490

St. Michael's Hospital

466

St. Vincent's University Hospital

301

Tallaght University Hospital

3,051

Tipperary University Hospital

500

University Hospital Kerry

1,019

University Hospital Limerick

1,455

University Hospital Waterford

747

Wexford General Hospital

1,231

Children's Health Ireland

293

Grand Total

30,805

Average (and Median) Wait Time (Female Only) for an Outpatient Gynaecology Appointment by Hospital Dec ' 21 vs Jan' 22

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23/12/2021

27/01/2022

Row Labels

Average Wait Time - Days

Median Wait Time - Days

Average Wait Time - Days

Median Wait Time - Days

Beaumont Hospital

103

99

125

120

Cavan General Hospital

174

146

182

156.5

Children's Health Ireland

226

168

243

190

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

142

125

150

129

Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital

237

160

237

160

Cork University Maternity Hospital

130

89

141

100

Ennis Hospital

507

428

506

421

Galway University Hospitals

222

111

241

120

Letterkenny University Hospital

83

55

98

70

Louth County Hospital

172

160

178

177

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

80

44.5

89

55

Mayo University Hospital

191

174

180

169

Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar

170

128

179

140

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

347

248.5

366

272

Nenagh Hospital

456

406

455

411

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

153

120

159

134

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

373

300.5

390

305

Portiuncula University Hospital

164

140.5

172

147

Rotunda Hospital

118

104

124

110

Sligo University Hospital

344

273.5

366

294

St. Columcille's Hospital

131

112

152

144

St. James's Hospital

26

13

24

14.5

St. John's Hospital Limerick

203

176.5

215

182

St. Luke's General Hospital Kilkenny

71

61

85

78

St. Michael's Hospital

375

267.5

379

278

St. Vincent's University Hospital

181

119

188

124

Tallaght University Hospital

651

376

652

361

Tipperary University Hospital

120

99

136

125

University Hospital Kerry

258

196

280

222

University Hospital Limerick

276

133

291

141

University Hospital Waterford

150

127

163

146

Wexford General Hospital

163

148.5

172

156

Question No. 727 answered with Question No. 726.
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