Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

288 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will report on the end of year waiting list figures on an annual basis since 1990. [27439/01]

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

289 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children the average waiting period at end of year for acute hospital care in each of the years since 1990. [27440/01]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 288 and 289 together.

The current waiting list initiative was introduced in 1993. The total number on public in-patient waiting lists for all specialties, as reported by health agencies, at the end of each year since 1993 is as follows:

Numbers on Waiting Lists

Year

Overall total

As at 31 December

(all Specialties)

1993

25,373

1994

23,835

1995

27,752

1996

25,959

1997

32,206

1998

36,883

1999

36,855

2000

27,857

Data on waiting times for in-patient treatment is collated in relation to the nine waiting list target specialties; cardiac surgery, ENT, gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, general surgery, urology and vascular surgery. These figures are broken down by adults waiting three to 12 months and 12 months and over, and children waiting three to six months and six months and over. The figures for each year since 1993 are as follows:
Waiting Times for Target Specialties

Year

Adults

Adults

Adults

Children

Children

Children

3-12 mths

12 mths +

Total

3-6 mths

6 mths +

Total

1993

8,792

6,533

15,325

*

*

*

1994

13,040

7,021

20,061

863

586

1,449

1995

13,602

9,037

22,639

1,239

1,486

2,725

1996

11,837

8,596

20,433

1,103

2,040

3,143

1997

13,320

11,922

25,242

1,683

2,242

3,925

1998

15,187

14,298

29,485

1,043

2,914

3,957

1999

13,995

14,833

28,828

928

2,719

3,647

2000

10,786

10,337

21,123

705

2,146

2,891

*Figures for 1993 not available