Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (336)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

336. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of children waiting for outpatient appointments in each hospital; and the number waiting over 12 and 18 months, respectively. [7745/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I am conscious that waiting times are often unacceptably long and of the burden that this places on patients and their families. Improving waiting times for hospital appointments and procedures is one of my top priorities and is a key commitment in the Programme for Government.

The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) advise that as of the end of January 2019, there were 85,632 children waiting for an outpatient appointment, of which 34.5% (29,558) were waiting more than 12 months, and 21.9% (18,767) were waiting more than 18 months. A breakdown by hospital, as requested by the Deputy, is supplied.

I hope to publish the joint Department of Health, HSE, NTPF Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 soon. The plan reflects activity targets from the HSE, in line with the National Service Plan, to reduce waiting times across specialities and improve access to appointments and procedures. The plan also sets out activity levels for the NTPF in line with their increased allocation of funding of €75 million in 2019. The commitments in the plan are aimed at improving access for patients waiting for hospital operations or procedures, as well as patients waiting for a first Outpatient appointment.

 A key element of this Plan is the stabilisation of the Outpatient Waiting List which remains a significant challenge. The HSE, in line with the National Service Plan 2019 will provide 3.3 million outpatient appointments, more than 1 million of which will be first outpatient appointments.

In addition, the NTPF will, as part of their increased allocation in 2019, fund additional first outpatient appointments through weekend and out of hour’s clinics and ‘see and treat’ clinics.  The NTPF will deliver this additional activity by working with hospital groups and individual hospitals as well as private health providers to maximise the number of patients treated in both a public and private capacity.   

Total Outpatient Waiters and the Number Waiting Over 12 and 18 Months, Respectively, by Hospital as at 31/01/2019

Date

Hospital

Total

12M+ Waiters

18M+ Waiters

31/01/2019

Bantry General Hospital

1

0

0

31/01/2019

Beaumont Hospital

405

82

55

31/01/2019

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

81

1

0

31/01/2019

Cavan General Hospital

818

125

53

31/01/2019

CHI at Crumlin

20093

7687

5020

31/01/2019

CHI at Tallaght

7779

3201

1641

31/01/2019

CHI at Temple St

18410

7706

5154

31/01/2019

Connolly Hospital

1

0

0

31/01/2019

Cork University Hospital

3730

659

409

31/01/2019

Cork University Maternity Hospital 

10

0

0

31/01/2019

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

412

160

96

31/01/2019

Ennis Hospital

71

5

1

31/01/2019

Galway University Hospital

4567

1049

562

31/01/2019

Kerry General Hospital

1207

348

239

31/01/2019

Letterkenny General Hospital

2058

757

524

31/01/2019

Louth County Hospital

16

0

0

31/01/2019

Mallow General Hospital

199

31

2

31/01/2019

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

1

0

0

31/01/2019

Mayo General Hospital

1374

526

371

31/01/2019

Mercy University Hospital

531

50

11

31/01/2019

Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar

1077

174

109

31/01/2019

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

801

34

1

31/01/2019

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

3269

1683

1246

31/01/2019

Naas General Hospital

9

3

0

31/01/2019

Nenagh Hospital

20

2

2

31/01/2019

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

2836

632

415

31/01/2019

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

25

0

0

31/01/2019

Portiuncula Hospital

721

64

52

31/01/2019

Roscommon Hospital

1

0

0

31/01/2019

Rotunda Hospital

18

0

0

31/01/2019

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

1117

472

304

31/01/2019

Sligo Regional Hospital

1852

391

192

31/01/2019

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

2887

913

566

31/01/2019

South Tipperary General Hospital

373

1

0

31/01/2019

St. Columcille's Hospital

1

0

0

31/01/2019

St. James's Hospital

1

0

0

31/01/2019

St. John's Hospital Limerick

6

0

0

31/01/2019

St. Luke's General Hospital Kilkenny

374

1

1

31/01/2019

St. Michael's Hospital Dun Laoghaire

20

0

0

31/01/2019

Tallaght Hospital

86

1

2

31/01/2019

University Hospital Limerick

3894

1069

630

31/01/2019

University Hospital Waterford

4183

1731

1109

31/01/2019

Wexford General Hospital

297

0

0