Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (917)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

917. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for orthopaedic surgery in each of the CHO areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14064/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for Government. Budget 2019 announced that the Government has further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) increasing from €55 million in 2018 to €75 million in 2019.

The joint Department of Health/HSE/NTPF Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 was published recently and sets out measures to improve care for patients waiting for scheduled care in 2019 by reducing wait times for inpatient/day case treatment and outpatient appointments. The plan will place a strong focus on a number of high-volume procedures, including hip and knee replacements. When combined with HSE activity, it is projected that the NTPF will be in a position to offer treatment to all clinically suitable patients waiting more than 6 months for one of these procedures.

Waiting list figures for February 2019 show that considerable improvement has been witnessed in the number of patients waiting for hip and knee replacements. As a result of increased activity and the ongoing collaboration between the HSE and the NTPF, the number of patients waiting for a hip/knee replacement has fallen from 3,400  in July 2017 to 2,800 at the end of February 2019 equating to an improvement of 17%. Those waiting over 9 months for one of these procedures has fallen from over 1,000 in July 2017 to 367 in February 2019, a reduction of 64%.

The following .documents provide Inpatient/Daycase waiting list data for Orthopaedics by hospital and by hospital group.

IPDC Orthopaedics Waiting List by Hospital

Row Labels

 0-3 Mths

 3-6 Mths

 6-9 Mths

 9-12 Mths

12-15 Mths

15-18 Mths

18-24 Mths

24-36 Mths

36-48 Mths

48+ Mths

Grand Total

Beaumont Hospital

68

75

28

27

1

0

0

0

199

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

633

595

184

57

8

3

4

2

0

1486

Cork University Hospital

6

1

1

0

0

8

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

104

40

8

152

Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital Kilcreene

172

69

7

0

0

248

Louth County Hospital

0

0

0

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

32

16

12

18

7

3

16

11

12

4

131

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

216

258

183

95

56

59

91

75

2

1035

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

0

0

0

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

296

189

113

38

10

2

648

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

212

144

63

39

24

19

21

4

526

St. James's Hospital

131

110

85

44

32

16

42

35

0

495

St. Vincent's University Hospital

23

9

5

0

0

0

37

University Hospital Waterford

63

54

18

8

7

3

3

1

157

Tallaght University Hospital

358

318

222

168

144

94

110

96

3

1513

Letterkenny University Hospital

197

159

56

22

7

6

9

6

0

462

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

28

20

4

0

52

CHI at Crumlin

116

103

32

34

21

22

37

36

5

0

406

Galway University Hospitals

378

327

212

147

66

61

63

16

5

1

1276

Sligo University Hospital

159

73

40

13

10

5

3

303

CHI at Temple St

95

99

60

40

25

20

20

10

1

370

University Hospital Kerry

67

52

18

10

0

147

Mayo University Hospital

422

343

214

130

100

49

15

13

5

1291

St. Michael's Hospital

7

0

0

0

0

0

7

Grand Total

3783

3054

1565

890

518

362

434

305

33

5

10949

IPDC Orthopaedics Waiting List by Hospital Group

Row Labels

 0-3 Mths

 3-6 Mths

 6-9 Mths

 9-12 Mths

12-15 Mths

15-18 Mths

18-24 Mths

24-36 Mths

36-48 Mths

48+ Mths

Grand Total

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group

705

686

490

307

232

169

243

206

5

3043

Ireland East Hospital Group

991

809

314

113

25

8

20

13

12

4

2309

RCSI  Hospitals Group

96

95

32

27

1

0

0

0

251

Saolta University Health Care Group

1156

902

522

312

183

121

90

35

10

1

3332

South/South West Hospital Group

520

320

107

57

31

22

24

5

1086

University of Limerick Hospital Group

104

40

8

152

Children's Health Ireland

211

202

92

74

46

42

57

46

6

0

776

Grand Total

3783

3054

1565

890

518

362

434

305

33

5

10949