Hospital Procedures

Ceisteanna (185)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

185. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14328/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Procedures

Ceisteanna (186)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

186. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14329/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Procedures

Ceisteanna (187)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

187. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14332/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Vaccination Programme Data

Ceisteanna (188)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

188. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Health his views on the increased incidence of mumps; the rate of vaccination of children for MMR taking place; and his plans to ensure that this is increased [14337/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The information that the Deputy seeks in relation to mumps is not readily available. Therefore, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply directly to the Deputy.

Hospital Appointments Status

Ceisteanna (189)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

189. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14347/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Appointments Status

Ceisteanna (190)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

190. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14351/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Appointments Status

Ceisteanna (191)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

191. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of cataract surgery for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14354/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Procedures

Ceisteanna (192)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

192. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of cataract surgery for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14356/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Procedures

Ceisteanna (193)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

193. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a cataract operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14357/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospitals Building Programme

Ceisteanna (194)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

194. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health his Department and the HSE’s plans for the development of new hospitals in Cork; the state of progress and the timelines; the details of the funding that has been ring fenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14369/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan are the long term plans which will provide the capital funding to develop dedicated ambulatory elective-only hospital facilities.

We must ensure that we carefully plan the use of this capital funding so as to meet the populations health needs and achieve value for money.  

New dedicated ambulatory elective-only hospital facilities will be delivered in Dublin, Cork and Galway. These facilities will provide high volume, low complexity procedures on a day and outpatient basis, together with a range of ambulatory diagnostic services. The aim is to both increase capacity in the hospital system and provide a better separation of scheduled and unscheduled care, in line with the recommendations of the Health Service Capacity Review and the Sláintecare Report. They will provide increased, protected capacity for elective treatment and free up capacity in major acute hospitals to address higher complexity and emergency care. These new standalone ambulatory, elective-only hospital and diagnostic facilities will be developed in line with hospital groups' strategic plans.

Developing criteria and selection/approval processes for the new ambulatory elective-only hospital facilities is a 2019 priority in the Sláintecare implementation plan.

Nursing Home Accommodation Provision

Ceisteanna (195)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

195. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health the approximate timelines for each stage in respect of the development at a nursing home (details supplied); the month the design stage is expected to be completed; the month the project will go to tender; the expected length of the tender process; the expected month for when the contractor will be appointed; the month it is expected the development will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14400/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The five-year capital investment programme for community nursing units announced in 2016 provides the framework to allow for an enhanced programme to replace, upgrade and refurbish care facilities, as appropriate, at 90 locations. Significant work was undertaken to determine the optimum scheduling of projects within the phased provision of funding to achieve compliance and registration with the Health Information and Quality Authority.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of health and personal social services, including healthcare infrastructure projects, and has advised that Design Stage 1 is nearing completion in respect of the development of Mountmellick Community Nursing Unit. The HSE is currently aiming to commence works for Phase 1 development of Mountmellick Community Nursing Unit in early 2020 for completion by the end of 2021.

Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans

Ceisteanna (196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201)

Mary Butler

Ceist:

196. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the extensive outpatient orthopaedic waiting list at University Hospital Waterford, where 1,655 people are waiting in excess of 18 months (details supplied). [14404/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Butler

Ceist:

197. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the extensive outpatient ophthalmology waiting list especially for the elderly at University Hospital Waterford of which 594 are waiting in excess of 18 months (details supplied). [14405/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Butler

Ceist:

198. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the outpatient urology waiting list at University Hospital Waterford, where 981 people are waiting in excess of 18 months (details supplied). [14406/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Butler

Ceist:

199. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the outpatient ENT waiting list at University Hospital Waterford, where 3,437 people are waiting in excess of 18 months (details supplied). [14407/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Butler

Ceist:

200. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the outpatient dermatology waiting list at University Hospital Waterford, where 973 people are waiting in excess of 18 months (details supplied). [14408/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Butler

Ceist:

201. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the outpatient respiratory medicine waiting list at University Hospital Waterford, where 604 people are waiting in excess of 18 months (details supplied). [14409/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 196 to 201, inclusive, together.

I am conscious that waiting times are often unacceptably long and of the burden that this places on patients and their families. In this regard, I committed to improving waiting times for hospital appointments and procedures.

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.

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 fund an additional 40,000 first outpatient appointments through weekend and out of hour’s clinics and ‘see and treat’ clinics.

In relation to the particular queries raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.