Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ceisteanna (124)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

124. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure a person (details supplied) has their operation for tonsillectomy; the number of persons on waiting lists for tonsillectomy in each county; the average wait in each county; and the longest wait in each county. [17050/19]

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 tonsils. 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.

The data requested by the Deputy is contained in the documents attached.

In relation to the operation for the person concerned, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Average wait by County

Area of Residence

Average days waiting

Carlow

134

Cavan

174

Clare

283

Cork

95

Donegal

361

Dublin

127

Exception

227

Galway

122

Kerry

110

Kildare

227

Laois

97

Leitrim

357

Limerick

237

Longford

194

Louth

74

Mayo

183

Meath

110

Monaghan

181

Offaly

168

Roscommon

168

Sligo

340

Tipperary (North)

243

Tipperary (South)

180

Waterford (County)

129

Westmeath

136

Wexford

160

Wicklow

97

Tonsillectomy Waiting List by County

Row Labels

  0-3 Months

  3-6 Months

  6-9 Months

  9-12 Months

 12-15 Months

 15-18 Months

18+ Months

Grand Total

Carlow

1

2

1

4

Cavan

3

1

1

5

Clare

10

5

1

9

5

3

4

37

Cork

32

29

1

1

63

Donegal

24

22

15

9

4

1

30

105

Dublin

151

47

39

11

4

3

8

263

Exception

85

89

18

28

26

12

31

289

Galway

42

12

1

1

2

4

62

Kerry

12

4

1

1

1

19

Kildare

13

6

2

2

3

5

31

Laois

3

4

1

8

Leitrim

3

2

1

4

2

1

3

16

Limerick

28

5

2

4

16

5

5

65

Longford

7

1

1

1

1

11

Louth

14

2

1

17

Mayo

28

9

3

4

4

48

Meath

27

2

6

3

2

40

Monaghan

4

1

5

Offaly

8

6

1

1

16

Roscommon

10

2

2

2

1

17

Sligo

24

23

10

3

3

2

23

88

Tipperary (North)

14

3

5

3

3

4

32

Tipperary (South)

3

1

1

5

Waterford (County)

4

2

1

7

Westmeath

7

1

1

9

Wexford

7

1

2

1

1

12

Wicklow

17

6

1

2

26

Grand Total

581

285

110

86

74

35

129

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