Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ceisteanna (166)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

166. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of children on ENT surgery waiting lists nationally by hospital in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24387/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Budget 2019 announced that the Government had further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the NTPF increasing from €55 million in 2018 to €75 million in 2019. The joint Department of Health, HSE, and NTPF Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 was published on 11th March.

Under the Plan the HSE, in line with the National Service Plan, will deliver 1.155 million elective inpatient and day case discharges at a value of €1.4 billion in 2019. The Scheduled Care Access Plan includes:

- detailed plans from the NTPF to fund 25,000 IPDC treatments ; 5,000 Gastro Intestinal Scopes and 40,000 outpatient first appointments.

- Projections by year end to reduce the overall number of patients on the waiting list (excluding GI scopes) from just over 70,200 in Dec 2018 to under 60,000;

- Within this overall reduction the number of patients waiting longer than 3 months will reduce from 40,200 at the end of 2018 to 31,000;

- It is also projected that for ten identified high volume procedures, including tonsillectomies, all clinically suitable patients waiting more than 6 months will be offered treatment in 2019. These 10 procedures account for over a third of the active inpatient day case waiting list and represent 60% of NTPF planned activity in 2019.

In relation to the particular matter raised by the Deputy, the table provides the Inpatient and Day Case waiting list figures for children awaiting ENT surgery by hospital for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and to the end of April 2019.

Hospital

30/12/2016

29/12/2017

20/12/2018

25/04/2019

Beaumont Hospital

167

88

70

84

Cavan General Hospital

75

54

109

76

CHI at Crumlin

272

192

166

CHI at Temple St

165

89

74

Galway University Hospitals

218

197

128

111

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

396

217

104

45

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

88

43

9

20

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

67

37

35

20

Sligo University Hospital

425

385

218

177

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

95

132

52

57

Tallaght University Hospital

1

University Hospital Kerry

3

3

9

5

University Hospital Limerick

222

213

87

134

University Hospital Waterford

261

200

108

118

Grand Total

2454

1851

1169

847