Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Ceisteanna (166, 167, 168)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

166. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for atrial fibrillation ablation treatment across all hospitals conducting the procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25637/19]

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Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

167. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Health the reason for the long waiting times for atrial fibrillation ablation treatment in the Mater hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25638/19]

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Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

168. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the significant gaps that exist in patient access to ablation treatment for atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25639/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 166 to 168, inclusive, together.

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.

With regards to the specific issues raised by the Deputy, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.