Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Ceisteanna (362)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

362. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a date for surgery; the length of the waiting list for such procedures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26248/19]

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 in 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 hip and knee replacements, 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.

Regarding the data on hip replacements requested by the deputy, please note that Merlin Park Hospital does not have an active waiting list as those patients are captured under the Galway University Hospital (GUH) waiting list. The GUH Hip Replacement Waiting List is contained in the document attached.

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 date of surgery for the patient concerned, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Attached Table:

Hip Replacements Waiting List at Galway University Hospitals

Row Labels

  0-3 Months

  3-6 Months

  6-9 Months

  9-12 Months

 12-15 Months

 15-18 Months

18+ Months

Grand Total

Galway University Hospitals

33

16

18

10

7

2

7

93

Grand Total

33

16

18

10

7

2

7

93