Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (605)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

605. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of public patients removed from outpatient lists in to date in 2019 as a result of a validation exercise and not as a result of having an appointment with a consultant for each public and voluntary hospital in tabular form. [30999/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Validation is the process whereby hospital administration contacts patients on waiting lists at pre-planned intervals during the year to ensure that patients are ready, willing, suitable and available to attend a hospital appointment or wish to be removed from the list. The validation of waiting lists can help provide clean, accurate, up to date waiting list data which reflects the true demand for hospital services.

For a number of years validation was conducted at individual hospital level in Ireland but this function was centralised by the Minister through the establishment of a National Centralised Validation Unit (NCVU) in the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) in September 2018.

Following engagement with public hospitals, the NCVU commenced issuing waiting list validation correspondence on the 2nd November 2018. The core aim of the Validation Unit is to write to all patients waiting more than 6 months for hospital operations and procedures and all patients waiting more than 9 months for an outpatient procedure. The Unit’s target is to validate 220,000 patients nationally on Inpatient, Day Case and Outpatient waiting lists.

The NTPF has advised that as of the 30th June 2019, a total of 62 hospitals nationally had been validated by the NCVU, 28 for Inpatient, Day Case waiting lists, and 34 for Outpatient waiting lists. The outstanding hospitals have engaged with the NTPF and have been allocated a time slot for validation in the next 3-6 months.

In relation to the particular question raised by the Deputy, the NTPF advises that based on the Outpatient Validation exercise from 1st of January until the 5th of July, a total of 17,601 patients have been removed from the national Outpatient waiting list. The following table provides a breakdown of the validation figures by hospital.

Name of Hospital & Group:

No. of patients removed due to validation from 1st January to 5th July 2019:

IEHG

Mater Misericordiae Hospital

92

St Vincent's Hospital

866

Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar

452

St Luke's General Hospital Kilkenny

109

Wexford General Hospital

41

Our Lady's Hospital Navan

592

St Columcille's Hospital

594

St Michael's Hospital

104

Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital

158

Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital

683

Total:

3691

RCSI

Beaumont Hospital

0

Connolly Hospital

0

Our Lady's of Lourdes Drogheda

0

Louth County Hospital

0

Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals

0

The Rotunda Maternity Hospital

743

Total:

743

DMHG

St James Hospital

2520

Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH)

535

Midland Regional Tullamore Hospital

2209

Naas General Hospital

295

Midland Regional Portlaoise Hospital

39

Total:

5598

ULHG

University Hospital Limerick

1011

Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis

55

Nenagh Hospital

12

Croom Hospital

468

St John's Hospital

49

Total:

1595

SSWG

Cork University Hospital

2116

University Hospital Waterford

176

University Hospital Kerry

1068

Mercy University Hospital

526

South Tipperary General Hospital

0

South Infirmary Victoria Hospital

275

Bantry General Hospital

0

Mallow General Hospital

97

Total:

4258

Saolta Hospital Group

University Hospital Galway

0

Sligo University Hospital

0

Letterkenny University Hospital/

660

Mayo University Hospital

576

Portiuncula Hospital

305

Roscommon University Hospital

175

Total:

1716

Children's Hospital Group

Crumlin Children's Hospital

0

Temple Street Children's Hospital

0

Tallaght Children's Hospital

0

Total:

0

Grand Total:

17601