Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (1169)

Louise O'Reilly


1169. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of children 18 years of age and under waiting for scoliosis surgery in University Hospital Galway; and the length of time such children have been waiting in tabular form. [31933/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Reducing waiting times for hospital appointments and procedures is a key commitment of government. Budget 2019 announced that the Government had further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the National Treatment Purchase Fund 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 aim to deliver 1.155 million elective inpatient and day case discharges and 3.3 million outpatient appointments, of which more than 1 million will be to new patients. For its part, the NTPF will provide additionality through the provision of 25,000 IPDC appointments, 5,000 GI scopes, and 40,000 outpatient appointments.

In relation to the specific question raised regarding the number of children waiting for scoliosis surgery in University Hospital Galway and the length of time they have been waiting, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.