Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (318)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

318. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of children under 18 years of age waiting for a diagnostic scan less than four, four to 12 and more than 12 months by hospital group in tabular form. [47133/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE advise that a pilot project commenced in 2016 by the HSE Acute Hospitals Division to progress the collection of national radiology waiting list data. The project has been supported by the Radiology Clinical Care Programme and has involved key stakeholders across the system including the National NIMIS Team, Hospital Groups, and the support of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) for data collection and data management expertise.

The NTPF has advised that they do not currently record the personal data of any of the patients on the Diagnostics waiting list as the purpose of this aggregate data is to provide a National Level overview of the number of patients waiting for modalities of CT, MR and US. This report is not intended to be used for the active management of hospital diagnostics waiting list, local reports and mechanisms should continue to be used for the management of diagnostics waiting lists at hospital level.

For this reason, the NTPF are not able to identify whether patients on the Diagnostics waiting list are over or under 18 years of age.