Thursday, 5 December 2019

Ceisteanna (190)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

190. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting on a trolley waiting to be admitted for more than 12 hours and 48 hours, respectively, in November 2019. [50819/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The hospital system is currently operating at close to full capacity. The number of patients attending Emergency Departments continues to increase year on year. HSE figures show that for the first ten months of 2019, the number of patients attending Emergency Departments nationally increased by 2.7%.

However, the National Service Plan 2019 includes an expected activity target that 99% of all patients attending at an Emergency Department are discharged or admitted within 24 hours and any breach of this target is unacceptable.

With regard to the Deputy's specific question, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly with the requested information.