Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (350)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

350. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on gynaecological waiting lists by month from 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, for the three Dublin maternity hospitals (details supplied);the numbers waiting less than three, three to six, six to nine, nine to 12, 12 to 8 and more than 18 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51266/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) have advised my Department that the Dublin Maternity Hospitals (Holles Street, the Coombe, and the Rotunda) do not submit full waiting list data to the NTPF. The Coombe and the Rotunda only submit Outpatient data, while Holles Street does not submit any data as yet.

The National Maternity Hospital Holles Street have engaged in a series of meetings with the NTPF to progress steps to allow data to be submitted to the NTPF. This includes the resolution of data protection and technical issues. As a result, it is envisaged that the NMH will shortly be submitting waiting list data to the NTPF in the required format.

My Department continues to closely monitor the progress of this project through established Governance structures, including through fortnightly meetings where issues including operational challenges and future planning can be addressed.

The outpatient waiting list data for The Coombe and the Rotunda Hospitals is publically available on the NTPF website at https://www.ntpf.ie/home/nwld.htm. Waiting list information is published by the NTPF each month and covers the period December 2014 to date.