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Hospital Waiting Lists

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 13 July 2022

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

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Imelda Munster

Ceist:

533. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the adult and paediatric waiting lists for each outpatient department in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38363/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. While significant work continues to positively impact on waiting times and improve pathways to elective care, acute hospitals have been impacted by operational challenges arising from surges in cases related to the Omicron variants.

The HSE has confirmed to the Department that patient safety remains at the centre of all hospital activity and elective care scheduling. To ensure services are provided in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, hospitals are following HSE clinical guidelines and protocols.

The Department of Health continues to work with the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) to identify ways to improve access to care, including through increased use of private hospitals, funding weekend and evening work in public hospitals, funding “see and treat” services, providing virtual clinics, and increasing capacity in the public hospital system.

The 2022 Waiting List Action Plan, which was launched on the 25th of February, allocates €350 million to the HSE and NTPF to reduce waiting lists. Under this plan the Department, HSE, and NTPF will deliver urgent additional capacity for the treatment of patients, as well as investing in longer term reforms to bring sustained reductions in waiting lists.

This is the first stage of an ambitious multi-annual waiting list programme, which is currently under development in the Department of Health. Between them, these plans will work to support short, medium, and long term initiatives to reduce waiting times and provide the activity needed in years to come.

In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy, acute hospital Outpatient waiting lists are published monthly, broken down by adult and child for each specialty by hospital, and are available on the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) website at: https://www.ntpf.ie/home/nwld.htm

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