161. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been waiting since January 2018 for results of eye tests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20209/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

164. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been told that they will be waiting almost a year before treatment can be accessed in the Mater hospital after a referral from their company’s doctor in respect of their chronic knee problems. (Question 44429/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which...

39. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the establishment of a “lets buy healthcare” scheme to purchase private healthcare for procedures that are not being carried out in the public system due to large waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40784/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): It has recently come to the attention of my Department that a new commercially operated scheme entitled ‘Lets Buy Healthcare’ has been established.
I acknowledge that waiting times are often unacceptably long and I am conscious of the burden that this places on patients and their families.
Reducing waiting times for the longest waiting patients is one of this Government’s key priorities. Consequently, Budget 2017 allocated €20 million to the NTPF, risi...

394. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) is waiting over three weeks for a follow up appointment with his or her consultant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31494/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

197. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has to wait up to 14 months for an assessment by a psychologist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist when this assessment should be completed within six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27838/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.
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563. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health his views regarding the fact that persons diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, who have months to live, have to wait three to four weeks to access chemotherapy in Mercy University Hospital, Cork. (Question 23735/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have been advised by the HSE that there is no delay in access to treatment for persons diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Mercy University Hospital.
The National Cancer Control Programme is satisfied with the arrangements for access to chemotherapy for patients with pancreatic cancer in this hospital. 
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423. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 805 of 3 November 2015, where the Health Service Executive stated that there was no evidence to suggest that a patient would be waiting two months for a result of a dexa scan at the Midland Regional Hospital, if he is aware of the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath who has been waiting for four months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44032/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
In relation to the specific case raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to you d...

668. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who is in extreme pain has to wait an estimated eight months for an urgent lumbar discetomy operation, either in the Mater Hospital, Dublin 7, or in Cappagh Hospital, Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20214/15 asked on 26 May 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
 The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

743. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical procedure in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20727/15 asked on 26 May 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual. In relation to the specific case raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to you ...

1304. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to ensure that children suffering from arthritis and rheumatological illnesses are dealt with in view of the waiting lists that in some cases can be up to eighteen months (Question 37062/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly) (Deputy James Reilly): Improving access to day, inpatient and outpatient services is a key priority for the Government. Immediately following my appointment, I established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), the aim of which is to unblock access to acute services by improving the flow of patients through the system. For this year, the target maximum waiting times as set out in the HSE Service Plan are eight months for adults awaiting an inpatient or daycas...

1026. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if there are any schemes available for citizens who are on the waiting list for surgery here for a period of years to avail of this treatment funded by the State in another jurisdiction; and if so, if he will outline the way such schemes are administered. (Question 27765/13 asked on 11 Jun 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The HSE operates a Treatment Abroad Scheme (TAS), for persons entitled to treatment in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland under EU Regulation 1408/71, as per the procedures set out in EU Regulation 574/72, and in accordance with Department of Health Guidelines. Subject to the EU Regulations and Guidelines, the TAS provides for the cost of approved treatments in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland through the issue of form E112 (IE) where...

216. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) has to wait 19 months for a video EEG monitoring test in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; the alternatives or supports available to enable this person to access the urgent medical attention they require (Question 24925/13 asked on 23 May 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.
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380. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is waiting more than two years for a hernia operation at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; and the action he will take regarding same. (Question 21119/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has recently been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that ...

221. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a patient (details supplied) in County Dublin is waiting 18 months for an urgent surgical procedure in the Mater hospital, Dublin; and his views on same. (Question 4973/13 asked on 31 Jan 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The management of inpatient and daycase waiting lists for patients awaiting public health care is based on the principle that after urgent and cancer patients are treated, then clinically assessed routine patients should be seen in chronological order (i.e. longest waiter first).
Should the patient’s general practitioner consider that the patient’s condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with...

1109. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Dublin has to wait eleven months to a year for an MRI scan at the Mater Hospital, Dublin; and the actions that he intends to take regarding same (Question 1827/13 asked on 16 Jan 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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616. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied), who is extremely ill, has to wait nine months for an operation in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin (Question 54001/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The management of inpatient and daycase waiting lists for patients awaiting public health care is based on the principle that after urgent and cancer patients are treated, then clinically assessed routine patients should be seen in chronological order (i.e. longest waiter first). Should the patient’s general practitioner consider that the patient’s condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up wit...

996. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is currently a four year waiting list to see a consultant with regard to possible tonsillectomy at Waterford Hospital and the action he will take in regarding same. (Question 47393/12 asked on 06 Nov 2012 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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