849. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to address the serious increase in hospital waiting lists over the past seven years; if his Department is making proposals to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for additional funding in this regard over the remainder of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15752/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Improving waiting times for hospital procedures is a key commitment in the Programme for Government and the recently launched Inpatient/Day Case Action Plan 2018 marks a very important milestone in delivering on this commitment.
The action plan outlines the steps being taken by Government to reduce the number of patients waiting for hospital operations or procedures.  
Under the action plan 2018: 
- the number of patients waiting longer than 9 months wi...

585. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the steps he has taken to expedite hospital treatment for persons waiting longer than 12 months; the waiting targets for key procedures with long wait times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12505/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Last October’s Budget announced a total 2018 allocation of €55m for the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) for 2018 which more than doubles its 2017 total allocation which was €20m. This significant increase in funding reflects the fact that reducing waiting times for patients is one of this Government’s key priorities. 
The Department of Health, the HSE and the NTPF are finalising an Inpatient/Daycase Action Plan 2018 which will set out ambitiou...

586. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his views on the fact that the Euro Health Consumer Index 2017 has reported that Irish persons’ waiting times for hospital treatment are the worst in Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12506/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Euro Health Consumer Index 2017 report has highlighted areas that our health service are focused on improving. Reducing waiting times for the longest waiting patients is one of this Government’s key priorities.  Waiting times are often unacceptably long and I am conscious of the burden that this places on patients and their families. 
Budget 2018 allocated a total of €55m for the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), more than doubling the 2017...

345. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the measures his Department is taking to address the waiting list of over 300 transgender persons awaiting a diagnosis to progress towards hormone replacement therapy in view of the fact that just 28 persons have been seen by a psychiatrist within the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8354/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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994. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1081 of 2 May 2017, the average waiting time for this type of surgery; if this report is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36070/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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1081. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for back surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; the average waiting time for this type of surgery; the immediate steps being taken to deal with the waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20565/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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, rising to €55 million in 2018. 
In December 2016, I granted approval to the NTPF to dedicate €5m to a daycase waiting list initiative with the aim of ensuring that no patient will be waiting more than 18 months for a daycase procedure by 30 June 2017. In excess of 2000 daycases will be manag...

285. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health to set down the number of persons waiting more than nine months to see a consultant ophthalmologist at a Dublin hospital (details supplied); the immediate steps being taken to reduce these waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18559/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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, rising to €55 million in 2018.
In December 2016, I granted approval to the NTPF to dedicate €5m to a daycase waiting list initiative with the aim of ensuring that no patient will be waiting more than 18 months for a daycase procedure by 30 June 2017. In excess of 2000 daycases will be managed ...

419. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if his Department and the HSE have estimated the cost of reducing hospital waiting lists below nine weeks; if he has requested that a review of waiting lists be conducted to ensure that the correct dates are entered into the systems; his views on the need for a mother to access information through freedom of information and advocate on her child’s behalf for spinal surgery; the protections and advocacy available to those persons who may not be able to access such information on their own files with hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6928/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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, rising to €55 million in 2018. 
In December 2016, I granted approval to the NTPF to dedicate €5m to a daycase waiting list initiative with the aim of ensuring that no patient will be waiting more than 18 months for a daycase procedure by 30 June 2017. In excess of 2000 daycases will be manage...

421. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his views on a programme (details supplied), which showed a number of children in severe pain due to waiting lists for surgeries; the immediate action he is going to take to address waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6930/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The personal stories of people waiting for treatment included in the RTE programme ‘Living on the List’ are deeply moving and the experiences they describe are absolutely inexcusable.
Reducing waiting times for the longest waiting patients is one of this Government’s key priorities. In 2016, I made over €11m of 2016 Winter Initiative funding available to provide additional patient treatment in 2016. Specifically, €2m of the funding was made available ...

422. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of children here with scoliosis who have been waiting for surgery for between three months and six months, six months and nine months, nine months and 12 months, 12 months and 18 months and more than 18 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6932/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 422 and 423 together.
Long waiting times for scoliosis surgery have to be addressed, and the Department has been working closely with the HSE to address services pressures, particularly in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, which is the largest provider of scoliosis surgery for children and young people. 
Additional funding has been provided in recent years to develop the paediatric orthopaedic services, including...

423. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of surgeries for scoliosis taking place each week in hospitals around the country in 2016 and to date in 2017 indicating the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6933/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 422 and 423 together.
Long waiting times for scoliosis surgery have to be addressed, and the Department has been working closely with the HSE to address services pressures, particularly in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, which is the largest provider of scoliosis surgery for children and young people. 
Additional funding has been provided in recent years to develop the paediatric orthopaedic services, including...

424. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the assessment his Department is making of the use of resources by the HSE; the areas that are creating waiting lists of over six months for surgery; the steps he is taking along with the director general of the HSE to immediately remedy and reduce these waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6934/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Department oversees and monitors the HSE’s implementation of its Performance Accountability Framework and monitors implementation of the HSE corporate plan and annual National Service Plans.
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, rising to €55 million in 2018. 
In December 2016, I granted approval to the NTPF to dedicate €5m to...

488. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for plastic surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; the average waiting times to see each plastic surgeon consultant; the steps being taken to reduce these waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32006/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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1434. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost to clear the patients on trolleys across Ireland and reduce the maximum wait time on a trolley to six to eight hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26132/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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146. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list to see a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Beaumont Hospital, in Dublin 9; the average waiting time; the steps he is taking to reduce the waiting time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10727/16 asked on 18 May 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, 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 been adopted by the Health Service Executive, sets out the pro...

909. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he is aware of the apparent 15 to 18-month waiting list for ear, nose and throat appointments his plans to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10497/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As of 28 April 2016, there were 51,028 patients waiting for ENT outpatient appointments. However, 48% of patients on the ENT outpatients waiting list have been waiting less than six months. Only 8.6% of those on the waiting list have been waiting over 15 months.
The Department of Health and the HSE recognise that there are resource availability and structural challenges which impact on individual specialties and hospital sites.
The 2016 HSE Service P...

150. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of elective surgeries that have been cancelled in Beaumont Hospital in County Dublin since 1 January 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8868/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days he should contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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260. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for orthopaedic hip replacement surgery in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8014/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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170. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 774 of 3 November 2015, where the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland replied showing that 10,597 persons are on waiting lists for procedures at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin 9, 3,280 of these for up to three months, 2,203 from three months plus to six months, 991 from six months plus to eight months, 1,771 from eight months plus to 12 months, 1,080 from 12 months plus to 15 months, 773 from 15 months plus to 18 months, and 499 for 18 months plus, and where just 1,030 of these had dates for treatment, if he will provide a breakdown of these waiting lists, by hospital department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41868/15 asked on 25 Nov 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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415. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on outpatient waiting lists at each Dublin hospital; the hospital with the shortest waiting time; and with the longest waiting time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41615/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) is responsible for the collection, collation and publication of Out Patient waiting lists. Waiting list information is published on the NTPF website at the end of each month. The information is presented in different report formats, i.e. by National/Trend, by Hospital/Group, and by Specialty.
 The most recent Out Patient / In-patient/Day Case waiting list data, for end of October 2015, may be found at http://w...

774. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on waiting lists for procedures in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin 9 for, up to three months; from three months plus to six months; six months plus to nine months; nine months plus to 12 months; 12 months plus to 18 months; 18 months plus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38004/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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61. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list to see a consultant neurologist at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin 9; the average waiting times; the steps being taken to reduce these; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35852/15 asked on 14 Oct 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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1134. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the actions he has taken this year to reduce waiting lists for elective treatment given that in August more than 25,000 adults were waiting longer than six months for such care. (Question 32206/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Improving waiting lists for scheduled care is a key priority for Government. In January, taking into account current pressures on acute hospital services, the Minister for Health put in place a maximum permissible waiting time for in-patient and day case treatment and outpatient appointments of 18 months by 30 June and 15 months by year end. Additional funding of €51m has been provided this year to ensure that these maximum waiting times are achieved....

173. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for vascular procedures at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin 9; the additional measures being taken to reduce waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27869/15 asked on 08 Jul 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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600. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if persons currently working and paying taxes in Northern Ireland, and availing of the National Health Service there, but who are resident in the Republic of Ireland, will have to pay lifetime community rating on private health insurance if they take out a policy when they retire from working there after 1 May 2015. (Question 14642/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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