105. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for surgery at University Hospital Galway; and the expected timeframe in view of the fact that this person has been on the waiting list since June 2016. (Question 2176/18 asked on 17 Jan 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...

130. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the long waiting times faced by transgender persons to access public endocrinology services here; the steps he will take to address these waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2300/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The NTPF publishes the Inpatient and Outpatient waiting list figures by specialty and hospital each month. This information is available on NTPF.ie. The most recent figures published by the NTPF for December 2017 indicates that there is a total of 41 people on the Inpatient/Daycase waiting list for Endocrinology and a total of 9,043 people on the Outpatient waiting list for Endocrinology. The Deputy may wish to note that this data is extracted from the ...

511. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the details for both Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital of the number of spinal fusion patients currently waiting less than four months, four to eight months and more than eight months for treatment, in tabular form; and if the same information will be provided for other spinal patients. (Question 54124/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation 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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161. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the 20 -month waiting lists for transgender persons awaiting appointments with a HRT specialist endocrinologist; his views on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53360/17 asked on 13 Dec 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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260. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for persons awaiting an appointment at Letterkenny University Hospital’s radiology department for three months, six months, nine months, 12 months, 15 months and more than 15 months, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52656/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

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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289. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if the four-month target for persons with scoliosis for 2017 has been discontinued and does not appear in the programme for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52800/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together.
The HSE Action Plan for Scoliosis set out a short to medium term strategy aiming to ensure that no patient requiring surgery for scoliosis would have to wait longer than four months for such surgery by the end of 2017. The action undertaken this year included additional activity within our paediatric hospitals, which was facilitated by the staff recruitment campaigns this year, and outsourcing init...

290. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if an immediate independent clinical review of scoliosis services will be agreed to in view of the failure to meet scoliosis targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52801/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together.
The HSE Action Plan for Scoliosis set out a short to medium term strategy aiming to ensure that no patient requiring surgery for scoliosis would have to wait longer than four months for such surgery by the end of 2017. The action undertaken this year included additional activity within our paediatric hospitals, which was facilitated by the staff recruitment campaigns this year, and outsourcing init...

291. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health the yearly data on waiting times for when psychiatric patients presented at accident and emergency departments and when they are either admitted for treatment or discharged in each of the years 2010 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by hospital, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52809/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

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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300. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for a person to see a gastroenterologist in Tallaght hospital; the number of persons on this waiting list; the longest waiting time on the list; and the measures he is taking in conjunction with the hospital authorities to resolve delays in this area (Question 52823/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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334. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that one tenth of the national waiting list for gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures is at Naas General Hospital; his views on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53018/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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158. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health when an operation for a person (details supplied) in St James’s hospital will be scheduled. (Question 51286/17 asked on 30 Nov 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.
 In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have ...

159. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if a surgical appointment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51288/17 asked on 30 Nov 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.
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287. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) can secure an urgent sleep study appointment in Merlin Park University Hospital, Galway in view of serious health concerns and retention of employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50783/17 asked on 29 Nov 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

339. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health when required surgery will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51159/17 asked on 29 Nov 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

383. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if a hospital appointment will be scheduled for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50161/17 asked on 28 Nov 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.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have ...

420. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for cataract surgery by county, in tabular form; the length of time persons have been waiting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50355/17 asked on 28 Nov 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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437. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 162 on 8 November 2017, when a person will be facilitated (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50463/17 asked on 28 Nov 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.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have a...

439. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if he will review the case of a person (details supplied); and if it will be referred to the HSE to offer an appointment. (Question 50479/17 asked on 28 Nov 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.
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448. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been waiting for an appointment for surgery for over six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50544/17 asked on 28 Nov 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing ...

461. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a list of all hospitals which do not comply with the common waiting list which public hospitals are required to operate under the terms of the consultants contract 2008; the oversight arrangements in place to ensure compliance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50645/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris)(Deputy Simon Harris): The HIQA Report and Recommendations on Patient Referrals from General Practice to Outpatient and Radiology Services, including the National Standard for Patient Referral Information published in 2011 makes a number of recommendation in relation to Secondary Care Referral Management Systems, including that GP should address referrals in the first instance to a central point within a hospital, then to the relevant specialty/service, f...

138. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if an appointment for hip surgery for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49654/17 asked on 23 Nov 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 whic...

140. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49657/17 asked on 23 Nov 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managin...

158. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if back surgery will be provided in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49748/17 asked on 23 Nov 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 whic...

164. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) is still waiting for the procedure. (Question 49803/17 asked on 23 Nov 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managin...

170. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the hospitals that are operating a single waiting list in public hospitals as provided for under the consultant contract; the reason hospital management is allowed to ignore this stipulation; the action he will take to address this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49812/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HIQA Report and Recommendations on Patient Referrals from General Practice to Outpatient and Radiology Services, including the National Standard for Patient Referral Information, published in 2011 makes a number of recommendation in relation to Secondary Care Referral Management Systems, including that GP should address referrals in the first instance to a central point within a hospital, then to the relevant specialty/service, followed by named con...