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...

283. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for cardiac rehabilitation in University Hospital Limerick and the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis; the strategies in place to resolve these delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43471/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 283 and 284 together. 
As the issues raised are operational matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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284. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the delays for cardiac rehabilitation in University Hospital Limerick and the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43472/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 283 and 284 together. 
As the issues raised are operational matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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336. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) cannot be added to a hip operation waiting list while they lose weight; if there is a specific weight criterion for this procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43616/17 asked on 17 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managin...

363. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a date for surgery. (Question 43814/17 asked on 17 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managin...

399. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for orthopaedic surgeries in Merlin Park University Hospital, Galway; the number of persons on this waiting list from County Mayo; the average waiting time for orthopaedic surgeries before the theatre was closed; the revised average waiting time for such surgeries in the aftermath of the theatre closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43967/17 asked on 17 Oct 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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102. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal can expect to receive a date for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43228/17 asked on 12 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managin...

108. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43238/17 asked on 12 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 whic...

116. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for MRI scans in Galway University Hospital; the average waiting time by priority one, two and three cases respectively at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43263/17 asked on 12 Oct 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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128. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health when a date for an operation will be given to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43287/17 asked on 12 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 whic...

129. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43288/17 asked on 12 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 whic...

129. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a date for surgery in Beaumont hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43082/17 asked on 11 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managin...

140. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43124/17 asked on 11 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.
 In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have...

144. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will have eye surgery in University Hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43160/17 asked on 11 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 is a matter for the hospital to which the patient...

285. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42488/17 asked on 10 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing ...

286. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Meath will receive a hospital appointment. (Question 42490/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - 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 HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals...

318. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting to see a consultant neurologist in County Donegal; the length of time these persons have been waiting; if a second neurologist has been appointed; the way in which the appointment will impact on waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42599/17 asked on 10 Oct 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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338. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the waiting list for joint replacement operations in the Royal College of Surgeons hospital group, by individual hospital, for each of the past three years; the number of such replacement joint operations carried out in the hospitals; the locations in which they were carried out for the same period; if persons were sent to other hospitals outside this region during this period; if so, the locations to which they were sent; the cost of these operations; if a cap on the number of replacement operations per annum has been introduced; if so, the reason therefor; the date it was introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42676/17 asked on 10 Oct 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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350. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for orthopaedic surgery at Galway university hospital for more than two years and less three years, for three years and less than four years and for four or more years; the steps being taken to reduce the waiting time for such operations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42732/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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, rising to €55 million in 2018.
In order to reduce the numbers of long-waiting patients, I asked the HSE to develop Waiting List Action Plans for 2017 in ...

363. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the progress regarding the commitments he made in respect of reducing surgery waiting times for children with scoliosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42825/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE is actively implementing the action plan they developed to ensure that no child will be waiting over 4 months by year end and are focussed on maximising all available capacity both internally and externally to achieve this target. 
Additional nurses are now in post in both Crumlin and Temple Street. An additional consultant orthopaedic surgeon commenced last month in Crumlin. So far in 2017, 272 scoliosis procedures have been carried out acros...

364. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on waiting lists who were due to receive scheduled treatment during October, November and December 2017 who have been notified that their procedure has been postponed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42826/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I fully acknowledge the distress and inconvenience for patients and their families when elective procedures are cancelled. 
Maintaining scheduled care access is a key priority for hospitals, and balancing this with emergency demand is challenging. However, all efforts are made to limit cancellations, particularly for clinically-urgent procedures. 
Cancellation of elective procedures can occur for a variety of reasons including because a bed or the clini...

391. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the waiting list for joint replacement operations in the Ireland East Hospital Group in each of the past three years, by hospital; the number of such replacement joint operations carried out in the hospitals; the location in which they were carried out for the same period; if persons were sent to other hospitals outside this region during this period; if so, the locations to which they were sent; the cost of these operations; if a cap on maximum joint replacement operations per annum has been imposed; if so, the reason therefore; the person or body that made the order; the date that it was introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42940/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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440. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of persons with diabetes requiring inpatient treatment for diabetic foot ulceration from County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42319/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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291. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the position of a person (details supplied) on the waiting list for the National Rehabilitation Hospital; the estimated timeframe for admission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41251/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) provides specialist rehabilitation services (inpatient, outpatient and day-patient services) to patients with complex needs, who have acquired a physical or cognitive disability as a result of an accident, illness or injury and require specialist medical rehabilitation services. The Government recognises the excellent rehabilitation programme which the National Rehabilitation Hospit...

293. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for the National Rehabilitation Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41271/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 293 to 295, inclusive, together.
The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) provides specialist rehabilitation services (inpatient, outpatient and day-patient services) to patients with complex needs, who have acquired a physical or cognitive disability as a result of an accident, illness or injury and require specialist medical rehabilitation services. The Government recognises the excellent...