13. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health his plans to reduce waiting lists for orthopaedic treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17007/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Deputy Aindrias Moynihan: People regularly come to my constituency office and to clinics in great pain. Many are completely immobilised and in great distress as they wait for hip operations, often up to two years. What action is being taken to tackle waiting lists for hip operations in Cork where people regularly wait 18 months to two years?
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24. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health his plans to reduce waiting lists for ophthalmology treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17006/18 asked on 19 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 in 2018 €50 million was allocated to the NTPF to provide treatment for patients. The recently launched Inpatient/Day Case Action Plan outlines the combined impact of HSE and NTPF activity in 2018 to reduce the number of patients waiting for treatment to below 70,000 in 2018. This plan marks a very important milestone in delivering on this commitment.
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47. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he is satisfied that issues affecting long waiting lists in public hospitals, overcrowding at accident and emergency services and other contributory factors affecting the fast, efficient and effective delivery of public health services are fully addressed or are in the course of so being; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17024/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): This Government is committed to tackling the key challenges our health system faces in relation to hospital overcrowding and long waiting times for treatment. 
Against a background of growing demand for hospital services care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30 million in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 for measures to increase acute hospital capacity and alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs). Refl...

264. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if the National Treatment Purchase Fund can be utilised to alleviate waiting lists at public hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17356/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 264, 265 and 268 together.
The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has a statutory role to collect, collate and validate information in relation to persons waiting for hospital treatment and to put in place information systems and procedures for that purpose. 
The NTPF is under the governance (aegis) of the Department of Health and my Department has a governance structure in place which involves regular governance an...

265. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he is monitoring the waiting lists throughout the health service with particular reference to specific procedures such as miscellaneous orthopaedic, cardiac, neurological or other procedures; if the utilisation of the treatment purchase scheme can be used to clear backlogs to facilitate efficiencies throughout the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17357/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 264, 265 and 268 together.
The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has a statutory role to collect, collate and validate information in relation to persons waiting for hospital treatment and to put in place information systems and procedures for that purpose. 
The NTPF is under the governance (aegis) of the Department of Health and my Department has a governance structure in place which involves regular governance an...

268. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which the treatment purchase scheme is being used to address issues of delays experienced by persons awaiting various procedures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17360/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 264, 265 and 268 together.
The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has a statutory role to collect, collate and validate information in relation to persons waiting for hospital treatment and to put in place information systems and procedures for that purpose. 
The NTPF is under the governance (aegis) of the Department of Health and my Department has a governance structure in place which involves regular governance an...

271. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which provision is being made to identify persons on long waiting lists for various treatment, with particular reference to those with the most urgent requirement with a view to expediting the process in order to avail of every opportunity to reduce such waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17384/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Programme for Government commits to reducing waiting times for procedures in hospitals and to increase funding to the National Treatment Purchase Fund to deliver on this commitment. In the Budget and Estimates 2018, funding for the NTPF to treat public patients was increased to €50 million. 
The Inpatient/Day Case Action Plan is a joint initiative between the HSE, the NTPF and my Department and sets the projected activity and impact that will be d...

158. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for hip replacement surgery; and the expected timeframe in this regard. (Question 16924/18 asked on 18 Apr 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 ...

653. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting and the length of time they have been waiting for an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon (details supplied) at University College Hospital, Galway in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15008/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 the Deputy directly.
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660. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health if an appointment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited. (Question 15021/18 asked on 17 Apr 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 ...

679. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a date for surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15064/18 asked on 17 Apr 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...

692. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a procedure for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15132/18 asked on 17 Apr 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...

705. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health if the long delays for operations and outpatient appointments in the urology department in St James’s Hospital (details supplied) will be examined. (Question 15214/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Improving waiting times for hospital procedures is a key commitment in the Programme for Government. As such in 2018 €55 million has been allocated for the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF). This more than doubles its 2017 total allocation which was €20 million and reflects the fact that reducing waiting times for patients is one of this Government’s key priorities. 
On 12 April the Department , the HSE and the NTPF published details of the Inp...

720. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will have cataract surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15250/18 asked on 17 Apr 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...

721. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of progress on an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15258/18 asked on 17 Apr 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...

744. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the waiting time for patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis in Tallaght Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15359/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

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 the Deputy directly.
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772. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if treatment will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15578/18 asked on 17 Apr 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...

773. 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 15579/18 asked on 17 Apr 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...

777. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment. (Question 15593/18 asked on 17 Apr 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 managin...

778. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for an appointment at University Hospital Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15594/18 asked on 17 Apr 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...

816. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting up to three months for a CT scan at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe in each of the years 2015 to 2017. (Question 15674/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 the Deputy directly.
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817. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting up to three months for a MRI scan at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe in each of the years 2015 to 2017. (Question 15675/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 the Deputy directly.
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818. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting up to three months for an appointment with the ENT clinic at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe in each of the years 2015 to 2017. (Question 15676/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 the Deputy directly.
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819. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting up to three months for occupational therapy at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe in each of the years 2015 to 2017. (Question 15677/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 the Deputy directly.
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820. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting up to three months for physiotherapy at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe in each of the years 2015 to 2017. (Question 15678/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 the Deputy directly.
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