217. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of children that are waiting more than six months for scoliosis treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20637/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I continue to support the HSE in its efforts to bring down the waiting times for and improve access to scoliosis services. The long-term strategy to develop sustainable scoliosis services from 2018 has been prioritised by the Department of Health and the HSE in the 2018 HSE National Service Plan.  
€9 million funding has been provided in 2018 to improve access to paediatric orthopaedic services including scoliosis. The 2018 HSE National Service Plan i...

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...

279. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will have a surgical procedure carried out in St. James’s Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19719/18 asked on 08 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...

283. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health the measures he will take to reduce the waiting times for outpatient rheumatology appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19744/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Improving waiting times for hospital procedures and outpatient appointments is a key commitment in the Programme for Government. While the Inpatient and Day Case (IPDC) Action Plan was published in April to address waiting times for IPDC procedures, the Outpatient waiting list remains a significant challenge to be addressed in 2018. 
Each year, 3.3 million patients attend Hospital Outpatient clinics for appointments. A number of steps, including a nat...

285. Deputy Kate O’Connell asked the Minister for Health the waiting period for hernia surgeries in St. James’s Hospital; and when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment. (Question 19746/18 asked on 08 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...

287. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health the status of the waiting lists for scoliosis treatment; if the HSE has been successful in recruiting an additional consultant in respect of scoliosis services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19768/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I continue to support the HSE in its efforts to bring down the waiting times for and improve access to scoliosis services. The long-term strategy to develop sustainable scoliosis services from 2018 has been prioritised by the Department of Health and the HSE in the 2018 HSE National Service Plan. 
€9 million funding has been provided in 2018 to improve access to paediatric orthopaedic services including scoliosis. The 2018 HSE National Service Plan in...

307. Deputy Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a urology inpatient procedure at Limerick University Hospital for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19826/18 asked on 08 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...

340. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the status of a procedure for person (details supplied); his plans to reduce the waiting list in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19970/18 asked on 08 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...

360. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 466 of 27 February 2018, if the two paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres in Connolly and Tallaght hospitals are still on schedule to open in mid-July 2018 and 2019. (Question 20151/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I would like to refer to the Deputy’s previous Parliamentary Question No. 466 of 27 February 2018. Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, incorrect dates for the opening of the two paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres were provided to the Deputy in that reply. My Department is arranging for the Dáil record to be corrected and I apologise for this error.
The Paediatric Outpatients & Urgent Care Centres at Connolly Hospital and Tallaght...

169. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the plans the HSE has to support University Hospital Kerry to reduce the three-year wait time for a routine ENT outpatient appointment at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19387/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Improving waiting times for hospital procedures and outpatient appointments is a key commitment in the Programme for Government. While the Inpatient and Day Case (IPDC) Action Plan was published in April to address waiting times for IPDC procedures, the Outpatient waiting list remains a significant challenge to be addressed in 2018. 
Each year, 3.3 million patients attend Hospital Outpatient clinics for appointments. A number of steps are being taken ...

221. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will have an operation; and if they can be referred to the NTPF scheme. (Question 18596/18 asked on 01 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 managin...

225. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health if surgery required for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; the waiting time for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18620/18 asked on 01 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...

236. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting for outpatient surgery in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital who have had their initial appointments changed to a later date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18691/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for the Government. In April the Inpatient and Day Case Action Plan was published to reduce the overall number of patients waiting for treatment. This is a joint Action Plan with the HSE delivering 1.14 million hospital operations or procedures and the NTPF delivering 20,000 Inpatient Day Case treatments and 4,000 Gastro Intestinal Scopes. 
The Outpatient Wait...

237. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting for outpatient surgery in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital who have had their initial appointments changed to a later date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18692/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for the Government. In April the Inpatient and Day Case Action Plan was published to reduce the overall number of patients waiting for treatment. This is a joint Action Plan with the HSE delivering 1.14 million hospital operations or procedures and the NTPF delivering 20,000 Inpatient Day Case treatments and 4,000 Gastro Intestinal Scopes. 
The Outpatient Wait...

238. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of patients waiting for outpatient surgery in Tallaght hospital who have had their initial appointments changed to a later date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18693/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for the Government. In April the Inpatient and Day Case Action Plan was published to reduce the overall number of patients waiting for treatment. This is a joint Action Plan, with the HSE delivering 1.14 million hospital operations or procedures and the NTPF delivering 20,000 Inpatient Day Case treatments and 4,000 Gastro Intestinal Scopes. 
The Outpatient Wai...

244. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for a bed in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. (Question 18706/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

245. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in County Louth waiting for a bed in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. (Question 18707/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

129. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for a MRI scan in University Hospital Limerick; and the number waiting zero to six, six to 12, 12 to 18, 18 to 24 months and more than 24 months in tabular form. (Question 18339/18 asked on 26 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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131. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for cataract treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18342/18 asked on 26 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 ...

118. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18106/18 asked on 25 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...

119. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment. (Question 18109/18 asked on 25 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...

123. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of children on the waiting list for assessment for juvenile arthritis; and the number of children in County Louth awaiting for such an assessment. (Question 18124/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 123 and 124 together.
I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. In relation to rheumatology service provision, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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124. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of children diagnosed with juvenile arthritis who are awaiting treatment; the number of children in County Louth diagnosed with juvenile arthritis who are awaiting treatment; and the length of time they have been waiting. (Question 18125/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 123 and 124 together.
I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. In relation to rheumatology service provision, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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139. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his views on a matter in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18192/18 asked on 25 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...

142. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18223/18 asked on 25 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...