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Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 292.  Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the current waiting list for rheumatology services in County Kerry; and if he will urgently proceed with putting in place an upgraded service to facilitate Kerry patients [3247/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which will work to unblock access to acute services by dramatically improving the flow of patients through the system, and by streamlining waiting lists, including referrals from GPs. The SDU is working closely with its partner agencies — mainly the HSE and the NTPF.

As a priority, public hospitals were instructed to ensure that, by the end of 2011, they had no patients waiting more than 12 months for treatment. I can confirm that the vast majority of hospitals achieved this objective. During 2012 the SDU will support hospitals in the delivery of a 9 month maximum wait time for inpatient or daycase surgery

The management of waiting lists generally is a matter for the HSE and the individual hospitals concerned. I have, therefore, referred the Deputy’s question to the Executive for direct reply.

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