Written answers

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Department of Health

Hospital Appointment Delays

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick, Fine Gael)
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163. To ask the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not yet been called for a cataract removal operation despite the fact that they are on the waiting list for over ten months. [47215/13]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, 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 are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

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