Written answers

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Department of Health

Hospital Waiting Lists

Photo of Colm KeaveneyColm Keaveney (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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850. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Galway who has been on the waiting list since 6 March 2015 and is suffering considerable continuous pain can expect to receive an appointment for an MRI scan, necessary to determine the cause of the person's condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22243/15]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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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 the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he or she should take the matter up with the consultant and the hospital involved. In relation to the specific case raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.

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