Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Department of Health
Hospital Appointment Delays
861. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Galway who has been awaiting an urgent MRI scan, vital to monitor a brain tumour, since November 2013 when they were informed that the waiting period would be six months, will receive an appointment for this scan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22291/15]
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.