Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Department of Health

National Treatment Purchase Fund Eligibility

Photo of Fiona O'LoughlinFiona O'Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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424. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 180 of 24 January 2019, if a person is eligible for the NTPF; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9651/19]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for the Government.

The 2019 Scheduled Care Access Plan is currently being finalised by my Department and will set out HSE activity levels to reduce waiting lists across specialties and improve access. The Access Plan will also set out activity levels for the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) who, following an increase in funding in Budget 2019 to €75 million, will supply additionality to HSE activity by arranging both insourced and outsourced appointments and treatments to reduce waiting times experienced by patients.

In terms of treatment offers, the NTPF authorises public hospitals to offer outsourced treatment to clinically suitable long waiting patients who are on an inpatient/day case waiting list for surgery, having been referred on to such a list following clinical assessment by a consultant/specialist at an outpatient clinic. NTPF authorisations are made in respect of the longest waiting patients first.

In relation to the particular query raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.


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