Thursday, 13 June 2019
Department of Health
Cancer Services Provision
147. To ask the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) must wait four weeks until a MRI scan regarding a possible case of prostate cancer may be read by a consultant; if four weeks is deemed an appropriate waiting time for a rapid clinic; if a verbal report on the scan may be given to the general practitioner of the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24716/19]
Rapid Access Clinics (RAC) for patients with suspected prostate cancer take place in each of the eight designated cancer centres. The national target is that 90% of all prostate cancer patients are offered an appointment within 20 working days of the receipt of the referral letter.
In April 2019, the most recent figures available, 100% of patients referred to the Prostate RAC at St Vincent's University Hospital were offered an appointment within 20 working days.
As the particular issue raised is a service delivery matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy.