Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Department of Health
Hospital Appointments Delays
303. To ask the Minister for Health the reason an operation has not proceeded for a person (details supplied); when they will be called for an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38431/19]
Maintaining scheduled care access for all patients is a key priority for hospitals. I fully acknowledge the distress and inconvenience for patients and their families when elective procedures are cancelled, particularly for clinically urgent procedures.
While every effort is made to avoid cancellation or postponement of planned procedures, the HSE advise that planned procedures and operations can be postponed or cancelled for a variety of reasons including capacity issues due to increased scheduled and unscheduled care demand, medical reasons, and patient choice.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.