Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Department of Health
Hospital Appointments Status
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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.
Access to Home Support is based on assessment of the person’s needs by the HSE and having regard to the available resources and the competing demands for the services from those people with assessed needs. As the particular queries raised in regard to a scan and a home support package are operational matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.