Written answers

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Department of Health

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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562. To ask the Minister for Health the level of activity under the National Treatment Purchase Fund during the most recent 12 months for which data is available; the main categories of procedure delivered; and the waiting time under the respective procedures which would trigger an offer of support from the fund for private treatment. [47553/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy regarding the level of activity during the most recent 12 months, the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has provided a summary of the treatments and appointments arranged from September 2020 to August 2021 in the attached table. The NTPF has also provided accompanying tables showing the breakdown of treatments arranged by specialty for Outpatients and Inpatient/Daycases.

Table 1 –Results for September 2020 to August 2021

Description Number of Patient Episodes
Number of treatments arranged Inpatient Day Case & G.I. Scopes 34,134
Outpatient appointments arranged 50,220
Authorisations for Diagnostics Utilised 45,889
*Patient Stays in NTPF funded additional beds 2,714
Total number of Patient Episodes 132,957

*September to December 2020

No. of NTPF-Funded Treatments Arranged 1st Sep- 31st Aug 2021 inclusive

Inpatient, Day Case and GI Scopes
Specialty No. of Treatments Arranged
Cardiology 1,438
Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 107
Clinical Immunology 406
Gastro-Enterology 5,166
Gastro-Intestinal Surgery 897
General Medicine 1,755
General Paediatrics 85
General Surgery 9,304
Gynaecology 529
Maxillo-Facial 42
Neurosurgery 43
Ophthalmology 5,524
Orthopaedics 2,580
Otolaryngology (ENT) 1,385
Pain Relief 328
Plastic Surgery 243
Respiratory Medicine 133
Urology 3,620
Vascular Surgery 549
Grand Total 34,134

OP Insourcing Appointments Arranged Sep 2020 - Aug 2021

Specialty No. of Appts Arranged
Audiology 371
Cardiology 2,950
Dermatology 6,899
Endocrinology 635
Gastroenterology 249
General Paediatrics 1,134
General Surgery 629
Gynaecology 2,462
Haematology 442
Immunology 84
Max Fax 11
Neurology 2,500
Neurophysiology 191
Neurosurgery 1,252
Ophthalmology 6,487
Orthopaedic Surgery 9,250
Otolarynology (ENT) 7,855
Pain Management 575
Plastic Surgery 1,153
Respiratory Medicine 655
Rheumatology 1,636
Urology 2,136
Vascular Surgery 664
Grand Total 50,220

With regard to the waiting time which would trigger an offer of support, the NTPF has advised my Department that it arranges treatment for the longest waiting, clinically suitable patients waiting for each procedure. The wait time varies over time, by procedure and by hospital. The NTPF has further advised that it is currently arranging treatment for patients waiting six months, in most cases, who are listed for Inpatient/Daycase procedures which the NTPF procures.


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