News Irish News

Sunday 27 May 2018

Consultant death and disease rates to be published online

Dr James Reilly
Dr James Reilly

Fiach Kelly and Eilish O’Regan

DEATH and disease rates, and waiting lists for hospital consultants are to be published online under new proposals from Health Minister James Reilly.

Dr Reilly also said waiting lists for individual consultants will be put on the internet.

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, the minister also said his free GP care scheme, which has been hit by delays, will be given to younger children first.

In his speech, Dr Reilly said: “We will publish on the internet individual consultants’ waiting lists, morbidity and mortality figures.”

Mortality rates refer to deaths, while morbidity refers to being in poor health because of diseases.

“I think you’re entitled to know that, I really believe that,” Dr Reilly said. “It’s a performance curve that helps everybody, that lifts all boats.”

This is already being rolled out by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, which has online league tables showing the death rates among patients treated by individual consultants across ten specialties.

Dr Reilly’s proposal to give free GP care was initially planned to focus on people on the Long Term Illness scheme.

However, after examination, it was discovered there was a risk it could be opened up to more people than originally planned.

But he now says: “Our initial focus is on how we can give young children access to free GP care. I do not want any parent to be in a position where they have to decide between buying the groceries and bringing their child to the doctor. This would be another important step along the road to Universal Health Insurance.”

And he is sticking to his claim that free GP care can be achieved in the lifetime of this Government.

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News