Thursday 20 September 2018

Minister says 700 public patients on waiting list for tests will be sent to private hospitals

Health Minister Simon Harris. Picture: Mark Condren
Health Minister Simon Harris. Picture: Mark Condren

Eilish O’Regan

Some 700 public patients in need a diagnostic procedure will have the tests paid for privately, Health Minister Simon Harris announced today.

He said €700,000 will be spent on outsourcing the 700 patients who need endoscopies – invasive diagnostic procedures – to private hospitals.

The appointments are being arranged by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) which tendered for the work.

He said: ”I am determined to use the NTPF and capacity in the private system to get patients off waiting lists.

“We have a rising demand for endoscopy procedures in this country and this important new NTPF initiative will increase the number of these procedures that can be carried out over the coming months. Under this €700,000 Initiative the NTPF expects to provide an endoscopy procedure to an extra 700 of the longest-waiting patients.”

NTPF is currently in the process of preparing to roll-out the private appointments with outsourcing to begin this month.

He said the NTPF will work with public hospitals to ensure that the hospitals validate their waiting lists; identify patients who will continue to be treated by the public hospital; and then identify those patients who will be offered outsourcing of their procedure to a private hospital. 

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