Dáil Éireann - Volume 539 - 26 June, 2001

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

247. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of people in the Mid-Western Health Board area who are on the waiting list for heart operations; the average length of time on the waiting list; and the age category of the people on the waiting list. [18695/01]

248. Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of people in the Mid-Western Health Board area who are on a waiting list; the average length of time on each waiting list; and the age category of the people on waiting lists. [18696/01]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 248 together.

National waiting list information is collated by my Department from data supplied by health agencies and is broken down by the total number of adults and children waiting for procedures at the hospitals within their respective areas. Cardiac surgery is performed in three Dublin hospitals and at Cork University Hospital. The total number waiting for cardiac surgery at 31 December 2000, the latest date for which figures are available, was 545. The waiting times were as follows:

Cardiac Surgery

All procedures

Adults 3-12 months

232

Adults 12 months and over

270

Children 3-6 months

14

Children 6 months and over

29

Total on Waiting List

545

[307] The hospital in-patient waiting times for target specialities and the numbers on waiting lists in [308] the Mid-Western Health Board area as at 31 December 2000 are as follows:

Specialty

Adults 3-12 months

Adults 12 months and over

Children 3-6 months

Children 6 months and over

Total on

Waiting List

E.N.T.

73

33

22

11

139

Gynaecology

36

1

0

0

37

Ophthalmology

257

100

7

28

392

Orthopaedics

74

106

0

0

180

Surgery

91

5

0

0

96

Vascular

8

1

0

0

9

Total

539

246

29

39

853