Dáil Éireann - Volume 571 - 30 September, 2003

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

  891. Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will have medical treatment scheduled by the national hospital treatment purchase fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20088/03]

  Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): The national treatment purchase fund, NTPF, has asked health boards to identify public hospital patients waiting longest on in-patient lists so they can be offered treatment under this initiative. Public patients, who satisfy the criteria, can apply to their general practitioners, medical consultants or to their local health board to seek to have their treatment carried out under the NTPF. My Department has asked the chief executive of the national treatment purchase fund to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and reply to him directly.