Dáil Éireann - Volume 452 - 16 May, 1995

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting List.

107. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health when an elderly person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called by the Western Health Board for an operation to have a cataract removed from his eye, in view of the fact that it is causing this person, who is already blind in one eye, great hardship and great risk. [8640/95]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): The patient concerned was placed on the out-patient waiting list on 18 April 1995 and is due to be called for an out-patient assessment within the next six to 12 months.

The Deputy will appreciate that the scheduling of hospital appointments is a matter for the consultant concerned and urgent cases are always accorded priority. Should the patient feel that his condition has deteriorated, he should return to his general practitioner who is in the best position to emphasise the urgency of his case directly to the consultant.