Dáil Éireann - Volume 483 - 25 November, 1997

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

222. Mr. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children on waiting lists for throat and tonsil operations in the Midland Health Board area; the waiting time for this treatment; and the proposals, if any, he has to reduce this waiting time. [20405/97]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Cowen): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table for the period ending 30 September 1997.

3-6 Months

Over 6 Months

Total

ENT

81

352

433

I would like to assure the Deputy that I am committed to taking all possible steps to reduce waiting lists and waiting times for patients. In 1997 the Government allocated £8 million towards the cost of waiting list work and I am confident that this money will have a positive impact on waiting lists by the end of the year.

I will shortly be notifying health boards and hospitals of revised arrangements for implementing the waiting list initiative in 1998.