Recently, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Health to report on the number of people on waiting lists to see a consultant neurologist in Beaumont Hospital, with information on the length of time people have been waiting. Deputy Broughan received a direct response from Beaumont Hospital which said that the average waiting time to see a consultant neurologist is 7 months. As of the end of January this year, 422 people had been waiting less than 3 months, 395 had been waiting between 3 to 6 months, 221 had been waiting between 6 to 9 months, and 173 had been waiting 9 to 12 months. Of the 1497 people on waiting lists this year, 286 of those had been waiting for more than a year. 134 had been waiting for between 12 and 15 months, 117 had been waiting for 15 to 18 months, 28 had been waiting for 18 to 21 months, 4 had been waiting for 21 to 24 months and 3 had been waiting for more than 2 years.
In February 2017, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to report on the number of persons waiting for back surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; the average waiting time for this type of surgery and the immediate steps being taken to deal with the waiting times. Deputy Broughan raised this matter after the shocking and disturbing RTE Prime Time Investigates Programme ‘Living on the List’ was aired and detailed the painful conditions which are being left untreated for long periods of time.
Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to report on whether the cladding used on Grenfell Tower was also used on health services buildings or hospitals in Ireland and whether the cladding on those buildings was being checked. In a reply received from the HSE this week, Deputy Broughan was informed that the HSE Estate Manager, Fire Safety, Mr Aidan O’Connor, set up an export group to evaluate the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and the cladding systems in use around Ireland. The reply went on to say that the group will “identify the legislative requirements for cladding systems in Ireland, identify different cladding type systems installed on health care buildings in Ireland” and will “develop an inspection methodology that will be used to evaluate the identified cladding systems.” The reply stated that “a sample number of sites have been chosen initially for inspections by the expert group”.
Back in February this year, Deputy Tommy Broughan asked the Minister for Health to report on the number of persons awaiting operations and follow-up appointments for knee and hip replacements at Beaumont Hospital. This Parliamentary Question was in response to a number of distressed constituents in touch with Deputy Broughan and in severe pain awaiting such operations. In a reply to the PQ received today, Deputy Broughan has been informed that there are 34 persons awaiting hip replacements and 29 awaiting knee replacements.
Beaumont Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in the country and Deputy Broughan has consistently raised the need to properly resource it in Dáil Éireann. Deputy Broughan raises many Parliamentary Questions regarding Beaumont Hospital, including the number of persons on waiting lists, the status of the proposed new (and much needed) Accident and Emergency Department and the number of vacancies at the hospital.
Deputy Broughan today received a reply from the RCSI Hospitals Group in response to a Parliamentary Question he raised recently with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, on the number of elective surgeries that were cancelled in Beaumont Hospital between the 1st of January 2015 and the end of April 2016. The reply states that 810 inpatient elective surgeries were cancelled during this time and 970 day cases, totalling 1,780 cancellations in less than a year and a half.
In early November 2015, Deputy Tommy Broughan asked the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to detail the number of persons on waiting lists for procedures at Beaumont Hospital. At the time, Deputy Broughan received a reply from the RCSI stating that 10,597 persons were on waiting lists, 3,280 of these up to three months, 2,203 from 3 months plus to 6 months, 991 from 6 months plus to 8 months, 1,771 from 8 months plus to 12 months, 1,080 from 12 months plus to 15 months, 773 from 15 months plus to 18 months and 499 for 18 months plus and at the time just 1,030 of these had dates for treatment.
Deputy Broughan recently requested information from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar on the number of persons on waiting lists for procedures in Beaumont Hospital and for a breakdown by length of time waiting. Yesterday, Deputy Broughan received a reply showing that 10,597 are currently on waiting lists and just 1,030 have a date for treatment.
Last night, Beaumont A&E had to close its doors to admissions with patients being directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda due to overcrowding and high numbers of patients on trolleys, including two patients in their 90s who had to wait on chairs.
Deputy Broughan continues to call on the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to urgently prioritise improvements in the Accident and Emergency Department of Beaumont Hospital. Beaumont Hospital is one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country and provides services to more than 50,000 patients every year.