Tackling Waiting Times

We will expand the National Treatment Purchase Fund to reduce waiting times and use it to address outpatient waitings lists.

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Continue to reduce waiting times

Fianna Fáil secured the reactivation of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) in 2016 to ensure that patients who were on the waiting lists could get treated in both the public and private sector. Waiting lists are far too long and patients are suffering.

Since mid-2017 we have seen a reduction of over 8,000 for the in-patient and day-case waiting lists. We propose to build on this and further increase funding over five years to secure ever more sustained reductions in waiting times.

Fianna Fáil’s plan to reduce waiting times

  1. National Treatment Purchase Fund

    Increase funding for the National Treatment Purchase Fund to over €100 million. Our aim is to reduce the average waiting times to less than 6 months for all surgical procedures.

  2. Legislate for it

    Introduce legislation to ensure that patients are not left lingering on waiting lists. This law would contain targets which we believe will incentivise activity and ensure that waiting lists and waiting times come down.

  3. Open every avenue of care

    Ensure that offers of care outside of the public system must be available to meet these targets.

  4. Prioritise and protect public patients

    Provide that, for any new elective, hospitals built under the National Development plan should be for public patients only.

  5. More open consultation hours

    Ensure that all hospitals have 8am to 8pm consultation times and enforce them.

  6. Double down on transparency

    Publish monthly waiting times for diagnostic scans as with other waiting lists.

  7. Open up core departments

    Diagnostic scans and X-ray departments must also be made available in public hospitals seven days a week.

All Issues in Health

Tackle Waiting Times

We will expand the Treatment Purchase Fund to reduce waiting times and use it for outpatient waiting lists as well.

Prioritise Mental Health

We will give mental health parity of esteem with physical health and dramatically improve Child and Adolescent services.

Tackling Hospital Overcrowding

We will increase hospital capacity to meet growing demand and provide greater supports, along with more beds, for those who need it.

Expand Primary Care

We will make access to primary and community care a priority.

Reducing Health Costs

We will reduce those costs that stop people accessing needed care.

Reform Health Service Delivery

Working with frontline staff we will make healthcare safer and more efficient.

Care for the Elderly

Support older people to stay at home and in supported communities.

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