Written Answers. - Hip Operations Waiting List.

Wednesday, 8 July 1992

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 422 No. 4

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  169.  Mr. Nealon  Information on Edward Nealon  Zoom on Edward Nealon   asked the Minister for Health  Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell   if he will outline (1) the number of people waiting for hip operations in the North-Western Health Board area and (2) the average length of time a person is on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Connell): Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  Hip operations in the North-Western Health Board area are provided at Sligo General Hospital and Letterkenny General Hospital.

A new orthopaedic unit opened at Letterkenny General Hospital in April, 1992 which has reduced the waiting time for orthopaedic procedures in the North-Western Health Board area.

Priority is given to urgent cases in [970] scheduling surgery for the operations. I have been informed by the North-Western Health Board that 228 people are awaiting hip operations and that the average length of time a person is on the waiting list is 9 months.


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