Further Investment in Cardiac Services
The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin, TD today (21st July, 2000) announced further funding for cardiac services totaling £1.8m under the 2000 Cardiac Surgery Waiting List Initiative. This is in addition to £2.2m already allocated this year under the initiative to St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin and Cork University Hospital, bringing total investment for 2000 to £4m.
£1.3m will now be made available to the Eastern Regional Health Authority and £0.5m to the Southern Health Board respectively, specifically to target further reductions in the cardiac surgery waiting lists. As in previous years, the aim of this year’s initiative is to reduce the existing national cardiac surgery list, specifically the number of patients waiting over 12 months.
“As Minister for Health and Children, my concern is to address the existing cardiac surgery waiting lists and the ultimate objective is to achieve an average six month waiting period for those on the list. I am confident that this year’s funding will build on previous year’s success in reducing the total number of patients, adults and children on the cardiac waiting lists” said the Minister.
Considerable investment in cardiac infrastructure facilities nationwide along with cardiac surgery initiatives has reduced the numbers on cardiac surgery waiting lists over the last three years from 1586 to 937, representing a reduction of 41%.