Press Release

Minister Martin welcomes commencement of National Treatment Purchase Fund

Mr Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Health and Children, today (3rd July) welcomed the commencement of the first patient treatments by the National Treatment Purchase Fund(NTPF).

“I am delighted to announce that the first treatments commenced at the end of June in a number of Dublin private hospitals. We expect that the initiative will be rolled out to hospitals around the country in due course.”

“The National Treatment Purchase Fund is an example of how our health system can be improved when the many different facets of the medical community come together in the patient´s interest.”

It is expected that 100 patients will be treated throughout the country in private hospitals in the coming weeks. The Treatment Purchase Fund is concentrating on public patients who are waiting for more than one year and children waiting more than 6 months.

“When I launched the Government´s Health Strategy last November I outlined our commitment to utilise the Treatment Purchase Fund to achieve the following:

  • By the end of 2002, no adult will wait more than 12 months, no child more than 6, for treatment;
  • By the end of 2003, no adult will wait more than 6 months, no child more than 3 months; and
  • By the end of 2004, no public patient will wait more than 3 months”.

Speaking this afternoon Minister Martin said “I wish to re-affirm the Government´s commitment to achieving these aims through the Treatment Purchase Fund and also other initiatives to reduce the public waiting lists. The waiting list figures have come down consistently and this progress can now be built upon to bring a world-class public health-care system to the people.

“On behalf of the fund I want to thank all those involved to date from the hospitals and health boards to all concerned”, the Minister concluded.