Press Release

Minister Varadkar on HSE’s November Performance Assessment Report

“This November Performance Report again shows increased activity and demand for our health services towards the end of last year. ED attendances were up 3.5% compared to the previous year, ED admissions were up 1.8%, and outpatient attendances were up 3%,” Minister Varadkar said today.

“Delayed discharges were at 835, there were increased numbers of people on trolleys and longer waiting lists.

“Some of these figures will improve as further data is published for the winter months. The January figures are likely to show a reduction in delayed discharges, a fall in waiting times for the Fair Deal and Endoscopies.

“This doesn’t mean that we will be slackening off. Hospital waiting lists continue to rise, so it is clear that activity will have to ramped up in the spring and summer. This will of course be subject to finance being available. But it’s important to remember that as part of Budget 2015, the HSE has the capacity to reinvest any additional savings it makes back into services.

“We continue to meet and exceed our targets for specialist palliative care, both inpatient beds and in patients’ homes, and the number of persons in receipt of Home Care Packages at 13,139 is 21% above 2014 national target. Numbers waiting more than 12 weeks for a physiotherapy assessment continue to fall and there were 7% fewer people waiting more than 16 weeks for an occupational therapy assessment.

“On ambulances, calls received are up 4% up on this time last year and turnaround times at hospital emergency departments are being maintained, with 67% of vehicles released and ready to respond to other calls within 30 minutes, and 94% within 60 minutes.

“Overall 98,237 more patients were seen in Outpatient Departments between January and November 2014 than in the same period in 2013, an increase of 3%.

“85% of patients waiting on first outpatient appointments are receiving those appointments within the target time of 12 months, but 15%, or 55,733 patients, are not. This is a small improvement on November 2013, when 16% of patients, or 56,270, were waiting more than 12 months.

“The Outpatient Improvement Programme continues to make progress in streamlining referral processing, reducing ‘did not attend’ rates and targeting capacity gains for increased new appointments. This means that more ‘new’ patients can be seen in Outpatients.

Download a copy of the HSE November 2014 PAR