Treatment fund pays for 32,500 procedures

More than 32,500 people have undergone medical procedures paid for by the National Treatment Purchase Fund since it was set up six years ago.

The fund was established to buy private medical treatment for public patients left languishing on waiting lists for long periods.

However, figures released today show that, while the NTPF has helped to bring down average waiting times, hospitals in Letterkenny, Sligo, Tallaght, Tullamore and Cork still have significant waiting lists.

Some of these hospitals are apparently reluctant to refer patients to the NTPF, but the HSE plans to address the matter by making referrals one of the performance indicators used in the allocation of hospital budgets.


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