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A spokesperson for the Rotunda Hospital confirmed to MI that the Mater Private waiting list initiative, which has been wholly funded by the Rotunda since it commenced in 2013, will finish once the current referred patients have been seen/treated.
The initiative was a commercial arrangement between the Rotunda and the Mater Private to deal with waiting lists.
A Rotunda spokesperson said: “It was sanctioned by the board and did not use any public funds, so costs are not being disclosed for commercial reasons. Up to September 2015, there were 1,455 patients referred, of which 976 have been seen (370 declined appointment/returned to Rotunda), the remainder are due to be seen in the coming weeks. The main conditions treated under the initiative are benign day procedures—conditions that could be treated as a day case such as menorrhagia, post-menopausal bleeding.”
The spokesperson said HSE funding had not been sought and the hospital had “just informed the HSE that it was going ahead”.
“The board felt it was their duty in times of economic constraint to address the matter. The service will shortly finish with the Mater Private once the current referred patients have been seen/treated.”
According to the spokesperson, the waiting list is back within the national target and the Rotunda ‘see and treat’ gynaecology service at Connolly Hospital will meet anticipated demand.
In June, a Rotunda general board meeting had heard that while the initiative with the Mater Private “has had a positive impact on the numbers of gynaecology patients awaiting appointment”, referrals to the Rotunda continued to surpass capacity.
The Rotunda’s General Manager Ms Pauline Treanor cautioned that the board could not continue to financially support the waiting list initative and that “it would not solve the problem”.
She recommended that pressure be applied for funding from the HSE through the RCSI Hospitals Group.
At press time, the HSE had not confirmed to MI its funding provision for the planned initiative at Connolly Hospital.