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Harris, Simon

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Health Care Policy

Was asked: the policy direction being pursued in regard to a matter (details supplied); if his officials will be directed to support the pursuit and scope of this new work on alcohol beverage labelling; and i...More Button

The Deputy will be familiar with Government Policy aimed at combatting the misuse of alcohol, a key feature of which is the Public Health Alcohol Bill which contains a number of provisions includin...More Button

At present under EU food labelling rules the amount of information that must be presented to the consumer on the labels of alcoholic drinks is less than that of other food products.  EU Regulatio...More Button

The Regulation places an obligation on the European Commission to adopt a report addressing whether or not alcoholic beverages should be covered by the requirement to provide the list of ingredie...More Button

The Commission would then assess the industry's proposal and if it was considered that the self-regulatory approach proposed by industry was unsatisfactory, the Commission would then launch an im...More Button

On the 12 March 2018, the alcoholic beverage industry submitted a self-regulatory proposal to the Commission which consisted of a joint self-regulatory proposal from the European alcoholic bevera...More Button

The proposal does not contain a harmonised approach across all alcoholic beverage sectors and suggests that in certain cases some information could be provided “off label”, i.e. on websites or ot...More Button

At a more global level, under the auspices of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, there are indications of some preliminary work being considered on alcohol beverage labelling.  The most recent me...More Button

Following a discussion paper presented by the World Health Organisation, the Committee identified a number of areas for potential future work and included in the list was alcoholic beverages labe...More Button

The CCFL agreed to develop a discussion paper on alcoholic beverages labelling.  This will be prepared by the Russian Federation with assistance from EU, Ghana, India and Senegal and future work ...More Button

My Department welcomes efforts at EU and other international levels to improve the requirements for the labelling of alcoholic beverages.  While such efforts may be in keeping with Ireland’s nati...More Button

In terms of labelling of alcohol beverages, the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill reflects the work of Codex in this area.  The labelling provisions in the Bill will ensure that consumers can make inf...More Button

The Bill provides for the following information on the label of an alcohol product: More Button

- A warning to inform the public of the danger of alcohol consumption; More Button

- A warning to inform the public of the danger of alcohol consumption when pregnant;More Button

- A warning to inform the public of the direct link between alcohol and fatal cancers;More Button

- The quantity of grams of alcohol contained in the product;More Button

- The number of calories contained in the alcohol product; andMore Button

- Details of a HSE website providing information on alcohol and related harms.More Button

Products sold in kegs or casks will have an accompanying document with the above information.  Licensed premises will have a notice with the warnings and website information as above and will con...More Button

Was asked: his plans to roll out a national scheme to allow children who do not need medical or surgical management to be examined in the community by optometrists; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: his plans to roll out the Sligo cataract scheme nationally with optometrists and hospital eye departments working together; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the status of the development of a national women’s health action plan as committed to in the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020; the funding allocated to the development of the plan f...More Button

Was asked: the status of the re-evaluation of the national eye care plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: when a revised HSE national consent policy will be published which omits paragraph 7.7.1’s exceptions to the principle of consentMore Button

Was asked: the measures he is taking to inform all medical practitioners and persons in associated professions that the exception contained in paragraph 7.7.1 of the HSE's national consent policy no longer ap...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 600 and 601 together.More Button

As the Deputy's query relates to a HSE publication, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. More Button

However, as the Deputy will be aware, until the result of the recent referendum has been confirmed and the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill has been signed by the President, termin...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken over the past year to implement Sláintecare; his plans in this context for budget 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Sláintecare Report represents a significant milestone in the history of our health services development in Ireland. I intend to harness the consensus generated by the Report to move forward wit...More Button

The development of a Sláintecare Implementation Plan is now well advanced and I expect to bring proposals to Government for consideration in the coming weeks. This plan will set out a detailed pr...More Button

I have already taken action on several of the specific recommendations proposed in the Sláintecare report. A Sláintecare Programme Office is being established in the Department of Health. This of...More Button

An independent board for the HSE is being established as recommended in the Sláintecare report. The General Scheme of a Bill has been published and it is hoped that legislation will be enacted th...More Button

The Sláintecare Report recommended the removal of private practice from public hospital. I have established an Independent Review Group to examine how private practice can be removed from public ...More Button

A public consultation on the geographical alignment of Hospital Groups and Community Healthcare Organisations has recently been completed and will inform work on broader health service structural...More Button

Finally, the Government has demonstrated significant commitment to invest in our health and social care services since the publication of the Sláintecare report. Funding for new initiatives in Bu...More Button

The Health Service Capacity Review, which was called for in the Report, was published in January, and the recently published National Development Plan contains a commitment to fund significant ne...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, Budget 2019 will be subject to discussions with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in the normal manner and I am not able to comment on specifics at this stage.More Button

Was asked: the national protocols in place for the administration of psychotropic drugs to patients in nursing homes and other institutions in which persons are in care; the system of monitoring and inspectio...More Button

Disability Allowance Data

Was asked: the number of persons in receipt of disability allowance who hold a medical card.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the detail of plans to repeal section 85(6) of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 in view of the repeal of the eighth amendment of the Constitution.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, until the result of the recent referendum has been confirmed and the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill has been signed by the President, termination of pr...More Button

Consideration will be given in relation to potential amendments that may be required to the provisions of section 85(6) of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act in the context of the recent...More Button

Was asked: the status of the assisted human reproduction Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the proposed legislation on assisted human reproduction will be passed by the end of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 902 and 938 together.More Button

The Government approved the drafting of a Bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research in October last year. The General Scheme is published on my Department’s webs...More Button

The introduction of legislation in relation to AHR and associated research is a priority for me and officials in my Department are engaging with the Office of the Attorney General in relation to ...More Button

Abortion Services Provision

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the United Kingdom authorities regarding the operation of legislation for the termination of pregnancies here and the way in which it impacts on Northern Ireland; and...More Button

Was asked: if access to abortion services for women in Northern Ireland was discussed when he last spoke to his UK counterpart.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 579 and 580 together.

  As the Deputy will be aware, in the referendum on the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, the people voted i...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the previous history of rogue abortion counselling services and the general lack of proper psychological services in this area, he will further prioritise professional services for w...More Button

Regulations to designate the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 were approved by both houses of the Oireachtas on 22 March 2018. I...More Button

Work is now underway to appoint the 13 member registration board which will regulate the professions. The Public Appointments Service will undertake an advertisement campaign later this month inv...More Button

It is envisaged that CORU will arrange for the board to hold its first meeting later this year and begin the substantial programme of work required to establish its registers. This includes advis...More Button

Following the result of the referendum on the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, held on 25 May 2018, the Department of Health is working the with Office of the Attorney General to ...More Button

Hospital Acquired Infections

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 132 of 24 May 2018, the exact quantum of funding allocated in 2018 to provide for the full implementation of national policies and guidelines in regard to anti...More Button

Following on from the answer to Parliamentary Question No. 132 of 24 May 2018, the Department in recognising the challenges of CPE for the health system held back dedicated funding for 2018. The HS...More Button

The funding held back provides for a full year cost of €2 million for healthcare associated infection and antimicrobial resistance. More Button

The need for on-going assessment of additional resources to address the challenges of drug resistant organisms for the next number of years is recognised by both the Department and the HSE. This ...More Button

Was asked: if the families of the 74 persons who died as a result of CPE in University Hospital Limerick were provided with full information in regard to the risks of CPE colonisation, the precautions require...More Button

The Minister and the Department have been kept informed of an External review commissioned last year by University Limerick Hospital Group, regarding patients with CPE.  The HSE has advised that t...More Button

Was asked: if the families of the 74 persons who died as a result of CPE in University Hospital Limerick were informed that an external review into the deaths was under way and were kept informed as the revie...More Button

The Minister and the Department have been kept informed of an External review commissioned last year by University Limerick Hospital Group, regarding patients with CPE.  The HSE has advised that th...More Button

Was asked: if University Hospital Limerick had in place prior to the commencement of the external review into the deaths of 74 persons in whom CPE colonisation was detected, a documented system for informing ...More Button

The Minister and the Department have been kept informed of an External review commissioned last year by University Limerick Hospital Group, regarding patients with CPE.  The HSE has advised that th...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: if a report has been carried out regarding the impact of the loss of the ambulance base in east County Cork; if not, the reason therefore; and if he will institute a report on the impact of same. More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly. More Button

Disability Support Services Provision

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) cannot access a bus service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Was asked: if a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the status of a MRI appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) is on the waiting list for a knee replacement at Our Lady's Hospital, Navan; the status of his or her appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the status of an appointment for a person (detail supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for a brain scan at Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 164 of 9 May 2018; the reason a response has yet to issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE have advised that a response was issued to the Deputy on 22nd May 2018. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 171 of 10 May 2018, the reason a response has yet to issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the HSE that a response has been issued to the deputy. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive an appointment for knee surgery in Croom Hospital, Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: if an appointment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has yet to receive notice of a rescheduled appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: to set out the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Hospital Overcrowding

Was asked: the number of times the full capacity protocol has been used in University Hospital Limerick to date in 2018.More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of patients who have had to wait on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick to date in 2018.More Button

University Hospital Limerick (UHL) recorded a year-to-date total of 2408 patients waiting on trolleys in the first four months of 2018.  This represents an increase of 13.7% or 290 more patients wa...More Button

Contributing to this increase is the fact that UHL recorded the second highest number of Emergency Department attendances in the first four months of 2018, up 11% , and a 7.9% rise in admissions ...More Button

A new Emergency Department was opened at UHL in May 2017.  This €24 million development aimed to provide UHL with increased capacity for emergency medicine to meet the demands of population growt...More Button

In addition UHL has put in place a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) setting out specific mitigating actions to improve patient flow and improve processes in the ED and UHL is now fully engaged ...More Button

As Minister for Health, I am committed to continuing the effort to address overcrowding in our Emergency Departments, and, in this context, I have asked my Department to work with the HSE to iden...More Button

Was asked: when an operation will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing a date for the procedure in view of the significant length of time that the ...More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce a community-based children’s optometrists scheme in order to address the waiting lists that exist for children to receive eye examinations; his further plans to roll out the ...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the status of surgery for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding cataract waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Improving waiting times for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for the Government. More Button

Cataract surgery is among the most common surgical procedures carried out in the Ophthalmology specialty. Through the work of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (or NTPF) and the Health Service...More Button

Last year funding was allocated to provide additional capacity at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and as a result, a cataract theatre is now operational three days per week. This year, in...More Button

Was asked: the position a person (details supplied) is on the waiting list for urgent back surgery in both Mayo University Hospital and University Hospital Galway; the estimated waiting time for this surgical...More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: if it is HSE policy that patients requiring plastic surgery following cancer treatment are prioritised over patients requiring similar surgery following bariatric surgery.More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensure...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 771 of 17 April 2018, the number of persons on the ENT waiting list at the Mater Hospital; the length of time they have been waiting; and the number waiting fo...More Button

Improving waiting times for hospital procedures is a key commitment in the Programme for Government and in 2018 €50 million was allocated to the NTPF to provide treatment for patients.

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Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive a consultant's appointment at University Hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Hospitals Building Programme

Was asked: the status of the provision of a 96-bed extension to University Hospital Limerick.More Button

My Department has asked the Health Service Executive to provide the Deputy with the current position on the extension to University Hospital Limerick. More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Was asked: when it is likely that there will be a change in regard to which labs are used to analyse smear tests for the CervicalCheck programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the HSE to introduce HPV testing as the primary screening method for the prevention of cervical cancer as soon as possible. The HPV test is more accurate testing mechanism than liquid-...More Button

Switching to HPV testing as the primary screening mechanism will require a reconfiguration of laboratory services. While the extent to which the HPV testing can be done in Ireland is being assess...More Button

Was asked: if he has been informed by the HSE if it ensured that outsourced cervical screening tests had to be examined for a minimum amount of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All laboratories contracted by CervicalCheck must operate in line with Quality Assurance standards and requirements set out by the cervical screening programme. Each laboratory is subject to ongoin...More Button

Although there are no specific guidelines in relation to how long cytology screening staff should assess an individual sample, the current standard specifies that, in order to maintain quality, a...More Button

There is a maximum screening per annum of 12000 smears. Every test is examined by two screeners. All screeners (including supervisory screening staff) are expected to maintain their competence th...More Button

The clinical advice is that there is no evidence that the clinical and technical aspects of the programme have performed outside or below international standards or the quality guidelines set for...More Button

Was asked: his views on the discrepancy between the evidence provided by CervicalCheck and the records of the State Claims Agency in regard to women being informed of the results of the CervicalCheck audit; i...More Button

I understand that both parties have been invited to appear before the Public Accounts Committee this week which will provide an opportunity to address these issues. More Button

Was asked: if he will examine a series of matters on BreastCheck (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme, offers free screening mammograms every two years to women within the eligible population. More Button

The screening process seeks to identify cancer at an early stage when it has a better outcome and may be treated less aggressively with less morbidity. The program has been running since 2000 and...More Button

Until recently, the eligible age range for screening was 50 to 64. The implementation of an age extension of BreastCheck to 65-69 year olds commenced in Quarter 4 of 2015. The age extension is be...More Button

BreastCheck is an important aspect of cancer control in Ireland and it is not envisaged that there will be any cut to the current funding levels of the programme..More Button

Orthodontic Services Provision

Was asked: the steps being taken to reduce the waiting time for access to orthodontic care for minors in the CHO 4 area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive orthodontic treatment which was identified when they were in primary school and was not delivered at that time; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Medicinal Products Availability

Was asked: if he will engage with an organisation (details supplied) and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that all new life-changing medicines are made available to persons with MS in a timely manner; an...More Button

Was asked: the position on the approval of new medicines for persons with multiple sclerosis; his plans for reforms to address delays in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the medicines not available to persons suffering from multiple sclerosis that are available in other EU member states; the reason for this; the engagement he plans to have with an organisation (det...More Button

Was asked: the way in which he plans to address the wait time for drugs to be approved for persons with MS; if he will engage with an organisation (details supplied) and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure ...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will engage with an organisation (details supplied) and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that new medicines are available to persons with multiple sclerosis; and if he will m...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 597, 689, 765, 781 and 814 together.More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.   As Minister for Health, I do...More Button

In line with the 2013 Act, if a company would like a medicine to be reimbursed by the HSE pursuant to the Community Drugs scheme, the company must first submit an application to the HSE to have t...More Button

As outlined in the IPHA agreement, and in line with the 2013 Act, the HSE will decide, within 180 days of receiving the application (or a longer period if further information is sought from the c...More Button

HSE decisions on which medicines are reimbursed by the taxpayer are made on objective, scientific and economic grounds, on the advice of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE). More Button

The NCPE conducts health technology assessments (HTAs) for the HSE, and makes recommendations on reimbursement to assist HSE decisions. The NCPE uses a decision framework to systematically assess...More Button

The HSE strives to reach a decision in as timely a manner as possible. However, because of the significant monies involved, it must ensure that the best price is achieved, as these commitments ar...More Button

I am keen to engage with Industry and to explore ways in which new medicines might be more easily introduced in Ireland.  However, any innovative approaches that may be tabled must be compatible ...More Button

I have indicated willingness to meet with MS Ireland and my office is in contact with the organisation to arrange a mutually convenient date.More Button

Was asked: if he will meet with an organisation (details supplied) to discuss failings in the market access system for obtaining drugs for the condition.More Button

Was asked: if he has had or plans to have meetings with pharmaceutical companies regarding the availability of new drugs for persons with multiple sclerosis; the outcome of meetings that may have taken place;...More Button

Was asked: the efforts being made to ensure that new medicines are available to persons with multiple sclerosis as early as possible through a fair and sustainable system; if his Department is engaging with a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 659, 837 and 927 together.More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. As Minister for Health, I do ...More Button

In line with the 2013 Act, if a company would like a medicine to be reimbursed by the HSE pursuant to the Community Drugs scheme, the company must first submit an application to the HSE to have t...More Button

As outlined in the IPHA agreement, and in line with the 2013 Act, the HSE will decide, within 180 days of receiving the application (or a longer period if further information is sought from the c...More Button

I am keen to engage with Industry and to explore ways in which new medicines might be more easily introduced in Ireland. However, any innovative approaches that may be tabled must be compatible ...More Button

I have indicated willingness to meet with MS Ireland and my office is in contact with the organisation to arrange a mutually convenient date..More Button

Departmental Management Structures

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 13 of 2 June 2016, if policy issues in respect of abortion are still subsumed into the tobacco and alcohol control unit of his Department; if so, the reason it...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, overall responsibility for abortion policy lies under the remit of the Chief Medical Officer. Within the division of the Chief Medical Officer, the issue of abortion is deal...More Button

National Maternity Strategy Expenditure

Was asked: the funding allocated to the implementation of the National Maternity Strategy for 2018, 2019 and 2020; the way in which this funding allocation is broken down; the specific funding allocated to th...More Button

Implementation of Ireland's first National Maternity Strategy - Creating a Better Future Together 2016-2026 - is being led by the National Women and Infants Health Programme.  To that end, the Prog...More Button

In 2018, €4.15m has been allocated for the Strategy, and in that regard, the Programme has prioritised; improving quality and safety, establishing community midwifery teams and increasing access ...More Button

Regarding perinatal mental health, €1 million was allocated in 2017 to start three specialist perinatal hubs in Galway University Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital and University Mater...More Button

I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly to provide further detail on the relevant allocations.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration

Was asked: the status of the negotiations between his Department and the farming organisations with a view to introducing a cap on the number of years farmland can be calculated as an asset for the purposes o...More Button

Medical Conditions

Was asked: his plans to support myalgic encephalomyelitis patients and carers; if his Department will review the HSE’s handling of this condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service issue this Parliamentary Question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for a direct reply.More Button

Autism Support Services

Was asked: if it is policy to send children with autism spectrum disorder to the UK if no residential placement is available here or to place a child in an adult psychiatric ward as an interim measure; and if...More Button

Was asked: the waiting times for children to access speech and language therapy, psychological therapy and occupational therapy at Beechpark Services for children with autism spectrum disorder in north-west a...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: the strategy in place to provide services for school leavers and young persons who are exiting RT programmes in 2018.More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to develop a long-term strategy to put in place adequate services to meet the growing needs of those exiting disability and RT services on reaching 18 years of age.More Button

Was asked: if Health Service Executive services will be made available to a person (details supplied); if measures will be taken to reduce the waiting lists for the services; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: if Health Service Executive services will be made available to a person (details supplied); if measures will be taken to reduce the waiting list for the services; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: if Health Service Executive services will be made available to a person (details supplied); if measures will be taken to reduce waiting lists for the services; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: if Health Service Executive services will be made available to a person (details supplied); if measures can be taken to reduce the waiting list for the services; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: if Health Service Executive services will be made available to a person (details supplied); if measures can be taken to reduce the waiting lists for the services; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the number of residential care places in County Mayo; the number of persons on the waiting list for residential care in the county; the estimated wait time and cost per place for residential care i...More Button

Was asked: the services available to assist young adults with a disability such as a person (details supplied) who had been availing of school transport accessing their continuing education as before; and if ...More Button

Was asked: when the HSE will arrange a meeting with its officials, an organisation and the family representatives of a person (details supplied) to discuss the person's care plan; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 305 of 6 February 2018, the reason students that started after 2012 are not entitled to transport to assist them getting to and from the service; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the number of children in Cork city and county on the waiting list for an assessment of need; the number waiting by periods (details supplied) in each HSE area in the county; the expected waiting t...More Button

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding services for children; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff allocated to a respite centre (details supplied) in County Donegal; if there is sufficient staff in place in order to be able to operate the centre at full capacity; the number ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a commitment that was given to a person (details supplied) by the HSE in County Donegal to have full-time residential care in place by May 2018; the reason this has not occur...More Button

Was asked: when funding will be made available for a residential placement for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an assessment of needs for a child (details supplied) at HSE south Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); the measures the HSE will undertake to ensure that the needs of the person and the wishes of their parents are met; and i...More Button

Disabilities Assessments

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a submission by a group (details supplied) regarding the HSE’s implementation from 30 April 2018 of the standard operating procedure for the assessment of need; a...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns being raised by parents, schools and representative bodies of relevant allied professionals regarding the new HSE model for assessments of need which...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not yet received an assessment.More Button

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Cork will have an assessment of need carried out; the number they are on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the case of a child (details supplied) waiting to be assessed will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Products

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be supplied with medical supplies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Nursing Home Fees

Was asked: the difference between the fee for private and HSE run nursing homes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medicinal Products Regulation

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 771 of 7 November 2017, the status of the PRAC's review of valproate; the response of the HPRA to the outcome of this review; the steps it will take to increas...More Button

Was asked: his views on the prescribing of sodium valproate to treat epileptic disease and seizures in respect of women who are pregnant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 615 and 675 together.

  The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) completed its review of sodium valproa...More Button

Was asked: the procedure in place for the approval of medicinal cannabis oil for individual persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cannabis is strictly controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2016, and the Regulations and Orders made thereunder.

  The two most common active components found in cann...More Button

Hospital Appointments Delays

Was asked: if an appointment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy's question relates to service delivery matters and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to her.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) who is awaiting assessment for surgery to remove excess skin following bariatric surgery; when they will be called for an ...More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Question No. 938 answered with Question No. 902.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) can expect an appointment.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Nursing Home Services

Was asked: the position regarding each of the recommendations made in a report (details supplied) on a nursing home; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the review regarding the level of nursing home support payable in the case of a person (details supplied) is likely to be concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the regulations placed on nursing homes by HIQA for dementia patients; the way in which this differs from non-dementia patients; if there is a requirement for extra nursing and care workers for dem...More Button

Was asked: the number of vacant places with secured accommodation in public nursing homes, private and voluntary nursing homes, respectively in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of secured accommodation places in public nursing homes, private and voluntary nursing homes, respectively in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of dementia patients on waiting lists for secured accommodation in public nursing homes private and voluntary nursing homes, respectively in each county; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Assisted Suicide

Was asked: if he has reviewed or plans to review the prohibition of euthanasia, assisted dying and physician assisted suicide; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Was asked: the policy position with respect to medicinal cannabis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cannabis is strictly controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2016, and the Regulations and Orders made thereunder.

  The two most common active components found in cann...More Button

National Drugs Strategy Implementation

Was asked: the status of the implementation of the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017; the costs to date associated with the operation and staffing of such supervised injecting facilit...More Button

Gender Equality

Was asked: if he or his Department has raised the phenomenon of gendercide at national or international fora; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

No, neither I nor my Department have done so.More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: the number of meetings or engagements he and his Department have had with organisations (details supplied) in the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since my appointment as Minister for Health I have attended a photocall on 14 July 2016 and a campaign event earlier this year on 10 April with Amnesty International.

  No Depar...More Button

Was asked: if he has recently met with an organisation (details supplied); and if so, the outcome of the meeting.More Button

Health Services Data

Was asked: the number of full and partial lower limb amputations were carried out in 2017; the number of these patients with diabetes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of patients treated for foot ulcerations which do not require a full or partial limb amputation in 2017, by county; the number of those patients with diabetes; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of patients under 65 years of age treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in 2017, by county; the number of these patients with diabetes; and...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of full and partial lower limb amputations that were carried out in 2017, by county on persons under 65 years of age; the number of these patients with diabetes; and if he will make a st...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of bed days required by patients treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in each of the years 2015 to 2017; the number of those patients with...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of hospital bed days required by patients treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in each of the years 2015 to 2017; the number of those pati...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of hospital bed days required by patients undergoing full and partial lower limb amputation procedures in each the years 2015 to 2017, by county on persons under 65 years of age in tabul...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of hospital bed days required by patients on persons under 65 years of age by county treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in each the year...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the waiting lists for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology services in north County Dublin by children and youth services and adult services in tabular form; and if he will make a sta...More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: the number of ultra sonographers operating in maternity hospitals by community hospital organisation and maternity hospital in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of ensuring that maternity hospitals have access to foetal anomaly screening with the requisite staff and equipment; and the estimated cost of employing additional sonographers a...More Button

Was asked: the number of ultrasound machines in maternity hospitals by community health organisation and individual maternity hospital in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the age profile of every ultrasound machine in maternity hospitals by machine and maternity hospital in which it is located in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of ultrasound machines in maternity hospitals; the way in which this compares to the number required to meet the Birthrate Plus standard in tabular form; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: the number of ultra sonographers operating in maternity hospitals; the way in which this compares to the number required to meet the Birthrate Plus standard in tabular form; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the number of foetal medicine experts operating in maternity hospitals; the way in which this compares to the number required to meet the Birthrate Plus standard in tabular form; and if he will mak...More Button

Was asked: the number of 20 week foetal anomaly scans carried out in maternity hospitals in each of the years 2010 to 2017 and to date in 2018, by community health organisation and individual maternity hospit...More Button

Was asked: the number of foetal medicine experts operating in maternity hospitals by community health organisation and individual maternity hospital in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of funding and implementing the national maternity strategy; and if a breakdown of spending costs will be provided.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 864, 875, 907 to 913, inclusive, and 915 together.More Button

Implementation of Ireland's first National Maternity Strategy - Creating A Better Future Together 2016 - 2026 - is being led by the National Women & Infants Health Programme. To this end, the Pr...More Button

The Programme has estimated that full implementation will cost in the region of an additional €80 million revenue funding over the lifetime of the Strategy. Work to identify the precise capital ...More Button

The Strategy is very clear that all women must have equal access to ultrasound services and additional funding has been made available for that purpose. Indeed, one of the Programme's priorities...More Button

In conclusion, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly on your specific queries concerning maternity-related ultrasonography services and to provide a detailed breakdown of the 2018 €4.15 m...More Button

Home Care Packages Provision

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive will provide a home care package for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a home care package; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a home care package will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); if this case will be facilitated at an early date in view of the anxiousness of their family to have them home...More Button

Was asked: if the home care package funding available to CHO area 7 will be reviewed with a view to increasing it (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) who has been waiting on a home care package for some months will be awarded same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Reports

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the progress of implementation of recommendations of the eye services review group report; his views on whether the review group's recommendations will be in place within th...More Button

The HSE published the Report of the Primary Care Eye Services Review Group in June 2017. The overall aim of the Review is to reorganise primary care eye services with an increased emphasis on maxi...More Button

To support the implementation of the Report, funding of €1m was allocated in 2018 to establish primary care eye teams in South and West Dublin and to further develop the primary care eye team in ...More Button

Was asked: when he plans to publish a Sláintecare implementation plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I supported the work of the All-Party Committee on the Future of Healthcare and I welcomed the publication of the Sláintecare Report. The Report represents a significant mi...More Button

To that end, work is at an advanced stage in my Department in developing a Sláintecare Implementation Plan. This Plan will translate the Sláintecare Report into a detailed programme of reform ov...More Button

Health Services Staff Data

Was asked: the number of the 144 additional posts needed to transfer outpatient department eye services to primary care as recommended by the eye services review group report that have been filled; and if he ...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the number of health care assistants in the community in an area (details supplied); the number of vacancies for these positions in the area; the number of unfilled posts for these positions in the...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of public health nurses working in the community with the elderly in an area (details supplied); the number of vacancies for such posts; the number of unfilled positions; if the national...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of community registered general nurses working in the community (details supplied); the number of vacancies for such posts; the number of unfilled positions; if the national rolling recr...More Button

I have asked the HSE to revert to the Deputy with the details sought.More Button

Was asked: the number of nursing staff at Buncrana nursing unit, County Donegal in comparison to 2016 and 2017; and if all beds within the unit are operational.More Button

Was asked: the number of nursing staff at Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal, in comparison to 2016 and 2017; and whether all beds in the hospital are operational.More Button

Was asked: the number of nursing staff at Ramelton nursing unit, County Donegal, in comparison to 2016 and 2017; and whether all beds in the unit are operational.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing an advanced paramedic. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing an obstetrician or gynaecologist.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing a physiotherapist.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing a psychologist.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing a dietary technician.More Button

Was asked: the estimated unit cost of hiring ten orthodontists on an average orthodontist's pay grade.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Hospital Staff Data

Was asked: the number and location of paediatric vascular surgeons here; the number of operations carried out by location from January 2017 to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly, as soon as possible. More Button

Was asked: the number of midwifery and obstetrician-gynaecologist staff employed in the maternity unit of South Tipperary General Hospital; the number employed in each of the past five years: the number of bi...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: the number of midwifery and obstetrician-gynaecologist staff employed by the HSE; the maternity units they are attached to; the number employed in each of the past five years; the number of births ...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Dental Services Provision

Was asked: if a new dental scheme will be agreed with an association (details supplied) which will examine prioritising prevention for medical card patients and affording them access to the same standard of c...More Button

The national approach to future oral health service provision will be informed by the National Oral Health Policy, which is currently being finalised and which I expect will be published later this...More Button

The aim of the policy is to develop a model of care that will enable preventative approaches to be prioritised, improve access, and support interventions appropriate to current and future oral he...More Button

It is my intention to progress the development of appropriate contractual proposals on the part of my Department and the HSE once the oral health policy has been published. This will be a necess...More Button

Transport Support Scheme

Was asked: when a new scheme to replace the motorised transport grant and mobility allowance schemes will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Data

Was asked: the percentage of the population with discretionary medical cards; the number of discretionary medical cards which this percentage relates to based on the current population by month to date in 2018.More Button

In reply to the Deputy's question please see the following table outlining the number of discretionary medical cards, and the percentage of the population covered by these cards, by month for 2018....More Button

Was asked: the number of discretionary medical cards awarded, renewed, expiring and in existence, respectively at any one time in the year by community healthcare organisation in tabular form.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons over 70 and 80 years of age, respectively that hold a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The number of persons over 70 years who hold a medical card as at 1 May 2018 is 347,676 and the number of people over 80 years who hold a medical card is 137,184.  These numbers are up to 1 May 201...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of awarding medical cards for all adults with disabilities.More Button

In relation to the cost of medical card provision to all persons with a disability that do not currently qualify it is noted that the data required to model this is not available and it is therefor...More Button

Medical card provision is primarily based on financial assessment. In accordance with the provisions of the Health Act 1970 (as amended), eligibility for a medical card is determined by the HSE....More Button

Every effort is made by the HSE, within the framework of the legislation, to support applicants in applying for a medical card and, in particular, to take full account of the difficult circumstan...More Button

Health Services Funding

Was asked: the amount of funding provided to each of the community healthcare organisations, CHOs, for implementation of recommendations in the primary care eye services review group report in 2017 and 2018; ...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the way in which the €1 million allocated in budget 2018 for the Sláintecare implementation office has been spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Funding for Sláintecare related initiatives in Budget 2018 included €1 million for the Sláintecare Programme Office. This is allocated for expenditure during 2018, and will be used to cover costs r...More Button

The appointment of an Executive Director for the Sláintecare Programme Office will be made shortly. More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: if a group has been established in his Department to examine the provision of free contraception; if the group has formulated a comprehensive response to the development of a free contraception ser...More Button

I established a group, under the chairmanship of the Chief Medical Officer, to consider the issues raised by the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution in their ancillary recom...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Laois will receive a medical procedure.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive a medical procedure.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1051 of 16 January 2018, the progress being made to introduce dialectical behaviour therapy services for adults in County Donegal; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: if a situation relating to transport for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be examined.More Button

Was asked: the detail of the recent changes to children's eye care services for children aged 12 to 16 years of age; the impact these changes have had on the provision of care for this cohort; his views on wh...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if concerns (details supplied) regarding type 1 diabetes services in University Hospital Kerry will be addressed; if the solutions suggested will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to respond to you directly as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: the status of additional measures to be included in the 2018 winter initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Against a background of growing demand for unscheduled care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30 million in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 for measures to increa...More Button

In the light of the conclusions of the Health Service Capacity Review that the system will need nearly 2,600 additional acute hospital beds by 2031, I have asked my Department to work with the HS...More Button

As outlined in the Capacity Review, the demographic pressures being experienced by the health service are such as to demand not just additional capacity but continued emphasis on health and well-...More Button

The Government has approved a record level of capital investment in health at €10.9 billion over the next 10 years. This will provide for a major enhancement of the capacity of our health servic...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage

Was asked: his plans to add myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME, to the medical conditions listed as part of the long-term illness, LTI, scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The LTI Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the LTI are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a...More Button

There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the Scheme..More Button

Respite Care Services Funding

Was asked: the budget for provision of respite services in the State; the number of families accessing respite services; the average spend on respite services by the Health Service Executive, HSE, per family;...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Was asked: the funding allocated to residential care providers in County Mayo; his plans to provide extra funding to residential care providers in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Products Regulatory Authority

Was asked: the additional duty of care placed on a doctor prescribing an unlicensed medicine; and the additional steps the doctor must take to ensure patients' attention is being drawn to the various risks at...More Button

Under European and Irish legislation, before a medicine can be placed on the market the manufacturer must seek an authorisation from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), or in the case ...More Button

Where a medicine is not authorised in Ireland, a licensed wholesaler may import it if it has been prescribed by a doctor for a patient under his/her care, on his/her direct responsibility and in ...More Button

The responsibility for the clinical use of unlicensed medicines lies with the prescriber. In accordance with the Medical Council’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics, medical practitioners ...More Button

HIQA Data

Was asked: the status of the memorandum of understanding, co-operation and information sharing signed in June 2015 between Health Information and Quality Authority, HIQA, and the Office of the Ombudsman; the ...More Button

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

  If you have not...More Button

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: if all electronic correspondence between him and either of his two special advisers regarding all aspects of the CervicalCheck crisis will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In order to provide a clear picture of the circumstances in relation to the CervicalCheck clinical audit process, it is essential to establish the facts in a comprehensive and precise manner. It is...More Button

In this regard, I have appointed Dr Gabriel Scally, President of the Epidemiology and Public Health section of the Royal Society of Medicine, to carry out an independent Scoping Inquiry and this ...More Button

The trawl is being undertaken in as systematic a way as possible to ensure its thoroughness with a view to identifying with reasonable certainty all potentially relevant records held by the Depar...More Button

Programme for Government Implementation

Was asked: the status of the implementation of the Programme for Partnership Government as it applies to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Details of the implementation status on the Health Commitments contained in the Programme for Partnership Government are available in the Annual Report as produced by the Programme for Government o...More Button

Commencement of Legislation

Was asked: the number of children on the national donor-conceived person register as per the provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 which have not yet been commenced further to concerns raised by an organisation (details supplied) on behalf of...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 663 and 733 together.More Button

A number of technical drafting issues have come to light in relation to Parts 2 & 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. The implications of these issues are being explored by offic...More Button

Was asked: the sections and parts of all legislation brought forward by his Department in each of the past four years that have yet to be commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

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Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

Was asked: the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a wheelchair; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Health Services Staff

Was asked: if exceptions to Health Service Executive, HSE, Circular 15/2017 (details supplied) will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand you are referring to the Department of Health Circular 15/2017 of 6 December 2017 which allows certain public servants in the health sector to remain in employment beyond their compuls...More Button

As you are aware, my colleague the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., secured Government approval in December 2017 for an increase in the compulsory reti...More Button

Primary legislation is required for this change to be implemented. The Government has approved the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to its decision and I understand that the drafting pro...More Button

In advance of the legislation coming into effect, the Government agreed that interim arrangements would be introduced for serving public servants who reach the age of 65 years between the date of...More Button

These are strictly interim arrangements to be applied to public servants up to the date of their eligibility for the Contributory State Pension only. This reflects the Government Decision and the...More Button

Was asked: if consideration has been given to appointing a dietician for north County Kildare, specifically as a support service for children with autism; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if first responders are reimbursed for expenses incurred specifically in terms of motor expenses and motor insurance costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Was asked: the status of home help and other support in the home available to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of home help or home care packages when a person (details supplied) is below 65 years of age but suffers from various diseases, including partial blindness and ...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for five hours home help; and when they can expect a decision on their case.More Button

HSE Funding

Was asked: the reason funding has been withdrawn by the Health Service Executive that makes possible an annual one week holiday for medium-term and long-term patients living in community based Health Service ...More Button

Alcohol Pricing

Was asked: his plans to amend the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 to include a ban on below invoice cost selling in view of the fact that minimum unit pricing will be delayed pending the formation of a powe...More Button

Was asked: his views on introducing a ban on below invoice cost selling of alcohol to augment minimum unit pricing in view of concerns that minimum unit pricing will not impact the pricing of premium branded ...More Button

Was asked: his views on introducing a ban on below invoice cost selling of alcohol in view of the fact that minimum unit pricing would still legally allow for a six pack of beer to be discounted by as much as...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 668 to 670, inclusive, together.

  The primary policy objectives of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are to:

  - regulate the ...More Button

HSE Data

Was asked: the average height of children here aged between 6 to 18 years of age according to Irish data or comparative international data which his Department has access to by age bracket and gender in tabul...More Button

The Deputy's question has been forwarded to the HSE as the Department does not have this data.More Button

Alcohol Sales Legislation

Was asked: the rationale for the selection of a 1.2 metres separating barrier contained under section 22 of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015; if this was developed using scientific best practices; and if...More Button

Was asked: his views on the reason a 1.2 metres separating barrier contained under section 22 of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 will reduce the visibility of alcohol to children in view of the fact tha...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 672 and 673 together.More Button

Section 22 of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill introduces a statutory framework for the separation and visibility of alcohol products and advertising in mixed retail outlets and is designed to ad...More Button

As drafted, the Bill required that alcohol products were not "readily visible" in mixed retail outlets. This formulation led to some uncertainty so on that basis, I provided for a specific height...More Button

The presence of a physical barrier will ensure there is a marked separation of alcohol products from other ordinary products in a mixed-retail outlet and the minimum height is such to ensure redu...More Button

National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan

Was asked: the budget set aside for the roll-out the three-year action plan for the NDS from 2017 to 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Appointments Administration

Was asked: if an appointment for an angiogram for a person (details supplied) will be scheduled; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensu...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Hospital Staff Recruitment

Was asked: if there are difficulties with the recruitment of medical scientists in the biochemistry and haematology departments in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: if the HSE has recently advertised for medical scientists in the biochemistry and haematology departments in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: if an open recruitment process for the role of CEO of University Limerick hospital group was followed prior to the appointment of a new CEO in 2014.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Health Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 60 of 19 April 2018, the details regarding the circumstances of the entry of a person (details supplied) into State care, including their transfer to St. Steph...More Button

Was asked: if his attention or the attention of the HSE has been drawn to the case and or treatment of a person (details supplied) at Waterford University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the abolition of a specific clause (details supplied).More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: if night time seizure assistance and accommodation will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Services Funding

Was asked: the status of an application for capital funding for a project (details supplied) in County Donegal; if the appraisal unit assessing the application has now received all outstanding documentation i...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to provide the Deputy with the information requested with regard to the disability service in Donegal town. More Button

Was asked: if a task force was set up by the HSE or his Department to examine individualised funding for persons with disabilities, including intellectual disabilities; if so, if it was completed; the decisio...More Button

Was asked: if funding will be made available to an organisation (details supplied) in County Donegal, in view of a recent meeting that took place between the organisation and the Minister of State with respon...More Button

Was asked: if the cut in funding to an organisation (details supplied) will be reversed.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: his views on providing medical cards to those with spinal cord injuries in view of the long-term and varied consequences of spinal cord injuries; if the matter will be examined; and if he will make...More Button

The HSE's Expert Group on Medical Need and Medical Card Eligibility examined the issue of awarding medical cards on the basis of illness and concluded that it was not feasible, desirable, nor ethic...More Button

Medical card provision is based on financial assessment. In accordance with the provisions of the Health Act 1970 (as amended), eligibility for a medical card is determined by the HSE. The Act ob...More Button

Every effort is made by the HSE, within the framework of the legislation, to support applicants in applying for a medical card and, in particular, to take full account of the difficult circumstan...More Button

Was asked: his plans to increase the €500 eligibility limit for receipt of a medical card by a single person over 70 years of age and the €900 limit for a couple; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) (No. 2) Act 2013, when a person attains the age of 70, the medical card income limits are €500 gross income per week for a single person an...More Button

Persons aged 70 or older, who are assessed as ineligible under the gross income thresholds, may also have their eligibility assessed under the means-tested medical card scheme if they so wish, fo...More Button

Furthermore, persons, including those aged over 70 years, may be deemed eligible for a medical card on a discretionary basis, if they are judged to face undue hardship in arranging GP services as...More Button

There are no proposals at present to amend the current income limits for the granting of eligibility for medical cards for persons aged 70 and over. However, it should be noted that the gross in...More Button

Was asked: the reviews that have taken place of the income thresholds for medical cards; if no review has taken place, when is it expected that one will be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Reviews of income thresholds for medical cards and GP Visit cards generally is a budgetary matter and they can be reviewed in the context of the annual Estimates  process.  Any new policy measures ...More Button

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Was asked: his plans to implement new measures to allow faster access to the child and adolescent mental health services in order to tackle increasing waiting lists such as permitting advanced nurse practitio...More Button

National Cervical Screening Programme

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 381 and 382 of 15 May 2018, the laboratories which were the subject of site visits in 2011 and 2014.More Button

I am advised by the HSE in 2011, site visits were carried out at Quest Diagnostics, Teterboro, New Jersey, and CPL, Austin, Texas, United States of America.

  I am further advise...More Button

Question No. 689 answered with Question No. 597.More Button

Was asked: his plans to move the cervical screening process to a HPV test; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many clinicians internationally (details supplied) recommend co-testing pap plus HPV...More Button

Was asked: the scientific evidence and the bodies from which evidence has been gathered that has assisted him to arrive at the decision to opt for a HPV only based test in the future.More Button

Was asked: if he or the HSE has costed the replacement of the national screening program with a HPV based test; and if co-testing of HPV and pap has also been costed.More Button

Was asked: if HPV testing will be carried out by laboratories here and under a tendering process similar to the current regime.More Button

Was asked: if new HPV testing will be standardised across all laboratories in order to ensure that variation in detection rates does not reoccur between laboratories.More Button

Was asked: if public laboratories based here will be able to conduct the new HPV testing; the provisions being made to increase the capacity and infrastructure of laboratories based here to deal with the work...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 766 to 771, inclusive, together.More Button

The outcome of a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) for the National Screening Service was that the HPV test is a more accurate ...More Button

As part of the HTA, HIQA considered 32 different screening strategies, including different primary screening tests (HPV or Liquid-Based Cytology), triage tests, screening intervals, and screening...More Button

Currently cervical screening samples undergo cytology screening as the primary screening test and following the move to HPV testing, cervical screening samples will undergo a HPV test as the prim...More Button

The HTA did not recommend co-testing as both tests (liquid-based cytology and HPV) have been shown to be effective as a primary screening test.More Button

I approved the switch to HPV testing as the primary screening mechanism for the CervicalCheck programme in February. The introduction of the test was intended for October of this year and I have...More Button

While the extent to which the HPV testing can be done in Ireland is being assessed, it is likely that a tendering process will be needed to meet at least some of the HPV testing requirement.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Review

Was asked: the status of progress regarding the fair deal scheme in respect of farm assets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if an appeal by a person (details supplied) will be examined following a nursing homes support scheme review; if the supporting documentation will be considered; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: when proposed changes in the fair deal scheme outlined in the media in February 2018 will be implemented; the full extent of these changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Help Service Data

Was asked: the number of persons in counties Roscommon and Galway in receipt of home help support; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons in counties Roscommon and Galway, respectively, on the waiting list for home help support; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of home help hours allocated to counties Roscommon and Galway in each of the years from 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018.More Button

Hospital Staff

Was asked: the progress being made to allocate additional advanced nurse practitioners to deliver adult and children's diabetes care services at Letterkenny University Hospital and Sligo University Hospital; ...More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly. More Button

Was asked: when the persons appointed to the two ANP posts confirmed for diabetes care in County Donegal will take up their posts.More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly. More Button

Was asked: his views on the state of industrial relations in the University Limerick hospital group, especially at the hospital in Dooradoyle; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason the HSE has failed to deal with an employee of the HSE at University Hospital Limerick (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 708 and 709 together.More Button

The Department is aware that an individual case is being investigated locally in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) in line with the HSE's Dignity at Work Policy.  It is understood that details o...More Button

In relation to the general industrial relations climate at this location, it is understood that the hospital is engaged in process with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Advisory services,...More Button

Question No. 710 answered with Question No. 700.More Button

Was asked: to set out the status of the actions which have been taken following the serious issues raised in the media (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is working closely with the HSE to ensure compliance by all consultants with the private practice provisions of Consultant Contract 2008.

  Senior officials represe...More Button

HSE Staff

Was asked: if there is a recruitment embargo in operation for HSE south; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Audiology Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 187 of 17 May 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the position of at least some families is that they were not communicated with appropriate...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 187 of 17 May 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that as of 24 May 2018 the chairman of the incident group was unable to give a date for the rel...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 700 and 710 together.More Button

The HSE's Report of the look-back Review of Audiology Services in Mayo & Roscommon has been finalised and was sent to families on 8 June 2018.More Button

The HSE has advised that families affected were informed that the audit was taking place and verbally advised as to the reasons why. The final Report and accompanying communication includes an a...More Button

It also includes an invitation to the parents of children affected to meet with a HSE senior manager and a senior audiologist to discuss the finding of the Report and to be updated on their child...More Button

The HSE has confirmed that all 49 children who needed follow-up as a result of the look-back process are either currently receiving or have already received the appropriate care they need.More Button

The look-back report represents a thorough analysis of the quality of service delivery in the area against the standards for such services that were set out in the National Audiology Review Group...More Button

It is appropriate that our health service strives continually to improve the quality of the services it provides and promotes a culture of learning where shortcomings are identified. My priority ...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: if County Donegal has the requisite numbers of adults and children with diabetes types 1 and 2 to merit the locating of a centre of excellence for diabetes care at Letterkenny University Hospital.More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly. More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) is entitled to convalescent care for post-operation from Tullamore General Hospital.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 798 of 17 April 2018, when the seven remaining rooms will be operational and fully staffed before the end of 2018 in view of the clear need for same; and if he...More Button

The Deputy's question relates to service delivery matters and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to him.More Button

Was asked: if the expansion of a clinic at a hospital will be considered in view of the fact that it does not cater for all persons in County Donegal dependent on their condition (details supplied); and if he...More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.More Button

Food Labelling

Was asked: if his Department has been consulted on proposed EU comments on draft Codex guidelines on the use of front of pack nutrition labelling; if his Department has received a request to send DG SANTE an ...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will be represented at the second meeting on front of pack nutrition labelling, which will take place at the end of June 2018 or early in July 2018; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: his plans to meet stakeholders on the use of front of pack nutrition labelling as part of the European Commission's work under way on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Primary Care Centres Provision

Was asked: if a new state-of-the-art primary care centre will be provided in Maynooth, County Kildare (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly t...More Button

Was asked: the timeframe for the provision of a primary care centre in Kinlough (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button

  Question No. 731 answered with Question No. 728.More Button

Medical Card Drugs Availability

Was asked: if EpiPens are covered on the medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred t...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the grants or financial supports that are available for groups seeking to purchase and install automated external defibrillators in public spaces, sports clubs and so on; and if he will make a stat...More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Question No. 781 answered with Question No. 597.More Button

Was asked: the status of the progress to date in implementing a public access defibrillation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A national Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Steering group was established in 2017. The purpose of this project is to improve survival rates for those who suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest thr...More Button

It is also considering how to improve Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest survival by strengthening the ‘Chain of Survival’ across Ireland.  National and international evidence and experience will be ...More Button

The report is close to finalisation and it considers a range of measures to improve survival rates including defibrillation. It has considered the HIQA Health Technology Assessment on the cost ef...More Button

It is anticipated that the report of the OHCA Steering group will provide advice to the HSE and the Department on the most effective ways of improving survival including the use of defibrillators...More Button

Once the findings of the Steering group have been published, the relevant recommendations will be carefully considered by all parties..More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) has received a hearing aid from the HSE.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Cork will receive a special needs wheelchair.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Question No. 924 answered with Question No. 896.More Button

Home Help Service

Was asked: the home help supports a person (details supplied) might be entitled to; if an assessment of need will be conducted as a priority to determine the level of supports required; if these supports will...More Button

Health Promotion

Was asked: the penalties applying to breaches of the codes of practice for non-broadcast media advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages, including sponsorship and retail product placement...More Button

Was asked: the codes of practice in place specifically to ensure that foods high in fat, sugar and salt are marketed and advertised in a responsible way in broadcast media; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the companies that have signed up to the codes of practice for non-broadcast media advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages, including sponsorship and retail product placement;...More Button

Was asked: the position of Ireland on the World Health Organization's international code of marketing of breast milk substitutes or later updates of this code; and the way in which Ireland endeavours to meet ...More Button

Abortion Legislation

Was asked: his plans to include a protest exclusion zone as part of the legislation to be enacted following the recent referendum in the interests of the mental health and personal safety of both patients and...More Button

A Bill to Regulate Termination of Pregnancy is currently being drafted. The issue of exclusion zones will be examined in the context of this legislation.More Button

  Question No. 733 answered with Question No. 663.More Button

Respite Care Services Provision

Was asked: his plans to provide alternative respite care whilst the renovations of the Boyne View Centre, Drogheda is being refurbished; the details of the project; his further plans to minimise the impact to...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for respite care by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not yet been contacted on securing a place in school.More Button

Psychological Services

Was asked: if a primary care psychologist will be found during a period (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: the number of the 114 assistant psychologist posts and 20 psychologist posts that have been filled (details supplied); the locations in which these posts will be based; when the remaining posts wil...More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: the impact the announced psychologist posts will have for children and young persons that are trying to access CAMHS services in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

Was asked: if in the case of a fair deal scheme being granted to an applicant, if the money can be backdated to the day of application in the event that the applicant had to go into a nursing home in advance ...More Button

General Practitioner Services Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the current general medical services general practitioner in Carnew, County Wicklow has retired earlier than originally anticipated; the position re...More Button

As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Assisted Human Reproduction Services Provision

Was asked: when IVF funding will be provided; if there is pending legislation in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government approved the drafting of a Bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research in October last year. The introduction of legislati...More Button

In order to support the commencement of the legislation, officials in my Department will work during 2018 with the HSE to develop a model of care for infertility to ensure the provision of safe, ...More Button

Part of this work includes identifying policy options for a potential public funding model for AHR treatment. Once I have had the opportunity to consider these policy options I will bring a Memor...More Button

It should be noted that any funding model that may ultimately be introduced would need to operate within the broader regulatory framework set out in the AHR Bill and a model of care for infertili...More Button

Data Protection

Was asked: the way in which his Department is engaging with the Department of Justice and Equality on section 32 of the Data Protection Act 2018, specifically on the provision for the drawing up of codes of c...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to section 32 of the Data Protection Act 2018, specifically regarding the provision for the drawing up of codes of conduct intended to contribute to proper applicati...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 749 and 750 together.More Button

Section 32(1)(e) of the Data Protection Act 2018 provides that the Data Protection Commission shall encourage the drawing up of codes of conduct intended to contribute to the proper application o...More Button

I am fully committed to protecting the rights and privacy of all individuals, including children, as provided for in the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Acts. More Button

My Deputy refers to Codes of Practice for the advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic drinks. In the context of these Codes, my Department holds no personal data or has no direct invo...More Button

Any new processing activity carried out on behalf of the Department in the future, which involves personal data, will be subject to the full requirements of the data protection legislation, inclu...More Button

Speech and Language Therapy Provision

Was asked: if a child (details supplied) in County Cork can access speech and language therapy pending their assessment of need being carried out in view of the fact that it is likely to be some time away.More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button

Hospital Deaths

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 142 of 30 May 2018, if a follow-up will be made on an incident (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have had the matter investigated by the HSE, and it has advised me that no such incident is known to have taken place.More Button

Medicinal Products Supply

Was asked: when a FreeStyle Libre device will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred t...More Button

Was asked: the way in which his Department has engaged with industry to explore ways in which new medicines can be more easily introduced here; his plans to update statutory provisions in place regarding the ...More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the 2013 Act. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medicin...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Was asked: if a medical card application appeal by a person (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the waiting time for appointments to access the adult mental health services via Balbriggan primary care centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he plans to introduce a dedicated mental health telephone and text line in 2018 in addition to a pilot telepsych initiative that will deliver mental health treatment and therapies online; the ...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: the status of changes proposed to the fair deal scheme to facilitate changes for farmers and small business owners; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the rules in relation to the fair deal scheme for nursing homes with regard to the prices agreed between nursing homes and the National Treatment Purchase Fund; if there is a difference between a d...More Button

Nursing Staff Provision

Was asked: if funding is in place for one full-time multiple sclerosis specialist nurse position in University Hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.More Button

Legislative Programme

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to comply with recommendation 2.2 of the ESRI’s Delivery of Pharmaceuticals in Ireland (details supplied). More Button

Recommendation 2.2 of the ESRI’s Delivery of Pharmaceuticals in Ireland is under consideration by officials in my Department.More Button

Debt Collection

Was asked: if the HSE uses debt collection agencies and or appointed persons to collect outstanding fees or bills of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Issues around income collection and the use of debt collection agencies are operational matters for which the HSE are responsible. Therefore I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy ...More Button

National Maternity Hospital Administration

Was asked: the agreement reached by his Department with St. Vincent's University Hospital, SVUH, in relation to the national maternity hospital; if, and the way in which under the terms of the agreement the n...More Button

The terms of the Mulvey agreement provide for the establishment of a new company which will have clinical and operational, as well as financial and budgetary independence in the provision of matern...More Button

At present, work continues on the preparation of the legal framework to protect the State's significant investment in the new maternity hospital on the St Vincent's University Hospital campus.  T...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that care in the new maternity hospital will be delivered without religious, ethnic or other distinction and any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of ...More Button

Rape Crisis Network Funding

Was asked: if funding for a rape crisis outreach centre in County Meath will be provided (details supplied).More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly, as soon as possible. More Button

Health Services Staff Training

Was asked: if in the development of a healthcare assistance apprentice programme an organisation (details supplied) will be centrally involved in the development and implementation of it; and if he will make ...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Obesity Strategy

Was asked: when a monitoring body will be set up to monitor the voluntary codes of practice on the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages; the timeframe for the designation of the body; and the timefra...More Button

The national Obesity Policy and Action Plan (OPAP) was approved by the Government in 2016. The OPAP recommended that a code of practice for food and beverages promotion, marketing and sponsorship b...More Button

Respite Care Services Availability

Was asked: the number of respite beds available to persons with intellectual disabilities in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Respite Care Services

Was asked: his plans in budget 2019 to increase the number of respite beds available for older persons who are dependant on a carer; his further plans to expand the allocation from two weeks to four weeks per...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of increasing respite care hours by 10%, in tabular form.More Button

Patient Transport Provision

Was asked: the position regarding an incapacitated patient of a private nursing home who is unable to travel by car to a hospital for a medical appointment accessing transport by ambulance; and if he will mak...More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to the Deputy directly.More Button

Hospitals Data

Was asked: the number and location of hospitals operating under the full capacity protocol; the timeframe the protocol has been in place in each location; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE National Escalation Framework, issued to the system in late 2015, consists of a tiered and incremental suite of actions to be adapted and implemented in hospitals with an ED during times wh...More Button

Was asked: the KPIs on a daily, weekly and monthly basis as appropriate for both admitted and non-admitted patient experience time, PET, nine hour to 24 hour breaches and delayed discharges (details supplied)...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

HSE Reviews

Was asked: the status of and likely publication date for the development of a three year unscheduled care plan for the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Against a background of growing demand for unscheduled care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30 million in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 for measures to increa...More Button

In the light of the conclusions of the Health Service Capacity Review that the system will need nearly 2,600 additional acute hospital beds by 2031, I have asked my Department to work with the HS...More Button

This proposal is part of continuing work to develop a three-year Unscheduled Care Plan by the HSE. This broader piece of work, that includes both capacity and improvement, is nearing completion ...More Button

HSE Documents

Was asked: the status of the development of a centralised repository supported by the national document control system for the management of the HSE national PPPGs; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

As this is a service matter, the question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Health Care Infrastructure Provision

Was asked: the status of the development of family forums and residents' councils across each CHO; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Governance

Was asked: the status of the development of a contract management support unit for section 38 and 39 organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE has made considerable progress in ensuring greater accountability in the discharge of responsibilities by both the HSE and its funded agencies in relation to the oversight of grants paid to...More Button

While the HSE will continue to develop this Framework it has also been acknowledged that there is a need to establish Contract Management Support Units (CMSUs) in the Community Health Organisatio...More Button

Because of the resource implications involved in the establishment of CMSUs, they will be established on a phased basis – commencing in 2018. The HSE has already established a CMSU Implementatio...More Button

When fully established, the CMSUs will assist service managers in managing and documenting all aspects of the relationship with agencies. The HSE will then be in a position to further enhance an...More Button

HSE Reports

Was asked: the publication date of the HSE's report on estates maintenance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has asked the Health Service Executive to provide the Deputy with the current position regarding the report referred to in his question. More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in publishing the HSE performance report for quarters in 2017 and to date in 2018.More Button

The publication of the HSE performance reports was delayed pending finalisation of the HSE's 2017 Annual Financial Statements (AFS). The Department was engaging with the HSE to clarify the reporte...More Button

Publication of the performance reports will now proceed. I expect that the 2017 quarter four report will be published imminently and the 2018 first quarter report will be published by the end of...More Button

Medical Qualifications

Was asked: if he will report on the completion of analysis of the various cohorts of consultants not on the Medical Council specialist register; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the known level of compliance with the HSE consultants qualification; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 810 and 811 together.

  I have asked the HSE to revert to the Deputy with the specific details sought. The HSE policy in respect of Consultant Ap...More Button

Nursing Staff

Was asked: the number of public health nurses by area within the north County Dublin area in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.More Button

Question No. 814 answered with Question No. 597.More Button

Home Care Packages Expenditure

Was asked: the percentage of the budget dedicated to home care support in the CHO 7 region for 2018 that has been spent to date in the second quarter of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the budget allocated to home care support in the CHO 6 region for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the percentage of the budget dedicated to home care support in the CHO 6 region for 2018 that was spent in the first quarter of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the percentage of the budget dedicated to home care support in the CHO 6 region for 2018 that has been spent to date in the second quarter of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who are wait-listed and priority wait-listed for home care support in the CHO 7 region in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who are wait-listed and priority wait-listed for home care support in the CHO 6 region in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to increase the budget available for home care support in the CHO 7 region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the spend on home care packages for 2018; and the estimated cost of increasing home care packages by 10% in one year based on current spend on home care packages. More Button

Freedom of Information Requests

Was asked: the number of FOI requests for medical files that have been made from women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy or the families of such women; the number of requests approved; the number of r...More Button

I am advised by the HSE that, to date, 18 requests have been made under the Freedom of Information Act for personal records. Of those, 11 have been processed and completed and 7 remain open. The H...More Button

More broadly, my Department of Health has written to the HSE emphasising that I expect that all patient information, including documents, files and audits related to patients, will be made availa...More Button

Medical Card Administration

Was asked: the details of the discretionary medical cards granted to women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy; if the medical cards are only granted to women; if their spouses and children are also eli...More Button

As the Deputy is  aware, the Government decided on 11 May 2018 to offer a comprehensive package of support measures to those women diagnosed with cervical cancer since 2008 for whom cytology review...More Button

As part of this support package, a discretionary medical card is to be provided to all the  women affected and  to immediate members of their  family.  The women will retain lifelong eligibility ...More Button

These cards will be provided  without the need for the standard assessment process, while the HSE has also made arrangements to ensure that the individuals concerned are not required to pay the s...More Button

Open Disclosures Policy

Was asked: the timeline for the introduction of mandatory open disclosure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government recently gave approval to the drafting of legislative provisions to provide for mandatory open disclosure, through the development of the General Scheme of a Patient Safety Bill, whi...More Button

These provisions to provide for mandatory open disclosure of serious patient safety incidents will be in addition to the provisions for open disclosure contained in the Civil Liability (Amendment...More Button

The Patient Safety Bill, in addition to addressing mandatory open disclosure, will also provide for a number of other important patient safety concerns, including in relation to mandatory reporti...More Button

It is intended to seek approval to publish the draft General Scheme of the Patient Safety Bill before the summer recess..More Button

Counselling Services Provision

Was asked: the status of the undertaking of the HSE to examine the scope for improved ways of working through a service improvement initiative for counselling in primary care (details supplied); the outreach ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce a computerised cognitive behavioural programme; the engagement that has taken place with healthcare providers in each CHO area in advance of the initiative; the locations in ...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications Data

Was asked: the number of patients who have applied for the FreeStyle Libre sensor for the monitoring of type 1 diabetes since the product's approval for young persons between four and 21 years of age under th...More Button

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred t...More Button

Ambulance Service Response Times

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a recent policy change by the National Ambulance Service whereby in the event of an emergency, the national emergency operations centre issues just one SMS to a s...More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.More Button

Occupational Therapy Waiting Lists

Was asked: the status of an appointment with an occupational therapist for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Was asked: if the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI, sanctioned a person (details supplied) in 2015 following a fitness to practice hearing.More Button

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is the statutory regulatory authority for nurses and midwives in Ireland and is responsible for holding Fitness to Practice inquiries.

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Was asked: if public money is being used to fund an appeal by a person (details supplied) of the outcome of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI, decision made in 2015 in regard to fitness to prac...More Button

I can confirm that no such funding has been provided by my Department. I have referred the Deputy's question to the HSE and asked them to reply directly on behalf of that organisation.More Button

Assisted Human Reproduction

Was asked: the reason the definition of close family member in the proposed legislation regulating assisted human reproduction does not include first cousins or individuals related by marriage; and if he will...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government approved the drafting of a Bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research in October last year. Officials in my Department a...More Button

Head 17(2) of the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill prohibits the use of gamete donation in an AHR treatment procedure, that would involve an embryo created through the ferti...More Button

Maternity Services

Was asked: the costs associated with the implementation of the maternity and infant care scheme for each of the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Hospital Charges

Was asked: the estimated cost of abolishing the €100 charge for the use of emergency departments; and the estimated cost of abolishing the €75 day charge for inpatient care.More Button

In 2017, €27 million was raised through the statutory inpatient charge, and a further €17m was raised through the outpatient charge in the Acute Hospitals.

  Therefore, it would ...More Button

Dental Services Expenditure

Was asked: the funding for the public dental service in each of the years 2006 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; his plans to increase this; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the annual expenditure on the public dental service in each of the years 2008 to 2017 and to date in 2018.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Dental Services Waiting Lists

Was asked: the waiting lists for dentistry and orthodontic services in north County Dublin by children and youth services and adult services in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of children on the general waiting list for orthodontic diagnostics at Merlin Park, University Hospital Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of children on the general waiting list for orthodontic diagnostics at University Hospital Galway due to the lack of a suitable dental X-ray machine in the radiography department; and if...More Button

In relation to the query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Orthodontic Services Data

Was asked: the average waiting time for orthodontic treatment by HSE area in each of the years 2008 to 2017 and to date in 2018.More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the funding for the Health Service Executive orthodontic service in each of the years 2006 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; the estimated cost of extending the direct provision of orth...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Ambulance Service Data

Was asked: the number of private ambulances operating; the hospital or hospital group they are working with; and the amount spent on private ambulances by hospital or hospital group in each of the years 2010 ...More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of purchasing, equipping and staffing 12 new ambulances.More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.More Button

Health Services Staff Recruitment

Was asked: the number of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists required to eliminate waiting lists in accordance with the Disability Act 2005; and the est...More Button

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Staff

Was asked: the number of psychiatric consultants working within the child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS, at University Hospital Waterford in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; ...More Button

Was asked: if there are vacant consultant posts associated with the child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS, unit at University Hospital Waterford, UHW; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Data

Was asked: the number of children placed in an adult psychiatric ward at University Hospital Waterford, UHW, in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018, by month in tabular form; and if he will make ...More Button

Capital Expenditure Programme

Was asked: the committed capital spend for health in each of the years 2018 to 2024, in tabular form; and the projects on which it will be spent. More Button

The capital funding for Health in the ten years of the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027 is €10.9 billion which provides the capital investment for a solid, ambitious plan which will improve o...More Button

Hospital Beds Data

Was asked: the capital cost of a hospital bed; the estimated fully absorbed cost of a hospital bed including staff, ancillary services and running costs; and the capital costs associated with opening new beds. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.More Button

Home Help Service Expenditure

Was asked: the estimated spend on home help hours for 2018; and the estimated cost of increasing home help hours by 10% in one year based on current spend on home help. More Button

Nursing Staff Recruitment

Was asked: the estimated unit cost of hiring 100 nurses on an average nurse's pay grade. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Midwifery Services

Was asked: the estimated unit cost of hiring 100 midwives on an average midwife's pay grade. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing a midwife. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Occupational Therapy Staff

Was asked: the estimated cost of hiring 100 occupational therapists on the average occupational therapist pay grade. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing an occupational therapist. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy Staff

Was asked: the estimated cost of hiring 100 speech and language therapists on the average position pay grade. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing a speech and language therapist. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Dental Services Staff

Was asked: the estimated cost of hiring ten dentists on the average dentist's pay grade. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Physiotherapy Provision

Was asked: the estimated cost of hiring 100 physiotherapists on the average physiotherapist's pay grade. More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Nursing Staff Data

Was asked: the estimated cost of employing a staff nurse.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Data

Was asked: the number of persons in Galway city and county receiving support under the nursing homes support scheme; the number that have a principal private residence included in their financial assessment; ...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists Data

Was asked: the waiting times for surgery for hip and knee replacements after the initial outpatients consultation by an orthopaedic consultant in Letterkenny University Hospital, County Donegal; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the waiting times to be seen by an orthopaedic consultant for an initial hip and knee consultation in Letterkenny University Hospital, County Donegal for routine and urgent referrals, respectively;...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 896 and 924 together.

  Improving waiting times for hospital procedures is a key commitment in the Programme for Government and in 2018 €50 milli...More Button

Was asked: if patients that have undergone bariatric surgery are entitled to a follow-up surgery to remove excess skin; the number of patients on the waiting list for assessment for skin removal surgery; the ...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: the length of time a person (details supplied) is awaiting a dermatologist appointment in Tallaght University Hospital; if the waiting time is usual or excessive; the waiting time to see a dermatol...More Button

Improving waiting times for hospital procedures and outpatient appointments is a key commitment in the Programme for Government.

  Each year 3.3 million patients attend Hospita...More Button

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: the hospitals in which skin removal operations are carried out; and the medics who perform the procedure.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly, as soon as possible. More Button

Was asked: the number of operations for the removal of excess skin following bariatric surgery that have been carried out in each of the past five years; the number that were carried out to date in 2018; and ...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Public Health Policy

Was asked: his plans to carry out a baseline health study in the Cork Harbour area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Patient Deaths

Was asked: the number of deaths which have occurred in the University Limerick Hospital, Dooradoyle, County Limerick while the patient was undergoing a procedure in each of the years 2010 to 2017 and to date ...More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.More Button

Medical Negligence Cases

Was asked: the number of medical negligence legal actions taken against the State, him and individual medical or nursing staff who were or are based at the University Hospital Limerick, Dooradoyle, County Lim...More Button

Was asked: the number of medical negligence legal actions taken against the State, the Minister for Health and individual medical or nursing staff who were or are based at the University Hospital Limerick, Do...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 904 and 905 together.More Button

The management of clinical negligence claims arising from the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in public healthcare enterprises is delegated to the State Claims Agency which has a statut...More Button

My officials have been advised by the Agency that it publishes risk and claims data at a national level and at a location level in an anonymised manner. This is to support the Agency's risk mana...More Button

The Agency does not release data pertaining to an individual location as it has the potential of identifying sensitive information relating to an individual. Also, such information can be taken ...More Button

Information and Communications Technology

Was asked: the estimated cost of increasing the HSE information technology budget to bring it to the EU and OECD averages, respectively; the estimated cost of increasing the HSE information technology budget ...More Button

ICT spending is composed of Capital and Revenue but excludes staff costs.  Please note that international comparisons on information technology expenditure are difficult for a variety of reasons du...More Button

Question No. 915 answered with Question No. 864.More Button

General Practitioner Services

Was asked: if the estimate of the cost of introducing free general practitioner care for all persons was between €330 million and €365 million, excluding those younger than six and older than 70 years of age;...More Button

Was asked: the estimated costs of introducing free general practitioner care to all persons based on the current scope, fee structure and payments to general practitioners; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 916 and 917 together.

  GMS contractors receive a range of capitation rates, fee per service payments and practice supports.   It...More Button

Prescriptions Charges

Was asked: the estimated cost of abolishing prescription charges; the estimated cost of the phased abolition of charges by 50 cent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred t...More Button

Emergency Departments Waiting Times

Was asked: the emergency department waiting times greater than 24 hours for persons over 75 years of age in 2018; if the targets were met; if not, the number of persons over 75 years of age who have had a wai...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons aged 75 years of age or over who experienced an emergency department waiting time of more than 24 hours in 2017 and to date in 2018; the hospital in which this occurred by mon...More Button

Was asked: if the HSE target of eliminating emergency department waiting times of greater than 24 hours for persons over 75 years of age was met for 2018; the number of persons over 75 years of age who have h...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 920 to 922, inclusive, together.

  The HSE National Service Plan 2018 requires that no patient over 75 should be waiting more than 24 hours in an...More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Was asked: the number of persons (details supplied) who have applied to the scheme since the FreeStyle Libre sensor approval for young persons between four to 21 years of age under the reimbursement scheme; t...More Button

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred t...More Button

Was asked: if it is accurate to state that patients wait an average of 348 days for a drug to be approved for public funding and in some cases over four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the 2013 Act. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medicin...More Button

The 2013 Act does not give the Minister for Health any powers in this regard.  The HSE does not require approval or consent from the Minister or Government when making a reimbursement decision.More Button

HSE decisions on which medicines are reimbursed by the taxpayer are made on objective, scientific and economic grounds, on the advice of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE). More Button

The NCPE conducts health technology assessments (HTAs) for the HSE, and makes recommendations on reimbursement to assist HSE decisions. The NCPE uses a decision framework to systematically asses...More Button

The HSE works with the objective of within 180 days of receiving the application (or a longer period if further information is sought from the company), either adding the medicine to the reimburs...More Button

The HSE strives to reach a decision in as timely a manner as possible and within the 180 days. However, because of the significant monies involved, it must ensure that the best price is achieved...More Button

I am keen to explore ways in which new medicines might be more easily introduced in Ireland.  However, any innovative approaches that may be tabled must be compatible with the statutory provision...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: his Department's capital allocation in each of the years 2019 to 2023; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each of those years.More Button

The capital funding for Health in the ten years of the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027 is €10.9 billion which provides the capital investment for a solid, ambitious plan which will improve o...More Button

  Question No. 927 answered with Question No. 659.More Button

Emergency Departments Staff

Was asked: the reason no general practitioners will be located in the accident and emergency department of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9 after midnight; his plans to extend general practitioner access in this d...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.More Button

Care Services Provision

Was asked: to outline his plans to expand a pilot course for family carers of those with life limiting illnesses; the expected timeline for this expansion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Expenditure

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 810 of 16 January 2018 if he will request the HSE to provide the information requested (details supplied).More Button

Mental Health Services Staff

Was asked: to set out the number of employees in the mental health service by location and grade in counties Louth and Meath; the number of vacancies in both counties by grade and location; the efforts that h...More Button

Medical Products Supply

Was asked: to outline the position regarding the free supply of medicines by pharmaceutical companies to public hospitals; the extent to which this is happening; the guidelines which exist in respect of same;...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.More Button

EU Sanctions

Was asked: to set out in tabular form the EU fines paid in each of the years 2015 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

 The Department of Health paid zero in fines in each of these 3 years.

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