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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 774 No. 1

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Departmental Staff Training

 1758. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount of money spent on an annual basis on education and training of staff in 2011 and to date in 2012; the number of staff that availed of each course; if he will provide a list of the courses staff undertook and the cost of each course per person.  [38487/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly My Department spent €161,285.29 on Education and Training ( including seminars and conferences) in 2011 and €84,465.60 to date in 2012.

 The information requested by the Deputy is in the table.



Courses Staff Undertook 2011 Number of Staff Availed Total Amount Cost per person
Education and Training 2011
Leadership Challenge 2011 2 14,600.00 7,300.00
Annual Training ticket for Institute of Chartered Accountants 1 1,200.00 1,200.00
Interviewee Training 43 1,960.00 45.58
Panel Briefing 24 1,500.00 62.50
IT Training Courses 8 417.00 52.13
Writing for the Web 1 295.00 295.00
Public Speaking 1 295.00 295.00
Developing and implementing your communications strategy 1 435.00 435.00
Discipline and Underperformance 1 345.00 345.00
Civil Services Regulation Act 1 295.00 295.00
Legislative Drafting 2 590.00 295.00
FOI Decision  Making Course 29 2,400.00 82.76
Business Skills Writing Programme 1 450.00 450.00
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 1 210.00 210.00
Oxford Programme on Negotiation 1 7,273.36 7,273.36
Masterclasses in Public Policy 1 750.00 750.00
6 IT Training Courses 41 2,500.00 61.02
Keyboard Skills Training 3 1,050.00 350.00
Oxford Programme on Negotiation 1 7,343.10 7,343.10
Whistleblowers and the Public Service 3 490.00 163.33
Defining Public Service Goals, Objectives, and KPI's 1 995.00 995.00
Managing State Body and Agency Performance 1 1,995.00 1,995.00
Minute Taking 2 490.00 245.00
French Evening Classes 2 800.00 400.00
5 - IT Training Courses - 22 2,085.00 94.77
Post Grad In Public Management 1 2,500.00 2500.00
Graduate Cert in Technical Writing 1 1,428.00 1428.00
Masters in Public Management 6 15,000.00 2500.00
Masters Policy Analysis 2 7,900.00 3950.00
Doctorate in Childhood Studies 1 3,442.03 3442.03
Diploma in Civil Service & State Agencies 1 990.00 990.00
Graduate Cert in Technical Writing 1 1,428.00 1428.00
BA in IT Management 1 2,820.00 2820.00
Higher Certificate in Business Studies  1 2,990.00 2990.00
LLB - Law Degree 1 2,155.00 2155.00
BA in Theology & Ethics 1 1,500.00 1500.00
BA in Arts 1 1,950.00 1950.00
Postgrad Diploma in Public Health 1 4,288.79 4288.79
PHD in Health Service Research 1 6,085.00 6085.00
Legislative Drafting Course 4 16,000.00 4000.00
Masters in Health Service Management 1 8,750.00 8750.00
Masters Policy Analysis 5 19,350.00 3870.00
Total carried forward €149,340.28


Seminar and Conferences 2011
Courses Staff Undertook 2011 Number of Staff Availed Total Amount Cost per person
The Challenges Facing Healthcare in 2011 1 453.75 453.75
The Challenges Facing Healthcare in 2011 1 302.50 302.50
Making Communications Successful 1 295.00 295.00
Creative thinking for challenging times conference 1 95.00 95.00
A Review of Public Procurement 2011 (4 Seminars) 1 340.00 340.00
International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare 1 1,036.61 1,036.61
Tackling Under - Age drinking in Europe 1 395.75 395.75
Institute of Internal Auditors Conference Ireland 2 1,200.00 600.00
Banking Finance & Regulations 1 210.00 210.00
ERA Annual Conference on European Pharmaceutical Law 2011 1 474.75 474.75
Crisis Communications Seminar 1 235.95 235.95
Social Media in Government and the Public Sector Seminar 3 450.00 150.00
Joint Conference for decision makers on Pharmacists 1 225.75 225.75
Challenging Times: Ensuring values support ordinary lives 1 95.00 95.00
Summer Scientific Meeting 2 240.00 120.00
Community Health Conference 2 60.00 30.00
Forum End of Life 1 30.00 30.00
1st International conference on Age Friendly Cities 1 450.00 450.00
Mental Healthcare Conference 1 182.25 182.25
Annual Public Service Conference - ICS Skills 1 250.00 250.00
Annual Review of Employment Law 1 525.00 525.00
Morale and Motivation 1 211.75 211.75
Public Service Reform Seminar - Croke Park 1 235.95 235.95
Next Stages in Public Service Reform 10 1,716.00 171.60
The infringement procedure under Article 2587260 TFEU - A Practical Overview 1 653.25 653.25
HISI Conference - Irish Computer Society 1 150.00 150.00
Winter Scientific Conference -Royal College of Physicians 3 300.00 100.00
Conference -  The Mater Foundation 2 150.00 75.00
Seminar - Abbey Conference and Corporate 1 30.00 30.00
Observatory  Summer School - Venice 1 950.75 950.75
Grand Total 2011  €161,285.29

Courses Staff Undertook 2012

Courses Staff Undertook 2012 Number of Staff Availed Total Amount Cost per person
Education and Training 2012
Irelands EU Presidency 2013 2 392.00 196.00
Corepay USC Seminar 2 300.00 150.00
Foundation Training Course on IDEA software 3 2,280.00 760.00
Interview Panel Training- EU Presidency 3 250.00 83.33
Relevant Contracts Tax 1 325.00 325.00
Achieving Reform for the Public Sector 1 250.00 250.00
Annual Training ticket for Institute of Chartered Accountants 1 2,000.00 2,000.00
Editing Skills 1 245.00 245.00
FOI for Decision Makers 1 450.00 450.00
Minute Taking 1 245.00 245.00
Workforce Planning in the Public Service 1 245.00 245.00
Occupational First Aid Course 18 3,100.00 172.22
Certificate in Public Relations (online) 1 443.50 443.50
Advanced PAYE/PRSI course 2 575.00 287.50
Joomla Training Programme 1 300.00 300.00
Oxford Programme on Negotiation 2 16,358.46 8,179.23
5 IT Courses 34 2,085.00 61.32
Dealing with Difficult Customers 6 1,215.00 202.50
Interviewee Training 1 300.00 300.00
Lotus Traveller Workshop 2 500.00 250.00
Legislative Drafting Course 3 12,000.00 4000.00
Masters in Policy Analysis 6 19,350.00 3225.00
MA - Financial Management 1 2,500.00 2500.00
Higher Certificate in Business 1 583.40 583.40
Total €66,292.36
Seminar and Conferences 2012
Education and Training 2012 Number of Staff Availed Total Amount Cost per person
CEO Health Forum on Competition and Health 7 1,600.75 228.68
Irelands EU Presidency 1 245.00 245.00
Discovery - The release of Documents by Public Authorities 7 1,543.50 220.50
Healthcare Conference Fee 1 735.54 735.54
RCPI Management Registration Fee 1 120.00 120.00
Evidence into Practice Seminar 1 40.00 40.00
Paris Forum on Health Quality 1 1,272.11 1,272.11
Summer Scientific Meeting 3 660.00 220.00
Stroke Conference - Irish Heart Foundation 1 150.00 150.00
Bioethics Conference 1 575.00 575.00
Health Service Library Group Conference 1 95.00 95.00
Time Management and Personal Effectiveness 2 490.00 245.00
Legal Professional Privilige Seminar 3 735.00 245.00
IRN Annual Conference 1 395.00 395.00
Annual Review Conference Legal Island 1 195.00 195.00
Institute Internal Auditors - Irish Annual Conference 2 1,300.00 650.00
Irelands EU Presidency 1 215.25 215.25
New Ways of Gathering Evidence Seminar 1 50.00 50.00
Summer Course in EU Law 2 1,906.09 953.05
Public Health Emergency Planning Conference 1 50.00 50.00
Early reg - Implementation Science Summer School 1 220.00 220.00
2012 Workshop on Loss 1 95.00 95.00
Early reg - Implementation Science Summer School 2 500.00 250.00
Late reg - Implementation Science Summer School 2 540.00 270.00
International Conference on Emergency Medicine 3 1,755.00 585.00
Total carried forward €81,775.60
Education and Training 2012 Number of Staff Availed Total Amount Cost per person
Total carried forward €81,775.60
Professional Regulation in Ireland -2012 & Beyond 1 190.00 190.00
Observatory Summer School 1 1,950.00 1,950.00
Social Inclusion Conference 1 50.00 50.00
ESHRE Seminar 1 250.00 250.00
Constitutional Law Conference 2 120.00 60.00
Health Seminar 2 130.00 65.00
Grand Total €84,465.60

Infectious Diseases Incidence

 1759. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly further to Parliamentary Question No. 146 of 15 March 2012 if he has commissioned a report in relation to an outbreak of Clostridium Difficile at a hospital (details supplied) in County Louth in 2010; if that report has been completed; if the report has been forwarded to him; the outcome and findings of that report; if any patient deaths were related or linked to the outbreak; and if so, the number of same; if the report will be made public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38503/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The HSE commissioned a report into the outbreak of Clostridium difficile in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. I understand that this report is not yet finalised. I am not in a position to comment on the contents of the report until such time as it has been presented to me.

Departmental Reports

 1760. Deputy Paudie Coffey Information on Paudie Coffey Zoom on Paudie Coffey asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the total number of reports that were commissioned by his Department from the years 2000-2004; if he will provide a list in tabular form of each report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38549/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly During the period specified by the Deputy a total of 105 reports were commissioned by my Department. Details of these reports are set out in the tables below.

  Many of the reports can be traced back to the development of services for cancer, cardiovascular health, health promotion and the subsequent evaluation of these strategies. A number of the reports deal with complex and ethical issues, for example, the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction.

  A strong feature of a number of the reports related to engagement in widespread public consultation. National and international expert advice are critical and vital components in the development of health strategy.

                                                   Reports Commissioned in 2000

Name of Report
Final Report of the Empowerment of Nurses and Midwives Steering Group: An Agenda for Change
Acute Hospital Bed Capacity: A National Review
Ambulance Service Communication Study
Annual Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for 2000
Critique of earlier Health Strategy ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’
Feasibility Study relating to implementation of Case-Mix based Risk Equalisation
Report of the Forum on Fluoridation Ireland
Report of the Working Group on National Anti-Poverty Strategy and Health
Report on the Current and Future Supply and Demand Conditions in the Labour Market for

Certain Professional Therapies
Review of the Organisation and Management of “An Bord Uchtála” (The Adoption Board)
Review of the organisational structures of the ERHA
Report of The Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction
The Development of Radiation Oncology Services in Ireland – Consumer survey of radiotherapy services in Ireland
Value for Money Audit of the Irish Health System


                                                       Reports Commissioned in 2001
Name of Report
Annual Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for 2001
Evaluation of the North Eastern Health Board’s Out of Hours Co-operative
Evaluation of the Pilot Programme for the Education of Health Care Assistants
Final Report on Options for System Development and Implementation
Report on the steps open to the State to instigate an effective inquiry into

the role of the international pharmaceutical companies into the infection

with HIV and Hepatitis C of persons with haemophilia
Heart Health Task Force Progress Report July 1999 – June 2001
Impact of Alcohol Advertising on Teenagers in Ireland
Market research for the Department on the public’s attitude to health matters
National Blood Strategy Implementation Group Report
National Evaluation of the Role of the Clinical Placement Co-ordinator
Pharmacy Review Group Report
Policy Paper 1 - "The Invisible Student" Young Parents in Education - Policy Paper 2 - "I Hadn't a Penny"
Provision of Medical Indemnity Report: Provision of Clinical Indemnity Scheme

Helpline service on behalf of State Claims Agency.
Report on the Regulation of Practitioners of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Ireland
Report on the Strategic Options for the Voluntary Health Insurance Board
Report to the Minister for Health and Children: Independent Examination related to the

Medical Council and the South Eastern Health Board
Review of Dáil na nÓg 2001 – Professional Solutions
Review of potential liabilities of Portiuncula Hospital


                                                       Reports Commissioned in 2002
Name of Report
A feasibility study on the costs and benefits associated with the

introduction of a dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)
Analysis of Question 1 of Public Consultation to the

National Health Strategy “Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You” (2001)
Annual Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for 2002
Report of the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service
National Task Force on Medical Staffing
Audit of Structures and Functions in the Health System
Childline Review – Children’s Research Centre
Dental Epidemiology
Evaluation of Pharmacy Regulations
Inquiry into the Handling of Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

relating to the Diocese of Ferns
National Children’s Advisory Council – Facilitation for Young People and

Report on Young People’s Participation on the Council
National Children’s Advisory Council – Report of the Voice of the Child – National Youth Council of Ireland
National Children’s Advisory Council – Report on the Implementation of Children First and Vetting
Paediatric Palliative Care Needs Assessment – ‘A Needs Assessment for Children’
Position Paper on Feasibility of Introducing a Cost of Disability Payment
Report of Mr Kevin Bonner on Monaghan General Hospital
Report of the Independent Review Panel to the Minister for Health and Children

concerning the birth of Baby Bronagh Livingstone on 11 December 2002
Report on Social Work Workload Management
Review of funding of sheltered workshops
Review of Governance and Accountability in the General Medical Services Scheme
Review of Proposed Pharmacy Models
The Evaluation of 'Cancer Services in Ireland' A National Strategy 1996
Report of The National Implementation Committee on Pre-Registration Nursing Degree Education
The Nursing and Midwifery Resource – National Study of Turnover in Nursing and Midwifery - Dept of Nursing Studies


                                                       Reports Commissioned in 2003
Name of Report
Promoting the Well-Being of Families and Children: A Study of

Family Support Services in the Health Sector in Ireland
A Census of Family Support in Ireland: Results of a Census of

Family Support Services which were funded by Health Boards in 2002
A Guide to the Children Act, 2001
Adoption Legislation Consultation
Annual Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for 2003
Children’s Understanding of Well - Being
Evaluation of the South Eastern Health Board’s Out of Hours co-operative
Family Support in Ireland - Definition and Strategic Intent
Heart Health Task Force Second Report on Implementation of the

Cardiovascular Health Strategy July 1999 – September 2002 ‘Ireland’s Changing Heart’
Interim Report of the National Breastfeeding Committee
Irish Health Service Reform Programme – Dialogue on Implementing Reform –

Communication and Consultation Programme July – September 2003
Men and Domestic Violence: What Research Tells Us
National Children’s Advisory Council – Report on Alcohol Use/Misuse by Young People
National Health & Lifestyle Surveys National and Regional Reports – Phase 2
National Standards on Foster Care – Children’s Version
Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy 'A Vision for Change'
Report of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training (MET) Group (Buttimer Report)
Report of the Task Force on Assaults on Psychiatric Nurses
Report of the Working Group on Treatment of Under 18 year olds presenting to

Treatment Services with Serious Drug Problems
Report of the Working Group on Undergraduate Medical Education and Training (Fottrell Report)
Report on the Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals
Review of circumstances surrounding the death of Róisín Ruddle
Review of internal controls in the Department of Health and Children

with a view to implementing the recommendations of the Mullarkey Report;

and consultancy assistance with respect to the structure of the

Management Information Framework (MIF) in the Department
Review of Library and Information Service
Survey and Report on Public Perceptions on Biomedical Research (RCSI)


                                        Reports Commissioned in 2004
Name of Report
A Feasibility Study of the Inclusion of Blood and Tissue Data as a

Component of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland
Evaluation of Coronary Heart Attack Ireland Register (CHAIR)
Evaluation of Heartwatch
Giving Children a Voice: Investigation of children’s experiences of

participation in consultation and decision making in Irish hospitals
Investigating the Impact on Children of Witnessing Domestic Violence:

Nature and Adequacy of Child-Centred Services
Kidscreen National Survey 2005
Lourdes Hospital Inquiry - An Inquiry into Peripartum Hysterectomy at

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
National Primary Care Steering Group Progress Report
National Children's Advisory Committee – End of Term Report 2001 - 2004
Obesity the Policy Challenges – The Report of the National Taskforce on Obesity 2005
Play and Technology
Public Perceptions of Biomedical Research
Report by the Care and Management Sub-Committee of the

National AIDS Strategy Committee on HIV/STI Services in Ireland
Report from the Evaluation of the National Health Promotion Information Project
Report on certain issues of management and administration in the Department of

Health and Children associated with the practice of charges for long-stay patients in

Health Board institutions (Travers Report)
Research on Children’s Understanding of Wellbeing
Review of the National Health Promotion Strategy
Review of the Structures and Support Needs of Comhairle na nÓg and Dáil na nÓg
The Child’s Right to be heard in the Health Setting
The Development and Implementation of Child Impact Statements
The Process of Youth Homelessness: A Qualitative Longitudinal Cohort Study
‘What we Heard’ and ‘Speaking Your Mind’ – Reports on the Service User

Consultation Process and the Public Consultation Process for the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy
Young People’s Views about Opportunities, Barriers and Supports to Recreation and Leisure
Young Voices: Guidelines on how to involve children and young people in your work

Vaccination Programme

 1761. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding flu vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38558/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Card Applications

 1762. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason a medical card is being reviewed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38559/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

Health Services Staff Issues

 1763. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the safeguards that are in place to ensure that those contracted by the Health Service Executive to provide residential care and home care are fully compliant with all employment legislation and regulations and that the statutory rights of their employees are fully vindicated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38560/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Employment Rights Issues

 1764. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will raise with the Health Service Executive the serious concerns raised by employees in a company (details supplied) regarding their working conditions, their rights as employees and the treatment of them by their employer. [38561/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch The Deputy’s question refers to staff working in a private nursing home.   Neither my colleague the Minister for Health, nor the HSE, have any remit in relation to employment rights in this case. Employees in Ireland are entitled to receive certain basic employment rights. These are governed by a range of detailed employment legislation which covers issues such as pay, health and safety, working time and other relevant employment criteria. Accordingly, the Deputy’s question would appear to be more appropriate for consideration in the first instance by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation .   

  The Deputy will be aware that, under the Health Act 2007, statutory responsibility is given to the Chief Inspector of Social Services, as part of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), for the independent registration and inspection of designated centres providing residential services for children, older people and people with disabilities. The Chief Inspector has the power to refuse to register, attach conditions to a registration, or cancel the registration of a designated centre in the event of non-compliance with relevant regulations or standards. It should be noted, in particular, that Standard 26 of the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland provides that "the health and safety of the resident, staff and visitor to the residential care setting is promoted and protected".  Should the employees in this particular case have concerns about compliance with this Standard, or indeed with the general governance and management arrangements at the home, they may wish to pursue the matter with HIQA.

Health Services Expenditure

 1765. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide a detailed breakdown of how the €130 million in cuts announced by the Health Service Executive in late August will affect the HSE north east region; the services that will be withdrawn; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38562/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The financial situation in the HSE continues to be extremely challenging. In the short term, to address the 2012 position, it has been agreed that cash limits will be imposed on agency, overtime and there will be more targeted management of absenteeism. In addition, travel and subsistence will be limited, and there will be more intensive management of stocks in order to better manage cash. Other measures are also being undertaken in order to achieve a balanced budget. These include the use of capital to fund revenue on a once-off basis and the transfer of Department funds to the HSE on a once-off basis. The HSE has been required to review all pay and non-pay savings targets with a view to further targeting all areas which do not compromise patient safety.

Intensive discussions are ongoing between the Department of Health and the HSE in order to address the deficit. Each RDO is working closely with the National Directors of Integrated Services and Finance with a view to maximising the potential savings identified within their cost containment plans with a view to minimising the effect on front line services to the greatest extent possible.

Health Services Expenditure

 1766. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the date on which he signed off on the decision to cut a further €130 million worth of services between September and the end of 2012; and if he will provide the timeline of events. [38563/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The HSE is facing a very serious financial challenge and following a financial review of its National Service Plan which was submitted to the Board of the Executive in June, it was clear that it would have to make very significant additional savings over the course of the rest of the year. The June Performance Reports were considered by the Board and showed a net deficit of €295m. This report is published on the website of the Health Service Executive - www.hse.ie. Based on the rate of drawdown of its Vote, the HSE was forecasting a shortfall in Vote terms of approximately €500m by the end of the year if no action is taken. The Executive indicated that hospital activity, PCRS and retirements were significant factors contributing to the overrun.

Since then, there has been intensive engagement between my Department and the Health Service Executive to address the overrun in health expenditure. Following a number of meetings, additional cost containment measures were agreed and communicated to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on 29th August. It was outlined that in the short term, to address the 2012 position it had been agreed that cash limits will be imposed on agency and overtime and there would be more intensive management of absenteeism. In addition, travel and subsistence would be limited, and there would be more intensive management of stocks in order to better manage cash. Other measures would also be undertaken in order to achieve a balanced budget, including reductions on services, the use of capital to fund revenue on a once-off basis and the transfer of Department funds to the HSE on a once-off basis.

Orthodontic Services Provision

 1767. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if orthodontic treatment will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38581/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

HSE Expenditure

 1768. Deputy Joanna Tuffy Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide details of the cost to the Health Service Executive of private beds in public hospitals each year; the amount of this cost that is recouped by the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38586/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly Since 1 January 2012 the charges for patients who choose to be treated on a private basis in public hospitals increased by between 3% and 5% depending on the category of hospital. The increase in charges is in keeping with the long-standing policy of moving towards recovering the full economic cost of providing treatment to private patients in public hospitals. The current 2012 charges are set out in the table below.

  Table 1: 2012 Charges for Private Patients in Public Hospitals

- Hospital Category Private Accommodation Semi-Private Accommodation Day-care
- - 2012 2012 2012
1 HSE Regional Hospitals, Voluntary & Joint Board Teaching Hospitals €1,046 €933 €753
2 HSE County Hospitals, Voluntary Non-Teaching Hospitals €819 €730 €586
3 HSE District Hospitals €260 €222 €193
      In 2011 the net charges that were raised for the treatment of private patients in public hospitals was €464m.

Mental Health Services Report

 1769. Deputy Dan Neville Information on Dan Neville Zoom on Dan Neville asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will outline the budget, including any allocations announced in the budget for A Vision for Change, allocated to the the National Suicide Prevention Office.  [38594/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch The budget of the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is set by the Health Service Executive. In 2011, the total funding available nationally through the HSE for suicide prevention was about €9 million of which €4.1 million is administered by NOSP and is used to fund voluntary and statutory agencies delivering services in the area of prevention, intervention, postvention and research. e remaining €5 million is available regionally to fund Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention, Self-Harm Liaison Nurses in Hospital Emergency Departments and local suicide prevention initiatives. In 2012, an additional €3 million (part of the special allocation of €35m for mental health) has been made available to NOSP to implement suicide prevention initiatives in line with Reach Out.

  Question No. 1770 answered with Question No. 1497.

Health Services Provision

 1771. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the supports that will be made available in respect of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 5.  [38631/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Health Services Provision

 1772. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide an update on the long-term care plan in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.  [38632/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

  Question No. 1773 answered with Question No. 1752.

HSE Funding

 1774. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding funding in respect of an organisation (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38661/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Card Applications

 1775. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38672/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Card Applications

 1776. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38673/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Community Care Provision

 1777. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the position regarding supported housing in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1.  [38678/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Ambulance Service Provision

 1778. Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the envisaged date for the opening of the new national ambulance control centre in Tallaght, Dublin 24; if he is satisfied that this new central headquarters will prove to be efficient and satisfactory service for County Kerry; if he will consider retaining the existing control centre at Kerry General Hospital, even on a temporary basis as a back up service in view of the fact that the local knowledge by staff in this control centre and the local knowledge at the community hospital bases will be invaluable in the introduction of the new system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38680/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Nursing Home Accommodation

 1779. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the extent to which the currently available beds and facilities at St Brigid’s Nursing Home, Crooksling, County Dublin, are to be replaced by similar community based facilities at the new unit in Inchicore; the extent of fitting out costs; if such costs have been fully determined and provided for; if extra costs have been or are likely to be incurred in the course of transition and follow-up; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38684/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.


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