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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 844-865
 Header Item Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
 Header Item Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
 Header Item Services for People with Disabilities
 Header Item Services for People with Disabilities
 Header Item Assisted Human Reproduction
 Header Item Maternity Services
 Header Item Services for People with Disabilities
 Header Item Hospital Appointments Status
 Header Item Home Care Packages Provision
 Header Item Hospital Charges
 Header Item Respite Care Services
 Header Item Dental Services Expenditure
 Header Item Dental Services Expenditure
 Header Item Health Services Data
 Header Item Dental Services Waiting Lists
 Header Item Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists
 Header Item Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists
 Header Item Orthodontic Services Data
 Header Item Orthodontic Services Data
 Header Item Ambulance Service Data
 Header Item Health Services Data
 Header Item Services for People with Disabilities

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 970 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 844-865

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

 844. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI, sanctioned a person (details supplied) in 2015 following a fitness to practice hearing. [25347/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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.

  Therefore I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NMBI for attention and direct reply within 10 working days.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

 845. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 practice. [25348/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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.

Services for People with Disabilities

 846. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 of places available at the centre when it is at full capacity; the number of full-time care staff at the centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25352/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy..

Services for People with Disabilities

 847. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 occurred; when it is likely that this full-time residential care will be made available to them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25369/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy..

Assisted Human Reproduction

 848. Deputy Mattie McGrath Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 make a statement on the matter. [25383/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 are engaging with the Office of the Attorney General in relation to the process of drafting this Bill.

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 fertilisation of the donor's gametes with gametes from a close family member of that donor. Under this Head "close family member" is defined as a parent, son, daughter, sibling (including half-brother or half-sister), grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, nephew or niece, being such a family member from birth. These provisions reflect the existing legal framework which prevents sex and marriage between close genetic relatives on the basis of consanguinity..

Maternity Services

 849. Deputy Mattie McGrath Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25384/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Services for People with Disabilities

 850. Deputy Paul Kehoe Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25419/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy..

Hospital Appointments Status

 851. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment. [25426/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

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 that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

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

Home Care Packages Provision

 852. Deputy Eugene Murphy Information on Eugene Murphy Zoom on Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25435/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Hospital Charges

 853. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25436/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 cost approximately €44 million to abolish these charges.

Respite Care Services

 854. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the estimated cost of increasing respite care hours by 10%, in tabular form. [25437/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy..

Dental Services Expenditure

 855. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25438/18]

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

Dental Services Expenditure

 856. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the annual expenditure on the public dental service in each of the years 2008 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [25439/18]

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

Health Services Data

 857. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 statement on the matter. [25440/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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.

Dental Services Waiting Lists

 858. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25441/18]

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

Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists

 859. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25442/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris In relation to the query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists

 860. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 he will make a statement on the matter. [25443/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris In relation to the query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Orthodontic Services Data

 861. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the average waiting time for orthodontic treatment by HSE area in each of the years 2008 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [25444/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Orthodontic Services Data

 862. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 orthodontic treatment to children with less severe needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25445/18]

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

Ambulance Service Data

 863. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [25446/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Health Services Data

 864. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25447/18]

 875. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 and other personnel required for rolling out anomaly screening to each of the 19 maternity units. [25478/18]

 907. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25518/18]

 908. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25519/18]

 909. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 on the matter. [25520/18]

 910. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 statement on the matter. [25521/18]

 911. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 make a statement on the matter. [25522/18]

 912. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 hospital in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25523/18]

 913. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 matter. [25524/18]

 915. Deputy Louise O'Reilly Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the estimated cost of funding and implementing the national maternity strategy; and if a breakdown of spending costs will be provided. [25526/18]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 864, 875, 907 to 913, inclusive, and 915 together.

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 Programme has developed a detailed Implementation Plan which I was pleased to launch in October 2017. The Plan is presented under the Strategy's four strategic priorities and details how each of the 77 actions will be implemented.

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 funding requirement is ongoing. The Strategy will be implemented on a phased basis over the coming years and therefore the funding requirement will vary from year to year. In that context, the Implementation Plan will inform the annual Estimates process each year. I can confirm that additional funding of €4.15 million is being provided to the Programme this year for the Strategy.

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 for 2018 is to increase access to anomaly scans. I understand that the Programme has approved the appointment of an additional 28 ultrasonographers which was the total requirement identified to provide 100% access to anomaly scanning. The Programme is also working with the maternity networks to ensure foetal medicine expertise is available when an anomaly is identified.

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 million allocation for the Strategy..

Services for People with Disabilities

 865. Deputy Seamus Healy Information on Seamus Healy Zoom on Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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. [25449/18]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy..


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