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Donnelly, Stephen

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolutions 2020: Motion

I move:



    (1) THAT for the purposes of the tax charged by virtue of section 72 of the Finance Act 2005 (No. 5 of 2005), that Act be amended, with effect as on and from 14 October 2020, b...More Button

    I thank the Deputies. I will address Deputies Smith and Howlin at the same time as their questions had a similar message. Deputy Boyd Barrett also raises a similar point. I can provide figures o...More Button

    Financial Resolutions 2020: Motion (Continued)

    The answer to both questions is "Yes". One of the things we have done in the budget is to increase the Healthy Ireland budget by €20 million. It has quite effectively tackled issues around alcoho...More Button

    That is a fair point. I have figures before me relating to the illicit trade. Deputy Duncan Smith asked whether the Government has considered the point at which the benefit of the revenue brought...More Button

    On the facts and figures, the consumption of illicit and non-Irish duty paid cigarettes in 2018 stood at 22% of the market, which is a sizeable chunk. That figure comprises 13% illicit cigarette...More Button

    On the point made by Deputy Howlin, what is also relevant is that the estimated tax loss for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco is viewed as a notional loss in Exchequer tax revenue as it assum...More Button

    I am happy to provide the Deputies with any further briefings on the taxation side, the illicit trade, or indeed, my own area of Healthy Ireland. There is much good work that could be done. If ...More Button

      Question, "That Financial Resolution No. 1 be agreed to", put and declared carried.More Button

    Nursing Homes Support Scheme

    Was asked: the status of his Department's efforts to progress reforms to the fair deal, nursing home support scheme specifically reforms that will provide for the inclusion of farm land leased to third partie...More Button

    Was asked: the way in which a person that is an Irish citizen that requires long term care that is resident in a nursing home in Northern Ireland can apply for the fair deal scheme and return to live here; th...More Button

    Education Costs

    Was asked: if those undertaking educational psychology and counselling psychology doctorates will receive grants and funding as is the case for clinical psychology doctorates.More Button

    In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the deputy, as soon as possible. More Button

    Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

    Was asked: the status of a funding application for the reopening of day services (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the struggle by addiction recovery support meetings in County Clare to continue to provide adequate services in view of the public health guidelines and the resul...More Button

    Was asked: the additional Covid-19 related funding provided to Traveller healthcare projects to enable them to return to work safely in tabular form.More Button

    Was asked: the additional Covid-19 related funding provided to projects delivered through the HSE social inclusion to enable them to return to work safely in tabular form.More Button

    Ambulance Service

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to health and safety breaches at an ambulance depot (details supplied).More Button

    Was asked: the funding that has been provided to date for the ambulance service in County Carlow (details supplied).More Button

    I propose to take Questions Nos. 423 and 467 together.

      The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery and management of healthcare infrastructure. Capital spend ...More Button

    Medical Cards

    Was asked: if a commitment to provide survivors of mother and baby homes with medical cards will be put in place.More Button

    The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is due to submit its final report by 30th October 2020. The important work of this Commission will undoubtedly help us to acknowledge and ...More Button

    Memorialisation was one of the key issues examined by the Collaborative Forum of former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and related institutions which was set up by my predecessor. My Departme...More Button

    The Commission's final report will assist to inform deliberations on the development of local and national memorialisation measures. I am committed to facilitating further engagement with former ...More Button

    Was asked: the steps he is taking to ensure the required funding is provided for the increase in thresholds for medical cards as agreed in the Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria f...More Button

    The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2nd August 2020, provided for an increase to the gross medical card income limits for thos...More Button

    Was asked: the timeframe for the implementation of the commitment to raising the income threshold on medical cards for persons over 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2nd August 2020, provided for an increase to the gross medical card income limits for thos...More Button

    Was asked: the date on which the income limits for medical cards will be increased (details supplied); if there will be further delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2nd August 2020, provided for an increase to the gross medical card income limits for thos...More Button

    Was asked: when the income threshold for over 70s medical card will commence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2nd August 2020, provided for an increase to the gross medical card income limits for thos...More Button

    Covid-19 Pandemic

    Was asked: his views in relation to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    As the Deputy is aware, the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 was published by the Government on 15 September, 2020. This Plan provides a framework settin...More Button

    Was asked: the details of the way in which gyms can operate indoors under level 3 restrictions.More Button

    As the Deputy is aware, the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 was published by the Government on 15 September, 2020. This Plan provides a framework settin...More Button

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

    My Department has no plans to introduce legislation to indemnify decision makers as outlined in the Deputy's query. More Button

    In relation to the issues raised concerning residential care settings, the very infectious nature of the COVID-19 virus makes it difficult to prevent and control in residential care settings, inc...More Button

    As a new disease, health authorities across the world are learning about COVID-19 and adapting as new evidence and understanding is formed. The HSE in line with all health authorities continuousl...More Button

    The independent COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel Report published on 18 August 2020, examined a range of issues and key learnings arising from the pandemic up to the point of publication of th...More Button

    Was asked: the HSE policy for remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular for hospital employees whose work can be done from home; if a forum is available for workers to contact should they fee...More Button

    The 'Guidance and FAQs for Public Health Service Employers and Employees' document, prepared for the public service by DPER sets out in Section 1.1 who should attend their employers premises. It s...More Button

    Was asked: his views on the fact that members of the Covid-19 Expert Panel on Nursing Homes may have worked in institutions that have been involved in cases of mismanagement of incidences of Covid-19 outbreak...More Button

    Was asked: the number of primary schools that has had a confirmed case of Covid-19.More Button

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

    Was asked: the number of secondary schools that has had a confirmed case of Covid-19.More Button

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

    Was asked: the number of primary and secondary schoolteachers that have contracted Covid-19 in the workplace by county in tabular form.More Button

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

    Was asked: the process by which the members of the Covid-19 expert panel on nursing homes established by his predecessor were selected.More Button

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to concern amongst those that lost a loved one in nursing home (details supplied) that a person from the nursing home was appointed to the Covid-19 expert panel on n...More Button

    Was asked: if documentation is required to prove that a person is travelling across county lines to provide an essential care service; and if so, the documentation required.More Button

    Regulation 5(1) of the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 6) Regulations 2020 (SI No 413 of 2020) provides that a person shall not travel from their county of re...More Button

    Was asked: if consideration will be given to allowing swimming lessons to continue under level 3 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: the reason yoga studios cannot open under level 3 Covid-19 restrictions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: if consideration has been given to allowing children’s extracurricular activities to continue outside of school in a private play setting, be it dance or sporting classes, at level 3 with the child...More Button

    Was asked: if he will respond to correspondence requesting guidance (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

    Was asked: if yoga studios are permitted to operate under level 3 restrictions; and if they are able to facilitate classes that adhere to all other advice with regard to social distancing and other guidelines.More Button

    Was asked: if private dance and music schools are classified as education under the Plan for Living with Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    I propose to take Questions Nos. 478, 489, 509, 512, 541, 544 and 568 together.

      As the Deputy is aware, the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19<...More Button

    Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1327 of 8 September 2020, the number of staff redeployed from March 2020 to date from University Hospital Kerry to contact tracing or testing centres.More Button

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

    Was asked: his views on the importance of ventilation within Covid-19 prevention guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The Deputy may wish to note that the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre has produced a range of guidance notes for COVID-19, including Guidance on building ventilation during COVID-19 whic...More Button

      Question No. 489 answered with Question No. 478.More Button

    Was asked: if meetings of an organisation (details supplied) are allowed to continue in view of level 3 Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: if provision can be made on compassionate grounds for one visitor in full PPE to a care home under level 3 restrictions if the resident is suffering with mental health issues as a result of visitin...More Button

    I understand that the question raised by the Deputy concerns long term residential settings for people with a disability.

      People living in long-term residential care faciliti...More Button

    Was asked: the number of critical care beds available in the private healthcare system that would form part of a HSE deal with private sector hospitals to access their capacity in the event of a lack of publi...More Button

    In anticipation of the projected surge in Covid-19 cases and the expected impact on the health care system a major part of the response was to urgently ramp up capacity for acute hospital care faci...More Button

    Following termination of the agreement, the Government mandated the HSE to seek to agree with the private hospitals a new arrangement which would provide the HSE with access to private hospital c...More Button

    In addition, the HSE has initiated a procurement process to secure access to additional acute services and diagnostics from private providers which is required to address anticipated shortfall ov...More Button

    Was asked: the membership of the National Public Health Emergency Team and its associated subgroups; if membership details have changed since the publication of the second edition of the National Public Healt...More Button

    The Deputy is advised that the NPHET’s membership is multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral in line with best international practice. The NPHET consists of representatives from across the health and...More Button

      Question No. 544 answered with Question No. 478.More Button

    Was asked: if occupational therapists and speech and language therapists in Cheeverstown are being reallocated to track and tracing.More Button

    Was asked: the date on which the Covid-19 roadmap for the reopening of day care services for older persons will be communicated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: if occupational therapists in County Kildare have been reassigned to contact tracing; 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, as soon as possible. More Button

    Disability Services Provision

    Was asked: his plans to improve travel services for persons with disabilities.More Button

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

    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...More Button

    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.More Button

    Was asked: if disability services will continue in level 5 Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.More Button

    Was asked: the measures being taken to prioritise the full reopening of day care services for adults with an intellectual disability in counties Laois and Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: when the capacity review of disability services completed in 2019 will be published.More Button

    Was asked: the status of works to be carried out on a day care centre (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter. More Button

    Was asked: the number of day centres in Cork city and county that have closed since mid-March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; the location of each centre; the service provided by each centre; the n...More Button

    Was asked: if funding will be provided for the provision of transport to and from disability support services in west County Cork that have been reduced due to social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols; ...More Button

    Was asked: the timelines for the refurbishment of a health facility (details supplied); when services will resume at the facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: if services will commence at an early date at a proposed health facility (details supplied); if the centre will be operational at an early date in view of the need to provide services in the area; ...More Button

    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...More Button

    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, as soon as possible. More Button

    Primary Care Services

    Was asked: if a primary care centre (details supplied) will reopen; 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 status of the provision of a community intervention team in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

    Departmental Reports

    Was asked: the status of the publication of the report by the implementation, monitoring and evaluation group established to examine the need for legislative change, the operational details and the phasing of...More Button

    Was asked: the status of the roll-out of the health diversion approach to personal drug use possession due to commence in the third quarter of 2020.More Button

    Medical Aids and Appliances

    Was asked: his plans to support amputees with the financial cost of prosthetics in view of the fact that they are not included on the long-term illness scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a stateme...More Button

    Under the Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme, patients receive drugs, medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related to the treatment of their illness, free of charge. Prosthetics for ...More Button

    Matters concerning taxation refunds come within the remit of the Minister for Finance.More Button

    Prescriptions Charges

    Was asked: the reason he has not provided for the reduction in prescription charges set to come into effect on 1 July 2020; if medical card holders will see the reduction; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

    Prescription charges were introduced in the Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2010, to address the rising costs in the General Medical Services (GMS) scheme.

      As part of Budget 20...More Button

    Medicinal Products

    Was asked: if a drug (details supplied) is in short supply; 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, as soon as possible.More Button

    Was asked: the status of a drug (details supplied); if it is reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drugs schemes, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) A...More Button

    Was asked: if there is an appeals process for those who have been refused reimbursement by the HSE for the use of the breast cancer drug pertuzumab despite a consultant oncologist’s opinion that it would be b...More Button

    The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drugs schemes, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) A...More Button

    Abortion Services Provision

    Was asked: if a person who suffers a failed abortion here will receive a repeat service if the failed procedure has caused them to pass the 12-week mark; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Section 12 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 states that a termination of pregnancy may be carried out by a medical practitioner where, having examined the woman, he o...More Button

    HSE Staff

    Was asked: the detail of the 12,500 additional health care staff posts following the recent announcement by the HSE in view of the fact that almost €1 million is spent daily on agency staff; and if all posts ...More Button

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

    Was asked: the policy of the HSE with regard to administrative hospital staff working from home where possible during the Covid-19 pandemic (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The 'Guidance and FAQs for Public Health Service Employers and Employees' document, prepared for the public service by DPER sets out in Section 1.1 who should attend their employers premises. It s...More Button

    Covid-19 Tests

    Was asked: the procedures in place for Covid-19 testing for staff and residents at two facilities in County Donegal (details supplied); 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, as soon as possible. More Button

    Was asked: the reason a response has not issued from the HSE to Parliamentary Question No. 1241 of 8 September 2020; the protocols in place between his Department and the HSE to ensure timely replies to parli...More Button

    Under Standing Order 42A, a question may be referred to a body and the referred body has ten working days to provide a response to the Deputy.More Button

    The HSE has been experiencing large volumes of Parliamentary Questions and Representations, particularly in relation to testing and tracing. Up to 6 October 3,469 PQs have ben referred for dire...More Button

    Was asked: if he will address a matter regarding a Covid-19 test for persons (details supplied).More Button

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

    Was asked: if rapid antigen testing 15 minutes will be considered as part of the long-term strategy to live with Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The HSE is not currently using rapid antigen tests. However, it is continuously examining the issues involved in their potential use, including sensitivity, as many of the antigen tests developed ...More Button

    The HSE advises that antigen testing may well have a potential role in testing of both symptomatic and asymptomatic people in the future. Studies of these tests, similar to the one mentioned, are...More Button

    It is also worth noting the rapid Health Technology Assessment (HTA) which the Health Information Quality (HIQA) has in recent days submitted to NPHET on alternative diagnostic approaches, includ...More Button

    Was asked: his views on antigen testing for Covid-19; his further views on whether this test can supplement or replace the laboratory testing of samples; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The HSE is not currently using rapid antigen tests. However, it is continuously examining the issues involved in their potential use, including sensitivity, as many of the antigen tests developed ...More Button

    The HSE advises that antigen testing may well have a potential role in testing of both symptomatic and asymptomatic people in the future. Studies of these tests, similar to the one mentioned, are...More Button

    It is also worth noting the rapid Health Technology Assessment (HTA) which the Health Information Quality (HIQA) has in recent days submitted to NPHET on alternative diagnostic approaches, includ...More Button

      Question No. 541 answered with Question No. 478.More Button

    Was asked: the reason there is no Covid-19 testing centre on the southside of Cork city in view of its large population and level three restrictions; and his plans to set up a testing centre in this areaMore Button

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

    Was asked: if home help staff are receiving regular Covid-19 tests; and if not, the reason (details supplied).More Button

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

    Was asked: the average waiting time for a Covid-19 test in each testing centre in County Cork in tabular form; 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, as soon as possible. More Button

    Hospital Appointments Status

    Was asked: if a person (details supplied) will receive a date for a procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

    The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

    The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

    The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

    The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

    In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

    Was asked: if a person (details supplied) will receive cancer treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) advise that the person in question is an inpatient in their Haematology/Oncology ward. The patient is receiving treatment and we are advised that the treatment...More Button

    Was asked: if a person (details supplied) will receive a date for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

    The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

    The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

    The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

    The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

    In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

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

    It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

    The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

    The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

    The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

    The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

    In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

    Hospital Transfers

    Was asked: if a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital transfer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Saolta University Health Care Group advise that the person in question received their hospital transfer, as requested, and is currently receiving treatment. More Button

    Dental Services

    Was asked: if funding will be provided for personal protective equipment for dentists (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) provides dental care free of charge to medical card holders aged 16 and over. These services are provided by over 1,400 independent dental practitioners...More Button

    I am aware of the difficulties that the current Covid-19 pandemic poses for the dental profession. My Department, in conjunction with the HSE, is examining the issue of the provision of PPE acros...More Button

    Was asked: if he will request increased funding in budget 2021 to ensure the oral hygiene and dental sector is supported in the form of enhanced subsidies for general medical services, GMS, and PRSI patients ...More Button

    Was asked: the measures he is seeking in budget 2021 to support dentistry here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    I propose to take Questions Nos. 474 and 524 together.More Button

    The Dental Treatment Services Scheme provides dental treatments to medical card holders. Services are provided by independent practitioners who have contracts with the HSE. Services currently avail...More Button

    Smile agus Sláinte, the National Oral Health Policy, published by my Department in April 2019, sets out the new model of care delivery for dental services. The timeframe for the delivery of the P...More Button

    The Dental Treatment Benefit Scheme comes under the remit of the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Eligibility for this Scheme is based on a person's PRSI contributions. Tax ...More Button

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that children as young as six years of age with medical cards are being refused dental treatment (details supplied).More Button

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

    General Practitioner Services

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Rush, County Dublin will be without a general practitioner delivering HSE contract services; and his views on putting additional supports in place t...More Button

    The Government is committed to the continued development of GP capacity to ensure that patients across the country continue to have access to GP services, especially in remote rural areas and also ...More Button

    There are currently five GPs providing GMS services to medical card and GP visit card holders in Rush, Co. Dublin. The HSE has advised that one GP that has indicated their intention to resign fr...More Button

    The HSE is committed to maintaining GP numbers in Rush to ensure that people living in this area have access to GP services. More Button

    Disability Services Funding

    Was asked: if additional funding in addition to the €10 million recently announced will be made available to facilitate the resumption of day services and enhanced home support services for disability service...More Button

    Was asked: the budget requested by each disability service to resume providing services for children and adults, in tabular form.More Button

    Was asked: the steps he is taking to ensure that the deficits experienced by section 38 and section 39 disability service providers are eliminated; the date on which these deficits will be eliminated; and if ...More Button

    Disability services focus on enabling people with disabilities to achieve their full potential, living ordinary lives in ordinary places, as independently as possible while ensuring that the voices...More Button

    My primary concern as Minister for Health is to ensure the continuity of these vital services in the interests of the well-being of the children, adolescents and adults who, along with their fami...More Button

    Specialist disability services are provided by a range of organisations. In some cases, services are delivered directly by the Health Service Executive (HSE). However the majority of organisation...More Button

    Significant resources have been invested by the health sector in disability services over the past number of years. As set out in the National Service Plan 2020, the 2020 disability budget is €20...More Button

    In the context of COVID-19, the HSE has provided significant supports to Section 38 and Section 39 organisations providing disability specialist services. Through the Community Healthcare Organis...More Button

    In addition, the Government has agreed to allocate substantial additional funding to the Health Vote to meet the costs associated with the implementation of the measures outlined in the National ...More Button

    The HSE will continue to work in partnership with all service provider organisations to ensure the best level of service possible is provided to people with a disability, and their families, with...More Button

    Was asked: his plans to provide funding to a service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    As the Deputy will be aware, St John of God Community Services recently served the HSE with 12 months’ notice of its intention to terminate the provision of services under Section 38 of the Health ...More Button

    Health Services Provision

    Was asked: if a specialist multidisciplinary team will be recruited and established to deal with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.More Button

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

    Was asked: if decompression, fusion and re-tethering, treatments will be made available for patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.More Button

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

    Was asked: if an upright MRI machine will be procured for patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.More Button

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

    Was asked: the measures being taken to address the growing number of non-alcohol fatty liver disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: if provision has been made to provide transport to persons suspected of having Covid-19 who do not have means of transport; 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, as soon as possible. More Button

    Was asked: the status of the use of Citywest; his plans to extend the contract; his plans for its future use; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: the costs to date associated with Citywest; the projected future costs; the current and proposed future uses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    I propose to take Questions Nos. 508 and 525 together.More Button

    Background:More Button

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the HSE committed to the provision of a National Self -Isolation Facility, to provide a service for people affected by Covid-19 (confirmed or suspected cases...More Button

    In conjunction with the self-isolation facility at Citywest Hotel, the Hotel Convention Centre was converted into a 300 bed overflow step down facility for patients who have had the virus but are...More Button

    The existing licence agreement for the use of the Citywest Hotel and Convention Centre is expiring and will need to be renewed by the end of October 2020, or the premises returned to its original...More Button

    Current Position:More Button

    The national self-isolation facility at Citywest remains operational with admissions continuing. In addition, the HSE Healthcare Worker Self Isolation pathway at Citywest opened for admissions on 1...More Button

    A significant testing (swabbing) centre is now also operational at the site since mid-September governed by HSE South West Dublin area (CHO7). This testing centre in its current configuration and...More Button

    In additional, the following services, supported by Acute Operations are now operating from the Convention Centre under existing licence arrangements to ensure utilisation of the facility and to ...More Button

    IEHG Glaucoma Testing: More Button

    An IEHG led drive through glaucoma testing clinic is operational which proposes to treat 2,000 patients prior to the expiry of the current licence arrangement. More Button

    CHI Allergy Testing:More Button

    CHI and CUH commenced ‘Food Challenges’ allergy testing on 7th September 2020. It is anticipated that they will treat 400 patients during a six-week period prior to the expiry of the current licenc...More Button

    CHI Orthoptist Clinic:More Button

    CHI commenced Orthoptist led clinics on 7th September 2020 to treat a waiting list of approximately 500 patients whose appointments were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. More Button

    Going Forward:More Button

    The HSE is committed to the provision of a National Self-Isolation Facility in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and are actively working on contingency measures to ensure the on-going provision ...More Button

    Based on activity to date, the HSE requires on-going access to a baseline capacity of 200 beds, with contingency to increase capacity beyond this level in response to increased Covid-19 infection...More Button

      Question No. 509 answered with Question No. 478.More Button

    Was asked: if supplemental Covid-19 funding will be provided in budget 2021 for an adult day service (details supplied) to enable a full return to services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Health Services Staff

    Was asked: if the process for the recent community swabbers positions (details supplied) will reopen; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    As the Health Service Executive are running this recruitment campaign, I have asked them to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter, as soon as possible.More Button

    Was asked: the number of approved posts for adult and paediatric audiologists; the number of posts filled; the number of posts vacant by community healthcare organisation, CHO, area, in tabular form; and if h...More Button

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

    Was asked: the number of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists available for assessments and follow-up appointments for children in counties Carlow and Kilkenny; the wai...More Button

    Was asked: the number of persons who applied to the recruitment campaign for community swabbers in the CHO8 area; the number of community swabbers that have been recruited in the CHO8 area; and if this will e...More Button

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

    Was asked: the date on which staff will return from testing duties to their work at a centre (details supplied).More Button

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

    Was asked: the number of paediatric occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists in areas of County Cork (details supplied) in each of the years 2015 to 2019 and to date in 202...More Button

    Mental Health Services

    Was asked: the status of the development of a mental health crisis house at a location (details supplied); the date on which this development will go to tender; the cost of this development; if funds have bee...More Button

    Was asked: the person or body that made the decision that a psychiatric unit (details supplied) would be redeveloped as a general hospital rather than reopening as a psychiatric facility; the reason for this ...More Button

    Was asked: the number of vacancies in mental health services for adults and children, respectively, by county, in tabular form.More Button

    Was asked: the number of patients with mental health difficulties presenting to South Tipperary General Hospital in each year since the closure of St. Michael’s Hospital in 2012, including to date in 2020; th...More Button

    Was asked: the capacity at the department of psychiatry in Kilkenny; the number of beds available; the number of beds occupied by patients from County Tipperary; the number and percentage of patients from Cou...More Button

    Youth Services

    Was asked: the reason behind the decision to cease sports for children and young persons in community clubs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The Government's Strategy ‘Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19’ sets out a Framework of 5 Levels which outline the broad measures which will apply depending on the leve...More Button

    Addiction Treatment Services

    Was asked: the status of the work of the working group to consider alternative approaches to the possession of drugs for personal use; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Was asked: his plans for improving access to treatment for persons with gambling addictions; if he will consider the results of a study of the nine community healthcare organisation, CHO, regions (details sup...More Button

    Period Poverty

    Was asked: when the report of the sub-committee on period poverty will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Primary Care Centres

    Was asked: the status of the development of the primary care centre in Birr, County Offaly; 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 level of service provision at a primary care centre (details supplied); his plans for its future use; if hours at the centre will be expanded; 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 status of the future of community healthcare in Swords, County Dublin; 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

    Health Services Access

    Was asked: when children (details supplied) will receive appointments for intervention.More Button

    Was asked: when the health centre in Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare will be reopened; 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

    Child Abuse

    Was asked: the percentage of allegations of child sexual abuse that are recommended as unfounded each year by St. Clare’s Unit in Temple Street Hospital in each of the past five years; and if he will make a s...More Button

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

    Hospital Services

    Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive results from St. Vincent’s Hospital. More Button

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

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many hospital groups are not availing of electronic prescribing for discharges; the reason in this regard, in view of the fact that there are benefi...More Button

    The majority of public hospitals in Ireland do not currently have electronic prescribing in place. The implementation of ePrescribing is a significant programme of work and will take time to embed ...More Button

    Rapid implementation of the ETP was only possible in the pandemic because:More Button

    - the majority of GP practices avail of four accredited practice systems which the HSE rapidly upgraded to support the ETP during the pandemic,More Button

    - underpinning regulations were developed by the Department of Health,More Button

    - every community pharmacy in the country had access to the secure Healthmail system that was used to underpin ETP. More Button

    This service has proven to be successful with approximately 50,000 scripts now being transferred electronically between GPs, community pharmacies every day. To build on this work, the HSE has est...More Button

    Alcohol Pricing

    Was asked: the date on which minimum unit pricing for the sale of alcohol will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The 2013 Government Decision which approved the implementation of minimum unit pricing in Ireland envisaged that it would be introduced in the Republic and in Northern Ireland simultaneously. This ...More Button

    Legislation to introduce a minimum unit price has not yet been introduced in Northern Ireland however on 29 July this year the Northern Ireland Health Minister, Robin Swann, committed to a public...More Button

    HSE Data

    Was asked: if a copy of the presentation given by the HSE in relation to airport texting will be provided; the date on which the presentation was given and to whom; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

    As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly as soon as possible. More Button

    National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics

    Was asked: if his Department has examined the use of the quality-adjusted life year in determining drug funding; the conclusions made to its effectiveness; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The Quality-adjusted life Years (QALY) is the economic evaluation system which is used to set a threshold of cost-effectiveness when assessing medicines in Ireland. The QALY is a measure of the st...More Button

    Health Services Reports

    Was asked: the steps he is taking to ensure that the recommendations of a review (details supplied) are implemented; the recommendations acted upon to date; the timeline for the completion of each of the acti...More Button

    The Report of the Independent Review Group established to examine the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and social services, published in February 2019, highlighted the impo...More Button

    The key finding in the Report is the need to strengthen the relationship between the State and the voluntary sector. To this end, a Dialogue Forum with Voluntary Organisations was established in...More Button

    The Forum is independently chaired by Peter Cassells. Members of the Forum include the Department, the HSE, HIQA, the Mental Health Commission and the main representative bodies of voluntary prov...More Button

    The Forum met twice in December and January, but further meetings scheduled for March 2020 and May 2020 were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.More Button

    The Chair recently convened a sub-group of Forum to act as a planning group to assist him in planning and, where appropriate, progressing the work of the Forum over the next three to four months....More Button

    More generally, many of the Independent Review Group Report’s recommendations dovetail with the Sláintecare programme and are being considered in that context. In addition, some recommendations a...More Button

    Was asked: the date on which the National Adult Critical Care Capacity and Activity Census Report 2020 will be published.More Button

    The report the Deputy refers to is prepared by the Critical Care Programme of the HSE. As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

    Was asked: the status of a review being conducted into a unit (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Following reports of planned changes to midwifery led maternity service provision at Cavan General Hospital, my Department requested a full report from the National Women & Infants Health Pr...More Button

    Respite Care Services

    Was asked: the amount of funding allocated for respite services.More Button

    Was asked: the funding allocation for respite services in the budgets in each of the years 2015 to 2018, inclusive; the expenditure on respite services in the years 2016 to 2019, inclusive; and if he will mak...More Button

    Substance Misuse

    Was asked: the steps he has taken to address the misuse of nitrous oxide; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Vaccination Programme

    Was asked: the quantity of the winter 'flu vaccination purchased; his plans for additional quantities to be purchased; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Given the potential for the winter flu season in 2020/2021 to coincide with a resurgence of COVID, and the importance of minimising hospital attendance, the Government is expanding the provision of...More Button

    1.35 million doses of the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine have been ordered this year, to be made available to all persons in an at-risk group aged from 6 months up. The HSE has also ordered 600,0...More Button

    Orders for flu vaccines are placed early in the year for the following winter season, due to the necessary lead-times for manufacturing the vaccines, and at the moment the international market fo...More Button

    Those not covered by the HSE programme can avail of vaccination on a private basis. I understand that stocks of vaccine for private administration are now being distributed. The Health Products ...More Button

    Was asked: his plans to incentivise pharmacists to carry out off-site vaccination clinics; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The 2020/2021 influenza vaccination season will be the 10th year that pharmacists have provided this service to patients. Since the pharmacy vaccination service began, the pharmacy regulator, the P...More Button

    It was therefore considered appropriate to build on the existing good practice and patient trust to further develop this service, in order to meet the evolving healthcare needs of the public and ...More Button

    Due to the impact of COVID-19, there is a public health need to increase access to the influenza vaccine. I, as Minister for Health, have signed into law Statutory Instrument No. 401 of 2020 - Me...More Button

    This has the potential to greatly increase uptake of the influenza vaccine in all the groups, who can avail of the vaccine free of charge in particular those in the at-risk categories, as well ...More Button

    Given the importance of maximising the level of uptake in the flu vaccination, my Department, in conjunction with the HSE and following discussion with the IMO and IPU, has agreed to a process to...More Button

    However, it is not the role of the Minister for Health to set up off-site influenza vaccination clinics led by pharmacists or any other healthcare professional, rather this is demand led and arra...More Button

      Question No. 512 answered with Question No. 478.More Button

    Was asked: if teachers will be eligible for the free 'flu vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Given the potential for the winter flu season in 2020/2021 to coincide with a resurgence of COVID, and the importance of minimising hospital attendance, the has expanded the provision of vaccinatio...More Button

    The expanded programme will ensure that those most vulnerable to the effects of influenza will have access to vaccination without charges. By providing vaccination to those most at-risk, and thos...More Button

    1.35 million doses of the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine have been ordered this year, to be made available to all persons in an at-risk group aged from 6 months up. The HSE has also ordered 600,0...More Button

    Teachers who are not covered by the publicly funded influenza vaccination programme can avail of influenza vaccination from GPs and pharmacists on a private basis. I understand that deliveries of...More Button

    Primary Medical Certificates

    Was asked: the number of applications for primary medical certificates that were approved in 2019 and for the first six months of 2020, by county or CHO basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Emergency Departments

    Was asked: the procedure followed when a teenager consistently presents at accident and emergency with headaches; and if a MRI scan is offered as standard procedure. More Button

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

    Transport Support Scheme

    Was asked: the measures being put in place to address the transport issues facing many of the families which use a service (details supplied); if the service sought an additional funding allocation to address...More Button

    Health Information and Quality Authority

    Was asked: the level of national oversight that is in place and provided from HIQA and the HSE in view of the immediate medical support, advice and urgent assistance if required to nursing homes and congregat...More Button

    Hospital Waiting Lists

    Was asked: the number of patients waiting and wait times, including for diagnosis, on cardiac care wait lists in County Waterford in each of the years 2017 to 2019, inclusive, and to date in 2020; and if he w...More Button

    It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      In response to the Covid-19 pande...More Button

    Cancer Services

    Was asked: the number of cancer referrals in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The HSE's National Cancer Control Programme advise that they currently collect data on electronic GP referrals to Symptomatic Breast Disease Clinics, Lung Rapid Access Clinics and Prostate Rapid Ac...More Button

    Was asked: the number of cancer diagnoses made in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The number of cancer diagnoses made in Symptomatic Breast Disease Clinics, Lung Rapid Access Clinics and Prostate Rapid Access Clinics in January/July 2019 and 2020 is set out below. GPs can refer...More Button

    Was asked: the number of cancer patients that saw a consultant in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    The number of patients who attended Symptomatic Breast Disease Clinics, Lung Rapid Access Clinics and Prostate Rapid Access Clinics in January/August 2019 and 2020 is set out below. These clinics ...More Button

    Was asked: the number of cancer procedures by type conducted in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2020; 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 directly to the Deputy, as soon as possible.More Button

    Was asked: the number of cancer surgeries made in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2020; 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 directly to the Deputy, as soon as possible.More Button

    Health Services

    Was asked: if he will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied).More Button

    As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to the deputy directly in relation to this matter.More Button

    Was asked: the date on which documentation will be issued relating to confirmation of service requested by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    This is an administrative matter for the HSE therefore I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

    Hospital Data

    Was asked: the number of patients admitted on a monthly basis to intensive care units here in each of the years 2017 to 2019, inclusive, and in the first nine months of 2020.More Button

    I have asked the HSE to respond to the deputy directly.More Button

    Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 204 of 23 September 2020, the hours of operation of each such acute hospital stroke unit in tabular form; if it is a consultant led service; the number of staf...More Button

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

    Hospital Charges

    Was asked: the amount spent by the HSE in contracting debt collection agencies to pursue unpaid statutory charges in each of the years 2013 to 2019, inclusive, and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if he ...More Button

    Patient charges are a key element of the overall funding envelope of the Irish health system and are taken into account when agreeing the Annual Estimates and the subsequent preparation of the annu...More Button

    Was asked: the costs incurred by each public hospital in contracting external debt collection agencies to pursue unpaid statutory charges in each of the years 2013 to 2019, inclusive, and to date in 2020, in ...More Button

    Patient charges are a key element of the overall funding envelope of the Irish health system and are taken into account when agreeing the Annual Estimates and the subsequent preparation of the annu...More Button

    Was asked: the number of inpatients or inpatient day cases with unpaid inpatient charges whose debt was referred to a debt collection or legal agency in each of the years 2013 to 2019, inclusive, and to date ...More Button

    Patient charges are a key element of the overall funding envelope of the Irish health system and are taken into account when agreeing the Annual Estimates and the subsequent preparation of the annu...More Button

    Was asked: the expenditure by the HSE and public hospitals on referral of statutory charges to external debt collection or legal agencies; the breakdown of expenditure per charge, that is, inpatient charge, o...More Button

    Patient charges are a key element of the overall funding envelope of the Irish health system and are taken into account when agreeing the Annual Estimates and the subsequent preparation of the annu...More Button

    Was asked: the number of inpatients or inpatient day cases who have had unpaid inpatient charges partly or entirely waived on hardship grounds in each of the years from 2013 to 2019, inclusive, and to date in...More Button

    Patient charges are a key element of the overall funding envelope of the Irish health system and are taken into account when agreeing the Annual Estimates and the subsequent preparation of the annu...More Button

    Undefined

    Was asked: his views on a report (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    Home Care Packages

    Was asked: the status of the home care pilot scheme; and his plans to roll out the scheme further.More Button

    Health Screening Programmes

    Was asked: the steps he is taking to clear the backlog of BreastCheck screening appointments; if appointments will be expedited; his plans to make BreastCheck screening in private hospitals free for persons w...More Button

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

    Nursing Home Accommodation

    Was asked: the number of public nursing homes by county; the number of private nursing homes by county; his plans for the development of further public nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

    Voluntary Sector

    Was asked: if he will provide a list of section 39 funded organisations; the amount of funding allocated to each organisation in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    As this is a service matter I have referred this to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy More Button

    Occupational Therapy

    Was asked: if occupational therapists in County Kildare have been redeployed to other areas; the impact this is having on assessment waiting lists in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

    School Attendance

    Was asked: the status of the development of a State-funded contraception scheme; if an implementation group has been established to progress this work; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    A Working Group was established in April 2019 to consider the range of policy, regulatory and legislative issues arising in relation to improving access to contraception in Ireland.  &nbs...More Button

    Crisis Pregnancy Services

    Was asked: the measures introduced to prevent the operation of rogue crisis pregnancy agencies which seek to obstruct women seeking access to termination of pregnancy services; and if he will make a statement...More Button

    As the Deputy will be aware, the state-provided My Options information service is the first port of call for someone with an unplanned pregnancy seeking information and support. Professional counse...More Button

    Disabilities Assessments

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the backlog for assessment of need for children with a disability in the south County Kildare and west County Wicklow area; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

    Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the reassignment of 3.5 clinicians from the South Kildare Children’s Disability Network Team to address the backlog for assessment of need for children with a dis...More Button

    Physical Education

    Was asked: the reason extracurricular sporting activities for young persons are classified differently to in-school sporting activities (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

    As the Deputy is aware, the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 was published by the Government on 15 September, 2020. This Plan provides a framework setting out Irelan...More Button