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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 194-201
 Header Item Diabetes Strategy
 Header Item Health Services Staff Issues
 Header Item Hospital Services
 Header Item Health Services Staff Issues
 Header Item Disease Incidence

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 789 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 194-201

Diabetes Strategy

 194. Deputy Joe McHugh Information on Joe McHugh Zoom on Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the numbers of children who are paediatric diabetes patients of each public hospital here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3497/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Health Services Staff Issues

 195. Deputy Denis Naughten Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when a decision will issue on an early retirement application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3507/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly Decisions on early retirement applications is a matter for the Health Service Executive, and as such, the Deputy's enquiry has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospital Services

 196. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will re-open the 4 beds in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, in order that persons suffering from life threatening epilepsy may undergo immediate treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3510/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly Throughout 2013 hospitals will open and close beds on various wards in order to deliver the planned level of activity. Beds may be closed at times during the year for a number of reasons, including cost containment, infection control and refurbishment. The decision to open and close beds is made at hospital management level and approved by the Regional Director of Operations

In the current economic climate the acute sector must reduce its costs in order to deliver the agreed level of activity within the resources available to it. The emphasis in 2013 will continue to be to make the most effective use of all acute bed capacity through shorter lengths of stay, increased rates of day-of-surgery admission and more day surgery so that the acute hospital system can ensure that, within the level of resources available, it provides safe, effective and efficient care to the maximum number of patients.

In relation to your query regarding the re-opening of beds in Beaumont Hospital to facilitate treatment for patients suffering from epilepsy, I have arranged for your question to be forwarded to the HSE who will respond to you directly in this regard.

Health Services Staff Issues

 197. Deputy Denis Naughten Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the current vacancies for graduate psychologists within the Health Service Executive; his plans to fill such posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3515/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The filling of such posts is a matter for the Health Service Executive, and as such, the Deputy's enquiry has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Disease Incidence

 198. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide data on the prevalence of sickle cell disease here.  [3527/13]

 199. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of deaths from sickle cell disease or related complications that have been recorded here over the past five years for which data are available.  [3528/13]

 200. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will consider setting up a comprehensive programme of testing for sickle cell disease here.  [3529/13]

 201. Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his plans to centre the treatment of sickle cell disease in one hospital here.  [3530/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 198 to 201, inclusive, together.

    No data on the prevalence of Sickle Cell Disorders are routinely available.

  The Hospital In-patient Enquiry (HIPE) system records details on each in-patient and daycase discharge from all publicly-funded acute hospitals but if a patient is admitted more than once for a specific condition, each admission is counted separately. For this reason, HIPE data cannot be interpreted as prevalence estimates.

  Vital Statistics are compiled by the Central Statistics Office. The number of deaths from sickle-cell disorders with ICD-10 code D57 from 2007-2011 is detailed on the table. Data for 2011 is provisional and is subject to revision.

  Source: - Vital Statistics Unit, Central Statistics Office. I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply directly to the Deputy in relation to the specific service issues raised.

Number of deaths from sickle cell disorders (ICD-10 D57), 2007 to 2011

- - - Total
2007 D570 Sickle-cell anaemia with crisis 1
2008 D571 Sickle-cell anaemia without crisis 1
2009 D571 Sickle-cell anaemia without crisis 2
2010 - - 0
2011* - - 0
* 2011 data are provisional and subject to revision.


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