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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 572-587
 Header Item Respite Care Services
 Header Item Health Services
 Header Item Emergency Departments
 Header Item Health Services Funding
 Header Item Health Services Funding
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists
 Header Item HSE Data
 Header Item HSE Data
 Header Item HSE Funding
 Header Item HSE Data
 Header Item Health Services
 Header Item Health Services Staff Data
 Header Item Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 918 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 572-587

Respite Care Services

 572. Deputy Michael D'Arcy Information on Michael D'Arcy Zoom on Michael D'Arcy asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris when he will make funding available for the day-to-day running of a house that will provide respite care for adults at Redshire Road, Murrintown, County Wexford (details supplied). [22029/16]

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. 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. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, the Deputy can contact my Private Office and they will follow the matter up with the HSE.

Health Services

 573. Deputy Mick Barry Information on Mick Barry Zoom on Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris his vews on the quality of treatment received by a person (details supplied). [22031/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris The Deputy will be aware that I cannot comment on individual cases, but I would like to wish the patient well in his recovery from the accident. 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. As this particular query relates to a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.

Emergency Departments

 574. Deputy Bobby Aylward Information on Bobby Aylward Zoom on Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if he will provide a guarantee that the major trauma care will not be removed from the emergency department in St. Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny and that the emergency department will not be downgraded in line with reports in a newspaper (details supplied) that the trauma steering group had made a recommendation to that effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22032/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I would like to reassure the Deputy that the work underway in developing a policy on a national trauma policy is about getting the best outcomes for a particular, small category of patients who sustain traumatic injuries. It is not about closing Emergency Departments or diminishing services. There are currently no plans to close or remove trauma services from any hospital.

A trauma patient needs access to the best service that has the right resources to match their often multiple and critical needs in the shortest time possible. The aim of developing national policy on trauma networks is to ensure that trauma patients are brought to the right place at the right time for the right care so they can make the best recovery possible. It is about building on the strengths of pre-hospital care, all of our acute hospitals and post-acute services to provide an optimal configuration of trauma services. The implementation of Hospital Groups provides an opportunity for hospitals to work together to enhance trauma services for patients.

The need for a national trauma system has been recognised for many years. In June 2015 the National Clinical Programme for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery published the Model of Care for trauma and orthopaedic surgery and strongly recommended that a national approach to trauma services should be taken. The RCSI (the professional body representing all surgeons and emergency medicine specialists) also called for its establishment at their annual scientific meeting last year.

Last year, the then Minister for Health appointed a National Steering Group to develop policy on a major trauma system for Ireland. This is a joint initiative from the Department of Health and the HSE, developed in recognition that we do not have a coordinated trauma network structure in Ireland.

The Steering Group has been working with the Department of Health, the HSE and all relevant HSE National Clinical Leads, including Surgery, Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, Critical Care, Orthopaedics and Trauma on the development of the policy. The group has not yet reported, I have not seen any output from this group and the Group's recommendations are not expected until later this year.

Health Services Funding

 575. Deputy Ruth Coppinger Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the State funding provided by his Department and agencies under its remit, including the HSE, to non-profit organisations, including voluntary hospitals and non-governmental organisations for each year from 2008 to 2015. [22040/16]

 576. Deputy Ruth Coppinger Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the State funding provided by his Department and agencies under its remit, including the Health Service Executive, to faith based non-profit organisations, including voluntary hospitals and non-governmental organisations for each year from 2008 to 2015. [22041/16]

 578. Deputy Ruth Coppinger Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the State funding provided by his Department and agencies under its remit, including the Health Service Executive, to faith-based non-profit organisations for each year from 2008 to 2015. [22043/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 575, 576 and 578 together.

  My Department administers a National Lottery Discretionary Fund from which once-off grants are paid to community and voluntary organisations providing a range of health related services. Details of grants paid to organisations for each of the years 2009 to 2015 are available on my Department's website at http://health.gov.ie/about-us/national-lottery-grant-scheme/.

  A schedule of the grants paid by my Department from lottery funds in 2008 is attached for your information.

  I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply directly to the Deputy regarding any funding it provided to the organisations concerned. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office who will follow up on the matter.

National Lottery Grants Approved by the Minister – 2008Amount Paid €
Alpha One Foundation20,000
Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge20,000
ARC Cancer Support Centre32,000
Ballinagh Playground Association3,000
Ballybunion Active Retirement Association2,000
Ballyglass Community Council Ltd50,000
Ballyhass Community Childcare Facility Ltd10,000
Ballymachugh Childcare Group Ltd5,000
Ballymun Network for Assisting Children and Young People5,000
Ballyowen Meadows School5,000
Barnados Post Adoption Service30,000
Beacon of Light Counselling Centre20,000
Castlebridge Community Development5,000
CD’s Helping Hands78,000
Childminding Ireland30,000
Clarecastle and District Day Care Centre Ltd50,000
Clondalkin Community Montessori School Ltd.25,000
Coiste Seanoiri Ceann Trá / Club Na Sinsear Teo46,000
Console100,000
COPE Waterside House1,000
COPE Waterside House Childcare Unit5,000
Cork Counselling Services105,000
Cuidiu - Irish Childbirth Trust5,500
Cystinosis Foundation Ireland15,000
Deaf Community Centre Ltd.8,090
Doneyloop Youth Club77,200
Down Syndrome Ireland54,150
Dromcollogher & District Respite Care Centre45,000
Dungloe Hospital, Golden Jubilee Celebrations15,000
Freastogail Mhuire MXD National School Autism Unit (Killahan)4,000
Friends of Sligo General Hospital170,000
Friends of St. Ita's Community Hospital80,000
Headway Ireland5,000
Helping Hands Adoption Facilitation Agency Ltd100,000
Home-Start Lucan80,000
International Adoption Association12,000
Intro Art3,000
Irish Association of Suicidology12,000
Irish Chinese Contact Group10,000
Irish College of General Practitioners15,000
Irish Countrywomen’s Association100,000
Irish Deaf Youth Association5,000
Irish Foster Care Association50,000
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind100,000
Irish Haemochromatosis Association110,000
Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association150,000
Irish Raynaud's & Scleroderma Society10,000
Irish Red Cross - Roscrea Branch7,500
Leitrim Lifestart56,600
Lifestart National Office4,000
Limerick Senior Citizens Club10,000
Little Way Cancer Support Centre70,000
Lixnaw Playground Project10,000
Mental Health Ireland80,000
Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth Family Project78,800
Moylough Community Playschool Ltd10,000
Nazareth Social Club25,152
Neurological Alliance of Ireland1,500
North Kerry Together Ltd.20,000
Nuerofibromatosis Association of Ireland2,000
Open Heart House Ltd27,500
Order of Malta Care Project65,000
Pallasgreen Active Ireland2,500
Raheen Hospital Support Group70,000
Rialto Day Care Centre35,700
Riding for the Disabled Association15,000
Samaritans Ireland

Scoil Aonghusa Special School
200,000

50,000
Serenity Active Retirement10,000
Setanta Special School10,000
Sophia Housing Association20,000
Southill Family Resource Centre15,000
St Aidans Day Care Centre52,000
St Luke's Social Service Centre10,000
St Vincent's Day Care Centre10,000
St. Michael's Family Life Centre20,000
Tallaght Travellers Youth Service (TTYS)20,000
Teen-Line Ireland26,000
Teen Parents Support Programme10,000
The Bridge Recovery Group Ltd30,000
The Holiday Home Project10,000
The Irish Kidney Association500,000
Tithe Cois Tra6,960
Tithe Cois Tra - Daycare for Elderly and Disabled2,000
Treoir25,000
Tullaghan Community Playgroup Ltd.3,900
West Donegal Parents and Friends Assoc of the Mentally Handicapped30,678
Ballina Senior Citizens Urban Transport Initiative30,000
CARP Killinarden9,600
Christ the King Girls Primary School10,000
Coiste Ionad Na Seandaoine7,490
Drogheda Senior Citizens Interest Group6,000
Embrace35,000
Finglas Senior Citizens Helpline4,000
Free Mental Health Campaign trading as FREE6,000
Hope Project2,500
Irish Progressive Association for Autism Co. Ltd.15,000
Liscarroll Community Council10,000
Lucan Active Retirement Association2,000
Mallow Day Care Centre Ltd15,000
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland9,300
Sharing Point40,000
St Gabriel’s Nursing Home66,380
St Paul’s Special School33,000
Suntower Gardens20,000
The Children's Sunshine Home (C.S.H)128,000
Total Paid3,985,000

Health Services Funding

 577. Deputy Ruth Coppinger Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the State funding provided by his Department and agencies under its remit, including the HSE, to Anew and its predecessor organisations Anchora and Life Pregnancy Care for each year from 2008 to 2015; and his views on the role of that organisation in providing crisis pregnancy counselling to homeless women given the statement in its constitution recognising the uniqueness of every human life from the moment of conception. [22042/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris The provision of crisis pregnancy counselling is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and, as such, I have referred the question to the HSE for attention and direct reply. If the deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.

  Question No. 578 answered with Question No. 575.

Hospital Waiting Lists

 579. Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the progress to date in dealing with the waiting list for scoliosis surgery for children at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin; if external surgery or treatment abroad can be considered for those on the waiting lists who are in severe pain and have been waiting over a year in some cases for surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22055/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Scoliosis affects approximately 1% of children and adolescents in Ireland. The management of scoliosis is complex and is determined by the severity of the curvature and skeletal maturity.

Long waiting times for scoliosis surgery are not acceptable, and my Department has been working closely with the HSE to address services pressures, particularly in Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC), which is the largest provider of scoliosis surgery for children and young people. Additional funding of €1.042m was allocated under the 2015 Service Plan to increase capacity at OLCHC, and an additional orthopaedic surgeon, anaesthetist, and support staff, are now in place with recruitment of a further additional orthopaedic surgeon underway. Capital funding was also provided for a new theatre on site to expand theatre capacity further, and this is currently being commissioned. The Children's Hospital Group is proactively working on nurse recruitment to support the opening of the new theatre.

In the interim, significant external capacity was sourced in 2015 for OLCHC patients and 66 patients have been treated at other hospitals, including the Blackrock Clinic and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK. Further potential for additional external capacity to address waiting times is being examined. My Department will continue to work with the HSE and the relevant hospitals to ensure improvements in access to spinal surgery.

HSE Data

 580. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of organisations listed as sections 38 and 39 organisations funded by the HSE for each of the years 2011 to 2015; the amount paid to each organisation in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22058/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Figures for Section 38 agencies for the years 2011 - 2015 are set out in the table.

  I have asked the HSE to compile figures for Section 39 Agencies (in 2015, funding was provided to 2,392 such agencies). In the meantime, please note the HSE's Annual Financial Statements list all agencies in receipt of funding in excess of €100,000.

  Health Service Executive

  Section 38 Agencies

  Total Grants (Revenue Grants and Capital Grants)

  Analysis of Grants to S38 Agencies for the years 2011 to 2015

  20112012201320142015
  Total GrantsTotal GrantsTotal GrantsTotal GrantsTotal Grants
No #Name of Agency€000€000€000€000€000
1Beaumont Hospital251,154237,001269,116270,175290,285
2Brothers of Charity 164,149163,945162,614163,383174,092
3Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital27,49826,06028,89926,71531,341
4Carriglea Cairde Services Ltd9,1358,8088,6478,6399,682
5Central Remedial Clinic16,81716,18216,14915,69515,408
6Cheeverstown House Ltd23,21223,00522,10122,73624,183
7Childrens Sunshine Home (Laura Lynn Children's Hospice)4,0063,8043,8753,9073,884
8Coombe Women's Hospital50,67453,10953,25051,60956,863
9COPE Foundation44,70543,72044,11645,05946,786
10Cork University Dental School and Hospital2,1341,9961,9481,8671,715
11Daughters of Charity113,235111,010108,461100,898106,828
12Drug Treatment Centre Board8,3817,937000
13Dublin Dental Hospital6,3636,2606,0716,5386,230
14Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland, Clontarf7,2857,5668,1719,19510,016
15KARE, Newbridge15,19814,93614,75915,98617,260
16Leopardstown Park Hospital12,14312,15513,20213,11713,409
17Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Ltd238,535231,450244,578240,971254,910
18Mercy University Hospital, Cork59,36166,05068,91770,22671,618
19Muiriosa Foundation40,78942,21738,93441,93845,171
20National Maternity Hospital49,10846,23048,37653,30849,350
21National Rehabilitation Hospital27,08726,57527,86128,25629,388
22Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin132,110130,063126,874123,452138,328
23Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services (Sisters of Charity)29,21629,33727,37327,73427,553
24Peamount Hospital25,12524,29323,83224,26124,645
25Rotunda Hospital48,83346,83048,89448,92951,678
26Royal Hospital Donnybrook19,72519,23018,30517,66618,080
27Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital 22,14721,18521,26924,32625,297
28Sisters of La Sagesse, Cregg House16,52615,779000
29South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital 47,65449,03350,98753,81454,347
30St James' Hospital337,043330,497335,888346,027361,432
31St John of God Services135,416132,964128,370130,300133,069
32St Johns Hospital, Limerick18,50019,86918,74020,94021,267
33St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire 27,65925,76127,76225,51825,477
34St Michael’s House Group75,09774,56272,01673,08275,199
35St Patrick's Centre, Kilkenny (Sisters of Charity)11,19811,73911,97411,98913,171
36St Vincent's Hospital Fairview15,11116,10514,15614,13013,910
37St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park226,053220,814221,607217,435225,815
38Stewart's Care Ltd45,34144,08243,50244,12244,072
39Sunbeam House Services20,21819,54919,46119,80321,440
40Tallaght (Adelaide and Meath) Hospital193,550222,780203,227196,150206,366
41Temple Street Children's University Hospital79,60185,49387,28694,42197,437
 Total Grants to S38 Agencies2,697,0922,689,9812,691,5682,704,3172,837,002


  *Source: AFS for each year 2011 to 2015

  **Amounts paid to the Mater and Children's Hospital Development Ltd. are excluded from the above

  ***The following S38's are included in the years 2011 and 2012 only:

  1 Drug Treatment Centre Board - this was subsumbed into the HSE on 1 January 2013

  2 Sisters of La Sagesse, Cregg House - the running of this agency was taken over by the HSE on 1 July 2013

HSE Data

 581. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of sections 38 and 39 organisations funded by the Health Service Executive which have returned audited accounts to the Health Service Executive; to list each year audited accounts were returned for each organisation from 2011 to 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22059/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As the provision of information on audited accounts is the responsibility of the HSE, under Section 38 and Section 39 of the Health Act 2004, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within fifteen working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow-up the matter with them.

HSE Funding

 582. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if the Health Service Executive has offered any advice by way of circulars, training or by any other means to sections 38 and 39 funded organisations in relation to the payment of senior staff, management and executives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22060/16]

 585. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if the Health Service Executive has offered any advice by way of circulars, training or by any other means to section 38 and section 39 funded organisations in relation to the payment of senior staff, management and executives; in relation to the presentation of pay; advice in the way to respond to requests regarding pay, salaries and allowances from media or outside bodies; to outline in detail any advice given; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22064/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 582 and 585 together.

  I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.

HSE Data

 583. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the annual salaries, expenses and allowances paid to senior management and executives and heads of all sections 38 and 39 funded organisations for each of the years 2011 to 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22061/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.

Health Services

 584. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if the Health Service Executive has recouped any money from sections 38 and 39 funded organisations following internal audits from 2011 to 2016 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22062/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As the recoupment of money from Section 38 and Section 39 organisations is a matter for the HSE, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within fifteen working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow-up the matter with them.

  Question No. 585 answered with Question No. 582.

Health Services Staff Data

 586. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the top-up payments, including salaries, allowances and pension payments which were paid or provided for by organisations known as sections 38 and 39 HSE funded organisations from 2011 to 2016 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22065/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.

Public Sector Staff Remuneration

 587. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if staff and management at sections 38 and 39 HSE funded organisations were subject to FEMPI legislation in respect of pay, pensions and allowances; if any exemptions are allowable; if any exemptions were sought or given; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22066/16]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Employees of section 38 funded agencies are public servants and are bound by the provisions of the FEMPI legislation. Employees of section 39 funded agencies are not public servants and are not, therefore, subject to the FEMPI legislation.

  No exemptions have been sought from the FEMPI legislation for employees in section 38 funded agencies.


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