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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 160-179
 Header Item Hospital Staff Recruitment
 Header Item Irish Language
 Header Item Health Services Data
 Header Item Departmental Bodies Data
 Header Item Primary Care Centres Data
 Header Item Hospital Appointments Status
 Header Item Hospital Appointments Status
 Header Item Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
 Header Item Long-Term Illness Scheme
 Header Item Hospital Services
 Header Item Hospital Staff Recruitment
 Header Item Medicinal Products Availability
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists Data
 Header Item Hospital Appointments Status
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 979 No. 6

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Written Answers Nos. 160-179

Hospital Staff Recruitment

 160. Deputy James Browne Information on James Browne Zoom on James Browne asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the position regarding the creation of a neuro nurse in University Hospital Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8611/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible

Irish Language

 161. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the progress made on implementing all aspects of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 to 2030 that are relevant to his Department and bodies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8622/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris My Department prepared an Implementation Plan under the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 in June 2013. This plan contained actions for implementation by the Department of Health and the agencies under the aegis of the Department. The Department of Health’s actions related to language awareness and training programmes for its staff, the adoption of a Language Scheme and the identification of posts within the Department that required Irish language competency.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht published the Action Plan 2018-2022 under the 20-year Strategy which provides an overview of the progress to date since the publication of the Strategy and sets out time-specific actions for implementation in the period to 2022. There are no specific actions identified for implementation by the Department of Health in this Action Plan. However, the Action Plan provides for an Oversight Group to monitor implementation of individual actions in the Plan including representatives from Government Departments and relevant stakeholders, bilateral meetings between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and relevant Departments and agencies to ensure that progress is being made and annual reports on progress which will be submitted to the Government. The Department of Health will engage fully with all of these processes.

My Department is collating the response in respect of agencies under its aegis other than the HSE and will respond to the Deputy as soon as possible. The HSE has statutory responsibility for the provision of health and social personal services, including through the medium of Irish and in Gaeltacht areas, and this question has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply in respect of implementation of the HSE actions in the 20 Year Strategy and the 2018-2022 Action Plan.

Health Services Data

 162. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of new therapy posts (details supplied) that have been filled to date; when all 100 posts will be filled; the breakdown of posts between assessment of need waiting lists for children with disabilities, personal assistance and home support service hours, residential places and respite places; the details of the additional posts by region and county, in tabular form; and the assessment of needs waiting lists by county and CHO area for children with disabilities, in tabular form. [8634/19]

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

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

Departmental Bodies Data

 163. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the dates on which the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board requested or advised its reappointment to his office; and when he reappointed the board.  [8642/19]

 164. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if meetings were held between him and members of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board in the month before the reappointment of the board at the end of July 2018. [8643/19]

 165. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if correspondence took place between the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and him regarding the progress of the national children’s hospital project and its cost profile in the month before the reappointment of the board at the end of July 2018. [8644/19]

 166. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if meetings were held or correspondence took place between him and a person (details supplied) regarding the national children’s hospital in 2018. [8645/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 to 166, inclusive, together.

The process for appointing members to the Board of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is set out in the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (Establishment) Order 2007. In May 2018, the Chairperson of the Board advised my Department of the importance of maintaining continuity on the Board at the critical phase of the project and indicated that Board members were willing to be reappointed. In line with the requirements of the Establishment Order, the nominating bodies and the Chairperson were asked by officials of my Department to nominate persons to be appointed to the Board.

I issued letters of reappointment to the outgoing Chairperson of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on 3 July, to eight ordinary members of the Board on 16 July 2018 including a person (details supplied), and to the remaining three members of the Board on 17 July, 7 August and 3 October respectively. The appointment letters made clear to all parties that their term of office would be until such time as new appointments were made in line with the new legislative provision. There is one remaining vacancy on the Board.

Other than the above, I can confirm that no meetings were held or correspondence took place between a person (details supplied) and me regarding the national children’s hospital in 2018, or between members of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and me in the month before the reappointment of the Board in end July 2018.

Primary Care Centres Data

 167. Deputy Niamh Smyth Information on Niamh Smyth Zoom on Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of primary care centres in counties Cavan and Monaghan; the services being provided at each location; his plans for an enhancement of services at these locations; when the new services will be on stream; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8649/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.

Hospital Appointments Status

 168. Deputy Peter Burke Information on Peter Burke Zoom on Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied). [8720/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

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

Hospital Appointments Status

 169. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment with a neurologist; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8729/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

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

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

 170. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin Information on Fiona O'Loughlin Zoom on Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris his plans to approve the FreeStyle Libre scanner for children with diabetes on the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [8744/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Long-Term Illness Scheme

 171. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin Information on Fiona O'Loughlin Zoom on Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris his plans to add further illnesses to be covered under the long-term illness list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8745/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the LTI are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a person under 16); cystic fibrosis; multiple sclerosis; diabetes insipidus; muscular dystrophies; diabetes mellitus; parkinsonism; epilepsy; phenylketonuria; haemophilia; spina bifida; hydrocephalus; and conditions arising from the use of Thalidomide. Under the LTI Scheme, patients receive drugs, medicines, and medical and surgical appliances directly related to the treatment of their illness, free of charge.

There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the Scheme at this time. However, I wish to inform the Deputy that it is proposed that the LTI Scheme would be included as part of a review of the basis for existing hospital and medication charges, to be carried out under commitments given in the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy.

Hospital Services

 172. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris when a hospital bed will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8755/19]

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

Hospital Staff Recruitment

 173. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris further to Parliamentary Question No. 668 of 15 January 2019, when such a position will be readvertised in UHK (details supplied); when the service will resume; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8756/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible

Medicinal Products Availability

 174. Deputy John Brassil Information on John Brassil Zoom on John Brassil asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the status of the provision of the drug Kuvan for phenylketonuria; the reason it has not been provided to patients as recommended by the HSE drugs group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8758/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the pricing and reimbursement of medicines; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Hospital Waiting Lists Data

 175. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting for a radiology appointment in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital; and the number waiting zero to 12, 12 to 26, 26 to 52 and more than 52 weeks, respectively.  [8759/19]

 176. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting for a radiology appointment in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; and the number waiting zero to 12, 12 to 26, 26 to 52 and more than 52 weeks, respectively.  [8760/19]

 177. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting for a radiology appointment in Tallaght Children’s University Hospital; and the number waiting zero to 12, 12 to 26, 26 to 52 and more than 52 weeks, respectively.  [8761/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 177, inclusive, together.

  Regarding the information requested, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Appointments Status

 178. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris when a person (details supplied) will be called for an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8765/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

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

Hospital Waiting Lists

 179. Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if an operation required by a person (details supplied) will be arranged at the Mater Hospital; the reason for the delay in dealing with the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8772/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

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


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