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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 151-163
 Header Item Medicinal Products Availability
 Header Item Ambulance Service Data
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists Data
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists Data

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 981 No. 5

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Written Answers Nos. 151-163

Medicinal Products Availability

 151. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin Information on Eoin Ó Broin Zoom on Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris when Spinraza will be made available for children with spinal muscular atrophy.  [15851/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medicines.  The Minister for Health has no role or powers in relation to such matters.

Following detailed consideration of an application for the reimbursement of Spinraza and lengthy engagement with the company, the HSE recently decided that it was unable to reimburse Spinraza. The HSE concluded that the evidence for clinical effectiveness was still quite limited and that the price proposed by the manufacturer was not a cost-effective use of resources.

On the 21 February the HSE wrote to the company informing them of the HSE’s proposal to refuse reimbursement of Spinraza at the current price offering. Under the terms of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013 the company had 28 days to come back to the HSE with a new proposal.

I am advised by the HSE that the manufacturer, Biogen has been in contact with the HSE and has notified them that it intends to submit full and final representations, which will be carefully considered by the HSE.

To facilitate Biogen’s request, the period for representations was temporarily extended to enable the company to submit their representations. This is in line with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.

Ambulance Service Data

 152. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of ambulance attendances at each emergency department nationwide in March 2019; the number of such ambulances that waited longer than of 20 minutes to hand over patients, get their trolleys back and return to responding to calls; the number that waited longer than 40, 60 and 90 minutes for same; and the number that waited more than 120 and 180 minutes for same. [15858/19]

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

Hospital Waiting Lists Data

 153. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an MRI scan in the Dublin Midlands hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15866/19]

 154. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for a CT scan in the Dublin Midlands hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15867/19]

 155. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for a bone scan in the Dublin Midlands hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15868/19]

 156. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an angiogram in the Dublin Midlands hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15869/19]

 157. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an electroencephalogram in the Dublin Midlands hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15870/19]

 158. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for cholagiopancreatography in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15871/19]

 159. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an ultrasound scan in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15872/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 159, inclusive, together.

The HSE advise that a pilot project was commenced in 2016 by the HSE Acute Hospitals Division to progress the collection of national radiology waiting list data. The project has been supported by the Radiology Clinical Care Programme and has involved key stakeholders across the system including the National NIMIS Team, Hospital Groups, and the support of the National Treatment Purchase Fund for data collection and data management expertise.

The data requested by the Deputy is collected quarterly and will be provided by my Department to the Deputy, in the format requested, when the data for Quarter 1 2019 becomes available.

Hospital Waiting Lists Data

 160. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an MRI scan in the South/South West hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15873/19]

 161. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for a CT scan in the South/South West hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15874/19]

 162. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for a bone scan in the South/South West hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15875/19]

 163. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an angiogram in the South/South West hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15876/19]

 164. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an electroencephalogram in the South/South West hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15877/19]

 165. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for a cholangiopancreatography in the South/South West hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15878/19]

 166. Deputy Stephen Donnelly Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of persons waiting as of 31 March 2019 or the nearest available date for an ultrasound scan in the South/South West hospital group for waiting periods (details supplied), in tabular form.  [15879/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 to 166, inclusive, together.

The HSE advise that a pilot project was commenced in 2016 by the HSE Acute Hospitals Division to progress the collection of national radiology waiting list data. The project has been supported by the Radiology Clinical Care Programme and has involved key stakeholders across the system including the National NIMIS Team, Hospital Groups, and the support of the National Treatment Purchase Fund for data collection and data management expertise.

The data requested by the Deputy is collected quarterly and will be provided by my Department to the Deputy, in the format requested, when the data for Quarter 1 2019 becomes available.


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