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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 159-173
 Header Item Mental Health Services Provision
 Header Item Mental Health Services Data
 Header Item Hospital Staff Data
 Header Item HSE Agency Staff Expenditure
 Header Item Health Services Access
 Header Item Nursing Home Accommodation Provision
 Header Item Mental Health Services Provision
 Header Item Mental Health Services Staff
 Header Item Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
 Header Item Respite Care Services Data
 Header Item Drugs Payment Scheme Threshold
 Header Item Home Care Packages Expenditure

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 984 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 159-173

Mental Health Services Provision

 159. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the post-care and community care services available to patients discharged from a mental health bed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26990/19]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Mental Health Services Data

 160. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of mental health beds available in each CHO; the number of persons waiting for beds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26991/19]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Hospital Staff Data

 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 approved consultant positions in each public and voluntary hospital; the number filled on a whole-time equivalent basis; the number vacant as of 20 June 2019 or the latest date available; and the number filled on a locum or non-specialist basis by hospital in tabular form. [27008/19]

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.

HSE Agency Staff Expenditure

 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 agency spend on consultant doctors for each public and voluntary hospital to date in 2019, in tabular form. [27009/19]

 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 agency spend on consultant doctors for each community healthcare organisation to date in 2019, in tabular form. [27010/19]

 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 spend by the HSE on agency staff to date in 2019; and the proportion of the projected spend for agency staff originally estimated for 2019 that has now been used up. [27011/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 to 164, inclusive, together.

  I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on these matters.

Health Services Access

 165. Deputy Brendan Smith Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if consideration will be given to the request by an association (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27018/19]

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 reply to the Deputy.

Nursing Home Accommodation Provision

 166. Deputy Bríd Smith Information on Bríd Smith Zoom on Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris further to Parliamentary Question No. 191 of 18 April 2019, when the ward in a nursing home (details supplied) will be reopened; and the number of similar beds closed in the system nationally [27020/19]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have again asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Mental Health Services Provision

 167. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the mental health services available to persons via the HSE; the emergency services available to persons experiencing mental health crisis; the way in which to access services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27022/19]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Mental Health Services Staff

 168. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris when a clinical lead will be appointed to drive the national clinical dual diagnosis programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27024/19]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

 169. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris his plans to ensure the FreeStyle Libre device is made available to all persons with type 1 diabetes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27025/19]

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.

Respite Care Services Data

 170. Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of respite beds available by CHO; the operational capacity to date; the waiting lists for respite beds in each CHO area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27026/19]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Drugs Payment Scheme Threshold

 171. 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 estimated full-year cost of reducing the drug payment scheme threshold for a single-headed household to €72. [27029/19]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris The estimated cost of reducing the drug payment scheme threshold for a single-headed household to €72 is €8.3m, where a single headed household is defined as one eligible DPS patient on a family card at claim month.

Home Care Packages Expenditure

 172. 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 estimated full-year cost of providing an additional 2.2 million hours of home help. [27030/19]

 173. 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 estimated full-year cost of providing 8,000 extra home care packages. [27031/19]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 173 together.

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


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