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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 1800-1818
 Header Item Vaccination Programme
 Header Item Health Screening Programmes
 Header Item Cancer Services
 Header Item Vaccination Programme
 Header Item Covid-19 Pandemic
 Header Item Dental Services
 Header Item Disability Services Provision
 Header Item Dental Services
 Header Item Covid-19 Pandemic
 Header Item Covid-19 Pandemic
 Header Item Health Services Staff
 Header Item Mental Health Services
 Header Item Vaccination Programme
 Header Item Health Services Expenditure
 Header Item HSE Expenditure

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 1005 No. 7
Unrevised

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Written Answers Nos. 1800-1818

Vaccination Programme

 1800. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly if the onus will be on pharmacies to book persons in for vaccinations through their own booking systems and websites and so on; and if there will be a central resource by which persons are assigned to a particular pharmacy based on their address. [19012/21]

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

Health Screening Programmes

 1801. Deputy Johnny Guirke Information on Johnny  Guirke Zoom on Johnny  Guirke asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the number of persons who received a diagnostic test at a symptomatic breast disease clinic in each of the years 2018, 2019 and 2020; and the percentage of these patients who received a diagnosis of cancer in tabular form. [19024/21]

Minister for Health (Deputy Stephen Donnelly): Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly Symptomatic Breast Disease Clinics for patients with suspected breast disease have been established by the HSE's National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) in the eight designated cancer centres (with a satellite symptomatic breast disease clinic from UHG operating in Letterkenny University Hospital).

  The number of patient attendances and subsequent primary breast cancer diagnoses for the years 2018-2020 are as follows:

  2018 2019 2020
Number of patients triaged as urgent presenting to symptomatic breast clinics. 20,443 20,905 20,523
Number of Non-urgent attendances presenting to Symptomatic Breast clinics. 22,408 21,917 17,364
Number of new attendances who have a subsequent primary diagnosis of breast cancer 2,526 2,915 2,630

Cancer Services

 1802. Deputy Johnny Guirke Information on Johnny  Guirke Zoom on Johnny  Guirke asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the number of patients who were on active cancer treatment in each of the years 2018, 2019 and 2020; and the percentage of these patients that were admitted to hospital for cancer treatment through emergency departments in tabular form. [19025/21]

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

Vaccination Programme

 1803. Deputy Róisín Shortall Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly if he has considered any evidence in relation to those with a family history of severe clotting disorders and the risk of clotting disorders associated with the administration of a vaccine (details supplied); if a person with a family history of severe clotting disorders will be offered the choice of an alternative vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19027/21]

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

  Question No. 1804 answered with Question No. 1581.

Covid-19 Pandemic

 1805. Deputy Róisín Shortall Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the number of flights arriving here between March 2020 and to date that had a passenger on board who tested positive for Covid-19; the number of close contacts identified in each case; the number of passengers on board who were not considered close contacts in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19030/21]

Minister for Health (Deputy Stephen Donnelly): Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.

Dental Services

 1806. Deputy Johnny Mythen Information on Johnny Mythen Zoom on Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly if the HSE collect and monitor any data relating to adult waiting lists for dental treatment provided under the dental treatment service scheme; the way in which potential access and capacity issues for those with medical cards are monitored with regard to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19031/21]

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

Disability Services Provision

 1807. Deputy Johnny Mythen Information on Johnny Mythen Zoom on Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the number of persons awaiting a needs assessment in CHO 5; the number waiting less than three, three to six, six to 12 and more than 12 months respectively in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19032/21]

 1808. Deputy Johnny Mythen Information on Johnny Mythen Zoom on Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the number of children waiting more than three, six and 12 months respectively in tabular form for autism spectrum disorder assessment in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19033/21]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Anne Rabbitte): Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte I propose to take Questions Nos. 1807 and 1808 together.

  As these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly.

Dental Services

 1809. Deputy Johnny Mythen Information on Johnny Mythen Zoom on Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the current waiting list for children awaiting orthodontal treatment in County Wexford; the breakdown of the length of waiting time in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19034/21]

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

  Question No. 1810 answered with Question No. 1614.

Covid-19 Pandemic

 1811. Deputy Johnny Mythen Information on Johnny Mythen Zoom on Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly if there will be updated guidance issued for residential care settings on two Covid-19 vaccinated persons being allowed meet indoors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19036/21]

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

Covid-19 Pandemic

 1812. Deputy Johnny Mythen Information on Johnny Mythen Zoom on Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the latest guidance issued for residential care settings with regard to outdoor visitations; the rationale for such guidance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19037/21]

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

Health Services Staff

 1813. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne Information on Violet-Anne Wynne Zoom on Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly if the psychiatrist position in Kilrush day hospital has been filled in relation to the Kilrush health centre; if a review is taking place of the services being provided; the services currently being provided; if there plans for an upgrade of the facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19041/21]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Mary Butler): Information on Mary Butler Zoom on Mary Butler 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

 1814. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne Information on Violet-Anne Wynne Zoom on Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the number of vacant posts that are currently in the mental health services in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19042/21]

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

  Question No. 1815 answered with Question No. 1507.

Vaccination Programme

 1816. Deputy Michael Collins Information on Michael Collins Zoom on Michael Collins asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly when pharmacy staff will be offered the vaccine as these persons are also frontline workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19049/21]

Minister for Health (Deputy Stephen Donnelly): Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, endorsed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), and approved by Government on 8 December 2020.

On the 23rd of February, I announced an update to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy. In comprising the initial Vaccine Allocation Strategy, the NIAC listed several conditions associated with increased risk of severe disease and death. In the intervening period, national and international evidence has become available which has enabled a more detailed analysis of underlying conditions that may increase the risk of developing severe disease or death. The NIAC has now been able to more comprehensively identify those medical conditions and to distinguish between those which place a person at very high or high risk of severe disease if they contract the virus. Medical conditions and the magnitude of the risk they pose will continue to be monitored and periodically reviewed.

On the 30th of March, the Government approved a further update to the COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Strategy. Based on clinical, scientific and ethical frameworks produced by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee and my Department, following the vaccination of those most at risk, future groups will be vaccinated by age, in cohorts of 10 years (i.e., 64-55; 54-45, etc.).

The move to an age-based model better supports the programme objectives by:- protecting those at highest risk of severe disease first, which benefits everyone most;- facilitating planning and execution of the programme across the entire country;- improving transparency and fairness.

Further details are available here: www.gov.ie/en/press-release/93f8f-minister-donnelly-announces-update-to-irelands-vaccination-prioritisation-list/.

Health Services Expenditure

 1817. Deputy Alan Kelly Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the amount of funding spent on creating an ehealth personal profile card for every citizen in each of the years 2016 to 2020, in tabular form. [19051/21]

Minister for Health (Deputy Stephen Donnelly): Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly I assume that the Deputy is referring to a card that holds a personal health record or health details. A card for such purposes has not been developed and it is not part of current eHealth plans.

HSE Expenditure

 1818. Deputy Alan Kelly Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly the amount the HSE has spent on IT in each of the years 2016 to 2020, in tabular form. [19052/21]

Minister for Health (Deputy Stephen Donnelly): Information on Stephen Donnelly Zoom on Stephen Donnelly I assume that the Deputy is referring to HSE ICT capital expenditure which is detailed in the attached table.

  The levels of ICT expenditure shown demonstrate the required approach to the delivery and refresh of technology where it is needed to support patient care, the Sláintecare reform programme and the eHealth strategy.

  ICT Capital Expenditure 2016 to 2020

Year Expenditure €
  HSE
2016 52,240,935
2017 54,914,782
2018 59,592,511
2019 84,596,897
2020 94,996,462


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