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Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Donegal Tragedy and Brussels Attacks: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

I am sure the House will join me in expressing our deepest sympathy and sadness at what has happened to this Derry family.More Button

Members will be aware of an ongoing situation in Brussels where two bombs have been detonated, one in Brussels airport and one at Maelbeek railway station. The numbers killed are substantial, al...More Button

Business of Dáil (Continued)

The Ceann Comhairle will be conducting a meeting tomorrow, which will be very important in respect of the issues parties and individuals have brought forward on Dáil reform. I agree with him that ...More Button

European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

I outlined the importance of the issue for Ireland and for the Union as a whole. I emphasised the wider benefits to us all of some of the reforms under discussion, as well as of the United Kingdom...More Button

The decision of Heads of State and Government that emerged on 19 February is a binding agreement under international law and, as such, it was registered with the United Nations in New York on 24 ...More Button

The measures agreed were in four key areas, namely, economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty and social benefits. On economic governance, principles were agreed to ensure a balanced and...More Button

Under the competitiveness heading, it was clear from the outset that Ireland shared the UK's enthusiasm for reform in this area. The agreement commits the European Union to further strengthening ...More Button

On sovereignty, the language agreed regarding "ever closer union" struck a careful balance between the British requirement that it be clear that it was not committed to further integration and th...More Button

Finally, on social benefits, after lengthy negotiations agreement was reached in two key areas: child benefit and in-work benefits. On child benefit, our programme for Government already contain...More Button

On labour migration, a safeguard mechanism was agreed that would allow access to in-work benefits to be limited for a total period of up to four years. The measure is designed to reduce the pull...More Button

Although it was not raised in the negotiations at EU level, the Government is aware of the possible implications of these changes for Irish workers in the UK. I assure the House that this matter...More Button

After the European Council, the British Government announced that the referendum will take place on 23 June - three months and a day from now. As we are all aware, a vigorous debate is under way...More Button

I will say a few words on the European Union's engagement with Turkey, which was the focus of the European Council on Thursday and Friday of last week. These discussions were framed by the set of ...More Button

For its part, the EU will resettle Syrians currently in Turkey on a one-for-one basis where other Syrians are returned from Greece. This is to be within the framework of commitments already made...More Button

The core intention of the agreement is to break the business model of people smugglers who are profiting seriously from the suffering of the vulnerable, and to stop migrants attempting the treach...More Button

I should note that I used the opportunity of the summit to tell the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Davutoğlu, about the concerns raised by the aid agency GOAL about the possible closure of the borde...More Button

The EU has also made clear that Turkey's desire to progress towards EU membership cannot be realised without meeting all the standards and benchmarks that European Union membership requires. Of ...More Button

In February, the European Council agreed that economic policy should have a threefold emphasis: relaunching investment, putting in place structural reforms to modernise European communities, and ...More Button

In the run-up to the European Council meeting the Commission produced individual country reports and in-depth reviews of member states, including Ireland. In general, our report was very positive....More Button

The European Council also committed to further implementation of all aspects of the Single Market. This includes delivering on the Commission's Single Market and capital markets union strategies...More Button

These two meetings of the European Council addressed a diverse range of issues, although the focus was very much on migration and the EU-UK issue. I look forward to hearing Deputies' comments an...More Button

Housing and Homelessness: Statements (Continued)

It is our duty as national legislators to propose and debate a constructive way forward, and to alleviate their fear and not to trade off it. That is what people watching us on their screens or li...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Was asked: to outline his commitment to services at Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel, County Tipperary, particularly in respect of the services and respite care for those over 18 years of age; if he will meet with a ...More Button

My Department has asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in respect of the service issues raised. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Pr...More Button

In relation to meeting with a deputation, my Private Office has no record of having received a request for a meeting from this particular group. If the group submits a meeting request to my Priv...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Administration

Was asked: if he will investigate payments under the long-term illness scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if outstanding moneys are owed; when these will be re-imbursed; and if he will mak...More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicinal products under the community drug schemes in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and S...More Button

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.More Button

Health Services Funding

Was asked: to expedite an appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.More Button

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...More Button

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition war...More Button

Was asked: to increase the funding for persons with Huntington's disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: to support the Huntington's Disease Association of Ireland in its combatting of this disease (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 299 together.More Button

With regard to Deputy McGrath's reference to funding under the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO), that Scheme is operated by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Go...More Button

The issues raised by the Deputies relating to funding for services for people with Huntington's Disease and for the Huntington's Disease Association of Ireland are service matters. I have arrang...More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: the cost of introducing a free screening programme for sudden adult death syndrome and other heart issues for all secondary level students; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a repl...More Button

Was asked: the status of assessments that are awaited for a person (details supplied) in County Cork including when these will be scheduled.More Button

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 rec...More Button

Was asked: his plans for a solution for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary on dialysis seeking financial assistance, with regards to transport costs incurred in attending treatment; and if he wil...More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

  Question No. 348 answered with Question No. 293.More Button

Was asked: the status of persons (details supplied) who suffer from Huntington's disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the HSE to look into the particular matter raised and to re...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will have surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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 ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons on outpatient waiting lists at University Hospital Waterford from 2011 to 2016 broken down by speciality for up to three months, three months to six months, six months to nine...More Button

The Deputy may wish to know that the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) is responsible for the collection, collation and publication of Inpatient, Day Case and Outpatient waiting lists. Waitin...More Button

Was asked: the number of patients which are on the waiting list for scoliosis surgery in University Hospital Galway for six, 12, 18 and 24 months, respectively.More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

Was asked: when a hospital appointment will be made for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and how long the person will be waiting for surgery.More Button

Long waiting times for scoliosis services are unacceptable and I have been clear in my determination that these waiting times are reduced, through additional resources and capacity. More Button

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is the largest provider of scoliosis surgery for children and young people. Funding was allocated in 2015 for additional consultant posts including two co...More Button

In order to address waiting times in the interim, patients from Crumlin have been transferred to other hospitals where capacity is available and where that is clinically appropriate. These inclu...More Button

As the specific issues raised are 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...More Button

Was asked: the number of patients on the waiting list for scoliosis surgery in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12 for six months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months.More Button

Long waiting times for scoliosis services are unacceptable and I have been clear in my determination that these waiting times are reduced, through additional resources and capacity. More Button

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is the largest provider of scoliosis surgery for children and young people. Funding was allocated in 2015 for additional consultant posts including two co...More Button

In order to address waiting times in the interim, patients from Crumlin have been transferred to other hospitals where capacity is available and where that is clinically appropriate. These inclu...More Button

As the specific issues raised are 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...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Longford will be called for an operation in Cappagh hospital in Dublin 11.More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: if the necessary procedure will be carried out on a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath whose condition has severely deteriorated as has been ascertained in their most recent assessment; ...More Button

Long waiting times for scoliosis surgery are unacceptable and I have been clear in my determination that these waiting times are reduced, through additional resources and capacity.More Button

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is the largest provider of scoliosis surgery for children and young people. Funding was allocated in 2015 for additional consultant posts including two co...More Button

In order to address waiting times in the interim, patients from Crumlin have been transferred to other hospitals where capacity is available and where that is clinically appropriate. These inclu...More Button

The Department of Health is continuing to work with the HSE, the Children’s Hospital Group and the hospitals themselves to ensure that we continue to make strong progress in addressing this issue...More Button

As the specific issues raised are 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 Privat...More Button

Was asked: the steps being taken to reduce the two-year waiting list for cataract surgery from the general list at a hospital (details supplied) in Dublin 1; the further steps he will take to reduce this wait...More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: the number of whole-time equivalent consultant posts attached to Beaumont Hospital's national centre for neurology; the current waiting time for emergency treatment; the number of patients on the e...More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

Was asked: if a bed will be provided in University Hospital Waterford for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

 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 th...More Button

Ambulance Service Staff

Was asked: how he will address the casualisation within the National Ambulance Service, specifically with regard to non-rostered paramedics.More Button

I know that the Director of the National Ambulance Service is fully aware of concerns relating to non-rostered paramedics. However as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to y...More Button

Was asked: to support the non-rostered paramedics with the National Ambulance Service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I know that the Director of the National Ambulance Service is fully aware of concerns relating to non-rostered paramedics. However as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to y...More Button

Was asked: the number of non-rostered National Ambulance Service staff by ambulance region.More Button

Was asked: the number of hours worked by non-rostered National Ambulance Service staff by ambulance region in 2015.More Button

Was asked: the salary costs associated with the use of non-rostered National Ambulance Service staff by ambulance region in 2015.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 310 to 312, inclusive, together.

  As these are service matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a rep...More Button

Was asked: the number of vacant positions in the north-east ambulance region that have been filled since the introduction of the workforce support policy on staff transfers, NASWS015; the number of applicatio...More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

Ambulance Service

Was asked: why, since the national transfer policy was implemented in the National Ambulance Service in November 2014, full-time permanent vacancies are not being filled as they arise.More Button

As this is 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...More Button

Was asked: the extent of ambulance cover in County Donegal including the schedules for each division; the number of personnel on-call; the staffing schedule; the average response times for each division, with...More Button

As these are service matters, 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...More Button

Was asked: the operating procedures for calls to the Health Service Executive ambulance service; if there is a national or regional call centre service; the locations where calls from Galway are directed to; ...More Button

As these are service matters, 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 official...More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Was asked: how he will address the fact that the Health Service Executive in Swords in County Dublin is only in a position to offer six hours of speech therapy to children every year; and if he will make a st...More Button

As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact...More Button

HSE Funding

Was asked: his views on the funding for Greater Dublin Independent Living with particular reference to having the amount increased to support the excellent work it carries out.More Button

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 rec...More Button

Medicinal Products

Was asked: his views on the new drug Orkambi which will be of enormous benefit for cystic fibrosis sufferers.More Button

I am aware that there is a lot of concern and worry among cystic fibrosis (CF) sufferers and parents and families of children who have CF about the current debate on the cost and availability of th...More Button

Orkambi is a combination drug for the treatment of CF in patients with two copies of a specific CF gene mutation. The drug was licensed by the US. Food and Drug Administration in July 2015 and b...More Button

Each country has its own process for approval. The Irish process is laid down in law in the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. Under this law, the HSE has statutory responsi...More Button

Prior to reimbursing any medicine, the HSE considers a range of statutory criteria, including clinical need, cost-effectiveness, and the resources available to the HSE. The process for approval ...More Button

Once that is done, a recommendation is made to the HSE, which may then engage in price negotiations with the manufacturer. Orkambi's manufacturer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, submitted an applicatio...More Button

A similar process is carried out in England by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), which does not expect to make a recommendation until July.More Button

The process being followed is the same as that for other CF drugs like Kalydeco, new drugs to treat cancer and other rare diseases. Orkambi will be treated in the same way as these were, and has...More Button

I hope that it will be possible for Orkambi to be approved for patients who will benefit from it, and at a fair price, but it must go through the normal approval procedure first, like all other h...More Button

I understand that, in December, an Opposition politician made a claim that there was a vote on funding this drug in the Seanad. This is not correct. The Dáil and Seanad do not vote on whether t...More Button

Autism Support Services

Was asked: the options available to a family (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the HSE to look into the particular matter raised and to re...More Button

Was asked: the options available to a family (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the HSE to look into the particular matter raised and to re...More Button

Was asked: when interventions will be put in place for a person (details supplied) in County Cork diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder following the persons assessment of need report.More Button

As the issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the HSE to look into the particular matter raised and to re...More Button

Was asked: the status of the provision of funding for the autism unit in Ballyseedy, Tralee, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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 rec...More Button

Medical Products

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Meath will receive an assessment for a device; and, if necessary, when the person will be provided with the device.More Button

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 rec...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant

Was asked: the current waiting times for occupational therapists to assess homes for the housing adaptation grant in Dublin 7 and in Dublin 15.More Button

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 rec...More Button

Nursing Staff Provision

Was asked: the number of community nurses in Dublin 7 and in Dublin 15 and if he will recruit more nurses in the next period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Recruitment of additional nurses and other frontline staff to support service delivery has been a priority for the HSE in the past two years as it has been possible to increase health funding. Con...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on the specific issue raised. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and the...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: to report on the availability of the tuberculosis BCG vaccine and the measures being taken to ensure it is available to all those who require it; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is currently a worldwide shortage of BCG vaccine. BCG vaccine has not been available in Ireland since the end of April 2015.More Button

Since this problem became apparent, the HSE National Immunisation Office has been in regular contact with the manufacturer of BCG vaccine to ascertain when the vaccine might be available. The HS...More Button

There have been a number of issues that have delayed the production, release and delivery of BCG vaccine in recent months. Consequently, supplies of the vaccine are not expected to be delivered ...More Button

Was asked: to remove the human papilloma virus vaccine Gardasil as a matter of priority and support the Reaction and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma parent group; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The immunisation programme in Ireland is based on the advice of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). NIAC is a committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland comprising of...More Button

The HPV vaccine protects girls from developing cervical cancer when they are adults. It is available free of charge from the HSE for all girls in 1st year of secondary school. More Button

Each year in Ireland around 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine protects against two high risk types of HPV (16 & 18) that cause 73% of all cervical cancers. Vaccinate...More Button

By January 2016, over 200 million doses of Gardasil have been distributed worldwide. In Ireland 580,000 doses of Gardasil have been administered and over 200,000 girls have been fully vaccinated...More Button

In Ireland, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is the regulatory authority for medicines in Ireland. While no medicine (including vaccines) is entirely without risk, the safety prof...More Button

As part of its monitoring of the safety of medicines, the HPRA operates an adverse reaction reporting system, where healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse reaction...More Button

In November 2015 the European Medicines Agency completed a detailed scientific review of the HPV vaccine. The review which the HPRA participated in, specifically focused on rare reports of two c...More Button

On 12 January 2016 the European Commission endorsed the conclusion of the European Medicines Agency stating that there is no need to change the way HPV vaccines are used or to amend the product i...More Button

I am aware of claims of an association between HPV vaccination and a number of conditions experienced by a group of young women. It appears that some girls first suffered symptoms around the tim...More Button

As I have previously stated, I want to make it quite clear that anyone who is suffering ill health is eligible to seek medical attention, and to access appropriate health and social care services...More Button

As Minister I consider meeting any organisation that requests to do so. However due to busy parliamentary work and other business it is not always possible to meet all representative groups. I ...More Button

Audiology Services Provision

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive an appointment with an audiologist in the county clinic; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contac...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme

Was asked: his plans to extend the qualifying illnesses covered under the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will review the long-term illness scheme to include asthma on the list of illnesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to review the long-term illness scheme to include acromegaly on the list of illnesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the consideration he has given to including colitis under the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason trigeminal neuralgia type 2 is not included under the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 293, 343, 348, 384 and 421 together.More Button

The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act, 1970 (as amended). Regulations were made in 1971, 1973 and 1975 specifying the conditions covered by the...More Button

Under the Drug Payment Scheme, no individual or family pays more than €144 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost burden ...More Button

Under the provisions of the Health Acts, medical cards are provided to persons who are, in the opinion of the Health Service Executive (HSE), unable without undue hardship to arrange GP services ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a drug (details supplied) is not approved under the long-term illness scheme for multiple sclerosis sufferers; if the primary care reimbursement section of the Health Service Executive i...More Button

Naltrexone reverses the effects of opioids and is used primarily in the management of More Button

General Practitioner Contracts

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1 of 3 December 2015, the progress following the ongoing negotiations; if he or the Health Service Executive has an indication of the number of rural general p...More Button

There has been a positive engagement between the HSE, the Department and the IMO on a set of proposals for enhanced rural GP practice support and an updated list of special items of service. I wel...More Button

The Department is currently preparing a Statutory Instrument which would give effect to the proposed arrangements. Under the legislation, the Statutory Instrument also requires the consent of th...More Button

The proposed rural practice support framework includes a change in the qualifying criteria for rural support and an increase in the financial allowance from €16,216 to €20,000 per annum. At pres...More Button

The proposed changes to the special items of service aim to encourage more services being provided in the primary care setting. The revised special items include increased rates of payment for s...More Button

As the information requested by the Deputy relating to the number of rural General Practitioners expected to retire in each of the next five years is not routinely provided to my Department, I ha...More Button

Was asked: if he has approved the proposed new €10 million package for general practitioners including increased rural practice supports.More Button

There has been a positive engagement between the HSE, the Department and the IMO on a set of proposals for enhanced rural GP practice support and an updated list of special items of service. I welc...More Button

The proposed rural practice support framework includes a change in the qualifying criteria for rural support and an increase in the financial allowance from €16,216 to €20,000 per annum. At prese...More Button

The proposed changes to the special items of service aim to encourage more services being provided in the primary care setting. The revised special items include increased rates of payment for s...More Button

The Department is currently preparing a Statutory Instrument which would give effect to the proposed arrangements. Under the legislation, the Statutory Instrument also requires the consent of th...More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: the status of surgery for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry in Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: the status of a medical appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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 rec...More Button

Was asked: the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contac...More Button

Was asked: the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contac...More Button

Was asked: the status of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who is waiting for therapy in Tralee; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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 rec...More Button

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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...More Button

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition war...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment in Letterkenny University Hospital for surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is 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...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment in Letterkenny University Hospital for surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 will receive an appointment for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

Care Orders

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) in Dublin 5 who are under full care orders are not getting the necessary services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will foll...More Button

Medicinal Products Availability

Was asked: to introduce the Fampyra drug especially for multiple sclerosis sufferers (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the particular issue raised relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to you. If you have not received a reply from the HSE with...More Button

Question No. 299 answered with Question No. 278More Button

Respite Care Grant Applications

Was asked: the status of an application for respite care by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Of...More Button

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: the number of cataract operations carried out on public patients in Cork University Hospital in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the length of the waiting list for cataract consultations with specialists and cataract operations in Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of cataract operations for private patients and public patients at Cork University Hospital in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 302, 307 and 308 together.

  As these are service matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply fro...More Button

HSE Waiting Lists

Was asked: his plans to deal with the current waiting list, particularly for emergency cases for public patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is 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...More Button

Medical Card Data

Was asked: the number of medical cards, the number of general practitioner cards, the number of each type of card issued on a discretionary basis; and the number for each type of card assigned to persons over...More Button

Please see medical and GP visit card figures in the following table for those aged 70 and over at 1 February 2016, as requested by the Deputy.

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Hospital Staff Data

Was asked: the number of senior house officer positions in each of the public and voluntary hospitals, the number of such positions vacant and the number of these positions being filled by locums on 1 March 2...More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: the number of registrar positions in each of the public and voluntary hospitals; the number of such positions vacant and the number of these positions being filled by locums on 1 March 2016; and if...More Button

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...More Button

  Questions Nos. 307 and 308 answered with Question No. 302.More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: to examine the long-term illness list and the introduction of a case-by-case examination, as certain persons (details supplied) have complicated medical conditions that the criteria seems to overlo...More Button

The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act, 1970 (as amended). Regulations were made in 1971, 1973 and 1975 specifying the conditions covered by the L...More Button

Under the Drug Payment Scheme, no individual or family pays more than €144 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost burden ...More Button

Under the provisions of the Health Acts, medical cards are provided to persons who are, in the opinion of the Health Service Executive (HSE), unable without undue hardship to arrange GP services ...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

Was asked: to expedite an application for a medical device by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contac...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: the protocol in place for the provision of emergency medical cards for cancer patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE has a system in place for the provision of medical cards in response to an emergency situation for persons with a serious medical condition in need of urgent or on-going medical care that t...More Button

Was asked: his plans to include coeliac products under the medical card scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicinal products under the community drug schemes in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and S...More Button

The HSE faces a continuing challenge to deliver services in a way that will minimise any adverse impact on patients and continue to protect, as far as possible, the most vulnerable citizens. Unfo...More Button

Gluten-free products have become more widely available in supermarkets in recent years and tend to be significantly cheaper than products sold through community pharmacies. Coeliac patients can a...More Button

Was asked: the status of cancer patients who are refused a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 1970, eligibility for a medical card is founded primarily on the undue financial hardship test. The Act obliges the HSE to assess whether a person is unable, without undue hard...More Button

National Lottery Funding Disbursement

Was asked: if his Department is in receipt of a funding application from an organisation (details supplied) in County Mayo; if he is aware of the urgency of the application; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

My Department has not received an application in 2016 for National Lottery funding from the organisation referred to by the Deputy.

  However, if the organisation referred to wi...More Button

Health Services

Was asked: to support the Dyspraxia Association of Ireland in receiving the necessary support and assistance for many families living with dyspraxia here (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...More Button

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 rec...More Button

Was asked: his views on correspondence concerning the national social partnership agreement 2016 and the national carers strategy in 2008 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Carers' Strategy signals the Government's commitment to recognising and respecting carers as key care partners and in responding to their needs across a number of policy areas. A key o...More Button

Was asked: to examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the HSE to look into the particular matter raised and to re...More Button

Was asked: the status of treatment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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 rec...More Button

  Question No. 343 answered with Question No. 293.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: to provide recreational services for mental health patients who are living in residential care with support, particularly for those living on their own and in low support accommodation (details sup...More Button

As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will foll...More Button

Was asked: the status of regaining vital inpatient and community mental health services in County Tipperary which have been denied as a result of the decision to close St. Michael's unit in Clonmel, County Ti...More Button

As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will foll...More Button

Disability Services Programme Review

Was asked: his views on a submission received on the future of disability policy in Ireland (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The submission referred to by the Deputy was made in response to a public invitation for submissions on health-funded disability policy in Ireland in November 2011. The call for submissions asked ...More Button

Care Services Provision

Was asked: to fund transportation services for adult dependants with a disability who are attending day care services, such as St. Michael’s House, and to provide additional resources into respite care for th...More Button

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 rec...More Button

Disability Services Funding

Was asked: his views on correspondence concerning capital investment for disability services such as Prosper Fingal and Meath (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE has been requested to reply directly to you on this matter as it is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects. If you have not received a reply from the HSE withi...More Button

Hospital Staff Recruitment

Was asked: the steps University Hospital Waterford is taking to fill vacancies in the radiology department; if he is aware that routine X-rays at the hospital have been suspended and that written notification...More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

Was asked: if all nursing and midwifery staff have been recruited in the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, County Westmeath; and if he will confirm that staffing levels are at full complement.More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application from a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if this application can be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: his plans to improve cardiology services at University Hospital Waterford; if these plans include moving to 24-7 cardiology care at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

With regard to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is 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...More Button

Was asked: to reverse the decision to downgrade community hospitals in County Donegal including Lifford, Stranorlar and Ramelton; if a contingency plan is in place to preserve the services into the future and...More Button

Was asked: to meet with representatives of the Save Our Services group who are campaigning on behalf of the Lifford, Stranorlar and Ramelton community hospitals in County Donegal; and if he will make a statem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 367 and 368 together.More Button

The recently announced national programme of investment in public residential units is designed to bring them into compliance with relevant national standards by 2021. The plan includes the deve...More Button

Given the requirement for additional services to provide for the needs for older persons right around the country, including Donegal, there will, in parallel with residential beds, be an ongoing ...More Button

While the detailed operational planning for future service provision in this context is a matter for the HSE, if a representative of the Group contacts my Office I will consider their meeting req...More Button

Was asked: if there is an operating positron emission tomography scan available in University Hospital Galway or if there are arrangements in place with other hospitals; if so, the details of those arrangemen...More Button

As this is 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...More Button

Was asked: the status of the St. Frances clinic at Temple Street Children's University Hospital (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the specific issues raised are 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 O...More Button

Was asked: the status of the respiratory and cystic fibrosis unit at Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin 1, including staffing levels; if these levels are adequate to meet demand; and his views that res...More Button

As the specific issues raised are 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 O...More Button

Hospital Beds Data

Was asked: if he will increase bed capacity at University Hospital Waterford; if he is aware that the number of patients on trolleys at the hospital during the first six weeks of 2016 at 706 is up significant...More Button

With regard to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is 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...More Button

Was asked: the increases in hospital capacity including in capital funding, bed numbers, staffing and theatre space planned for University Hospital Waterford for 2016 and 2017 in tabular form.More Button

With regard to the detailed queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 work...More Button

Palliative Care Facilities

Was asked: the plans to provide a palliative care unit on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford including when this unit will be operational.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Off...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Was asked: if a medical device will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny as a matter of urgency.More Button

As the particular issue raised relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to you. If you have not received a reply from the HSE withi...More Button

Was asked: the status of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who was due to receive a medical device that the person was fitted for in October 2015.More Button

As the issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the HSE to look into the particular matter raised and to re...More Button

Was asked: the status of a medical appliance for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contac...More Button

Was asked: the status of the members of the Munster Amputees Association who chose a company (details supplied) to provide their prosthetic needs and who are not allowed access to the rehabilitation consultan...More Button

With regard to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is 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...More Button

Was asked: if he will address the undersupply of oxygen cylinders to patients with lung fibrosis and ensure a sufficient supply of cylinders is allocated to each patient; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

As this is 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...More Button

National Clinical Programme for Asthma

Was asked: when he will implement the national clinical programme for asthma, as recommended by the Health Service Executive in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a repl...More Button

Motorised Transport Grant Closure

Was asked: the status of a replacement scheme for the motorised transport grant and mobility allowance; if he is aware of the distress caused to those with a physical disability since its abolishment in Febru...More Button

Conscious of the reports of the Ombudsman regarding the legal status of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Schemes in the context of the Equal Status Acts, the Government dec...More Button

Hospitals Funding

Was asked: the status of funding for improvement works at University Hospital Kerry (details supplied).More Button

Between 2007 and 2015, nearly €15m capital has been invested in University Hospital Kerry. This includes projects which delivered a new emergency department, new endoscopy department and operating...More Button

There will always be more projects than can be funded by the Exchequer. As with all capital projects, the further development of the health care infrastructure, including University Hospital Ker...More Button

Was asked: when he will provide funds to the Sacred Heart Hospital in County Roscommon to meet immediate requirements for licensing by the Health Information and Quality Authority; and if he will make a state...More Button

The recently announced national programme of investment in public residential units is designed to bring them into compliance with relevant national standards by 2021. The programme includes the S...More Button

Home Help Service

Was asked: the details of the way in which home help carers are allocated hours and clients to care for and are remunerated; the reason home help providers could end up owing refunds to the Health Service Exe...More Button

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...More Button

Hospital Consultant Recruitment

Was asked: when a consultant geriatrician post at Ennis General Hospital, County Clare will be advertised; when the Health Service Executive became aware of the planned retirement of the existing post holder;...More Button

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...More Button

Dental Services Provision

Was asked: the status of a dental appointment for braces for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contac...More Button

Was asked: the status of a dental appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contac...More Button

Was asked: the reason for his Department's decision in 2010 to require a referral letter from a dentist to access primary dental care at a hospital; if consultation was carried out on the impact on those seek...More Button

I understand that this Question relates to a decision of the Dublin Dental Hospital.

  I am informed by the Dublin Dental Hospital that patients can self refer to the Hospital fo...More Button

Nursing Staff Recruitment

Was asked: in relation to the Health Service Executive's 2015 service plan which provides for the recruitment of two additional children's outreach nurses in 2015, one of which was to be allocated to serve fa...More Button

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...More Button

Hospitals Capital Programme

Was asked: the capital plans and timeframe for works at Ennis General Hospital, County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE states in its 2016 National Service Plan at Appendix 4 Page 136 that the phased fit-out of vacated accommodation to accommodate physiotherapy and pharmacy and a local injuries department is...More Button

There will always be more projects than can be funded by the Exchequer. As with all capital projects, the further development of the health care infrastructure, including Ennis General Hospital,...More Button

The HSE will continue to apply the available funding for infrastructure development in the most effective way possible to meet current and future needs.More Button

Was asked: the capital plans and timeline for works at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the capital plans and timeline for works at Roscommon County Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 373 and 374 together.

  The construction of the endoscopy department at Roscommon County Hospital has been completed. It is expected to be opera...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken to plan for and to examine the need for the inclusion in the Government capital programme for the provision of a new hospital to be built in County Galway; and if he will mak...More Button

There are no plans for a new hospital to be built in County Galway. However, a number of significant projects have been completed at Galway University Hospital in recent years. These include the ...More Button

The HSE Capital Plan 2016 includes funding for a full option appraisal and Cost Benefit Analysis to inform planning and funding requirements for a new ED at GUH. A cost benefit analysis in relati...More Button

Pending the development of a new ED in GUH, in order to alleviate pressures and to ensure that patient experience in the existing GUH ED is improved, there are two major developments currently un...More Button

Further construction work is also ongoing on the new 75 bed ward block which will provide single room in-patient accommodation. A new acute mental health department is under way and is expected t...More Button

Any future investment must be considered within the overall acute hospital infrastructure programme and establishment of hospital groups. Each hospital group will be required to develop a strateg...More Button

Assisted Human Reproduction Services Provision

Was asked: the status of in vitro fertilisation treatment (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

On Monday 1st February, I announced my intention to provide public funding for assisted human reproduction (AHR) treatment in conjunction with the planned introduction of legislation in this area. ...More Button

Pension Provisions

Was asked: the status of pensions for SouthDoc employees (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact ...More Button

Health Screening Programmes

Was asked: if he will roll out free heart screenings for second level students as part of a national health plan to combat sudden adult death syndrome; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a repl...More Button

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: his views on the issue raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme is operating very well since it was established on 10 November 2014. It was estimated that 350 women would apply to the Scheme, but in fact 578 applicatio...More Button

The Scheme has brought to an end years of uncertainty and costs for women who have undergone surgical symphysiotomy, whose only option prior to its establishment was to take legal action through ...More Button

In the interest of accountability, the Scheme requires each Applicant to prove that she had a surgical symphysiotomy or pubiotomy in order to be considered for the assessment of an award of €50,0...More Button

The Scheme is voluntary and women do not waive their rights to take their cases to court as a precondition to participating in the Scheme. Women may opt out of the Scheme at any stage in the proc...More Button

The remuneration for Judge Clark, Assessor to the Scheme, has been approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and is in line with salary payable to a High Court Judge.More Button

The Government has given careful and detailed consideration to this complex and sensitive matter. It believes that the provision of the Scheme, together with the ongoing provision of medical ser...More Button

Was asked: if, in December 2015, the Health Service Executive advised his Department in a letter of a risk that the cost of delivering all the services set out in the 2016 Health Service Executive service pla...More Button

The HSE Director General wrote to me on 4 December 2015 advising that the HSE Directorate had adopted the 2016 Service Plan and submitted a copy of the Plan for my consideration and approval. In hi...More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Was asked: when the practice of general practitioners routinely taking stool samples from patients to test for a wide range of diseases ceased; if this has had a negative impact on the diagnosis of bowel dise...More Button

Screening for colorectal cancer under the BowelScreen programme was introduced nationally in November 2012. The aim of the programme is to increase early detection of these cancers in order to ach...More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Was asked: the progress he has made in discussion with a drugs company to provide the life-saving drug Soliris to a person (details supplied) under the compassionate drugs access scheme; and if he will make a...More Button

Eculizumab (Soliris®) is an ultra-orphan medicine manufactured by Alexion Pharma and licensed for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal haemaglobinurea (PNH) and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrom...More Button

At an individual cost of over €400,000 per patient per year, this drug is expected to cost the HSE approximately €8m in 2016. Given these substantial costs, the Director General of the HSE has p...More Button

It is open to a drug’s manufacturer at any time to submit an application to the European Medicines Agency to have a product licensed for use for a specific indication. Once that drug is approved...More Button

It is not in my power as Minister for Health to licence any new drug or medicine, or to sanction experimental trials of new drugs. As you will appreciate, I cannot comment on the case of any ind...More Button

HSE Staff Remuneration

Was asked: his plans to remove the inequitable contracts throughout the Health Service Executive where persons have been hired at rates significantly lower than persons carrying out the same role; and if he w...More Button

I understand that the Deputy’s question relates to Multi Task Attendants.

  The Haddington Road Agreement provided for the introduction of an initiative to recruit intern Health ...More Button

Hospital Facilities

Was asked: his plans for Clifden District Hospital in view of plans to provide new facilities at St. Anne's in Clifden, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Of...More Button

Insurance Costs

Was asked: if he is aware of concerns arising from the increased insurance costs faced by nursing home providers, some of which have experienced substantial increases in premiums over the past two years, whic...More Button

Part 6 of the Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2013 stipulates that registered providers of nursing home care are required to effec...More Button

The legislation underpinning the Nursing Homes Support Scheme requires each private nursing home to negotiate and agree a price for long-term residential care services with the National Treatment...More Button

In negotiating with nursing homes, the NTPF has regard to:More Button

- Costs reasonably and prudently incurred by the nursing home and evidence of value for money,More Button

- Price(s) previously charged,More Button

- Local market price, andMore Button

- Budgetary constraints and the obligation on the State to use available resources in the most beneficial, effective and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health and welfare o...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has statutory independence in the performance of its function, and negotiates with each nursing home on an individual basis. The Department of Health has no ...More Button

When the Nursing Homes Support Scheme commenced in 2009, a commitment was made that it would be reviewed after three years. The report of the review was published in July 2015 and identifies a n...More Button

An Interdepartmental/Agency Working Group has been established to progress the recommendations contained in the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Review. This Group is chaired by the Department of He...More Button

  Question No. 384 answered with Question No. 293.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: to meet with the senior staff of a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary, given their efforts to improve therapy services at the school; if he is aware of a recent discussion with the Joint...More Button

My office has no record of having received a request for a meeting from this particular group. If the group submits a meeting request to my office, it will be considered in line with normal proced...More Button

Was asked: to support a family (details supplied) in Dublin 5 with two adults with a disability in getting residential care with independent living that is supported on a minimum basis; and if he will make a ...More Button

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 rec...More Button

Primary Medical Certificates Provision

Was asked: if a primary medical certificate will be approved without delay for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. I have asked the HSE to look into the particular matter raised and to re...More Button

Hospital Appointments Administration

Was asked: if he will ensure a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath is given an appointment at Tullamore hospital. More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: to schedule an appointment for surgery for a person (details supplied) in County Longford.More Button

As this is 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...More Button

Was asked: to schedule an appointment for surgery for a person (details supplied).More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: to expedite an examination for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.More Button

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...More Button

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition war...More Button

Was asked: to expedite an appointment for a person (details supplied).More Button

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...More Button

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition war...More Button

Hospital Appointments Delays

Was asked: the reason for the delay in scheduling an operation for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath in Cappagh hospital, Dublin 11.More Button

As this is 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...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in scheduling a person (details supplied) for surgery in Tullamore regional hospital, County Offaly.More Button

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...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 will receive an appointment for an operation.More Button

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 ...More Button

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warr...More Button

Disability Allowance Payments

Was asked: the reason two persons (details supplied) in County Donegal who are in receipt of a disability allowance had their wages stopped by the Health Service Executive for their work in the workshop in St...More Button

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...More Button

Speech and Language Therapy Provision

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is unable to access critically-needed speech and language therapy services; what supports can be made available at this point; if the Health...More Button

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 rec...More Button

Orthodontic Services Provision

Was asked: how many orthodontic surgeons are currently employed directly by the Health Service Executive; if the executive is outsourcing dental orthodontic surgery services at present; if orthodontic surgery...More Button

Patients may require orthodontic surgery prior to or post orthodontic treatment. The HSE is not presently outsourcing orthodontic surgery services. As part of the orthodontic waiting list initiati...More Button

Under EU Directive 201/24/EU, now commonly referred to as the Cross Border Directive (CBD), it is open to persons entitled to public patient healthcare in Ireland to choose to avail of that healt...More Button

This matter and the part of the Question relating to the numbers of orthodontic surgeons employed has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply fr...More Button

Hospitals Data

Was asked: the annual throughput of patients and patient nights, the annual running costs and the average daily costs of a patient's throughputs and the average cost of a patient night, and the percentage ove...More Button

As this is 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 ...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken to address the lack of publicly available qualitative information in Ireland that inhibits detailed analysis of hospital performance so as to enable a focus of funding on per...More Button

The HSE Service Plan for 2016 sets out in detail expected performance levels for hospitals in Ireland. These National Key Performance Indicators consist of: measures which are concerned with the qu...More Button

HSE performance against these KPIs are reported on a monthly basis in the HSE performance reports, published on the HSE website. The HSE reports performance against these KPIs at a national level...More Button

Activity based funding is being rolled out during 2016 in respect of acute hospitals. It is an approach to resource allocation whereby hospitals will be funded based on the quantity and quality o...More Button

As this is 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 official...More Button

Home Help Service Data

Was asked: the number of home help hours allocated nationally and for Cork county in each of the years 2014 and 2015 and to date in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Of...More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure

Was asked: if he has commenced negotiations for a new drug pricing deal.More Button

My Department is working with the HSE, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Office of Government Procurement to ensure that the State achieves the best possible deal in terms of ...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, all the new financial commitments his Department has entered into to date in 2016, indicating the full year cost of same.More Button

There has been one specific additional financial commitment entered into to date in 2016, which relates to a placement scheme for 4th year student nurses.More Button

- 2016 Cost €3.5 millionMore Button

- Full Year Cost €4.9 millionMore Button

Granting incremental credit for the 36 week student nurse placement will also result in some additional costs in 2017, though not in 2016. The precise amount will depend on the number of students...More Button

My Department has also sanctioned an agreement reached by the HSE with the nursing unions on the transfer of four key tasks from doctors to nurses and an agreement reached between the HSE and the...More Button

There has been a positive engagement between the HSE, the Department and the IMO on a set of proposals for enhanced rural GP practice support and an updated list of special items of service. I we...More Button

A range of other commitments, including planned service developments, support for the Health Innovation Hub, a pilot project to implement the National Framework for Nurse Staffing and skill mix, ...More Button

HSE Planning

Was asked: when the Health Service Executive will publish its operational plans for 2016.More Button

The HSE's 2016 Operational Plans have been published and are available on the HSE website at http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/Publicat...More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Was asked: the status of the €58.5 million being held by his Department for specific initiatives, namely, in the area of mental health, €35 million; for primary care, €13.5 million; for therapy services for y...More Button

The HSE have been notified that the approved level of net non-capital expenditure for 2016 is €12,931 million. In addition, the HSE have been advised that a further sum of €58.5 million is being he...More Button

It is expected that the full €58.5 million in hold back funding will be released during 2016 in accordance with the 2016 Service Plan. However, due to the time required to prepare for the introd...More Button

Medical Card Administration

Was asked: if he is aware that for terminally ill patients entering palliative care, the process of applying for a medical card is unnecessarily onerous, stressful and complicated; if this process will be sim...More Button

The HSE has a specific procedure in place for the provision of emergency medical cards for persons who are terminally ill. They are issued within twenty-four hours of receipt of the required person...More Button

Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the current standard of care for individuals suffering from stroke, brain injury and other neurological conditions; the progress made to date in developing occupational ther...More Button

Stroke, brain injury and neurological health services are provided across a range of settings, by different organisations and by many health professionals and carers. The Health Service Executive ...More Button

In August 2015, an additional €15 million was announced for the redevelopment of the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dún Laoghaire. This allocation will enable the NRH and the HSE to p...More Button

I have also referred the question to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy in relation to standards of care and services provided by the HSE. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE...More Button

HSE Staff

Was asked: to address the chronic shortage of nursing staff at St. Joseph's service for the intellectually disabled at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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...More Button

  Question No. 421 answered with Question No. 293.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: when the Health Service Executive will approve a nursing home (details supplied) in Swords, County Dublin under the fair deal scheme. More Button

The first step for a nursing home to become an approved residential care facility is to be registered with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). HIQA is the independent authority es...More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: the number of vacancies which exist within his Department for candidates who must display competence in the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is committed to ensuring that customers who wish to conduct their business through Irish can be facilitated to the greatest extent possible. The Department has 10 staff or almost 3 % ...More Button

The Department's Language Scheme 2015-2018 sets out the extent to which the Department’s services are currently available through Irish, and identifies areas for future enhancement such as press ...More Button

From 2015, Public Appointments Service panels include persons with specific competencies in the Irish language and it is the intention of the Department to fill any gaps identified in our current...More Button


 

 

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