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Donnelly, Stephen

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Covid-19 Pandemic

Was asked: if a Covid-19 testing system will be set up at airports here for persons arriving from countries not on the green list; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Close consideration has been given by Government to policy in relation to overseas travel, including to additional measures to be put in place at airports and ports to strengthen existing arrangeme...More Button

Was asked: the role his Department has in controls at ports and airports in respect of contacting and monitoring travellers entering Ireland; the reason for the delay in his Department taking over this respon...More Button

Was asked: the responsibility of his Department for recording and monitoring passengers entering Ireland; the role his Department plays in relation to the passenger locator form and follow-up calls to passeng...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 270 and 285 together.

  My Department has no role in controls at ports and airports in respect of contacting and monitoring travellers entering I...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider adding individual nations such as Scotland, Wales or dependencies such as the Isle of Man to the green list in view of the differing infection rates within the United Kingdom an...More Button

A green list of locations with similar epidemiological situations to Ireland’s has been published. The green list will ensure that the appropriate public health measures apply based on the assesse...More Button

Was asked: if consideration has been given to allowing partners to attend scans in maternity hospitals, particularly the first scan at 12 weeks and anomaly scans when they take place; and, if not, if maternit...More Button

It is of course desirable that the impact of Covid-19 on the pregnancy and birthing experience of women and their families is kept to an absolute minimum.  The National Women & Infants Health Progr...More Button

However, in the context of the current public health emergency, each of our 19 maternity units/hospitals are facing significant challenges. Such challenges may vary considerably between units an...More Button

Decisions on any restrictions in maternity hospitals are made, implemented and reviewed at hospital level and, while very regrettable, are necessary to protect the safety of patients, the wellbei...More Button

With regards to the specific issues raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly.More Button

Was asked: if an information technology literacy campaign will be introduced for the elderly to assist them to communicate with loved ones as a result of the changes brought about during Covid-19; and if he w...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will institute a campaign to assist young persons that have mental health challenges as a result of or exacerbated by Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the provisions that have been made in the regulations which require persons to wear face masks for those persons that for certifiable medical reasons are unable to wear facemasks.More Button

I would like to assure the Deputy that my Department appreciates the concerns around face coverings with regard to those who may not be in a position to wear them for medical reasons.More Button

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) continues to examine all emerging evidence as it arises and has provided advice relating to face coverings on an ongoing basis. NPHET advises the...More Button

On Friday 10 July 2020, having consulted with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Minister for Justice and Equality, I signed the Health Act (Covid-19)(Face Coverings on Public ...More Button

Reasonable excuse includes where a person:More Button

- cannot put one on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability or without severe distressMore Button

- needs to communicate with another person who has difficulties communicatingMore Button

- removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable personMore Button

- removes the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injuryMore Button

- removes the face covering to take medication   More Button

The Regulations provide that a “relevant person”, defined as an officer, employee or agent of a public transport operator or of the National Transport Authority, who is responsible for the implem...More Button

As I am sure will be appreciated, the evidence relating to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the discussion around face coverings is constantly evolving. The public health advice relating to Covid-19 is k...More Button

The Deputy may wish to note that the latest public health advice on face coverings is available at the following links and is updated on a regular basis:More Button

www.gov.ie/facecoverings.More Button

www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/face-masks-disposable-gloves.html.More Button

Was asked: if the number of random Covid-19 tests that will be carried out at airports will be a fixed number or a minimum percentage of passengers; the manner of testing proposed; if passengers will be requi...More Button

Was asked: the number of random Covid-19 tests that will be carried out at airports daily; if each passenger will be eligible for such tests including passengers from green zone countries; if the tests will b...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 302 and 303 together.

Close consideration has been given by Government to policy in relation to overseas travel, including to additional measures to be put...More Button

Was asked: the number of day care centres in County Wexford that have reopened; the number that will be reopened by September 2020; if there are centres that will not be in a position to reopen by September 2...More Button

As part of the overall effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in line with public health advice, day service locations closed in March. More Button

Since then, HSE Disability Services have been working to develop national guidance on the part of the disability sector to direct how all day services can be delivered. The Guidance to support th...More Button

In developing the guidance document to guide providers, the HSE worked closely with service providers through representative organisations such as the National Federation of Voluntary Service Pro...More Button

The guidance document seeks to support the safe return of services in the context of ongoing public health guidance. It also recognises that the impact of public health guidance will result in se...More Button

Day services will gradually resume during the month of August. Service providers are already working to get day services ready to reopen safely, and in line with public health guidance. Service p...More Button

I want to acknowledge the many challenges experienced by individuals and their families over this difficult time. Families across the country have had their routines upended due to the impact of ...More Button

The Guidance to support the Framework for Resumption of Adult Disability Day Services is available on the New Directions website: www.hse.ie/newdirections. The HSE have also issued monthly commun...More Button

An information portal that will contain the dates on which the 966 disability day service locations will reopen around the country is being developed. After August 4th service users and families ...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. More Button

Was asked: the details of accommodation hired during Covid-19 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of accommodation in response to Covid-19 I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter. More Button

Disability Services Provision

Was asked: if an emergency helpline can be set up for carers of those with physical and intellectual disabilities to receive help in emergency situations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The needs of family carers are varied. To address these myriad needs, the HSE has developed a family carer’s support page on its website at More Button

Was asked: the number of day-care centres in north central areas of County Cork that have now reopened; the number that will be reopened by September 2020; the number that will not be in a position to reopen ...More Button

Was asked: when services including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy will resume for children with special needs or a disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Staff

Was asked: when nurses offered permanent posts in Roscommon University Hospital in 2019 will be formally appointed; the reason for the delay; if an embargo on appointments has been in place; and if he will ma...More Button

Saolta University Health Care Group advise that all nurses who were offered permanent contracts in Roscommon University Hospital in 2019 have been appointed.  More Button

Was asked: when extra Parkinson’s nurses will be recruited in Leinster in view of the fact there is one nurse per 1,760 persons with the condition which is significantly less than in Northern Ireland or the U...More Button

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

Hospital Staff

Was asked: the number of staff appointed to each hospital in the Saolta University Health Care Group in the period from March to July 2020; the posts they were appointed to; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

As this is a service delivery matter, I have referred the question to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a shortage of diabetic nurse specialists in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown; his plans to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of vacancies at Wexford General Hospital; the grade of each vacancy; the length of time of the vacancy in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of vacancies at the Mercy Hospital; the grade of each vacancy; the length of time of the vacancy in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Homeless Persons Data

Was asked: if deaths of homeless persons are collated nationally; if so, the body or agency that collates same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if deaths of homeless persons are collated in County Cork, specifically, by a body or agency similar to the Dublin Region Homeless Executive; and if so, the details of the body or agency.More Button

Was asked: the number of homeless persons who have passed away in Cork city in each of the years 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form.More Button

Respite Care Services

Was asked: when State respite services are due to recommence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when there will be a resumption of day and respite services for those with special needs and the day services provided by a service (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: if residential care will be granted to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...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.More Button

Was asked: the number of respite hours provided to families in County Wexford in each of the past 12 months; the number that have been provided each month since March 2020, in tabular form; and if he will mak...More Button

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...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.More Button

Was asked: the number of respite hours provided to families in north central areas of County Cork over each of the past 12 months; the number provided in each month since March 2020; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure day and respite services will be restored for persons with a disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Primary Care Centres

Was asked: the status of the development of a new primary healthcare centre in Greystones, County Wicklow; the stage at which plans are at; the timeframe for completion; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the status of the development of a new primary healthcare centre in Baltinglass, County Wicklow; the stage at which plans are at; and the timeframe for completion; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the roll-out of additional primary healthcare centres in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 280 to 282, inclusive, together.

  As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Cent...More Button

Autism Support Services

Was asked: the number of children diagnosed with autism and other behavioural conditions such as ADHD and so on in HSE CHO 7 that are on the waiting list for the early bird programme, speech and language ther...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: if children whose scheduled vaccines were cancelled during Covid-19 will receive them before the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year; if special clinics will be established to deal with the back...More Button

The HSE National Immunisation Office is responsible for managing vaccine procurement and distribution, and developing training and communication materials for the public and health professionals. <...More Button

  Question No. 285 answered with Question No. 270.More Button

Health Services

Was asked: the number of children under 18 years of age that have an acquired brain injury; the person or body that records data on children with the injury; the national strategy for the rehabilitation of ch...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting a needs assessment in CHO5 ; the number waiting less than 3, 3 to 6, 6 to 12 and more than 12 months, respectively in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting a speech and language appointment in CHO5; the number that have been waiting less than 3, 3 to 6, 6 to 12 and more than 12 months, respectively in tabular form; and i...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting an occupational therapy appointment in CHO5; the number who have been waiting less than 3, 3 to 6, 6 to 12 and more than 12 months, respectively in tabular form; and ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting a speech and language appointment in CHO5; the number that have been waiting less than 3 months; the number that have been waiting 3, 3 to 6, 6 to 12 and more than 12...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 315, 316, 317 and 318 together.

The recently published Programme for Government document "Our Shared Future" recognises the need to improve servi...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons on the waiting list for ophthalmology in County Wexford; the average waiting time for an appointment in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for Government. In recent years, my Department has worked with the HSE and the National Treatment Purchas...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons in County Wexford waiting for an appointment for early intervention by therapy; the number that are waiting less than 6, 6 to 12 and more than 12 months, respectively in tabul...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons on the waiting list for ophthalmology in north central areas of County Cork; the average waiting time for an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for Government. In recent years, my Department has worked with the HSE and the National Treatment Purchas...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons in north central areas of County Cork who are waiting for an appointment for early intervention by therapy; the number who are waiting less than six months, six months to 12 m...More Button

Freedom of Information

Was asked: the number of freedom of information requests being processed by his Department; the number that have had the deadline for reply extended; the number at least one week, two weeks, one month and ove...More Button

The following table sets out, as of 27 July 2020, the number of Freedom of Information requests currently active (being processed) in my Department.  From these requests, it also sets out: the numb...More Button

Cancer Services

Was asked: his plans for the elimination of HPV-related cancers; the strategies that will need to be implemented in the coming twelve months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government’s goal is to bring about the eradication of HPV-related cancers in Ireland.  A well organised screening programme, when combined with HPV vaccination for boys and girls, will help to...More Button

In 2009, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommended HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination for all 12 to 13 year old girls to reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer ...More Button

The NIAC recommended that the HPV vaccine should also be given to boys. On foot of NIAC’s recommendation, my Department asked the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to undertake a he...More Button

In relation to cancer screening, CervicalCheck made the technical transition to HPV cervical screening on 30 March 2020. This means that any test taken after this date is an HPV cervical screenin...More Button

The move to HPV Cervical Screening means that Ireland joins a small group of nations that employs the best-in-class testing to screen their populations for cervical cancer.  Other countries inclu...More Button

This improved testing methodology, along with the continued roll-out of HPV vaccinations, means that Ireland can look forward to a significant reduction in the incidence of cervical cancer cases ...More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

Was asked: the number of persons under 65-years of age that are residing in public nursing homes nationally in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons under 65-years of age that are residing in private nursing homes nationally in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of publicly funded residential care homes for the elderly in Cork city in each of the years 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that residents are being moved out of a nursing home even though no resident has contracted Covid-19 at the home; his views on the move; and if he will m...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the most recent HIQA report into a nursing home (details supplied); his views on whether the recommendations of the report warrants closure; and if he will make a...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the site a nursing home (details supplied) is located on; if the State will benefit from the future use of the site; if so, the way in which it will benefit; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider taking a nursing home (details supplied) into public ownership in view of the fact that 80% of the funding for the home comes from the State via the fair deal scheme and the dis...More Button

Was asked: the future arrangements for vulnerable patients (details supplied) in view of the closure of a service on which they relied; the location to which they will be sent; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Was asked: the steps a religious order (details supplied) is planning to take regarding the land on which a nursing home is built; if his attention has been drawn by the HSE to plans to take over the land; an...More Button

Was asked: his views on the takeover of a facility (details supplied) by the HSE in order to preserve the service and retain long-term jobs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Was asked: the number of children in each county on the waiting list for speech and language therapy in 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Occupational Therapy

Was asked: the number of children in each county on the waiting list for occupational therapy in 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of adults in each county on the waiting list for occupational therapy in 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 296 and 297 together.

As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE)...More Button

Hospital Car Parks

Was asked: the policies and procedures in place regarding hospital car parking charges for healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic; if the measures will return to normal; if so, when it will take plac...More Button

On 19th March 2020, the HSE directed hospitals and healthcare facilities to immediately suspend parking charges for staff for the duration of the Covid-19 National Public Health Emergency.  I have ...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: the steps being taken to provide a fully resourced diabetes services at University Hospital Limerick for adults with type 1 diabetes; if plans are in place to employ a full-time dietician and an in...More Button

As this is a service issue, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly. More Button

Was asked: the number of patients with type 1 diabetes attending the diabetes service at University Hospital Limerick; the waiting times for those with type 1 diabetes seeking appointments for the service; an...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly.More Button

Health Screening Programmes

Was asked: the decisions that were taken at the meeting of 17 July 2020 of the National Screening Advisory Committee about expanding the blood spot screening programme; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Further to my response to a PQ received from the Deputy in relation to this issue last week, a meeting of the NSAC took place on 17 July 2020 where the Committee considered (1) the addition of ADA-...More Button

Dental Services

Was asked: the number of children and adults on the dental appointment waiting list in County Wexford; the average waiting time for appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the number of children and adults on the orthodontic waiting lists in County Wexford; the average waiting time for appointments; the number of patients who have been waiting more than six months; a...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the number of children and adults on the dental appointment waiting list in Cork city; the average waiting times for appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the number of children and adults on the orthodontic waiting lists in Cork city; the average waiting times for appointments; the number waiting more than six months; and if he will make a statement...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if a replacement service in the community will be opened due to the closure of dental clinics (details supplied).More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Was asked: the number of persons waiting on the child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS, waiting list in County Wexford; the average waiting time; the number of patients who have been waiting more ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons waiting on the CAMHS waiting list in Cork city; the average waiting time; the number waiting more than six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Mental Health Services

Was asked: the number of children admitted to adult psychiatric units each year in 2018, 2019 and to date in 2020 in the CHO 5 area and the County Wexford area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way in which he plans to cease the practice of placing children in adult psychiatric units; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: what out-of-hours mental health services are available for children and adults in County Wexford; his plans to expand the services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Care Packages

Was asked: the number of persons waiting for homecare support in County Wexford; the number of hours allocated in each of the past 12 months in County Wexford; the average number of hours granted to each succ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons that are waiting for homecare support in Cork city; the number of hours allocated in each of the past 12 months in Cork city; the average number of hours granted to each succe...More Button

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

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting a colonoscopy in Wexford General Hospital; the number who have been waiting up to 30, 30 to 60, 60 to 90 and more than 90 days, respectively, in tabular form; and if ...More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to pause most elective scheduled care activity with effect from the end March 2020. This was to ensure patient safety and that all ...More Button

The trajectory of the disease means there is now an opportunity for increasing the provision of non-covid care including more routine care. NPHET has since revised its recommendation on the pausi...More Button

Application of the essential risk mitigating steps set out in the guidance developed under the auspices of the NPHET Expert Advisory group will have operational implications, which will impact on...More Button

Where possible, hospitals are working to find innovative ways to enable service provision, which include virtual clinics for some outpatient department appointments. The HSE website provides deta...More Button

To ensure services are re-introduced in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, the HSE launched its Strategic Framework for ‘Service Continuity in a Covid Environment’ on 24 June.  Its i...More Button

As the system continues to deliver Covid-19 and non-Covid 19 care side-by-side over a more prolonged period, my Department and the HSE will continue to work closely together to protect essential ...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised by the deputy concerning colonoscopies, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soo...More Button

Was asked: the number of people awaiting an endoscopy procedure in Wexford General Hospital; the number of these that have been waiting up to 30, 30 to 60, 60 to 90 and more than 90 days, respectively in tabu...More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to pause most elective scheduled care activity with effect from the end March 2020. This was to ensure patient safety and that all ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting a colonoscopy in the Mercy Hospital; the number waiting up to 30 days, 30 to 60 days, 60 to 90 days and more than 90 days, in tabular form; and if he will make a stat...More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to pause most elective scheduled care activity with effect from the end March 2020. This was to ensure patient safety and that all ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting an endoscopy in the Mercy Hospital; the number waiting up to 30 days, 30 to 60 days, 60 to 90 days and more than 90 days, in tabular form; and if he will make a state...More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to pause most elective scheduled care activity with effect from the end March 2020. This was to ensure patient safety and that all ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting a needs assessment in the Mercy Hospital; the number waiting less than three months, three months to six months, six months to 12 months and more than 12 months, resp...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting a speech and language appointment in CHO4; the number waiting less than three months, three months to six months, six months to 12 months and more than 12 months, res...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting an occupational therapy appointment in CHO4; the number waiting less than three months, three months to six months, six months to 12 months and more than 12 months, r...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Was asked: the number of day care centres for persons with intellectual disabilities in County Wexford that have submitted applications for funding in order to reopen; the amount required; the amount allocate...More Button

As part of the overall effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in line with public health advice, day service locations closed in March. More Button

Since then, HSE Disability Services have been working to develop national guidance on the part of the disability sector to direct how all day services can be delivered. The Guidance to support th...More Button

In developing the guidance document to guide providers, the HSE worked closely with service providers through representative organisations such as the National Federation of Voluntary Service Pro...More Button

The guidance document seeks to support the safe return of services in the context of ongoing public health guidance. It also recognises that the impact of public health guidance will result in se...More Button

Day services will gradually resume during the month of August. Service providers are already working to get day services ready to reopen safely, and in line with public health guidance. Service p...More Button

I want to acknowledge the many challenges experienced by individuals and their families over this difficult time. Families across the country have had their routines upended due to the impact of ...More Button

The Guidance to support the Framework for Resumption of Adult Disability Day Services is available on the New Directions website: www.hse.ie/newdirections. The HSE have also issued monthly commun...More Button

An information portal that will contain the dates on which the 966 disability day service locations will reopen around the country is being developed. After August 4th service users and families ...More Button

It has been recognised that additional costs may arise for service providers in providing safe services. To date, Government has approved COVID 19 Pandemic Health service funding of €2bn. The aim...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. More Button

Disability Services Funding

Was asked: the number of day care centres for persons with intellectual disabilities in north central areas of County Cork that have submitted applications for funding in order to reopen; the amount required;...More Button

Addiction Treatment Services

Was asked: the number of detoxification and rehabilitation treatment beds by region in each of the years 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: the funding available to prevent gambling addiction; the amount available to treat gambling addiction; and the number of publicly funded treatment places for those specifically suffering from a gam...More Button

Medicinal Products

Was asked: if a drugs-monitoring scheme for distribution of prescribed medicines has been implemented.More Button

Medicines which have a high potential to be misused are subject to stricter controls under the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2016 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations and Orders 2017. The legislation...More Button

In 2017, the Misuse of Drugs Regulations were updated and additional controls on benzodiazepines and so-called 'z-drug' sedatives were introduced, including import and export controls, stricter p...More Button

The amendments to the Regulations also afforded practitioners an opportunity to review patients receiving such medications and allow them to make brief interventions with these patients. Brief in...More Button

In October 2017 the Medical Council of Ireland and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland launched joint guidance on the Safe Prescribing and Dispensing of Controlled drugs. The aim of this resour...More Button

In further support of the legislative changes, in February 2018, the HSE Medicines Management Programme (MMP) published “Guidance on appropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines and z-drugs (BZRA) ...More Button

More recently, officials in the Department of Health have been working with stakeholders, including prescribers, pharmacists and the HSE, facilitated by the Medical Council, to further examine th...More Button

This group, via the HSE MMP, has prepared support materials, including posters for GP waiting rooms and community pharmacies, and patient guides to better inform both prescribers and patients of ...More Button

Officials from the Department of Health are continuing to engage with and support the work of this group as it considers potential solutions to ensure greater visibility and governance around the...More Button

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Was asked: if an application by a person (details supplied) for the treatment abroad scheme for referral to the NHS for treatment of sarcoidosis will be reviewed and expedited on compassionate grounds.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: if the case of a child (details supplied) will be examined.More Button

Was asked: if the HSE Dublin north west early intervention and primary health care teams have access to dietetics and speech and language therapy services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.More Button