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Donnelly, Stephen

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Health Services Staff

Was asked: the number of disease control workplace inspectors in the employ of the HSPC; the estimated full year cost of their employment; and the percentage of businesses inspected by them in 2019 and to dat...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: if carers employed by the HSE who are required to travel on official business will be paid the travel and subsistence rates approved by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of agency staff employed by profession or type of employment, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the current vacancies within the HSE, by profession or type, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons employed, by profession, during the Be on call for Ireland campaign, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons employed temporarily, by profession, during the Be on call for Ireland campaign, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of temporary contracts for the Be on call for Ireland campaign that have ceased, by profession, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Occupational Therapy

Was asked: if it is necessary to redeploy occupational therapists to Covid-19 testing centres in view of the fact that there is already a waiting list of up to two years after referral for a child to be seen ...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

Protected Disclosures

Was asked: the way in which whistleblower accounts will be managed now that a service (details supplied) is to close; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the cost of the review of a service (details supplied) undertaken in 2019 by the HSE which last week was reported to stakeholders will not be completed beyond a draft report; and if he will make a ...More Button

Was asked: the stage at which during the review of a centre (details supplied) the decision was made that the investigators had gone beyond the terms of reference; the reason this was not realised at the regu...More Button

Was asked: if the Tusla inspection report on a service (details supplied) published online on 14 July 2020 was a factor in the decision-making to close a centre; and the measures taken by the HSE when it was ...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if an appointment will be expedited for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, 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

Commissions of Investigation

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1171 of 8 September 2020, the status of the investigation; the date of publication of the report; if he will report on his meeting with the Farrelly Commission...More Button

Two meetings have been held with the Commission of Investigation (certain matters relative to a disability service in the South East and related matters) on 21st September and 2nd October 2020 to d...More Button

I granted the Farrelly Commission an interim extension in July 2020 to allow it to continue its work while the application is being considered.More Button

Income Inequality

Was asked: if the inequality in income vis-à-vis a trainee, a child and educational psychologist and a clinical psychologist undertaking a doctorate who receive a starting salary of approximately €33,000 will...More Button

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

Health Products Regulatory Authority

Was asked: the reason for the delay in providing Spinraza to persons with spinal muscular atrophy type 3 such as a person (details supplied).More Button

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

Was asked: his views on a study conducted on levels of vitamin D (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department continues to welcome and consider international research and evidence surrounding COVID-19 and immune protection. It is important to note that this research is similar in focus to rec...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Was asked: when permission will be given to senior citizens day centres to open, even in a limited way to help tackle the isolation which elderly residents in the complex feel, especially those with limited m...More Button

Was asked: the number of patients that had their appointments cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic from 2 March 2020 to 1 September 1 2020, by HSE CHO region in tabular form; the number of these cancellatio...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 average WTE number of dental staff redeployed as part of the Covid-19 efforts, by HSE CHO region, on a weekly basis from 1 March to 1 September 2020, comprising dentists, dental nurses and dent...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 staff redeployed and deployed through the Be on Call for Ireland campaign and other campaigns as part of the swab, test and trace system to identify Covid-19 cases by origin that is, ...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: if ballet schools come within the definition of schools, early learning and childcare services as defined in the Plan for Living with Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Liv...More Button

Was asked: the details of all Covid-19 cases for the period of March 2020 to date in County Wexford by county council electoral divisions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met for the first time, a commitment was given to collect and publish as much relevant data as possible while ensuring individual patient con...More Button

Was asked: the number of deaths that have been declassified following incorrect classification as being Covid-19 related (details supplied); the correct number of deaths associated with Covid-19; his views on...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have died as a result of Covid-19; the number of persons who have died of other illness but also had Covid-19; the number of persons who died of other illness who had Covi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 680 and 750 together.

  Since the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met for the first time, a commitment was given to collect and pub...More Button

Was asked: the total expenditure by the HSE on Covid-19 to date; a breakdown of the main areas of expenditure; the amount of increased capacity that has been added to the healthcare system since the onset of ...More Button

The Irish Government set out in its National Action Plan on Covid-19 16 key action aimed at flattening the curve of the pandemic outbreak in Ireland.

  The focus of the first 8...More Button

Was asked: the number of Covid-19 related deaths reported in August and September 2020 that occurred in a hospital setting; the other settings in which these deaths occurred; the number of deaths that occurre...More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond to the deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: if he will publish details of the reason behind the requirement for face coverings in schools, including any international evidence or risk assessments considered by NPHET; if there is an ongoing r...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that the Public Health advice relating to COVID-19 is kept under continuous review by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). In drafting our national guidance, I...More Button

The aim of face coverings is to reduce the spread of infection by acting as a source control to stop the spread of infection by the person wearing the mask (including those who do not know they a...More Button

The WHO in their Guidance on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19 advise that the general public should be encouraged to use medical and non-medical masks in public settings, including sch...More Button

The ECDC advise that “in secondary schools, the use of face masks is recommended for both students and adults” and that “The use of masks should be seen as a complementary measure, rather than a ...More Button

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has also issued Interim Guidance on Use of Face-coverings in childcare and educational settings to provide advice for childcare and educational facilitie...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 319 of 29 September 2020, the amount of additional Covid-19 related Exchequer expenditure for 2021 for his Department and the breakdown by line items of this a...More Button

Was asked: the estimated expenditure by his Department in 2021 compared to 2020, disaggregated by precommitted expenditure such as by demographics, PSSA and so on, Covid-19 related expenditure and other addit...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 732 and 741 together.

  The level of funding available for my Department is being considered as part of the national Estimates and budgetary proc...More Button

Was asked: if both Gorey and Thomastown district hospitals had been designated as Covid-19 step-down facilities; if the step-down designation of both Gorey and Thomastown district hospitals has been removed, ...More Button

Was asked: if both Gorey and Thomastown district hospitals had been designated as Covid-19 step-down facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the step-down designation of both Gorey and Thomastown district hospitals has been removed; when this occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if Gorey and Thomastown hospitals have reverted to their pre-Covid-19 operational status and use; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason St. Brigid's Hospital has not reverted its pre-Covid-19 status in the same manner as other facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when St. Brigid's Hospital will have its Covid-19 designation removed and begin resumption of normal operations at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the terms of reference of the National Public Health Emergency Team.More Button

The Deputy is advised that the Terms of Reference of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have been published on the website of the Department of Health. A link to the relevant page is...More Button

  Question No. 750 answered with Question No. 680.More Button

Was asked: if longer notice will be given to businesses when announcing changes to Covid-19 restrictions to prevent unnecessary losses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I acknowledge the huge strain placed upon many business during the current pandemic. I am particularly conscious of the enormous impact of recent Level 3 measures on the hospitality sector, includi...More Button

However, as the Deputy is aware, the NPHET makes recommendations to Government on the basis of the prevailing epidemiological situation and this has been shown to change rapidly. The very nature ...More Button

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Was asked: his views on the import and distribution of medicinal cannabis through community pharmacies following a referral from a general practitioner or consultant; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

In June 2019, the Minister for Health signed legislation to underpin the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme (MCAP). This is a 5-year pilot programme, restricted to prescribing of ca...More Button

- Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosisMore Button

- Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapyMore Button

- Severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy.More Button

Commercial suppliers whose cannabis products have been reviewed and are considered to have met the specified requirements set out in the legislation and are in line with the clinical guidance for...More Button

To date three products have been added to Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs (Prescription and Control of Supply of Cannabis for Medical Use) Regulations 2019. The three products are:More Button

1. Aurora High CBD Oil DropsMore Button

2. CannEpil ™More Button

3. Tilray Oral Solution THC10:CBD10 25ml.More Button

The HSE has engaged in discussions with the suppliers of these products, regarding pricing and supply information. The HSE will consider such information, in line with the Health (Pricing and Sup...More Button

Once the Medical Cannabis Access Programme commences the HSE will establish and maintain a Register to facilitate the enrolment and recording of certain data including patient identifiers (in ano...More Button

Prescribers (medical consultants on the specialist register) will be able to prescribe cannabis for medical use to patients as set out in the legislation. It is important to understand that it wi...More Button

Pharmacists will be able to dispense Cannabis for Medical Use to patients as set out in the legislation, on foot of a valid prescription, once suppliers make the specified controlled drugs availa...More Button

The offences and penalties for unauthorised supply and possession of controlled substances remain unchanged.More Button

It is important to note that where a cannabis product is a specified controlled drug legally permitted for medical use, in connection with the MCAP, this does not signify any endorsement whatsoev...More Button

Was asked: the process for access to medicinal cannabis through the EMA compassionate use access programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no access to medicinal cannabis through an EMA compassionate use access programme.

  However, in June 2019, the Minister for Health signed legislation to underpin the op...More Button

Suicide Prevention

Was asked: if a suicide crisis assessment nurse will be provided in counties Cavan and Monaghan.More Button

Health Services

Was asked: the guidelines for an event (details supplied); if he will provide a contact person for the event organisers to liaise with either in the HSE or his Department; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19 was published by the Government on 15 September, 2020. This Framework sets out Ireland's approac...More Button

Was asked: when full services will be restored to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; 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 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: when a service (details supplied) in County Carlow will reopen; 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

Was asked: if a vaccine or medical procedure can be administered on a mature minor, that is, over 16 years of age with an intellectual disability without the consent of the parents following the enactment of ...More Button

Recent changes in the Regulations in relation to the administration of the seasonal influenza vaccine have focussed on technical changes required in relation to the administration of vaccines by ph...More Button

Was asked: his views on legislating to allow nurses to prescribe controlled drugs and opiate substitution therapy, for example, methadone and buprenorphine, as was previously done on controlled drugs in areas...More Button

During the last quarter of 2019, and following a request from the HSE, my Department commenced an evaluation process of the benefits or otherwise of introducing nurse prescribing of opiate substitu...More Button

Should this evaluation conclude that there is a service user benefit to be gained by enabling nurses to prescribe OST, my Department will consider what changes might be required to Schedule 8 of ...More Button

Was asked: the reason SouthDoc in Blackpool, Cork, is closed; and if a timeline can be given for the reopening of this facility.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 patients whoreceived care post termination of pregnancy in maternity hospitals from January 2019 to date; the number of those who were for medical abortions provided by general practi...More Button

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

Was asked: if he will request the HSE to include data on all adverse outcomes specific to medication used in the provision of termination of pregnancy services in the annual national healthcare quality report...More Button

The National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS) aims to provide a mechanism through which data about the quality of Ireland's healthcare structures, processes and outcomes can be made publ...More Button

The NHRQS annual report is published by the Department of Health. Five reports have been published to date and the reports have evolved over time, including additional indicators as datasets with...More Button

The NHQRS and its governance structure is based in the National Patient Safety Office (NPSO) in the Department for Health. In 2016, a multi-agency committee was re-established to provide oversigh...More Button

To safeguard the integrity and validity of the NHQRS, the committee agreed a procedure for the selection of new indicators for inclusion in the report. In addition, a transparent annual screening...More Button

NHQRS indicators are generally high-level measurements relating to healthcare system performance, which can provide information on population health overall rather than on specific outcomes for i...More Button

Was asked: when CAR T-cell therapy will be available here; when he expects it will be approved for reimbursement; the arrangements that are currently being worked on in relation to facilities for the therapy;...More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drugs schemes, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) A...More Button

In line with the 2013 Health Act and the national framework agreed with industry, a company must submit an application to the HSE to have a new medicine added to the reimbursement list.More Button

Reimbursement is for licensed indications which have been granted market authorisation by the European Medicines Agency or the Health Products Regulatory Authority.More Button

In making a relevant reimbursement decision, the HSE is required under the Act to have regard to a number of criteria including efficacy, the health needs of the public, cost effectiveness and po...More Button

HSE decisions on which medicines are reimbursed by the taxpayer are made on objective, scientific and economic grounds, on the advice of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE).More Button

The HSE advised that on 18 September 2018, it received an application for pricing and reimbursement of tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah®) for both its licensed indications:More Button

- for the treatment of paediatric and young adult patients up to and including 25 years of age with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (pALL) that is refractory, in relapse post-transplant or ...More Button

- for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) after two or more lines of systemic therapy.More Button

Following the NCPE’s completion of Rapid Reviews for both of these indications, on 22 October 2018, the HSE commissioned full HTAs for both indications.More Button

On 27 August 2019, the NCPE’s HTA report for the pALL indication was received by the HSE The NCPE recommended that tisagenlecleucel not be reimbursed for pALL unless cost-effectiveness could be i...More Button

On 20 September 2019, the NCPE HTA report for the DLBCL indication was received by the HSE. The NCPE recommended that Tisagenlecleucel not be reimbursed for DLBCL unless cost-effectiveness could ...More Button

The HSE also advised that it received an application on 6 September 2018 for the pricing and reimbursement of axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed ...More Button

Following the NCPE’s completion of a Rapid Review with respect to this indication, on 22 October 2018, the HSE commissioned a full HTA.More Button

On 25 February 2020, The NCPE’s HTA report was received by the HSE. The NCPE recommended that axicabtagene ciloleucel not be reimbursed unless cost-effectiveness can be improved relative to exist...More Button

The Drugs Group is the national committee which the HSE has in place to make recommendations on the pricing and reimbursement of medicines. The membership of the HSE Drugs Group includes public i...More Button

The decision-making authority in the HSE is the HSE Executive Management Team (EMT). These three indications remain under consideration with the HSE, in line with the 2013 Health Act.More Button

CAR-T is a novel treatment for patients with cancer. It is a patient-specific, individualised cell therapy that consists of genetically modifying the patient’s own T lymphocytes. Both CAR-T thera...More Button

The NCCP have designated the National Stem Cell Transplantation (SCT) unit at St James’s Hospital (SJH) and the Haemopoetic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) unit at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Cru...More Button

The companies providing the licensed CAR-T products require hospitals to be technically ready to provide these products through an established CAR-T service. Each of the designated hospitals has ...More Button

Was asked: if plans are being considered to make eye tests outside of school testing at high street opticians free for children under 12 years of age who are on medical cards; if his attention has been drawn ...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 Appointments Status

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

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, 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: further to Parliamentary Question No. 995 of 14 July 2020, if an urgent appointment for surgery at Temple Street Hospital will be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if h...More Button

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such as the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient ...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, regarding an update on an appointment date, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: if an earlier appointment will be arranged for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, 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: if an appointment at the ENT department will be arranged for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled care activity was significantly impacted by t...More Button

The monitoring of scheduled care activity and waiting list figures is a key function of the Department of Health. Weekly meetings between Departmental officials, the NTPF and HSE ensure that gove...More Button

As part of the governance arrangements for the management of NTPF funded outsourced patient treatment, public patients remain on the waiting list of the referring hospital until treatment is comp...More Button

In terms of accessing treatment under the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), the NTPF works with public hospitals to offer and provide the funding for treatment to clinically suitable long ...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

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

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, 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 status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, 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 position regarding a health appointment for person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer most scheduled care activity in March, April, and May of this year. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appro...More Button

The resumption of services from June onwards has allowed for increased activity, with the HSE utilising innovative methods including telemedicine to facilitate patient appointments. Patient safet...More Button

The HSE continues to optimise productivity through alternative work practices such the use of alternative settings including private hospitals, community facilities and alternative outpatient set...More Button

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has also recommenced arranging treatment in both private and public hospitals for clinically suitable patients who have been waiting for long periods on publi...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 HS...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy is a standardised approach used by the HSE to manage scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures. It sets out the process...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, 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

Guardians Ad Litem

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has been issued with a summons in respect of an alleged breach of guardian ad litem regulations given that they were unable to persuade their child otherwise;...More Button

Dental Services

Was asked: the number of children on dental and orthodontic services waiting lists; the number waiting 0 to 6, 6 to 12 months, 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 plus years, by LHO in tabular form; and if he will make a st...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 persons with special needs on dental and orthodontic services waiting lists; the number waiting 0 to 6, 6 to 12 months, 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 plus years, by LHO in tabular form; and if...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 impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dental and orthodontic services waiting lists; the number of persons waiting 0 to 6, 6 to 12 months, 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 plus years at the end of quarter 2 a...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 appointments attended in HSE primary care dental services nationally for the period from 4 March 2019 to 31 May 2019 and from 2 March 2020 to 29 May 2020, in tabular form; and if he w...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 estimated number of students in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class by CHO region that prior to service disruption due to Covid-19, that is the beginning March 2020, were targeted for dental ...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 adults by HSE CHO region that are waiting for dental treatment under general anaesthetic; the maximum waiting period per region; 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 children by HSE community healthcare organisation, CHO, region who await dental treatment under general anaesthetic; the maximum waiting period per region; and if he will make a state...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 status of the distribution of PPE to dentists.More Button

I am aware of the difficulties that the current Covid-19 pandemic poses for the dental profession. My Department has worked with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) to provide guidance...More Button

The HPSC advises that regular PPE, which has always been used, is generally sufficient for routine dentistry. This is supported by the Dental Council which has indicated that dentists must take a...More Button

Medical Cards

Was asked: if there are plans to raise the threshold from €900 to €1,000 for over 70s couples who apply for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2 August 2020, provided for an increase to the gross medical card income limits for those ...More Button

Officials in my Department are therefore now making the necessary arrangements to commence the relevant section of the Act and are engaging with the HSE's National Medical Card unit to ensure all...More Button

Was asked: if the carer general practitioner visit card will be extended to carers in receipt of the carer's support grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Since 1 September 2018 all those in receipt of either a full or half-rate Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit are automatically eligible for a GP visit card. It is noted that many persons in recei...More Button

Was asked: if medical cards will be provided for those women that have had severe life altering and ongoing complications from transvaginal mesh implants (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...More Button

I understand that complications from a mesh implant are very distressing and painful for those involved. Ensuring that all women who develop mesh-related complications receive high quality, multi-d...More Button

Was asked: when the medical card threshold for persons aged over 70 years will be increased.More Button

Was asked: when the increased eligibility guidelines for medical cards for persons over 70 years of age announced in Budget 2020 will be enacted.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 705 and 714 together.

  The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2nd August 202...More Button

Was asked: if he is considering changing the medical card payment process for general practitioners from a fixed annual payment per medical card holder to paying the GP per consultation; and if he will make a...More Button

General Practitioners are self-employed private practitioners, most of whom have contracts with the HSE to provide services under various public health schemes. Under the General Medical Services (...More Button

There are no plans at present to change how GPs are remunerated. However, the 2019 GP Agreement on GP contractual reform and service developments includes a commitment to undertake a strategic re...More Button

Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the number of disease control workplace inspectors in the employ of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, HPSC; the estimated full-year cost of their employment; and the number of businesses i...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

Care of the Elderly

Was asked: when community social daycare facilities for older persons are expected to reopen; when respite care facilities will open their doors for older persons and their families (details supplied); and if...More Button

We all know that community services such as day care and respite services play an important role in enabling older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connectio...More Button

The HSE continues to work closely with providers and community staff to identify where service is most required and has been undertaking risk assessments of local services. This is to ensure, in...More Button

Services will resume when it is safe to do so; when all infection prevention and control measures and the requirements of physical distancing can be maintained, so as to protect service users and...More Button

I understand the impact that the continued delay in the re-opening of day centres and the restoration of respite services is having on older people and the important role this service can play in...More Button

Was asked: if he plans to reopen day care centres for the elderly; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the HSE plans to reintroduce day care services for the elderly; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: his plans to introduce a statutory homecare scheme that will provide for appropriate respite each year and a carer needs assessment for full-time carers; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Enabling people with care-needs to continue to live independently at home for as long as possible is a long-standing objective of the Government. To advance this, the Government is committed to est...More Button

It is intended that the new scheme will provide equitable and transparent access to high-quality services based on a person's assessed care-needs, and that it will operate consistently across the...More Button

The national roll-out of interRAI as the single assessment tool will be integral to the new scheme, underpinning the provision of one streamlined process for responding to the evolving care-needs...More Button

Home Help Service

Was asked: the number of persons who were allocated home help support in County Monaghan for each year since 2015 and to date in 2020, in tabular form; the number of home help hours allocated in County Monagh...More Button

As this is an operational 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 persons on the home help waiting list in County Mayo as of 29 September 2020; the number of persons awaiting homecare packages in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: the number of home helps that have retired from the HSE since 2008; the number of new home helps that have been employed in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons in counties Laois and Offaly who were granted home help hours in 2020; if numbers are above or below the national average; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that CHO 8 is experiencing a long waiting time for approval and delivery of home help services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Tests

Was asked: if Covid-19 testing centres in west County Cork will be reinstated.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: his plans to upgrade the Covid-19 testing system here by using a new test (details supplied) that only takes 15 minutes to provide results; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE is not currently using rapid antigen tests. However, it is continuously examining the issues involved in their potential use, including sensitivity, as many of the antigen tests developed ...More Button

The HSE advises that antigen testing may well have a potential role in testing of both symptomatic and asymptomatic people in the future. Studies of these tests, similar to the one mentioned, are...More Button

It is also worth noting the current rapid Health Technology Assessment (HTA) which the Health Information Quality (HIQA) is currently doing for NPHET on alternative diagnostic approaches. It will...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff in counties Cork and Kerry that have been redeployed to testing and tracing; and the locations in which staff have been redeployed from in tabular form.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 status of the recruitment process for 60 new staff to be assigned to testing and tracing in counties Cork and Kerry; and the way in which the figure of 60 was deemed to be sufficient.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: when the staff that have been redeployed to testing and tracing in Cork will be returned to their original posts.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 Covid-19 tests taken in a location (details supplied) to date; the number of positive cases at the same location; the number of persons that failed to show up for Covid-19 tests; the ...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 hospitals that carry out a Covid-19 test to all persons admitted to the hospital; 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: his plans to locate additional Covid-19 testing centres in County Wexford or the north Wexford area; if so, the locations in which the test centres will be based; the timelines for any works that a...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: if a Covid-19 testing facility will be opened in Balbriggan, County Dublin; if not, if a facility will be opened in another area of north County Dublin which is in walking or cycling distance for p...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 cycles used in the PCT testing here for the detection of Covid-19; if he has concerns regarding the over-sensitivity of these tests; the steps he is taking to introduce more rapid tes...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 details of the type of contracts that will be offered to the additional 700 swabbers and 500 contact tracers provided for in the winter plan; 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

  Question No. 757 answered with Question No. 725.More Button

Was asked: the breakdown of the level of Covid-19 testing carried out in the past two weeks, by county; 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 persons tested for Covid-19 in each residential centre for persons with a disability in the CHO7 area in the past month; the number of persons who tested positive for Covid-19 in each...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: his plans to provide routine Covid-19 testing for persons (details supplied); 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

Audiology Services

Was asked: the steps he is taking to ensure that audiology services are minimally impacted by Covid-19 with particular reference to ensuring regular testing, as required; and if he will make a statement on th...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

HSE Properties

Was asked: if the HSE is willing to lease its property in Tipperary Town, County Tipperary to a person who would be interested in developing and operating a facility that would comprise a nursing home with a ...More Button

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: if funding will be made available to the disability sector, particularly a service (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 that will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services ...More Button

Specialist disability services are provided by a range of organisations. Many organisations providing services for people with a disability are funded by the HSE on a contract for services basis...More Button

As the Deputy's question deals with services funded by the HSE, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Hospital Consultant Contracts

Was asked: if the HSE has plans to recruit a paediatric gastroenterologist in the Cork area as currently no such service is provided; 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

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: if the nasal flu shot will be rolled out in schools; if parental consent must be sought; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Given the potential for the winter flu season in 2020/2021 to coincide with a resurgence of COVID, and the importance of minimising hospital attendance, the Government is expanding the provision of...More Button

The expanded programme will ensure that those most vulnerable to the effects of influenza will have access to vaccination without charges. By providing vaccination to those most at-risk, and thos...More Button

This programme is being offered through GP’s and pharmacists and is not being delivered as a schools-based programme, as not all eligible children are of school age.More Button

Prior to administering an influenza vaccination to a child aged under 16 years old, informed consent must be obtained from the child’s parent or legal guardian.More Button

Was asked: if there will be a sufficient supply of the flu vaccine for all who choose to have it administered in the coming months; if he foresees a shortage of flu vaccine; his plans to have the vaccine roll...More Button

Given the potential for the winter flu season in 2020/2021 to coincide with a resurgence of COVID, and the importance of minimising hospital attendance, the Government is expanding the provision of...More Button

The programme is being offered through GP’s and pharmacists and is not being delivered as a schools-based programme, as not all eligible children are of school age.More Button

1.35 million doses of the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine have been ordered this year, to be made available to all persons in an at-risk group aged from 6 months up. The HSE has also ordered 600,0...More Button

The HSE is confident that the number of doses procured is sufficient to meet demand in the at-risk groups and this element of the vaccination programme has commenced. The vaccination programme f...More Button

Those not covered by the publicly funded influenza vaccination programme can avail of influenza vaccination from GPs and pharmacists on a private basis. I understand that deliveries of the privat...More Button

HSE Data

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 773 of 15 September 2020, the statistics gathered on staff derogations from requirements to self-isolate; and the basis on which they are collated, if by servi...More Button

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

Was asked: the cost of the ongoing roll-out of the SAP payroll system throughout the HSE; the number of HSE employees directly involved in the project; the number of consultants involved and the cost of these...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy on these matters, as soon as possible.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Was asked: the number of children waiting for speech and therapy appointments in County Tipperary; if full speech and therapy services have resumed in the county; if there is a full complement of speech and l...More Button

Was asked: the number of wholetime equivalent speech and language therapists employed by the HSE for the catchment area of County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Respite Care Services

Was asked: when day and overnight respite sessions will recommence in each community health organisation, in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: the body to which a respite care centre (details supplied) can apply for funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: his plans to open a new dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scanning unit in South Tipperary General Hospital; 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

General Practitioner Services

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the chronic shortage of general practitioner services in Balbriggan, County Dublin, which has created lengthy waiting lists for appointments; his plans to allevia...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the waiting lists of people who wish to be seen by a general practitioner in a facility (details supplied) and if it will be ensured that a greater number of gene...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 685 and 700 together.More Button

The Government is aware of the workforce issues currently facing general practice, including the limited access to GP services in certain areas, and has implemented a number of measures to improv...More Button

The 2019 Agreement on GP contractual reforms will see the Government increase investment in general practice by approximately 40% (€210 million) over the next four years, providing for significan...More Button

The number of GPs entering training has been increased steadily over the past ten years, rising from 120 in 2009 to 194 in 2020, with a further increase foreseen in 2021.More Button

These measures will see an increase in the number of GPs working in the State, improving access to GP services for patients throughout the country. More Button

In relation to GP services in Balbriggan specifically, as this relates to a services matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter, as soon as...More Button

Was asked: if additional staff including general practitioners will be deployed to Balbriggan primary care centre in view of the long waiting times for general practitioners and medical services in the town; ...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

  Question No. 700 answered with Question No. 685.More Button

Was asked: the ratio of population to general practitioners for each county; 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

HSE Staff

Was asked: if it will be ensured that the HSE pay those employed as contact tracers working in tracing centres; 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

Nursing Home Accommodation

Was asked: the number of patients being paid for fully or partially by the State in the various nursing homes run by a private operator (details supplied); the amount paid to each facility operated by the gro...More Button

Was asked: the amount paid to private nursing homes here in each year of the past five years; the nature of the funding; the number of patients involved; the type of services provided; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: if an inquiry will be carried out into the care of a patient (details supplied) with schizophrenia in a nursing home; the psychiatric qualifications of the staff responsible for their care in each ...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 607 of 3 June 2020, the steps he will take or has taken to provide the services and supports for a person (details supplied); the action he will take and the f...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of children (details supplied); if he will request an urgent case conference to discuss the health, services and support that are required for these chil...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances

Was asked: if a custom-made orthotic device will be provided to a person (details supplied); 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

Wards of Court

Was asked: the professional fees (details supplied) paid to facilitate ward of court applications brought by the Health Service Executive in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020.More Button

Health Services Funding

Was asked: the funding that adult day services has received to date (details supplied).More Button

Physiotherapy Services

Was asked: when moneys paid by a person (details supplied) will be reimbursed.More Button

Was asked: the number of wholetime equivalent physiotherapists employed by the HSE for the catchment area of County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

  Question No. 777 answered with Question No. 774.More Button

  Questions Nos. 778 to 780, inclusive, answered with Question No. 628.More Button

Medicinal Products

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the decision by the HSE to cap monthly quantities of vital lifesaving prescribed products to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary to treat maple syrup ...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 steps he will take to ensure greater use in prescribing generic and biosimilar medicines; the estimated extra saving envisaged next year by the increased use; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The Department of Health is fully supportive of domestic policies that maximise efficiency in our medicines usage. The HSE is actively engaged in implementing effective policy levers across a numbe...More Button

Home Care Packages

Was asked: if he will request the HSE to issue guidelines to home care service providers that will ensure clients do not lose out if a carer cannot make an appointment due to unforeseen circumstances; and if ...More Button

Was asked: the number of home help hours and home care packages provided nationally in each of the past five years; the number of such hours in north County Kildare in the same time frame; the cost of such pr...More Button

Hospital Facilities

Was asked: if he will provide a report on the refurbishment works at Kanturk Community Hospital; the time frame for their completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to the deputy directly in relation to this matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a report on the refurbishment works at St. Joseph's Community Hospital, Millstreet; the time frame for its completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to the deputy directly in relation to this matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a report on the refurbishment works at Macroom Community Hospital; the time frame for their completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to the deputy directly in relation to this matter.More Button

EU Directives

Was asked: the cost to his Department to date of all fines paid by Ireland for non-transposition of EU directives into Irish law; the breakdown, by directive, of the lump sum cost and the daily cost of each f...More Button

The Department has not incurred any costs in this area to date.More Button

  Question No. 714 answered with Question No. 705.More Button

Addiction Treatment Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 929 of 29 September 2020, if there is an addiction or recovery policy unit in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on enhancing independent regulatory oversight and inspection on addiction treatment services, such as through HIQA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for reform and investment in addiction treatment services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Drug and Alcohol Task Forces

Was asked: if additional resources will be provided to local and regional drugs task forces, in particular to deal with the impact of Covid-19, in budget 2021 and in line with the commitment in the programme ...More Button

Ambulance Service

Was asked: the number of employees of the national ambulance service; and the number on sick leave currently by county in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: the overall budget assigned to the running of officer response vehicles in the national ambulance service.More Button

Was asked: if a capacity review has been carried out in the national ambulance service; and if are there plans to base an ambulance in Killorglin, County Kerry, or Abbeyfeale, County Limerick.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 718 to 720, inclusive, together.

  As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as s...More Button

Diabetes Strategy

Was asked: his plans to make the FreeStyle Libre device available for type 1 diabetes patients through the long-term illness scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred t...More Button

Mental Health Services

Was asked: his plans to publish a Traveller and Roma mental health action plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if work has begun on the Traveller and Roma mental health action plan as per the programme for Government commitment; his plans to publish the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if work has commenced on the Traveller and Roma mental health action plan as per the programme for Government commitment; when he intends to publish the plan; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to provide funding to prevent the closure of the mental health charity (details supplied) in Newbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Records

Was asked: if he will request that St. James's Hospital expedite the provision of medical records by the hospital as required by a patient for Tallaght Hospital and as requested under freedom of information b...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

Disabled Drivers Grant

Was asked: the number of applications for a primary medical certificate that are now on hold as a result of the Supreme Court ruling of 18 June 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

State Claims Agency

Was asked: the reason the State Claims Agency is opposing claims by those who allege they have developed narcolepsy as a result of a faulty batch of the swine flu vaccine in view of the fact that the claims a...More Button

The State Claims Agency (SCA) has a statutory remit to manage personal injury claims on behalf of Delegated State Authorities including the Health Service Executive. The management of cases taken b...More Button

Separately, an Expert Group was established by the Government in June 2018, chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan, to examine the law in relation to personal injuries arising in the healthcare con...More Button

Medical Treatment Complaints

Was asked: the reason the first narcolepsy case related to a claimed bad batch of the swine flu vaccine to go to trial was not settled before an estimated €10 million was spent on the case approximately three...More Button

The State Claims Agency (SCA) has a statutory remit to manage personal injury claims on behalf of Delegated State Authorities including the Health Service Executive. The management of cases taken b...More Button

Separately, an Expert Group was established by the Government in June 2018, chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan, to examine the law in relation to personal injuries arising in the healthcare con...More Button

Was asked: the reason over 90 cases have been taken by individuals who claim they have developed narcolepsy as a result of a faulty batch of the swine flu vaccine are being taken to trial instead of mediation...More Button

The State Claims Agency (SCA) has a statutory remit to manage personal injury claims on behalf of Delegated State Authorities including the Health Service Executive. The management of cases taken b...More Button

Separately, an Expert Group was established by the Government in June 2018, chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan, to examine the law in relation to personal injuries arising in the healthcare con...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: if a provision can be made in relation to the case of persons (details supplied)More Button

Primary Care Centres

Was asked: the number of primary care centres here; the breakdown by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for the coming five years to increase the number of primary care centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 765 and 766 together.

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

HSE Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of adults awaiting speech and language therapy in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of adults awaiting occupational therapy in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of adults awaiting physiotherapy in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 774, 775 and 777 together.

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

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: if he has engaged a third-party company in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020 to conduct online and or social media monitoring and or provide reports on social media coverage of his...More Button

I can confirm that my Department did not engage a third party company to conduct online and/or social media monitoring of my Department for each of the years in question.More Button

Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of staff in his Department on sick leave between March and September by month in 2019 and to date 2020; the pay arrangements that exist for staff on sick leave for an extended period of ...More Button

The statistical information requested by the Deputy is set out below and relates to employees of the Department of Health.

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