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Donnelly, Stephen

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

We learned valuable lessons during the first wave. We ensured that nursing homes got the supports they needed. We carried out serial testing in high-risk areas and we have expanded our testing ...More Button

We all know that the challenge is far from over, but the promise of vaccines brings hope and light at the end of a dark year. The gains made in reducing transmission were hard won and will be ha...More Button

Cancer Services

Was asked: further to an exchange with this Deputy during Leaders' Questions on 8 December 2020, if he has sought clarity on the situation whereby the HSE CervicalCheck programme maintains that the women affe...More Button

Was asked: further to an exchange with this Deputy during Leaders' Questions on 8 December 2020, if he agrees with the clinical director of CervicalCheck in her contention that the courts are wrong in their r...More Button

Was asked: his views on the contention of the clinical director of CervicalCheck that the courts are wrong in their rulings that smear tests were read in a manner which was neglectful in respect of the Cervic...More Button

Was asked: if he will clarify the situation whereby the CervicalCheck programme maintains that the women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal have not been wronged and are merely unfortunate, while the Gover...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 275, 276, 283 and 284 together.

  The HSE has confirmed that CervicalCheck is not in opposition to the actions of the Supreme Court or of the Gov...More Button

Disability Support Services

Was asked: the criteria that determine whether or not a dog can be classified as an assistance dog; and the body responsible for setting such criteria.More Button

Was asked: if he will intervene in the case of a person (details supplied).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 he has undertaken a review of the system for early assessment and prioritisation of therapies for children with special needs which despite extra resources seems to continue to struggle to provi...More Button

Was asked: the disability day services that have not reopened since Covid-19; when it is planned to open services fully; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will intervene in the case of a person (details supplied).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 he will legislate for personal assistance services as a right in law as per the motion unanimously supported by Dáil Éireann on 29 November 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number on waiting lists for assessments of need in counties Cavan and Monaghan to date; the proposals to reduce the waiting lists and provide more timely appointments for children in 2021; and ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to have an orderly resumption of day services for persons with a disability in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there will be no costs on persons with a disability availing of transport to day services or training centres in any region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Respite Care Services

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of 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 directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: if he will clarify the future of Sruthan House, Dundalk, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Was asked: the position on the benefit of wearing masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including the latest international data; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The public health advice relating to COVID-19, including for face coverings, is kept under continuous review by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), by my Department and the Governmen...More Button

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

Was asked: if he will instruct the task force on Covid-19 vaccination to include persons with Down's syndrome in the group of persons aged 18 to 64 with certain medical conditions in the provisional vaccine a...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that research has concluded that persons with Down's syndrome are five times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 and ten times more likely to di...More Button

Was asked: the age groups that will receive the Covid-19 vaccine; the reason certain groups will not be prioritised, including immunocompromised adults and children under 18 years of age, all children under 1...More Button

Was asked: the stage in the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out at which those in active addiction will be vaccinated given previous assertions that these groups and those in recovery are at high risk of Covid-19.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider making persons with intellectual disabilities and-or Down's syndrome a higher priority for the Covid-19 vaccination in view of the fact that persons with Down's syndrome, like o...More Button

Was asked: if he will revise the provisional vaccine allocation groups document to include persons with Down's syndrome in the group of people aged 18 to 64 with certain medical conditions, given that researc...More Button

Was asked: if persons with Down's syndrome will be included in the people aged 18 to 64 years with medical conditions Covid-19 vaccine allocation group; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if persons with Down's syndrome are included in the grouping of persons in the 18 to 64 age category with underlying health conditions in respect of the provisional vaccine allocation groups docume...More Button

Was asked: if persons with Down's syndrome will be included in the Covid-19 vaccine allocation strategy; if so, the group within which they fall; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 285, 293, 294, 300, 303, 304, 306, 309, 338 and 353 together.

 The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional priority list of groups...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a situation in which persons who are required to access preoperative Covid-19 testing are forced to travel to the hospital or a sister hospital and cannot avail o...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 allow yoga to recommence during Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government appreciates that there are many aspects of normal life that have been altered by the emergence of COVID-19, and the response that has been required. It also recognises that these cha...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Donegal has to attend for an early-morning Covid-19 test appointment in Mayo hospital four days prior to an appointment in the hospital; the reason ...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 the Traveller community has been given consideration in the different levels of the vaccination roll out plan; the position of same if they are considered; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional priority list of groups for vaccination once a safe and effective vaccine(s) has received authorisation from the European Medicines A...More Button

Was asked: if a national plan is in place to deal with persons with long Covid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the HSE to examine the matters raised by the Deputy and to provide him with a direct response as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: his plans to conduct Covid-19 tests on students before colleges finish for Christmas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In Ireland, the National Testing Strategy for COVID-19 involves testing people who meet the case definition (people with symptoms), their identified close contacts, and established serial testing p...More Button

There are no plans to conduct the type of testing the Deputy describes. It should be noted that testing for Covid-19 only provides a point-in-time result. It confers no guarantee that an individu...More Button

I have been informed that Covid-19 testing has recently been offered at a third level institution. This was done in response to an ongoing outbreak in the student population there. A Public Healt...More Button

Ireland is pursuing a robust testing strategy under the guidance of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). On an ongoing basis, NPHET considers and reviews, based on public health ris...More Button

The testing strategy in use in Ireland remains under consideration by NPHET on an ongoing basis.More Button

Was asked: if his Department and the HSE plan for an educational messaging strategy to explain the development and speed in bringing the Covid-19 vaccine to reality, assurances regarding public health and saf...More Button

The Deputy raises an important and valid question regarding educational messaging in Government’s response to this pandemic.

COVID-19 is a new disease, at the moment there is no cure. ...More Button

Was asked: his views on indemnity cover for Covid-19 vaccines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ireland is currently involved in an EU Procurement Exercise being operated by the European Commission on behalf of member states to procure a portfolio of suitable, safe and effective vaccines, in ...More Button

As part of the exercise, Ireland has already opted into an Advance Purchase Agreement (APA) with AstraZeneca (partnering with Oxford University); Janssen (Johnson & Johnson); BioNTech / Pfizer; C...More Button

The content of the Advance Purchase Agreements, including with regard to liability / indemnity, are negotiated with vaccine suppliers by the European Commission and its negotiation team acting on...More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be facilitated with surgery; 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

Patient safety remains at the centre of all hospital activity and elective care scheduling. To ensure services are provided in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, hospitals are follow...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

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 reason for the delay in receiving a cataract surgery appointment in the case of 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

Patient safety remains at the centre of all hospital activity and elective care scheduling. To ensure services are provided in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, hospitals are follow...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

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

Dental Services

Was asked: if there is an appeals process under the HSE orthodontic treatment scheme; 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

  Questions Nos. 283 and 284 answered with Question No. 275.More Button

Was asked: if a dental examination can be scheduled for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.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 under the school dental service in Cork city in each of the past 15 years by child.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 age at which children had their first appointment under the school dental service in each of the past 15 years.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 age at which children had their first appointment under the school dental service in Cork city in each of the past 15 years.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 dentists who have been employed for the school dental service in Cork in each of the past ten years.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 he will address a matter in relation to unfilled dentist vacancies (details supplied).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 it is expected to return to second class check-ups for school children under the school dentistry programme in Cork city.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 it is expected to return to fourth class check-ups for school children under the school dentistry programme in Cork city.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 views on whether in the absence of check-ups earlier in childhood, that a sixth class check-up will mean many dental hygiene issues with have been neglected or exacerbated and thereby harder to...More Button

The HSE normally provides preventive care, screening and necessary interventions for permanent teeth, as well as referral for orthodontics and other secondary care, where appropriate, for school ch...More Button

Smile agus Sláinte, the National Oral Health Policy, published by my Department in 2019, sets out the new model of care for delivery for dental services. The Policy is informed by the ‘life-cours...More Button

The new model of care will involve the introduction of oral healthcare packages, which will consist of examinations, assessments, advice, prevention interventions, emergency care and referral as ...More Button

The timeframe for the delivery of all of the Policy, which will be rolled out incrementally, is up to 2026.More Button

Was asked: if it is still his objective that children get a dental check-up at second class under the school dentistry programme.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 it is still his objective that children get a dental check-up at fourth class under the school dentistry programme.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

Health Services Provision

Was asked: his plans to implement the recommendations of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution report relating to freely available contraception; and if he will make a sta...More Button

A Working Group was established in April 2019 to consider the range of policy, regulatory and legislative issues arising in relation to improving access to contraception in Ireland. The Group’s ...More Button

Following the report, it was clear that a sizable body of work would need to be addressed in order to develop and finalise the policy approach, bring forward the necessary legislative proposals a...More Button

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to expand access to free contraception for women aged 17-25. The Minister is committed to promoting Women’s Health and Wellbeing, and signific...More Button

Medicinal Products

Was asked: if the HSE will engage with companies to negotiate a suitable price for the drug dupilumab for the treatment of severe atopic eczema; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will work with the HSE to secure equitable access to dupilumab for atopic eczema patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the drug dupilumab will become widely available for persons with atopic eczema; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 289, 298 and 333 together.

  The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community dru...More Button

Medical Waste Disposal

Was asked: the location in which a person (details supplied) can dispose of medical waste; 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

Health Services Staff

Was asked: if he will consider granting a nominal retention bonus to nurses, midwives and healthcare workers who have worked throughout Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Both I and my Department recognise that our dedicated health care workers play a key role in our national effort against Covid-19. Their determination and commitment to assisting our sick and vul...More Button

Others across the public and private sectors also deserve to be commended for their efforts in combatting the pandemic. Negotiations are currently underway regarding a successor agreement to the...More Button

  Question No. 298 answered with Question No. 289.More Button

Was asked: if he will increase the number of medical interns in 2020 in response to Covid-19 and to encourage more graduates to stay in Ireland to train as doctors; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, there was an urgent need to expand the healthcare workforce. This was done through a variety of measures, including the increase of the number of medical in...More Button

  Question No. 300 answered with Question No. 285.More Button

Was asked: the number of approved filled by tenure permanent, temporary, locum, agency and vacant consultant posts by discipline and specialty; the length of time the vacant posts have remained vacant; and if...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

European Medicines Agency

Was asked: the plans in place to decrease the time between EMA approval and reimbursement of new treatments to promote earlier access in Ireland with the latest innovations in care; and if he will make a stat...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 licenced indications which have been granted market authorisation by the European Medicines Agency or the Health Products Regulatory Authority.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 (the NCPE). The...More Button

As outlined in the IPHA agreement, and in line with the 2013 Act, the HSE will decide, within 180 days of receiving an application (or a longer period if further information is sought from the co...More Button

The HSE strives to reach a decision in as timely a manner as possible. However, because of the significant monies involved, it must ensure that the best price is achieved, as these commitments ar...More Button

When there is a proposed decision by the HSE not to support reimbursement of a medicine, there is an extension in this timeline. This is due to the requirement of the HSE to issue a “notice of p...More Button

The Government wants new and innovative medicines to be available to our citizens as quickly as possible, but this can only be achieved if medicines are priced by the pharmaceutical industry in a...More Button

Ireland has been engaging over the past number of years with a number of voluntary EU forums. In June 2018, Ireland joined the Beneluxa Initiative on Pharmaceutical Policy. This Agreement is in ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, additional funding of €50m was provided for new medicines in Budget 2021. This funding will allow the HSE Executive Management Team to approve new and innovative med...More Button

  Questions Nos. 303 and 304 answered with Question No. 285.More Button

Medical Cards

Was asked: if an application for a medical card by a person (details supplied) can be processed in view of the fact that the person has submitted all of the requested information; and if he will make a statem...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. 306 answered with Question No. 285.More Button

Was asked: if he will progress the renewal of medical cards for persons (details supplied) as no progress has been made since October 2020; 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

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: if he will review correspondence (details supplied); if a reply will issue; the steps he is taking to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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

  Question No. 309 answered with Question No. 285.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the reason for the three year waiting time for obtaining an appointment for the removal of wisdom teeth at the oral and maxillofacial department at University Hospital Limerick for a person (detail...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

Patient safety remains at the centre of all hospital activity and elective care scheduling. To ensure services are provided in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, hospitals are follow...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

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 additional resources and increased hospital capacity will be provided to reduce waiting times for patients in counties Cavan and Monaghan awaiting orthopaedic assessments and procedures; and if ...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

Patient safety remains at the centre of all hospital activity and elective care scheduling. To ensure services are provided in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, hospitals are follow...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

In addition the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) is currently reviewing strategies to maximise activity and benefit for patients, to include, increased use of private hospitals, funding we...More Button

In addition to core HSE activity, the NTPF have advised my department that they have also approved 2 outpatient insourcing initiatives for funding for orthopaedics at Cavan General Hospital, so f...More Button

Budget 2021 provided an additional €240 million for an Access to Care Fund, €210m of which will be allocated as required to the HSE and €30m to the National Treatment Purchase Fund for the provis...More Button

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, commits to continuing investment in our health care services in line with the recommendations of the Health Service Capacity Review and the commit...More Button

This winter is expected to be particularly challenging due to the presence of Covid-19 and the uncertainty around the level of Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 healthcare demands. The Department of Heal...More Button

A proportion of these beds will be funded as part of the HSE’s Winter Plan 2020/21. The Winter Plan aims to provide additional health service capacity across a range of services. Initiatives comp...More Button

This represents a significant step towards achieving the recommendations in the 2018 Health Service Capacity Review which found that an additional 2,100 inpatient acute beds were required, in a r...More Button

Nursing Staff

Was asked: if there will be an increase in pensions for retired nursing staff given that this group have not seen an increase in pension rates in over ten years.More Button

The treatment of increases to certain public service pensions is provided for in the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform Circulars 20/2017, 2/2018 and 19/2019.

  Under ...More Button

Maternity Services

Was asked: if consideration has been given towards lifting the restrictions on maternity services throughout Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I acknowledge that the visitor restrictions in our maternity hospitals, which were introduced because of Covid-19, are particularly difficult for expectant women and their partners. However, the r...More Button

The National Women & Infants Health Programme has assured the Department that midwifery and obstetrical front-line staff are acutely aware of the important support provided by partners at the tim...More Button

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has issued guidance regarding attendance at hospitals during the pandemic, which includes attendance at maternity hospitals. The guidance advises that r...More Button

The Deputy may wish to note that the HSE has now re-classified partners as an ‘essential companion’ for the purpose of fetal anomaly or anatomy scans. The Department has been advised that the HS...More Button

However, it is important to emphasise that if a case of Covid-19 is linked to a maternity unit, Public Health teams will undertake a public health risk assessment, and it may be necessary to re-i...More Button

Was asked: his views on the campaign to lift restrictions in maternity hospitals for birth partners and expectant fathers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will meet with campaign members seeking the lifting of restrictions in maternity hospitals along with senior HSE officials.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 352 and 355 together.More Button

I acknowledge that the visitor restrictions in our maternity hospitals, which were introduced because of Covid-19, are particularly difficult for expectant women and their partners. However, the...More Button

The National Women & Infants Health Programme has assured the Department that midwifery and obstetrical front-line staff are acutely aware of the important support provided by partners at the tim...More Button

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has issued guidance regarding attendance at hospitals during the pandemic, which includes attendance at maternity hospitals. The guidance advises that r...More Button

The Deputy may wish to note that the HSE has now re-classified partners as an ‘essential companion’ for the purpose of fetal anomaly or anatomy scans. The Department has been advised that the HS...More Button

However, it is important to emphasise that if a case of Covid-19 is linked to a maternity unit, Public Health teams will undertake a public health risk assessment, and it may be necessary to re-i...More Button

Any requests for meetings should be forwarded, in the normal way, to my Diary Secretary.More Button

  Question No. 353 answered with Question No. 285.More Button

Legislative Measures

Was asked: when the Disability Act 2005 will be fully commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Seirbhísí trí Ghaeilge

I propose to take Questions Nos. 329 and 330 together.More Button

Tá mo Roinn tiomanta a chinntiú gur féidir custaiméirí ar mian leo a gcuid gnó a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge a éascú a mhéid is féidir. Leagtar amach i Scéim Teanga reatha na Roinne a mhéid atá seirbhí...More Button

Ba é líon na foirne sa Roinn ag deireadh mhí na Samhna 2020 ná 589 Coibhéiseanna Ama Iomlána agus den líon sin, tá 12 bhall foirne nó 2% den líon iomlán in ann a gcuid dualgas a chomhlíonadh trí...More Button

Ní riarann an Roinn Sláinte seirbhísí sláinte i gceantair Ghaeltachta, mar is é seo freagracht reachtúil an FSS. Dá réir sin d'iarr mo Roinn ar an FSS freagra díreach a thabhairt don ionadaí faoi ...More Button

Hospital Staff

Was asked: the number of consultant oncologists with a special interest in sarcoma currently in St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin; and his plans to appoint an additional consultant.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. 333 answered with Question No. 289.More Button

Was asked: if his Department will provide funding for the recruitment of an additional paediatric endocrinologist for Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin.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. 338 answered with Question No. 285.More Button

Departmental Functions

Was asked: if disability functions will be transferred to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth; and if so, the timeline for same.More Button

Following the Government's announcement in June regarding the establishment of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability and Integration, arrangements are underway for the transfer of disabi...More Button

There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration in planning for this transfer of functions. Given the scale of the functions being transferred and the significant budget involved (c....More Button

Both Departments are engaged in regular meetings to provide effective oversight and co-ordination of the various tasks involved in the transfer of policy and budgetary responsibility. While signi...More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

Was asked: the process which must be gone through, such as notification to the home itself by letter or otherwise, before HIQA and the HSE decide to become directly involved in the running of a nursing home d...More Button

Was asked: the process which must be gone through before HIQA and-or the HSE decides to become directly involved in the running of a nursing home due to concerns about that home (details supplied); and if he ...More Button

Was asked: the name and number of nursing homes taken over by the HSE and HIQA since January 2020; the reason for doing so; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will include in any proposed inquiry into the deaths at a nursing home (details supplied) in 2020 a specific term of reference to establish all the facts surrounding the decision by the HSE t...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances

Was asked: if a pain patch will be approved for a person (details supplied).More Button

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicinal products under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the Health (Pri...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: if the orthopaedic clinic in St. Vincent's University Hospital is open; if not, when it will resume; 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

Departmental Budgets

Was asked: the current budgets in his Department for social media advertising for 2021; and the campaigns behind each budget line in tabular form.More Button

The Department of Health has one item of social media advertising planned for 2021. This is the continuation of the KEEP WELL campaign into 2021 and the spend on that is estimated as 8439.70 across...More Button

Health Services

Was asked: the HSE therapy services that have been noted and scheduled for delay; and the counties in which delays for such services are scheduled in the case of a rise in the R-nought.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 a lump sum from a pension will be expedited in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE Employee Superannuation Scheme provides for the payment of a death gratuity to the legal personal representative if a member dies while serving. The personal representative is known as the ...More Button

In the meantime, while probate is being processed, should the individual concerned require funds for funeral expenses, the HSE has discretion to released monies from the deceased person's gratuit...More Button

If the person concerned requires this facility, he/she may make enquiries with the HSE for the release of funds. This request may be made to the HSE Pensions Unit at pensionpayments@hse.ie.More Button

  Question No. 355 answered with Question No. 352.More Button