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Donnelly, Stephen

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Covid-19 Pandemic

Was asked: the number of confirmed outbreaks of Covid-19 on construction sites and in industry in general.More Button

Was asked: the provisions being put in place to move the Safepass training course online; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This is a policy matter for my colleague the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Health and Safety Authority as an agency under the aegis of that Department. As Minister for Heal...More Button

Was asked: the positivity rate of Covid-19 in meat factory workers and fruit-picking workers.More Button

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

Was asked: if healthcare assistants and social care workers are being considered as vaccinators during the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the professions which are generally qualified or permitted to administer vaccinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the professions which are permitted to administer Covid-19 vaccinations; the reason phlebotomists, healthcare assistants, social care workers, and others who could be trained to administer these va...More Button

Was asked: if he will bring forward amendments to Statutory Instrument No. 698 of 2020 to allow dentists to administer the Covid-19 vaccine; if he will endeavour to obtain approval from an association (detail...More Button

Was asked: the reason dentists were not included in the list of those personnel who can administer Covid-19 vaccinations.More Button

Was asked: when he expects dentists and qualified dental hygienists to be utilised to help the national vaccination effort; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 709, 716, 717, 743, 788 and 933 together.

The HSE are building and deploying its workforce in order to be prepared for the requirements associated with rol...More Button

Was asked: the prevalence of cases of long Covid by health area; the services and clinics that are available to persons experiencing long Covid; 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: if nursing home visitation guidelines will be revised in relation to situations in which both the visitor and the resident have received their full Covid-19 vaccination; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: when family visits to nursing homes can recommence given that the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine for these residents is almost complete; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if visits by family members to residents of nursing homes who have been vaccinated can now be permitted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if visiting restrictions must remain in place for nursing home residents in cases in which all residents and staff have been fully vaccinated; if he has plans to amend this restriction; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether it is appropriate to relax further the visiting opportunities for residents of nursing homes who have been isolated for a long time given the Covid-19 vaccination programme in ...More Button

Was asked: if he has explored the way in which visitation guidelines can be updated and reviewed to benefit residents' health and well-being following the successful roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine in nursin...More Button

Was asked: if the review of the HPSC guidelines regarding visits to nursing homes and long-term care facilities has been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he is strategically targeting resources to combat Covid-19 in the areas that have the most persistently high rates of the virus; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 will remain in place until 5th April ...More Button

Was asked: if concessions with regards to the impending legislation on quarantine for incoming travellers will be available for those who have received a vaccine as approved by the EMA and who would also have...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding vaccinations and travel in circumstances (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if persons entering Ireland who have received vaccination against Covid-19 in another country will be required to self-isolate or quarantine if they have proof of vaccination; if his attention has ...More Button

Was asked: the regulations in relation to quarantine in place when visiting here from a country (details supplied); if he plans to amend these regulations in view of the vaccine roll-out in the country in que...More Button

Was asked: the protocol for travel from the United Arab Emirates to Ireland in summer 2021 as far as can be projected in circumstances in which a person has been vaccinated in the first quarter of 2021; if tr...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 754, 789, 898, 916 and 970 together.

  Under the current international travel policies, all travellers arriving into Ireland from overseas, with ...More Button

  Question No. 755 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Was asked: the number and the proportion of Covid-19 transmissions that occurred according to research in churches; and the reason he decided to go beyond all other European countries in terms of church closu...More Button

Was asked: the reason churches have not been allowed to reopen for public worship in the same week that schools are allowed to reopen given that no case of Covid-19 has been linked to church attendance and gi...More Button

Was asked: if he has engaged in dialogue with the religious groups on the possibility of opening up places of worship on a restricted basis.More Button

Was asked: the risk assessments with regard to restricted public religious worship that has been conducted; and the risks associated with opening churches and other religious institutions.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 772, 909 to 911, inclusive, together.

As the Deputies are aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Re...More Button

Was asked: if he has considered allowing a special exemption to restrictions in lower levels of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19 similar to that in Scotland to adults in relationships who do no...More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19 will remain in place until 5th April ...More Button

Was asked: if cleaning companies engaged in certain locations (details supplied) can work in level 5 restrictions.More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19 will remain in place until 5 April 20...More Button

Was asked: if any incoming international travellers have to date been housed in hotels or other rented accommodation at a cost to the State.More Button

SI No. 44/2021 requires passengers arriving from overseas, with limited exemptions, to complete 14 days home quarantine at the address provided on their Covid-19 Passenger Locator form. More Button

The Health Amendment Bill, which gives effect to the Government Decision on mandatory quarantine at designated facilities, has been prioritised. The operationalisation of designated quarantine fa...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider allowing couples getting married that are choosing, for health and safety reasons not to have a reception and instead to limit their celebration to their church service, to have...More Button

Was asked: if he will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied); if he will clarify the position regarding weddings in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 809 and 936 together.

  As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 20...More Button

Was asked: if cases of Covid-19 of the so-called Brazilian variant have been detected or confirmed in meat plant workers since January 2021; if so, the location of same; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

On 19 February 2021, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of three cases of a new variant of COVID-19 (‘P1’), first identified in Brazil. All of the cases identified are understo...More Button

My Department cannot comment on the specific circumstances of the individual cases which have arisen in this case as to do so would breach the duty of confidentiality to the individuals concerned. More Button

Was asked: if he will consider extending the five=kilometre travel limit for those seeking to exercise and who will not be engaging or interacting with anyone during this exercise; and if he will make a state...More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 will remain in place until 5 April 20...More Button

Was asked: the details of the meetings, correspondence and engagements he and his officials have had with a group (details supplied); if he will specifically address the concerns outlined by the group; and if...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that I have received correspondence from the group referred to in the question and that I also met with some members of the group last year. More Button

Since the emergence of COVID-19, the Government has been guided at all times by the emerging scientific understanding of the virus and in particular has been in receipt of advice from the Nationa...More Button

The clear advice from NPHET has been and continues to be that our overarching objective must be to suppress the virus to the lowest level possible and to maintain it at a low level. This is essen...More Button

  Question No. 831 answered with Question No. 790.More Button

Was asked: if he will address the issues raised in correspondence regarding measures implemented to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 will remain in place until 5th April ...More Button

Was asked: if therapeutic horse-riding sessions for children with autism is allowed to continue under level 5 restrictions; and if families can travel outside the designated 5 km limit to avail of such servic...More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 will remain in place until 5th April 2...More Button

Was asked: the estimated impact of Covid-19 on waiting times for non-urgent care; and the average waiting times for non-urgent care, by category, since January 2020 to date, in tabular form. More Button

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

  The HSE is curre...More Button

Was asked: if an unaccompanied minor (details supplied) will be required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival here.More Button

The Health Amendment Bill, which gives effect to the Government Decision on mandatory quarantine at designated facilities, has been prioritised. More Button

The operationalisation of designated quarantine facilities is being advanced on a cross-departmental basis as a matter of priority. Appropriate provision is made for unaccompanied minors or those...More Button

Implementation is complex and will require cooperation across Departments, Agencies, and with the private sector. The Government is now focussed on the practical implementation measures required ...More Button

Mandatory quarantine in a designated facility will be required of passengers arriving from certain specified countries based on epidemiological concerns. Arrivals from other overseas countries wi...More Button

Was asked: if bookmakers' shops will remain closed until at least 5 April following the most recent extension of level 5 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if landscapers and gardeners are permitted to work during level 5 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 881 and 882 together.

  As the Deputy will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Reco...More Button

Was asked: the services in each hospital group by hospital and community healthcare organisation, and by departments that are currently closed due to the pandemic; the timeline for resumption of each; and if ...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.

  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedent...More Button

Was asked: the spend to date for hiring a hotel (details supplied); and the average occupancy rate of the facility for each month since 2020.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 measures being taken in order to prepare for new variants of Covid-19 and or other viruses that may manifest themselves from October 2021.More Button

Government has responded proactively to threat of new variants of concern of SARS-Cov-2 and has introduced mandatory testing and quarantine measures. More Button

Regulations have been in place to require pre-departure testing of overseas arrivals since 16 January 2021 and mandatory home quarantine has been in place since 4th of February 2021. More Button

There are currently 33 states designated as Category 2 due to concerns of the risk of variants of concern. Arrivals from these states are subject to more stringent quarantine requirements and adv...More Button

The Health Amendment Bill gives effect to the Government Decision on mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. The operationalisation of these designated quarantine facilities is being advan...More Button

The Government gives continuing consideration to travel policy informed by the epidemiological situation internationally and public health advice.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a single point of contact to families of patients in each hospital to alleviate problems that families are having in finding out information while staff are busy assisting patien...More Button

The Deputy’s question is a matter for the HSE. Accordingly, I have asked them to respond directly to her.More Button

Was asked: if he will publish criteria for changes in the level of pandemic related restrictions in terms of number of cases, number of deaths, the R rate, vaccination numbers and so on; and if he will make a...More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 will remain in place until 5th April ...More Button

On 23 February, 2021, the Government published COVID-19 Resilience & Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead which sets out how in-school education and childcare services will be reinstated in a phased man...More Button

The public health advice in relation to Covid-19 is kept under continuous review by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), by my Department and by the Government, taking account of th...More Button

The Government will meet in advance of the 5th of April to review the level of restrictions. The focus of the assessment, based on the public health advice, will be on achieving the following bef...More Button

1. Disease prevalence (case numbers/incidence) is brought to much lower levels that can be managed and controlled by public health and that the reproduction number (“R” number) is such that we ca...More Button

2. Hospital and critical care occupancy are reduced to low levels to protect the health service and allow for the safe resumption of non-COVID-19 care. More Button

3. Ongoing and steady progress on the vaccination programme such that the most vulnerable are protected through vaccination. More Button

4. Emerging information on variants of concern. More Button

The period between now and the 5 April is to allow for a fuller assessment of the status of the disease, including the impact of priority services reopening in the context of the more transmissib...More Button

Information on the current public health measures is available here - www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/.More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce safeguards and an appeal system to counteract persons giving false names to avoid fines under the Covid-19 travel restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

SI No. 45/2021 provides the legislative basis for the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and sets out an offence where the form is not completed in the manner specified or where false or misleading in...More Button

Was asked: the specific numbers of tests that are being measured given that it has been mentioned that three tests are being evaluated to ease restrictions, that is, community transmission, hospital and inten...More Button

As has been the case throughout this pandemic, NPHET considers a range of different indicators of disease and compliance, and considers those indicators in context, when making its recommendations ...More Button

Was asked: if private study centres offering supervised study time in the evenings for leaving certificate students are considered to be organised indoor gatherings under the national framework for living wit...More Button

As you will be aware, the public health restrictions at level 5 of the Government's Framework Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 will remain in place until 5th April 2...More Button

Was asked: the number of patient files on the Covid-19 tracker application, that is, the number of individual entries who have been contact-traced.More Button

I assume when the Deputy refers to the Covid-19 tracker application she is referring to Covid Tracker App (the app that is used on peoples smartphones).More Button

On that basis, the app does not store patient files on the app. It only records anonymous keys that indicate a close contact with another individual, also carrying the app. These keys can be upl...More Button

Statistics on the number or people choosing to upload their keys and those notified by the app are reported in the app itself.More Button

Was asked: if a Covid-19 quarantine hotel will be established to service Rosslare Europort; if so, if a site has been identified for this purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Amendment Bill, which gives effect to the Government Decision on mandatory quarantine at designated facilities, has been prioritised. More Button

The operationalisation of designated quarantine facilities, including location of same, is a complex issue which is currently being advanced on a cross-departmental basis as a matter of priority....More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have arrived into Ireland based on their original country of departure for each category 2 designated state in each week from 1 January 2021 to date in tabular formMore Button

My Department does not hold the information requested. The COVID-19 Passenger Locator form is used for public health engagement with arriving passengers for the purposes of contact tracing and to i...More Button

Rape Crisis Network Funding

Was asked: the funding available for an organisation (details supplied) in County Kildare; if the full extent of the demand has been assessed with a view to meeting the demand in full and in line with provisi...More Button

The Department of Health does not provide funding to this service. As Tusla has statutory responsibility for the care and protection of victims of domestic, sexual or gender based abuse, the Depart...More Button

Covid-19 Tests

Was asked: the number of meat plants that have had full Covid-19 testing from 4 January 2021 to 19 February 2021.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 Covid-19 testing is continuing at meat plants, in particular those in north County Kildare; if so, the frequency and reporting of such testing; the rates of infection found; and if he will make ...More Button

Was asked: if his Department or the HSE can identify the primary source of Covid-19 infection in north County Kildare and the virus strain or strains thereof, particularly in and around Naas; and if he will m...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 845 and 846 together.

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 considered increasing investment in test and trace facilities to help combat Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE has worked intensively to put in place a comprehensive, reliable and responsive testing and tracing operation which has seen the completion of over 3.5 million tests for Covid-19 to date. T...More Button

Contact tracing is also an important part of the HSE’s response to Covid-19 and the HSE has implemented improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the service including enhancements to e...More Button

Recruitment of staff to support swabbing activity and contact tracing activity is a significant part of the improvements underway to ensure that a dedicated staff is available to respond to the p...More Button

The recently published HSE National Service Plan 2021 clearly demonstrates the significant investment that the Government has provided to ensure end-to-end COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is...More Button

As described in the Service Plan, the HSE is committed to, among other improvements:More Button

- ensuring the required workforce, infrastructure and service enhancements are in place,More Button

- implement a sustainable, flexible and trained testing and tracing workforceMore Button

- continue to implement a permanent and flexible community test centre infrastructure with dedicated test centres nationwide and pop-up fleets deployed as necessaryMore Button

- provide support for dedicated community laboratory capacity and infrastructureMore Button

- enhance the acute laboratory workforce and equipment to support additional testing capacityMore Button

- continue to develop and enhance the COVID-19 Care Tracker ICT system.More Button

Testing and contact tracing continues to be a key component of the Government’s and the country’s response to the pandemic. Ireland will continue to pursue a robust testing strategy under the gui...More Button

Was asked: the current average turnaround time for contact tracing following a positive test for Covid-19; the goal for the turnaround time; 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 antigen and PCR tests carried out by the HSE for Covid-19 to date in 2021; 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

Primary Medical Certificates

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be called for an assessment for a primary medical certificate in counties Roscommon or Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be called for an assessment for a primary medical certificate in counties Roscommon or Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

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

Was asked: the status of a primary medical certificate scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when primary medical certificate applications will begin to be processed; if steps are being taken to address the backlog of applications to be processed; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: if there is a plan for an emergency assessment under the primary medical certificate in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Assisted Human Reproduction

Was asked: the status of the development of a model of associated public funding for assisted human reproduction; the existing and proposed level of assistance he plans to offer; and the qualifying criteria f...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, a commitment to introduce the model of care for infertility, which was developed by officials in my Department in conjunction with the HSE’s National Women & Infants He...More Button

An important consideration in developing the model of care, and in determining the parameters that would frame it, was its interplay with the broader AHR regulatory framework and the provision of...More Button

It should be noted that while AHR treatment is not currently funded by the Irish public health service, a defined list of fertility medicines needed for fertility treatment is covered under the H...More Button

In addition, there is other support available in that patients who access IVF treatment privately may claim tax relief on the costs involved under the tax relief for medical expenses scheme.More Button

Health Services Staff

Was asked: the number of primary care posts in Ballymun, Dublin 11 for speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this question relates to 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 vacant primary care posts in Ballymun, Dublin 11 for speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of primary care posts that are redeployed or on maternity leave without temporary cover in Ballymun, Dublin 11 for speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and ps...More Button

As this question relates to 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 psychologist position will be filled at the Phoenix Centre, County Longford, to allow for diagnostic assessments to be carried out for children.More Button

Was asked: the number of speech and language therapists and administrative staff and the grades of each that have been reallocated from CHO9 since March 2020; the measures under way to mitigate delays for chi...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 staff in each grade under each separate subdivision in CHO9 dealing with speech and language on a full-time basis; the number of vacant posts; the number of reallocated posts in tabul...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 staffing posts accredited to CAMHS in County Kildare; the nature of the posts, both full and part-time; the types or roles; and the number that are currently filled and unfilled.More Button

Was asked: his plans for resolving the public health doctor pay dispute; if he will replace their temporary contract with a consultant contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This pandemic has highlighted that public health medicine must be reformed and strengthened to ensure that the skills and expertise of public health specialists can be leveraged to ensure maximum r...More Button

Was asked: the number of whole-time equivalent rhinologists employed by the HSE; and the location of the hospitals, in tabular form. More Button

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

Was asked: the number of staff in each public health department; the number of public health doctors on a monthly basis between 1 January 2020 and 1 February 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a state...More Button

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

  Question No. 868 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Was asked: the number of vacant posts across all grades in each hospital and healthcare setting under HSE operation in tabular form including the post grade; and if recruitment is under way.More Button

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

HSE Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of extra posts, taking into account temporary vacancies and maternity leave, that would be needed in Ballymun, Dublin 11, to eliminate the waiting lists for speech and language therapy, ...More Button

As this question relates to 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 on the waiting list in Ballymun, Dublin 11, for speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

  Questions Nos. 716 and 717 answered with Question No. 709.More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

Was asked: the estimated cost of the works to upgrade St. Anthony’s unit in Clonmel, County Tipperary; the capacity, role and specifications of the upgraded unit; the purpose the original building will serve ...More Button

Home Care Packages

Was asked: the status of the development of a statutory home care scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for delivering home care packages for those with an address in County Meath; the way in which this compares to those with an address in County Louth; the number of persons ...More Button

Was asked: the funding resources or other resources that are available to family home carers to cover the costs of PPE while caring for their family members at home (details supplied); and if he will make a s...More Button

The HSE currently supplies PPE to Acute Hospitals, the National Ambulance Service, Long Term Residential Care Settings, Public Home Care, Primary Care-based clinics, Testing Centres, Community Asse...More Button

Was asked: the reason a homecare package for a person (details supplied) was reduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: if all persons over 85 years of age have been vaccinated in counties Galway and Mayo; if not, the number outstanding; when it is expected that all persons over the age of 85 years will be vaccinate...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 the case of a person (details supplied).More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department ,...More Button

Was asked: when healthcare staff in a nursing home (details supplied) will be vaccinated; 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 possibleMore Button

Was asked: when the residents of a facility (details supplied) and day centre users will be vaccinated; 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: if he will request the chair of the national immunisation advisory committee, the chair of the high-level task force on Covid-19, the Chief Clinical Officer of the HSE and the relevant parties to p...More Button

Was asked: if he will take steps to reprioritise those who are very high risk and extremely vulnerable, including transplant recipients and immunosuppressed persons, to be included in group 1 of the Covid-19 ...More Button

Was asked: if the current Covid-19 vaccination allocation groupings will be reassessed to prioritise those who have serious medical concerns; if a reconfiguration of the vaccination roll-out will consider tho...More Button

Was asked: if he will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied) to prioritise very high risk and extremely vulnerable persons for vaccination immediately by adding transplant recipients and...More Button

Was asked: if he will prioritise those who are very high risk and extremely vulnerable for vaccination by adding transplant recipients, immunosuppressed persons and very high risk persons to group 1 of the Co...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider prioritising those who are immunosuppressed, those who are transplant recipients and those who are classified as high risk and vulnerable on the vaccine priority list.More Button

Was asked: if the vaccine allocation strategy will be reviewed to give consideration to prioritising immunosuppressed persons who are extremely vulnerable; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the changes he plans to make to a strategy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to higher Covid-19 risk rates among immunosuppressed patients; if the vaccination allocation plan has been reviewed in this regard; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: the consideration being given to the reprioritisation of immunosuppressed persons in the Covid-19 vaccination programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason persons on immunosuppressive drugs were not included in the revised group 5 of the Covid-19 vaccination programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 736, 737, 744, 746, 750, 755, 769, 800, 814, 836 and 868 together.

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

Was asked: the number of Covid-19 vaccines delivered and the expected deliveries for the remaining of quarter 1 by basis of delivery, that is, weekly, fortnightly and so on and by producer, in tabular form; a...More Button

Ireland is working as part of the EU to secure a safe and stable supply of Covid-19 vaccinations and expects to receive a total of 1.25 million doses of the three currently approved vaccines (Pfize...More Button

Ireland is currently above the EU average with about 2.8% of our population fully vaccinated and 8.3 doses administered per 100 of our population. Vaccines continue to be administered very quickl...More Button

  Question No. 743 answered with Question No. 709.More Button

  Question No. 744 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding discussions with an organisation (details supplied) regarding the offer from vets to assist with the Covid-19 vaccination programme when it comes to the stage that the supply...More Button

The HSE are building and deploying its workforce in order to be prepared for the requirements associated with rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine programme.

  The vaccine rollout is...More Button

  Question No. 746 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Was asked: the forecast date based upon current market approved vaccines only as to when the vaccination programme will be completed.More Button

Ireland is working as part of the EU to secure a safe and stable supply of Covid-19 vaccinations and expects to receive a total of 1.25 million doses of the three currently approved vaccines (Pfize...More Button

Vaccines continue to be administered very quickly after their arrival into the country, although supply is currently limited by a number of factors including manufacturing constraints. Further si...More Button

As vaccine rollout is wholly dependent on supply lines and on candidate vaccines obtaining approval, it is not possible at this time to determine a timeframe for completion of the vaccination pro...More Button

Was asked: if consideration has been given to establishing a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Bray, County Wicklow; if he has taken into consideration the population of the town; and if he will make a statement...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 consideration has been given to establishing a Covid-19 vaccination centre in west County Wicklow taking into consideration that there is a complete lack of public transport in this part of 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: when he plans to resume the school immunisation programme in particular the HPV vaccine which is best administered to persons before they are 15 years of age.More Button

Was asked: if provision will be made to allow children and others who missed the HPV vaccination to opt-in for vaccination when the scheme returns to schools given that large numbers of young children have mi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 778 and 781 together.

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 school vaccination teams now administering vaccines in nursing homes will cause a delay in the resuming of the school vaccinations once schools reopen.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 those students who have not yet received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine due to school closures in March 2020 and were unable to attend the summer catch-up clinics will be prioritised ...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. 781 answered with Question No. 778.More Button

Was asked: if concerns raised in respect of a general practitioner practice (details supplied) in County Louth that had to cancel a vaccine clinic for patients over 85 years of age due to the non-delivery of ...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 made efforts to procure Covid-19 vaccines outside of the EU procurement process.More Button

Ireland is participating in a Procurement Exercise being operated by the European Commission on behalf of Member States to procure suitable, safe and effective vaccines, in sufficient quantities, t...More Button

Six APAs have been negotiated by the Commission under this process to date. Ireland has opted-in to five APAs to secure vaccine supplies: BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen/J&J and Cu...More Button

Ireland has signalled its solidarity with the EU approach and has, through its participation, gained access to a broad range of vaccines that it might not otherwise have access to, and at the cos...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider reprioritising persons with disabilities living in care homes in the Covid-19 vaccination schedule; if he will acknowledge that this vulnerable cohort often do not have a voice ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to prioritise persons with intellectual disabilities in residential care in the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme; the reason this cohort has not been prioritised to date giv...More Button

Was asked: if he plans for persons with disabilities living in residential care settings many of whom have underlying health conditions associated with their particular syndromes to be vaccinated sooner than ...More Button

Was asked: if persons with disabilities will be prioritised on the Covid-19 vaccination list; the progress of vaccinations for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 790, 806, 831 and 856 together.

  The Covid-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The strategy wa...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 818 of 3 February 2021, the estimated population size of each of the provisional vaccine allocation groups by county in tabular form.More Button

The Covid-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: if there is a procedure in relation to non-Covid-19 patients over the age of 70 being vaccinated before they enter 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: if those with Addison’s disease will be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination given their underlying health condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if persons with multiple sclerosis will receive priority in the vaccine roll-out.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 796 and 905 together.

  The Covid-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was develope...More Button

  Question No. 797 answered with Question No. 748.More Button

Was asked: the proposed vaccination roll-out programme for those over 85 years of age living on the offshore islands in County Mayo; 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: when Covid-19 vaccines will be provided to general practitioners in an area (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

  Question No. 800 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons it is expected that general practitioner and pharmacy services in County Cork will be able to vaccinate daily; and the number expected to be vaccinated in each vaccination cli...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 category An Post workers come under in the Covid-19 vaccination allocation strategy; when they will be offered a Covid-19 vaccination; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when members of An Garda Síochána are scheduled to receive the Covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 811 and 854 together.

  The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was develope...More Button

  Questions Nos. 812 and 813 answered with Question No. 748.More Button

  Question No. 814 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Was asked: if the vaccination priority list will be updated to include cancer patients who have had their treatment halted due to the risk of contracting Covid-19.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the latest list of underlying conditions which will qualify persons for access to the Covid-19 vaccination programme currently group 7 on the vaccination list; and if this list of underlying condit...More Button

Was asked: the cohort group that those with bronchiectasis fall into under the vaccination schedule; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the cohort or group in which persons with cystic fibrosis fall under in the Covid-19 vaccination schedule; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 817, 956 and 959 together.

  The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was dev...More Button

Was asked: his plans in conjunction with the Minister for Transport to provide free public transport services to and from the vaccination centres announced in counties Carlow and Kilkenny; and if he will make...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 social workers are scheduled to be vaccinated under the current Covid-19 vaccination programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

  Question No. 836 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Was asked: if consideration is being given to prioritising persons with disabilities under the age of 65 in the Covid-19 vaccination programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the rationale for not including children under 16 years of age who are at very high risk of developing severe Covid-19 higher on the list of the vaccine allocation strategy; the conclusion provided...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the stage of the Covid-19 vaccine allocation schedule at which special education needs teachers and special needs assistants can expect to be vaccinated; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: if the national immunisation advisory committee considered if persons with anorexia should be included in the severe mental illness category; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if severe eating disorders are included in the severe mental illness category of the new cohort 5 in the Covid-19 vaccine allocation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 870 and 907 together.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Government has approved the revised Vaccine Allocation Strategy developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), in conjunction with the Department of...More Button

Firstly, it is important to emphasise that vaccination is only one part of our response to the prevention of COVID-19 infection. People who are vaccinated need to continue with all the public hea...More Button

In relation to the initial vaccine allocation strategy, the NIAC listed several medical conditions associated with an increased risk of severe illness and death. In the interim, additional nation...More Button

In relation to the categories of very high risk and high risk conditions, this list is not exhaustive. It may also include people who have been classed as at very high risk, based on clinical jud...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties faced by firefighters who are not trained paramedics in registering on the HSE website for their Covid-19 vaccination given that category 2a, on ...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 his attention has been drawn to fears that the utilisation of general practitioners to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine will have a detrimental impact on an already overstretched general practition...More Button

I would like to acknowledge the vital role played by GPs throughout the COVID crisis, both in relation to COVID and non-COVID care. The demands on our health services, including general practice, h...More Button

Given their experience in effectively running national vaccination programmes, GPs will play a central role in the vaccination against COVID. The COVID-19 vaccination programme will involve natio...More Button

As part of the national vaccination campaign, GPs and pharmacists will provide COVID-19 vaccination on behalf of the HSE to specified cohorts of the population. GPs and pharmacists are being ask...More Button

The fees payable to GPs and pharmacists for the administration of vaccines against COVID-19 are intended to include the full costs of scheduling and administering the vaccine and cover not only ...More Button

Was asked: if persons under 16 years of age with chronic medical conditions will be included in the Covid-19 vaccination programme; if not, the rationale for this decision; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the amount that practice nurses are being paid per vaccination or per hour to administer Covid-19 vaccines; the amount general practitioners and other doctors are being paid per vaccination or per ...More Button

GPs and pharmacists are private practitioners, and as such require the setting of fees payable for the administration of vaccines against Covid-19; whereas practice nurses are employed by GPs and p...More Button

The fees payable to GPs and pharmacists were set following consultation with the Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Pharmacy Union. A fee of €25 per vaccine dose, and a once-off €10 per pat...More Button

Was asked: if it is planned to have Covid-19 vaccines administered by dentists, pharmacists or other medical professionals; if so, the amount it is planned to pay them per vaccination or per hour to administe...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. 886 answered with Question No. 748.More Button

Was asked: the reason the residents and staff of a facility (details supplied) have not been given their Covid-19 vaccinations; and when they will receive the vaccine.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 plans to ensure Defence Forces personnel fulfilling duties overseas and in areas with high levels of Covid-19 community transmission will receive the vaccine before embarking on such duti...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the recommendation made by the national immunisation advisory committee in respect of the prioritisation of family carers in the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will consider bringing forward the vaccination of prison staff in view of the close-contact nature of their work and the current outbreak of Covid-19 in the Midlands Prison.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: if persons with chronic heart disease will be included in cohort 5 of the vaccine allocation groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the number of healthcare workers who are in direct patient contact who are yet to receive the first dose of the vaccine; 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 protocol to vaccinate agency healthcare assistants and agency nurses; the number of these staff in the country; the number who have received the first dose and the second dose of the vaccine; a...More Button

Was asked: the number of homecare agency staff; the number that have been vaccinated to date; the number yet to be vaccinated; the number who have declined to take a vaccine; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 929 and 930 together.

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

Was asked: if he will consult with the Health Service Executive to allow community and church halls to be utilised in the roll-out of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme to deal with the fact that som...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. 933 answered with Question No. 709.More Button

Was asked: if he will request the Health Service Executive to review the locations of mass vaccination centres to ensure that persons living in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown which has a population of almost 250,000 ...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 priority in order of vaccination that will be given to dentists in view of the fact that as front-line health workers they are working in patient's mouths that are uncovered and open while prod...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

  Question No. 936 answered with Question No. 809.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons in each group in the revised cohorts, for example, those aged over 65 years with underlying illnesses and so on (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 the roll-out of the school vaccine programme for junior infants will recommence; the recommended timeframe within which the vaccines can be delivered to ensure their greatest efficacy; 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: when all general practitioners in the Dublin 7 and 15 areas will receive the Covid-19 vaccine for the over 85s; the reason for the delay; 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: if third-year children's and general nursing students of University College Cork, UCC, will receive their vaccinations before commencing their placement in Cork University Hospital, CUH, on 8 March...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 cohort or group in which persons with hypertension fall in the Covid-19 vaccination schedule; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: if he will request the national immunisation advisory committee, NIAC, to examine if persons aged 17 years who are working in front-line vaccination environments, such as pharmacy assistants who ar...More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

  Question No. 970 answered with Question No. 754.More Button

Was asked: his plans to prioritise teachers and school staff in the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the number of HSE staff who have been vaccinated by community healthcare organisation, CHO; the number of outstanding staff to be vaccinated by CHO; the number of vaccinated staff that are not pati...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 late, delayed or missed vaccine deliveries from the HSE to hospitals, general practitioner practices and other vaccination administration locations by county; the quantity of doses de...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 reconsider the current vaccination programme and place carers who look after vulnerable persons in their own home as a priority.More Button

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, ...More Button

Was asked: the status of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out across nursing homes and long-term care facilities in an area (details supplied); the number of residents who have received their first dose of the vacci...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. 985 and 986 answered with Question No. 748.More Button

Was asked: when clear information on Covid-19 vaccination availability and dates, including for the over 70s cohort, will issue widely to general practitioners and particularly to practices in north County Ki...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 policy for administering the Covid-19 vaccine to persons who are homebound and cannot attend a clinic; 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 reason a person (details supplied) must wait until late March or April 2021 for a Covid-19 vaccine; 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: if he will introduce an initiative under which taxi drivers could provide a door-to-door transport service on a flat rate cost per kilometre for those who have no other method of transport given 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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive a Covid-19 vaccination; 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 transport persons to vaccination centres in areas in which no public transport is available (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: the number of doses of a vaccine (details supplied) that have been delivered to Ireland to date; the number of those doses that have been delivered to administering locations; and if he will provid...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 medical professionals working in the health system who have expressed a preference for a vaccine other than a vaccine (details supplied) and have declined to receive the vaccine, resp...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 vaccinators and vaccine staff Ireland requires to meet vaccination goals; if applicants who meet the correct criteria for vaccinators' roles and applied for the Be on Call for Ireland...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 is taking to ensure that school aged children do not miss their routine vaccinations as a result of school closures due to Covid-19; 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

Care of the Elderly

Was asked: the way in which older person integrated care team services are not being offered to persons in County Meath as in other neighbouring counties; his plans and the timeline to provide this service in...More Button

Community Intervention Teams

Was asked: the status of the breakdown of the community intervention team, CIT, in County Meath; the way in which it compares to the national service being delivered nationally; the measures he is taking to 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

Medicinal Products

Was asked: his plans to approve medicines for the treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum for medical card patients and the drug payment scheme (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: his views on the gene therapy treatment known as luxturna for the treatment of the early onset of severe retinal dystrophy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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 has advised that on 23 September 2019 an application was received for the reimbursement of Voretigene neparvovec (Luxturna) for the treatment of adult and paediatric patients with vision ...More Button

On 29 October 2019, following the completion by the NCPE of a rapid review, the HSE commissioned a full pharmacoeconomic assessment with respect to this indication.More Button

On 3 April 2020, the NCPE received the applicant’s submission for this assessment. On 18 September 2020, the NCPE completed its assessment and recommended that Voretigene neparvovec not be consid...More Button

The HSE engaged in commercial negotiations with the applicant company in November 2020.More Button

The HSE 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 publ...More Button

The HSE Drugs Group considered Voretigene neparvovec at its February 2021 meeting and has requested patient and clinician Engagement input via the Rare Diseases Technology Review Committee (RDTRC...More Button

The HSE EMT is the decision-making body for the reimbursement of medicines under the Health Act 2013 and it will, following receipt of the outcome of the HSE Drugs Group's deliberations, make the...More Button

Was asked: the treatments available in the public health service for persons diagnosed with Leber congenital amaurosis and early onset of severe retinal dystrophy; 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: if he plans to establish a national medicines agency; and if so, the way in which it will interact with the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics.More Button

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to establish a National Medicines Agency, promoting national prescribing to reduce the cost of medicines, including via generic prescription, wher...More Button

Health Screening Programmes

Was asked: when BreastCheck clinic services will resume in Mullingar, County Westmeath (details supplied).More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) finished their work for his Department.More Button

The Government accepted all 50 recommendations made in Dr Scally's Scoping Inquiry into the CervicalCheck Programme, which was published on 12 September 2018.

An implementation plan was pu...More Button

Was asked: the date on which the contractual payment of a person (details supplied) was paid.More Button

The table below sets out the payments made to Gabriel Scally Consultants.

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Was asked: the operational status of each cancer screening clinic at each location; the plan to resume full services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the status of progress of the commitment to establish a national laboratory for cervical cancer screening; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of samples that have been received at CervicalCheck laboratories for January 2021 and for January 2020, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons who were invited to attend a cervical screening appointment via CervicalCheck in 2019; the number of these persons who attended the appointment; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons who were invited to attend a cervical screening appointment via CervicalCheck in 2020 and to date in 2021; the number of these persons who attended the appointment; and if he ...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of colposcopy clinics that are currently operating at full capacity to examine persons with smear abnormalities who have been referred on for further examination during the current Covid...More Button

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

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to difficulties being faced by persons seeking access to cervical cancer screening appointments via their general practitioner surgeries under current Covid-19 level...More Button

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

Was asked: the measures that have been put in place to manage backlogs which have built up within the cervical cancer screening services as a direct result of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

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

Was asked: the date the breast screening programme will resume.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons who received an invitation to take part in BreastCheck each month in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021; and the percentage of persons who accepted an invitation and subsequently ...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons who received an invitation to take part in CervicalCheck each month in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021; and the percentage of persons who accepted an invitation and subsequentl...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of persons who received an invitation to take part in BowelScreen in each month in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021; and the percentage of persons who accepted an invitation and subsequent...More Button

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

  Question No. 956 answered with Question No. 817.More Button

Was asked: the number of screenings conducted by each of the national screening programmes in each of the years 2017 to 2020 and in January 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

EU Directives

Was asked: the number of Irish patients that have availed of the EU cross-border directive in the UK; and the breakdown by year for the past five years of the number of patients that availed of the EU cross-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

Health Services Access

Was asked: if the application process for the new Northern Ireland planned healthcare scheme will be the same as the EU cross-border directive; and if the refund amounts by the HSE to patients availing of the...More Button

Since 1 January 2021, the provisions of the EU Cross Border Directive (CBD) no longer apply to the UK. On the 28th December 2020 the Government approved the implementation of a new Northern Ireland...More Button

Furthermore, patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU CBD Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries. In the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic, persons seeking to ...More Button

Was asked: if he plans to extend the Northern Ireland planned healthcare scheme beyond January 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since 1 January 2021, the provisions of the EU Cross Border Directive (CBD) no longer apply to the UK. On the 28th December 2020 the Government approved the implementation of a new Northern Ireland...More Button

Furthermore, the HSE has also put in place transitional arrangements for certain patients who have a legitimate expectation of continuing to access care in the UK under the current provisions of ...More Button

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU CBD Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.More Button

In the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic, persons seeking to utilise these schemes should review and adhere to the public health guidance and restrictions in place at any point in time.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have been waiting for podiatry appointments in County Cork for six, 12 and more than 24 months, respectively.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 his Department will contribute towards the accommodation expenses incurred by families who need to travel to the United Kingdom for operations that cannot be carried out here (details supplied);...More Button

The priority is to first vaccinate and protect directly the most vulnerable amongst us, that is, those most likely to have a poor outcome if they contract the virus. The priority is to directly use...More Button

The UK Government website advises that travellers from the Common Travel Area, including Ireland, who have not left the Common Travel Area for the past 10 days, do not need quarantine and take te...More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme

Was asked: if the drug Cariban, which is prescribed for patients with hyperemesis gravidarum, will be covered by the drugs payment scheme in view of the high cost of the medicine; 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

Was asked: if he will consider including ozempic (details supplied) in the drugs repayment 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

Was asked: the reason the drug semaglutide (details supplied) was removed from the list of drugs included in the drugs repayment scheme; if he will consider including it in the drugs repayment scheme; 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

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the costs associated with the new top table being used during NPHET briefings at his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The new desks supplied to Miesian Plaza are in the shared Town Hall, available for use for internal and external events from all building occupants, including the Department of Health, the Departme...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: the status of the recruitment of new staff and the expansion of the medical assessment unit at Ennis hospital; the details of any expansion of services; if consideration will be given by his Depart...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 equipment tender for the proposed new cath lab at University Hospital Waterford will allow for a company (details supplied) to tender; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that such i...More Button

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the management of healthcare equipment, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.More Button

Was asked: the operational status of the dermatology clinic at University Hospital Waterford for urgent cases; the plan to resume full services; 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

National Public Health Emergency Team

Was asked: the details of expenses claimed by members of NPHET since its first meeting was convened on 6 March 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There have been no expenses claimed by members of NPHET since its first meeting was convened on 6 March 2020.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in putting up the minutes of NPHET meetings on the www.gov.ie website; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

 The Covid-19 NPHET is supported by a dedicated Secretariat that works diligently to prepare high-quality minutes for publication as quickly as practicable.

  Given the sign...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 946 of 24 November 2020, if his Department will adopt more robust minute provision services to replace the phrases mentioned in the response (details supplied)...More Button

As previously advised, the minute-taking process for Covid-19 NPHET meetings is robust.

  The NPHET is supported by a dedicated Secretariat that works diligently to prepare high...More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Was asked: if further appointments will be arranged 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 in the last year as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

The HSE is currently recommending that only critical time dependent elective procedures are undertaken at this time due to the on-going and significant increased demand for bed capacity related t...More Button

This decision was made arising from the rapid increase in Covid-19 admissions and to ensure patient safety and that all appropriate resources were made available for Covid-19 related activity and...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

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: when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment at Holles Street hospital; if the referral is urgent or routine; 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 in the last year as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More Button

The HSE is currently recommending that only critical time dependent elective procedures are undertaken at this time due to the on-going and significant increased demand for bed capacity related t...More Button

This decision was made arising from the rapid increase in Covid-19 admissions and to ensure patient safety and that all appropriate resources were made available for Covid-19 related activity and...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

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

Healthcare Policy

Was asked: the strategies the HSE has for community management of fatigue and ME and CFS clinics particularly in view of long Covid; 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

Pharmacy Regulations

Was asked: when the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest cuts made to pharmacies will be reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to fully acknowledge that community pharmacy has played a pivotal role in responding to the health needs of the public during the COVID-19 crisis. It is recognised that community pharmacists...More Button

The regulations to which the Deputy refers, were made under section 9 of the FEMPI Act 2009 and these were set to expire at the end of 2019. It was therefore necessary for my predecessor to enac...More Button

The previous Government gave a commitment to commence a strategic review of the role of community pharmacists and to engage with the Irish Pharmaceutical Union to develop revised contractual term...More Button

The comprehensive review of the pharmacy contract will address the role to be played by community pharmacy in the context of Sláintecare. It will consider all aspects of pharmacy service provisio...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Was asked: if nursing homes are being reimbursed for antigen tests deployed on site under the Covid-19 temporary assistance payment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the details of the initiatives referred to under the heading switching off and being creative on page 20 of the COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 - The Path Ahead by local authority area; and t...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the growing waiting lists for routine colonoscopies; his plans to tackle these waiting lists; 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, and as a result of the deferral of elective scheduled c...More Button

Endoscopy services were heavily affected during the first surge of COVID-19. In 2020 the scheduled care waiting list for GI Scopes grew by 46% (+10,295) to 32,539. In the last month, as a result ...More Button

The HSE continues to work to improve access, particularly to urgent colonoscopy services. The HSE’s National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Acute Operations has recommended that, where poss...More Button

In addition, the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) is working closely with individual hospitals to improve access to endoscopy/colonoscopy services for waiting list patients, including thro...More Button

In 2020 the NTPF arranged 7,399 scopes for patients. The NTPF continues to commission treatment for patients and plans to double the number of scopes it arranges in 2021. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have been waiting for oncology appointments in County Cork for six, 12 and more than 24 months, respectively.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 on the waiting list for neuropsychological assessments in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way he plans to address the current waiting list of children awaiting surgery for scoliosis.More Button

I sincerely regret that children can experience a long waiting time for treatment for scoliosis, and I am conscious of the burden that this places on them and their families. This Government’s prio...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, and as a result of the deferral of elective scheduled...More Button

It is of note that key social distancing measures and Infection Prevention and Control requirements, such as two-metre distancing, have a material impact on the available physical space to delive...More Button

Despite the challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic last year, by 31st December 2020 Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) had carried out 322 scoliosis procedures, a decrease in activity of 16...More Button

Children’s Health Ireland has advised that under the current HSE guidelines, they have reduced the number of procedures to urgent and those that are time sensitive. Children’s Health Ireland has ...More Button

Representatives of CHI, the Orthopaedic Spinal Team and the Advocacy Groups continue to meet as part of the Co-Design framework on a quarterly basis to work on providing solutions for patients in...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme

Was asked: if a person on a medical card is covered for steroid injections received from their doctor.More Button

Under the terms of the current GMS contract, GPs are required to provide eligible patients, those who hold a medical card or GP visit card, with ''all proper and necessary treatment of a kind usua...More Button

Mental Health Services

Was asked: if two premises (details supplied) that were due to be established in Clonmel and Nenagh, County Tipperary are still to go ahead; if he will clarify the comments made by the director of communicati...More Button

Was asked: when a premises (details supplied) in County Tipperary is due to open.More Button

Was asked: the status of the proposed development of the mental health inpatient service attached to Naas Regional Hospital, Lakeview campus.More Button

Was asked: the status of HSE work to transfer the community mental health services in Birr, County Offaly; if the attention of the HSE has been drawn to the delays this is subsequently causing to the transfer...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide clarification on the €20 million fund for mental health and community; if this is new funding; and the way in which it will be spent.More Button

Was asked: the status of the additional €10 million funding announced on 23 February 2021 to mental health services; the amount of this allocation that will go towards mental health supports in schools; if fu...More Button

General Practitioner Services

Was asked: the status of the continued closure of SouthDoc Blackpool and Listowel.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 general practitioners' social deprivation financial supports ranking system; the number of applications by county based on five applicant practices; the number of successful appli...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. 959 answered with Question No. 817.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 686 of 27 January 2021, the rationale for the decision not to allocate funding for a service (details supplied); if this will be appealed; the time frame for f...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

Service Level Agreements

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a situation in which SouthDoc could be in breach of a service level agreement with the HSE worth almost €7.3 million; the steps he has taken or plans to take to 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

Eating Disorders

Was asked: the number of beds specifically allocated for the treatment of persons with eating disorders that are available nationally; the hospitals in which such treatment is available; the number of beds av...More Button

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Was asked: if he will examine the reimbursement of Covid-19 testing in relation to the treatment abroad scheme (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

Health Products Regulatory Authority

Was asked: if he will examine regulation for AEDs in respect of both registration and maintenance (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has liaised with officials in the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) with regard to this question. HPRA’s role is to protect and enhance public and animal health by regulat...More Button

  Question No. 769 answered with Question No. 736.More Button

Health Services

Was asked: the position regarding the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Lyme disease here; 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 status of disability services for children and young persons with spina bifida and hydrocephalus accessing health services within their local area and the equity of services received in Childre...More Button

Was asked: the status of plans in the national model of care for paediatric services to transition adolescents with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 837 and 838 together.

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: the reason the HSE has not granted an increment to staff of a service (details supplied).More Button

Was asked: if the staff of a service (details supplied) will receive backpay or compensation for the stoppage of incremental pay increases since 2012 which they were contractually entitled to.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 787 and 912 together.More Button

Under section 39 of the Health Act 2004, the HSE provides financial assistance to organisations to provide services similar or supplementary to a service that the HSE may provide. Staff in these o...More Button

As we are aware, an agreement was reached by the parties in October 2018, in relation to a process of pay restoration for staff employed by the 50 pilot agencies. Pay restoration commenced in Ap...More Button

I can confirm that St Christopher's services were included in this pilot group and are in receipt of the appropriate funding in accordance with this agreement.More Button

  Question No. 788 answered with Question No. 709.More Button

  Question No. 789 answered with Question No. 754.More Button

Was asked: the number of healthcare assistant posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and loc...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of consultant posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and locum by whol...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of registrar posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and locum by whole...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of SHO and interns for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and locum by whole...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of medical, dental and other posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency an...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of nursing and midwifery posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and lo...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of health and social care posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and l...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of management and administrative posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agenc...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of general support posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and locum by...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of patient and client-care posts for each CHO; the number of posts funded, filled and vacant, respectively; the basis on which they are filled, that is, permanent, temporary, agency and ...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of staff working in the HSE in County Kildare in each of the years 2015 to 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Primary Care Centres

Was asked: the timeline for approval on the planned primary care centre in Citywest, Saggart, County Dublin.More Button

As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly t...More Button

Was asked: when the Athy primary medical centre will be fully operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly t...More Button

Medical Cards

Was asked: if an application for a medical card already refused will be revisited as a matter of urgency on foot of information in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on t...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 his Department has issued guidance on discretionary medical cards in respect of providing temporary cover during periods of intense care, such as for cancer patients in order that the stress of ...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

Cancer Services

Was asked: the number of cancer screenings carried out by cancer type in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, respectively, in County Cork.More Button

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

Was asked: the operational status of the rapid access skin cancer clinic at University Hospital Waterford; the plan to resume full services; 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

Overseas Development Aid

Was asked: if Ireland will be participating in the World Health Organisation co-led COVAX scheme; if not, the reason; if so, the number of vaccines Ireland is committing to; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Ireland is participating in a Procurement Exercise being operated by the European Commission on behalf of Member States to procure suitable, safe and effective vaccines, in sufficient quantities, t...More Button

Three vaccines have been authorised by the EU, and a number of vaccine candidates are still to be fully assessed. Ireland fully supports efforts by the international community, including as an E...More Button

  Question No. 806 answered with Question No. 790.More Button

Obesity Strategy

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 788 and 789 of 17 February 2021, the status of the evaluation currently underway of the sugar-sweetened drinks tax; when details of the tax are due to be comp...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 788 and 789 of 17 February 2021, when the obesity policy and action plan will be reviewed in 2021; the process for same; if his Department will be meeting sta...More Button

Public Procurement Contracts

Was asked: the details of contracts of €25,000 or more that have been awarded by his Department or bodies under his aegis that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines in 2018, 2019, 2020 an...More Button

In relation to contracts that were found to be non-compliant with procurement guidelines for the indicated years, the table below outlines the value, nature of the contact work carried out in each ...More Button

HSE National Service Plan

Was asked: when the HSE national service plan 2021 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I formally approved the 2021 National Service Plan (NSP) on 12th February 2021 and it was subsequently launched and published by the HSE on 24th February. As required by legislation, a final copy w...More Button

European Health Insurance Card

Was asked: the reason an Irish citizen resident in Northern Ireland cannot apply for a European health insurance card; the provisions that can be put in place for them; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK provides for a continuation of healthcare rights when on a temporary stay in a State covered by the Agreement. Under the agreement a p...More Button

Furthermore, under the Agreement, residents of the UK, including Northern Ireland, can continue to use their current UK EHIC to access necessary care while on a temporary stay in an EU Member Sta...More Button

Also, in certain circumstances, persons who are frontier workers will be entitled to an EHIC under the terms of the EU UK Withdrawal Agreement.More Button

The Government continues to recognise the importance placed on continued access to EHIC rights for the people of Northern Ireland. We are pleased therefore, that healthcare rights are maintained ...More Button

Electronic Cigarettes

Was asked: the measures that are being or have been taken to prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to persons under 18 years of age.More Button

The General Scheme of the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill, approved by Government in October 2019, contains provisions that will prohibit the sale of electronic cigarett...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Was asked: the current average waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services and speech and language therapy disability services; if he will provide the average waiting times for these service...More Button

Was asked: the services provided at a facility (details supplied); if there are plans to alter the services provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of parents who have submitted an assessment of needs to the HSE that they obtained privately; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way in which privately submitted assessments of needs to the HSE are collated; and if they are included in the overall assessment of needs completed figures.More Button

Was asked: if there are impediments for parents who privately submitted assessments of needs in accessing additional treatments for their children; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons with a disability in County Kildare awaiting a HSE-funded residential placement; the waiting times for same; 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

Respite Care Services

Was asked: the number of persons accessing respite services; the impact of Covid-19 on access to respite services for these people; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the details of the locations of the recently announced nine respite houses across Ireland; if he will provide more details in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: the status of an appeal under the fair deal scheme in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Magdalen Laundries

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive the full health services equivalent to those provided under the Health (Amendment) Act, HAA, card as recommended by the Quirke report and agreed to.More Button

The Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme was established in 2013 by the then Department of Justice and Equality on foot of the recommendations contained in the Magdalen Commission Report b...More Button

In his report, Judge Quirke was of the opinion that Magdalen women should be provided with access to a comprehensive suite of health services. He specified GP services, prescribed drugs, medicine...More Button

Subsequently, these services were agreed by the then Government and were legislated for by the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Act 2015 (RWRCI Act). More Button

Eligibility for the health services provided for by the 2015 Act is based on a woman being accepted on to the Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme which is administered by the Department...More Button

Nursing Staff

Was asked: the number of full-time permanent nurse posts vacant at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15; and the steps being taken to fill these vacant 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

Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of instances of officials in his Department requesting conscience-based refusal in dealing with legislation or the administration of areas of departmental responsibility that have occurr...More Button

There have been no instances of officials in my Department requesting conscience-based refusal in dealing with legislation or the administration of areas of Departmental responsibility since 1 Janu...More Button

Maternity Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 298 of 28 January, the steps he is taking to ensure that the Visiting Restrictions in Place in Maternity Services in Response to Covid-19 document, from the na...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 Complaints Procedures

Was asked: the longest waiting time experienced by an HSE South staff member to have a grievance hearing arranged for stage 1 of the HSE grievance procedure following submission of his or her formal grievance...More Button

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

Dental Services

Was asked: the number of dentists who have indicated that they will be leaving the medical card system; the impact he expects this will have on waiting lists and the dental hygiene of the population; the meas...More Button

The Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) provides dental care, free of charge to medical card holders aged 16 and over. These services are provided by independent dental practitioners who have a...More Button

I met with representatives of the dental profession towards the end of last year when I had an opportunity to hear first-hand the challenges which they face under Covid, and the enormous efforts ...More Button

I have asked my officials and the HSE to bring forward proposals to address those immediate concerns. In the longer term, my commitment to the profession and to the public is for a fundamental re...More Button

Was asked: if persons requiring urgent periodontal surgery which they are unable to access in a timely manner in Ireland due to lengthy waiting lists are permitted to travel abroad for more affordable timely ...More Button

SI No 29/2021 provides for additional temporary restrictions on travel. The Regulations remain in operation until 5 March 2021. The Regulations set out a non-exhaustive list of reasonable excuses f...More Button

Rare Diseases Strategy

Was asked: the status of the commitment in the programme for Government to update the national rare diseases plan.More Button

A National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland (2014 – 2018) was launched by the Minister for Health in July 2014. This is a generic policy framework for rare diseases. The scope of the plan is broad giv...More Button

Many of the major recommendations of the plan have already been implemented including the establishment of a National Clinical Programme for Rare Diseases and a Rare Disease Office. Building on ...More Button

Meetings, to ensure that the input and the voice of the patient is represented in the continuing work ongoing in relation to Rare Diseases take place at regular intervals with the Rare Disease Ta...More Button

A number of key themes have now been identified for progression in the coming period, including: Patient Awareness; European Reference Networks; Research & Registries; Access to Services; Access ...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances

Was asked: if his Department will issue funding to the HSE to provide FreeStyle Libre sensors for checking glucose in diabetes patients free of charge to all diabetics.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

Health and Social Care Professionals

Was asked: when the necessary statutory instrument will be put in place to enable the Medical Council to address the outstanding issues relating to the inclusion of medical consultants on the specialist regis...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 is a large and complex Act which has been several years in development. It is important to state ...More Button

  Question No. 898 answered with Question No. 754.More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: his response to the January 2019 Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health report on the new standard operating procedure for assessment of need under the Disability Act 2005; if steps have been and are...More Button

Autism Support Services

Was asked: the steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for autism assessment for children; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the average waiting time for autism assessment for children; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in accessing autism assessment for children; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Citizens' Assembly

Was asked: when he expects the citizens' assembly on drugs to convene; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: if the mid-term review of the actions in the national drugs strategy is on course to be agreed in Q1 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive treatment.More Button

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

The HSE is currently recommending that only critical time dependent elective procedures are undertaken at this time due to the on-going and significant increased demand for bed capacity related t...More Button

This decision was made arising from the rapid increase in Covid-19 admissions and to ensure patient safety and that all appropriate resources were made available for Covid-19 related activity and...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

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

Cross-Border Co-operation

Was asked: if applications for the Northern Ireland planned healthcare scheme have opened; the location in which information on the scheme can be found; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since 1 January 2021, the provisions of the EU Cross Border Directive (CBD) no longer apply to the UK. On the 28th December 2020 the Government approved the implementation of a new Northern Ireland...More Button

Furthermore, patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU CBD Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries. In the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic, persons seeking to ...More Button

Was asked: if those in receipt of a UK pension are eligible to avail of the Cross-Border Directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Prior to the 1st January 2021, UK pensioners residing in Ireland who had accessed healthcare under the EU Cross Border Directive were required to have their healthcare costs reimbur...More Button

Occupational Therapy

Was asked: when occupational therapists will return from secondment to contact tracing in County Kildare; 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

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Was asked: the number of children on CAMHS waiting lists by age and gender in County Kildare in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: if he will address a matter raised in correspondence (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 will review correspondence (details supplied); if issues raised can be covered in new legislation being brought forward on IVF in Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Drafting of a bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research, based on the published General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill, is ongoing by officials in m...More Button

Part 5 of the General Scheme provides for PGD and sex selection (for medical purposes) in the context of AHR treatment, which are permitted provided certain criteria are fulfilled. The AHR Regula...More Button

Separately, and in the context of funding for PGD, as raised by the Deputy, a commitment to introduce the model of care for infertility, which was developed by officials in my Department in conju...More Button

It comprises of three stages, starting in primary care (i.e., GPs) and extending into secondary care (i.e., Regional Fertility Hubs) and then, where necessary, tertiary care (i.e., IVF and other ...More Button

Hospital Facilities

Was asked: when construction works on the new accident and emergency department at Mayo University Hospital will commence; the reason for the delay in commencement; and if he will make a statement on the matt...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 you directly in relation to this matter. More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Was asked: the number of staff based in speech and language therapy that are currently redeployed to other duties by CHO; the corresponding figures for each month from January 2020 to March 2020, in tabular f...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

Medical Qualifications

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the lack of a pre-registration examination system, PRES, 3 examination for foreign doctors means that many doctors working under temporary registrat...More Button

Doctors who have qualified in another jurisdiction and whose qualifications do not entitle them to automatic recognition are required to pass or be exempt from the Medical Council’s pre-registratio...More Button

The PRES 3 exams were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions and unfortunately, it has not been possible to reschedule as of yet due to the ongoing impact of these restrictions. The Medic...More Button

Addiction Treatment Services

Was asked: the reasoning behind a change in narrative in the HSE national service plan with the addiction services section now referred to as drug and alcohol services and no commitment for any measures to ad...More Button

Counselling Services

Was asked: when the area of counselling and psychotherapy will be fully regulated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (the Act) provides for the protection of the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and co...More Button

A profession for regulation is either designated in the Act, or can be designated by means of an Order made by the Minister for Health under the Act where, after a consultation process, the Minis...More Button

Arising from such a consultation process, Simon Harris TD the then Minister for Health decided to designate two distinct professions, counsellors and psychotherapists, each with its register, und...More Button

Regulations to designate the two professions under the Act and to establish the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board were made in 2018. The Registration Board was duly appointed in...More Button

While the Board has begun working towards regulation of these professions, a substantial body of work requires to be undertaken before a register may be opened. The work of this Board is signifi...More Button

Owing to the significant body of preparatory work the that Registration Board is required to undertake; it is not possible to say with any degree of accuracy when the professions will be fully re...More Button

Hospital Car Parks

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a report undertaken on the impact of hospital car park charges on those undertaking a sustained level of treatment; his views on policies which put a cap on such ...More Button

The Programme for Government makes a commitment to introduce a cap on the maximum daily charge for patients and visitors at all public hospitals, where possible and to introduce flexibl...More Button

Debt Collection

Was asked: if hospitals have protocols in place governing the activity of debt collectors pursuing outstanding medical bills in order that there would be reasonable practices respecting the stress that some p...More Button

Patient charges are a key element of the overall funding envelope of the Irish health system and are taken into account when agreeing the Annual Estimates and the subsequent preparation of the annu...More Button

Health Services Funding

Was asked: the steps he will take to meet the previously committed funding requirements of a facility (details supplied) in order to alleviate the concerns of staff, patients and families connected to this fa...More Button

Burial Grounds

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 670 of 3 February 2021, the status of a site (details supplied).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

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Was asked: the timeframe for the commencement of the medicinal cannabis access programme in 2021; the funding that has been allocated for the programme; if those who are in receipt of a ministerial licence wi...More Button

The Medical Cannabis Access Programme (MCAP) has been included in the HSE National Service Plan 2021.

  The HSE will be responsible for the operation of the programme. The HSE wi...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Was asked: if he has engaged with National Broadband Ireland on any aspect of broadband provision in the past six months; and the outcome of any engagement.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that I have not had any engagement with National Broadband Ireland on any aspect of broadband provision in the past 6 months.More Button

Data Protection

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the standard of data protection compliance in respect of the Covid-19 tracker application; the number of complaints notified to him that have been made to the Data Protectio...More Button

I assume when the Deputy refers to the Covid-19 tracker application she is referring to Covid Tracker App (the app that is used on peoples smartphones).More Button

The Covid Tracker App was designed with privacy at its core with minimum data stored within the app itself. This data is stored within the phone and only released to the HSE if (a) the user recei...More Button

A full Data Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA) was developed as part of the app and shared with the Data Protection Commission before go live. The app also contains a Data Privacy Information Notic...More Button

The department have not received and complaints in relation to the apps compliance with data protection that could not be addressed or required onward notification to the Data Protection Commissi...More Button

Prescriptions Charges

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to women suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum repeatedly presenting at accident and emergency departments as they are unable to afford to pay for their prescription...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the HSE-recommended first-line treatments for medical conditions should be available on the drugs payment scheme, including Cariban, Xonvea and Navalem which are used to treat ...More Button

Was asked: if unlicensed prescription medications are available on the drugs payment scheme in circumstances in which licensed versions are not currently available or marketed in Ireland; and if licensed medi...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an application for Xonvea was rejected for inclusion on the drugs payment scheme by the HSE on the advice of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1007 to 1010, inclusive, together.

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

Data Collection

Was asked: if he conducted patient and public engagement prior to enacting SI No. 18/2021 Data Protection Act 2018 (section 36(2)) (Health Research) (Amendment) Regulations 2021; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Since the Data Protection Act 2018 (section 36(2)) (Health Research) Regulations (SI 314 of 2018) were made in August 2018, my Department has engaged widely and publicly on the amendments that have...More Button

Giving an ongoing tangible voice to patients and the public is ensured in the amendments where it is expressly provided that the consultations to be undertaken by a researcher making an applicati...More Button

Further, the appeals mechanism in the Health Research Regulations has been strengthened to allow the appeal panel to invite submissions from any person that it considers appropriate and consult w...More Button

Was asked: if section 3B(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018 (section 36(2)) (Health Research) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 applies to genomic research in circumstances in which there are implications for rela...More Button

Was asked: the position in respect of deferred consent of personal data in circumstances in which an individual dies without capacity to give explicit consent for research purposes; and if there is an ethical...More Button

Was asked: if a deceased person’s personal data may be used in genomic research if consent was not obtained while the data subject was alive in view of the implications for relatives of the deceased.More Button

Was asked: if a controller may use a patient’s data for research purposes in circumstances in which the patient lacks the capacity to consent and his or her next of kin ​and or power of attorney objects; and ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1013 to 1016, inclusive, together.More Button

The Health Research Regulations, which are derived from GDPR and are made under the Data Protection Act 2018, apply where there is processing of personal data for health research purposes. Where t...More Button

As with all aspects of data protection law and across all sectors, it is for the data controller to determine whether personal data is involved and, if so, whose personal data. The definition o...More Button

I will deal now with the specifics of Regulation 3B of the Health Research Regulations. Emergency care and treatment is a real-life reality that saves lives. It is also an internationally recog...More Button

The amendment is a tightly drawn provision that allows for deferred consent of the data subject for the processing of his or her personal data in health research in limited and specified circumst...More Button

In fact, it is expressly provided in Regulation 3B that the circumstances must be exceptional and that the principal purpose of the processing or further processing of the personal data concerned...More Button

On the question of the processing of personal data of a deceased individual, the provisions of data protection law apply only to the personal data of living individuals. That rule is applicable ...More Button

Where an individual is alive, the GDPR does not give consent rights to other individuals to act on behalf of an adult data subject where the data subject lacks capacity to consent so the question...More Button

However, the duty of confidentiality survives death so health professionals holding the medical records of deceased individuals should exercise considerable care in releasing that information to ...More Button

Given that the thrust of these questions relates to protecting the privacy of individuals in the complex area of genomic research, I want to take the opportunity afforded by the Deputy’s question...More Button

While genomic research opens up exciting possibilities such research also poses particular societal, ethical and regulatory challenges. From a privacy perspective, one of the ways that genomic ...More Button

While those matters are for the Data Protection Commission to determine and are likely to feature in the European Data Protection Board Guidelines on processing personal data for scientific researc...More Button

Was asked: the reason explicit consent or ethical approval is not required when a controller obtains personal data to establish if a person may be suitable or eligible for inclusion in research; the criteria ...More Button

The Health Research Regulations include explicit consent as a safeguard when an individual’s personal data is being processed for health research. However, before health research can be carried ou...More Button

The same logic applies to the research ethics committee (REC) condition for the pre-screening process and REC approval is still required should the research proceed following the pre-screening. More Button

The Guidelines prepared by my Department, in collaboration with the HSE, Health Research Board and Health Research Consent Declaration Committee, in consultation with the Data Protection Commissi...More Button

(a) reviewing the personal data of a data subject in order to assess whether he or she might be suitable or eligible for inclusion in a health research study. More Button

(b) analysing the pre-screening data and documenting the findings, More Button

(c) sharing the findings (in a non-identifiable way) with others involved in the research team. More Button

(d) approaching an individual found to be eligible or suitable to determine their interest in participation in the study and it is considered best practice that the approach to the prospective re...More Button

(e) sharing the identity of the individual with the research team on a confidential basis where the individual has consented to be contacted by the research team.More Button

Health and Safety Regulations

Was asked: if he will provide a composite version of regulations (details supplied) as amended.More Button

The Health Research Regulations 2018 and the amendments thereto were drafted in the Office of the Attorney General and are publicly available on the electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB) at ...More Button

Abortion Services

Was asked: the status of the safe access to termination of pregnancy services Bill; the publication date towards which his officials are working; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It was originally intended to provide for safe access to termination of pregnancy services in the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018. However, a number of legal issues were id...More Button

However, where problems do arise with protests outside health care services, there is existing public order legislation in place to protect people accessing services, employees working in the ser...More Button

The Department of Health has previously liaised with An Garda Síochána around safe access to termination of pregnancy services, and the Garda National Protective Services Bureau issued a notice t...More Button

The Department has provided information on existing public order and other relevant legislation to the HSE for appropriate distribution.More Button