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Harris, Simon

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Deputy Paul Murphy put pressure on Sinn Féin.More Button

Now Sinn Féin has changed its mind.More Button

He is allowed to write a letter.More Button

Medicinal Products Availability (Continued)

I thank Deputy Collins and Deputy Kenny for raising this issue in the Dáil. I thank Deputies from all sides of the House who have consistently over a long period raised this important issue relati...More Button

I am pleased to inform the House and in particular cystic fibrosis patients, their families and friends, that the HSE and Vertex have this evening confirmed that an agreement has been reached in ...More Button

I recognise the work the HSE has put into these negotiations over a long period. These were not easy negotiations. A large body of work needed to be done on this important matter. I want espec...More Button

However, I am sure that the Deputies will accept that, given the scale of the investment, the potential benefits for Irish patients and the impact of this decision on the health service overall, ...More Button

I will outline the position on Orkambi for the treatment of cystic fibrosis patients aged 12 and older. Following an application by the company, the treatment was assessed in line with the statu...More Button

Following detailed consideration by the HSE directorate, its legal representative and officials in my Department, further negotiations took place last week. Those discussions have continued up t...More Button

I thank Deputy Collins, who I know has a sincere interest in this and who has raised this issue on several occasions. I thank Deputy Kenny for his comments as well. It is, as Deputy Kenny, said, ...More Button

I have many thoughts on the process in terms of how we negotiate drugs and international collaboration on drug companies. However, I do not believe today is the day for that. I would very much ...More Button

I will come back to Deputy Collins on her specific question. I am keen to get clarity on the point first. I do not intend to comment on any specific contractual issues because lawyers need to g...More Button

Now, we will get on with the process of finalising the arrangements of dealing with the important contractual elements. The message going out to Irish patients from Vertex and the HSE is that th...More Button

Health Insurance

Was asked: if he will ensure that employees of the State posted abroad as part of their duties are not disadvantaged by the health insurance lifetime community rating scheme; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Our health insurance system is voluntary and community-rated, which means that people who are old or sick do not have to pay more for health insurance than the young and healthy. Since 1 May 2015,...More Button

Civil servants serving as diplomats in the Department of Foreign Affairs are generally posted abroad on a number of separate occasions during the course of their career. The Department of Foreig...More Button

Officials from my Department have advised colleagues in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that a review of Lifetime Community Rating, after 30 April 2017, is provided for in the regulat...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: the person or agency that, when an adult, male or female, is allegedly raped, is responsible for carrying out a forensic sexual medical examination; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are six Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATUs) in Ireland. They provide specialist care for women and men aged fourteen years and over who have recently been sexually assaulted or raped. Th...More Button

In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

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

The Programme for a Partnership Government committed to an independent clinical review of the need for a second catherisation laboratory at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). This commitment has...More Button

To facilitate the implementation of those recommendations, I have provided additional funding of €0.5m for UHW in 2017 which will enable the hospital to provide 8 hours additional cath lab activi...More Button

Was asked: his plans to change services that are provided in Portlaoise General HospitalMore Button

My Department and the HSE are committed to securing and developing the role of Portlaoise Hospital within the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.More Button

Reports on Portlaoise Hospital in recent years point to the need for reconfiguration of some services to ensure patients are treated in the most appropriate setting by specialist staff who can s...More Button

The most important issue in relation to any changes at Portlaoise Hospital is that patient safety and good quality outcomes must come first. Any changes to services at Portlaoise, once approved,...More Button

Was asked: the progress made to date since his meeting with a group at a hospital (details supplied) in County Donegal on 12 December 2016; his plans to meet that group; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I fully support the goals of Our Children's Voice in offering support to the families of children with disabilities in County Donegal and I understand the challenges parents face in accessing appro...More Button

The focus of a meeting with Our Children's Voice, held in Letterkenny University Hospital last December, was on hospice care for children in Donegal, respite care and the need for a paediatric nu...More Button

Possible partnership with the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice was mentioned. My officials are currently engaging in discussions with our counterparts in Northern Ireland in respect of a joint...More Button

State Claims Agency

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 45 of 1 February 2017, the criteria used by the State Claims Agency in building the actuarial models which indicated that the payment of damages from 2007 onwa...More Button

The State Claims Agency has independent actuarial advisors to design and build the actuarial models and estimates for the Clinical Indemnity Scheme. Actuarial projections are part based on histori...More Button

The Clinical Indemnity Scheme was established in 2002, and was extended to include consultants working in public hospitals from 1 February 2004. It is important to note that the introduction of...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Was asked: when it is envisaged that home help hours allocated to counties Kildare and west Wicklow will reach the level that was available in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the amount the HSE spends on private agencies for hiring home help carers; if he will provide a breakdown of these payments for counties Louth and Meath.More Button

Was asked: if the HSE will define home help provision; and the detail of items included and excluded, respectively, under the personal care only policy.More Button

Was asked: if agencies are paid by the HSE per hour or per patient in terms of home help care; the amount the HSE pays the agency per hour or per patient; and the amount the home help carer receives in respec...More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Was asked: when a person in (details supplied) County Kerry will receive a date for a spinal operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) will be provided with a hospital appointment.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

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

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive has not responded to the Dublin Dental Hospital regarding two applications for funding to cover treatment for a person (details supplied); if he will expedit...More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) can expect an appointment in the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin. More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will receive a hospital appointment; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin has returned refer...More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) may expect a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) can expect a hospital appointment.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

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

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

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) can expect a hospital appointment.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

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

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

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE...More Button

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

Was asked: the steps he will take to have a person (details supplied) seen by the vascular clinic surgeon at a hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

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

Health Services Staff Remuneration

Was asked: if there is a gender pay gap in the rates of pay made between male and female carers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

General Practitioner Services Provision

Was asked: if he will instruct the HSE or ShannonDoc to respond to a data request (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

  Question No. 482 answered with Question No. 479.More Button

Was asked: the number of general practitioners that are receiving HSE payments for employing practice nurses to carry out antenatal care, including routine checks.More Button

Under the GMS scheme, subsidies are payable to GPs towards the cost of employing support staff, including practice nurses.More Button

Practice nurses carry out a wide range of patient care under the direction of the GP. Services provided may include, for example: vaccinations; women’s health services; antenatal and postnatal ca...More Button

The HSE can provide information on the number of GPs receiving subsidies towards the employment of practice nurses, therefore I have arranged for the question to be transferred to the HSE for dir...More Button

Was asked: if all practice nurses employed by general practitioners to carry out antenatal care, including routine checks, are registered midwives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Practice nurses carry out a wide range of patient care under the direction of the GP, which can vary depending on the qualifications and skills of individual nurses. Services provided may include, ...More Button

Practice nurses who are also registered midwives are able within their scope of practice to undertake antenatal care, provided they are competent to do so, i.e. their knowledge and skills in midw...More Button

The scope of practice of midwives, which is different to the scope of practice of nurses, as set out in The Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework 2015 is underpinned by EU Directive 2...More Button

While a routine antenatal check-up will include tasks which a nurse is trained to undertake (e.g. recording blood pressure) a nurse cannot take accountability for interpretation of the observatio...More Button

As practice nurses are employed directly by GPs, who are private contractors, details of the number of practice nurses who are registered midwives and who carry out antenatal care are not availab...More Button

Health Services Staff

Was asked: the staffing situation regarding a children's eye clinic at a location (details supplied); if children from County Laois will be treated in other nearby locations; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Was asked: the procedures available to health service staff for debriefing following a critical or traumatic incident; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of debriefings following a critical or traumatic incident that have taken place by region, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if counselling is offered to staff following critical or traumatic incidents; and the number of staff that availed of such counselling in each of the years 2013 to 2016More Button

Mental Health Services Staff

Was asked: the extent of the staff shortages in the CAMHS services in Cork; the efforts being made to resolve this; the interim measures he and HSE officials are putting in place to address this issue; and if...More Button

Was asked: the detail of the shortages in CAMHS across the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Expenditure

Was asked: if additional funding will be released to ease the waiting list of more than 200 persons who are waiting on walking aids with a charity (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

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

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) will be provided with additional foot orthotics to assist with alignment resulting from cerebral palsy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: when medical equipment will issue in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: when a specially adapted car seat can be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: if his attention and the attention of the HSE has been drawn to the benefits of medical equipment (details supplied); and his plans to roll this out in surgeries in HSE general practitioner facilit...More Button

As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Primary Care Centres Provision

Was asked: if works will commence on an extension for a health centre in Clonroche, County Wexford in view of the fact planning permission was granted more than one year ago.More Button

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

Health Services Provision

Was asked: the supports that are available to persons with polio; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not been given help from the HSE.More Button

Infectious Disease Incidence

Was asked: the number of persons who have polio here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if he will address waiting times for persons who potentially may be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease to see a neurologist regarding changes to medication and diagnosis; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Firstly, I wish to acknowledge the fact that there are long waiting times for people with Parkinson's disease in seeing a neurologist. This is largely due to the limited number of consultant Neuro...More Button

The National Clinical Programme for Neurology (NCPN) Model of Care document recommends an increase in the number of consultant neurologists, nurse specialists, including clinical nurse specialist...More Button

The model of care for neurology was launched by the Director General of the HSE on the 27th September 2016 and the HSE is now working towards its implementation.More Button

Disability Support Services Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 12,000 persons are living with Parkinson's disease here; the reason there are only five specialist nurses to deal with the condition; his plans to i...More Button

Voluntary Sector Funding

Was asked: the reason an association (details supplied) does not receive State funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Infectious Disease Screening Service

Was asked: the reason the results of tests for Lyme disease carried out by a laboratory (details supplied) are not accepted by the Health Service Executive; if the same standard of test can be undertaken here...More Button

Lyme disease (also known as Lyme borreliosis) is an infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans by bites from ticks infected with ...More Button

  Question No. 497 answered with Question No. 479.More Button

National Lottery Funding Applications

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

The person referred to by the Deputy applied for a grant of €46,000 from the 2016 Department of Health National Lottery fund on behalf of Camphill Community, Grangemockler, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tip...More Button

Orthodontic Services Provision

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) can expect an appointment for orthodontic treatment under the HSE, Tullamore, County Offaly. More Button

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

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Donegal may change consultant with the Donegal mental health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Was asked: the estimated annual cost for providing a mental health nurse in all accident and emergency departments 24 hours a day, in every custody suite, in every Garda station and in every prison.More Button

Was asked: the funding provided by the Exchequer for patient advocacy in mental health for each respective body from 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017. More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: the consultation process with persons regarding the residents of a centre (details supplied) due to its upcoming closure; the care plan involved in putting forward alternative residential plans tha...More Button

Was asked: if funding at present is allocated to services (details supplied) in counties Cavan and Monaghan; his plans for investment in either county; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: if he will liaise with the HSE to provide services for persons with additional needs (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medicinal Products Data

Was asked: his views on the monitoring of trends in the prescription of psychoactive psychotropic drugs here, especially to children, over the past 20 years; if his attention has been drawn to concerns regard...More Button

Was asked: his views on the monitoring of trends in the prescription of psychoactive psychotropic drugs here, especially to children, over the past 20 years; if his attention has been drawn to concerns regard...More Button

Ambulance Service

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 414 of 7 February 2017, if the decision to be made in quarter 1 of 2017 to go to tender to build the new permanent ambulance base on the Merlin Park site has b...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. More Button

Was asked: the amount of money spent on private ambulances by the HSE over each of the past ten years, 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 to you directly.More Button

Nursing Staff

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that nurses were removed from the active register within two weeks of receipt of a final reminder notice to pay their annual retention fee, ARF, albeit t...More Button

Was asked: the number of nurses that have been removed from the active register before the 28 day period from their final reminder notice date of 8 March 2017 had been reached; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Was asked: if nurses who had been removed from the active register within 28 days of their final reminder notice are now reinstated; if those who were removed before the expiry of the 28-day period but not ye...More Button

Was asked: if those nurses who were forced to pay an additional €250 to be reinstated before the 28-day period of notice from their final reminder letter will be refunded the additional cost they were forced ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 511 to 514, inclusive, together.More Button

I would like to thank the Deputy for raising this matter.More Button

Section 38 of the Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011 enables the Board of the NMBI to charge such fees as may, from time to time, be determined by the Board - this includes a fee for the restoration o...More Button

The NMBI have advised that a renewal notice and a reminder notice were issued to registrants on 6 November 2016 and 15 February 2017 respectively. Consideration of removal of names from the regi...More Button

The Board has also confirmed that anyone who has been removed from the register must complete the restoration form and pay the restoration fee of €250. However, it should be noted that a person re...More Button

- Review of the application and the personal circumstances of the individual at the time of the removal.More Button

- Assessment, on an individual basis, as to whether the personal circumstances of the registrant, at the time of their removal from the Register, were of a serious and extenuating nature or wheth...More Button

Following assessment, the Director of Registry may decide to waive the restoration fee.More Button

Nursing Home Services

Was asked: if the policy in relation to the provision of convalescent care for persons leaving hospital has changed from patient choice to a tendering system whereby only certain nursing homes will be part of...More Button

Was asked: his plans to provide extra bed capacity in nursing homes going forward in view of the fact the State has an ageing population (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on a nursing home charging a person (details supplied) for a mattress.More Button

Care Services Provision

Was asked: the status of a request for full-time residential care for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the supports in place to assist diagnosed myalgic encephalomyelitis patients in the community to assist them with their everyday lives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the cuts to a service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Sector Staff Recruitment

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) who applied for a position of student paramedic with the HSE was refused on educational grounds even though they were called to sit an aptitude test.More Button

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

Hospital Consultant Recruitment

Was asked: his plans to hire a myalgic encephalomyelitis specialist consultant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a replacement has been selected to fill a soon to be vacated paediatric endocrinologist consultant post based in Sligo University Hospital; if so, the date the selected candidate will take up th...More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that immediate recruitment of a paediatric endocrinologist consultant to Letterkenny University Hospital (details supplied) will take place; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: his plans for providing a full paediatric diabetes service at a hospital (details supplied) in County Donegal in view of the recent removal of service due to staff changes in particular a paediatri...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm the appointment of a second endocrinologist adult services along with the additional diabetic nurse specialist and diabetic dietician for a hospital (details supplied) in County ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 595, 625, 636 and 637 together.More Button

A Paediatric Insulin Pump Services was initiated in May 2015. This service is based in Sligo University Hospital, with outreach clinics in Letterkenny University Hospital.More Button

The Saolta University Healthcare Group has confirmed that the Consultant Paediatrician with Speciality Interest in Diabetes, who was instrumental in commencing this service, is leaving this post ...More Button

The permanent post is to be filled through public competition via the Public Appointments Service; this process is on-going. In order to address continuity, the clinical service arrangements for...More Button

There is currently one consultant Endocrinologist at Letterkenny University Hospital providing the adult Diabetes service, which serves approximately 700 patients with Type 1, and 6,500 with Type...More Button

Additional clinics are being run on monthly basis (1 - 2 extra clinics per month), in order to address waiting lists for the service. More Button

In terms of the future of diabetes services in the North-West, the Saolta Group advises that a business case is currently being prepared in support of a second Consultant Endocrinologist, a Diabe...More Button

Patient Data

Was asked: the number of myalgic encephalomyelitis patients here; the source of this information; the way in which it is collated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of patients in acute hospital beds awaiting transfer to a nursing home facility as a percentage of the total acute hospital beds in the system; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: his plans to introduce a 90% agricultural relief to farm business assets under the financial assessment of the nursing home support scheme in order that the contribution to cost of care is calculat...More Button

Was asked: if the charge on productive assets be removed to reflect ability to pay, in relation to the assessment of farmers under the nursing home support scheme; if so, when; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Was asked: when the review of the nursing home support scheme will be completed; the changes which will be introduced to aid farm families and small businesses; when these changes will be implemented; and if ...More Button

Was asked: the criteria used to determine the subvention allowed or granted under the fair deal scheme for private nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the criteria used to determine the subvention allowed or granted under the fair deal scheme for public nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason the subvention under the fair deal scheme for nursing homes is higher in public nursing homes than in private nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Primary Care Services Provision

Was asked: the number of addiction counsellors working in primary care in each of the years 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and the annual expense incurred by these positions on the Exchequer.More Button

Medical Card Applications

Was asked: when a full medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made in respect of a medical card application for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

Was asked: the outstanding documentation required in respect of an application for a medical card in the case of a person (details supplied); if the application can be reactivated in view of the fact that a b...More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE ...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Was asked: if he will address a query regarding a person and conditions of appointment (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2011 the NTPF's role in arranging the provision of hospital treatment for patients was suspended. Since that time the post of NTPF CEO was filled on an acting part-time basis. Between 2013 and...More Button

Last October, Budget 2017 allocated €20 million to the NTPF, rising to €55 million in 2018. In line with commitments in the Programme for a Partnership Government to reduce waiting times for our...More Button

An open recruitment process was carried out by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Chairman of the Board of the NTPF has advised that Mr. Liam Sloyan will take up the position of CEO in the c...More Button

In relation to waiting list audits, this one of the key objectives for the NTPF. The NTPF’s Strategy and Action Plan for 2017 – 2019 sets out a detailed programme of work including the developme...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if the condition known as bilateral recurrent serpiginous choroiditis may be added to the long term illness scheme due to its progressive nature and the need for aggressive immunosuppression and ca...More Button

The long term illness scheme, LTI, was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the LTI are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; ...More Button

There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the scheme.More Button

Vaccine Damage Compensation Scheme

Was asked: the details of research undertaken by his Department to ensure the safety of the Gardasil vaccine; his plans to engage with the advocacy groups for those that have suffered adverse health effects h...More Button

In 2009 the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommended HPV vaccination for all 12 year old girls to reduce their risk of cervical cancer and in September 2010 the HPV vaccination ...More Button

While no medicine (including vaccines) is entirely without risk, the safety profile of Gardasil has been continuously monitored since it was first authorised both nationally and at EU level. The ...More Button

The EMA completed a detailed scientific review in November 2015 of the evidence surrounding reports of two conditions: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia s...More Button

I am aware of claims of an association between HPV vaccination and a number of conditions experienced by a group of young women. An illness that occurs around the time a vaccine is given and is a...More Button

It is important to counter misinformation in relation to the safety of vaccines, and to increase the uptake rates of all vaccines in the State’s immunisation programmes. The scientific evidence ...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: when the interdepartmental group which is currently reviewing the fair deal scheme is expected to conclude its review; when will the findings be brought before Dáil Éireann; if this review will giv...More Button

HSE Data

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

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied).More Button

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

Occupational Therapy

Was asked: the number of persons on waiting lists to see an occupational therapist in health centres in County Wicklow, including Baltinglass and Blessington; the average waiting time in each of the health ce...More Button

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

Health Insurance Prices

Was asked: the efforts being made to alleviate the spiralling costs of health insurance; the supports available to those under 35 years of age who are of the view that they were pressurised by the Government ...More Button

Insurance companies operate as commercial providers and as Minister for Health, I have no legal power to intervene in relation to any insurer’s pricing policies. The overall claims experience is in...More Button

A community-rated health insurance market depends on inter-generational solidarity and requires a constant influx of young healthy members to support the older, less healthy members. In 2015 two ...More Button

The positive impact of these initiatives on the market is now evident, as the number of people holding private health insurance has increased to 2.152 million, or 46% of the population (end-Decem...More Button

A review of the Lifetime Community Rating Regulations, after 30 April 2017, is provided for in the legislation. The independent regulator, the Health Insurance Authority (HIA), has already compl...More Button

Respite Care Services Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that respite beds offered by an organisation (details supplied) have been greatly reduced in the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the lack of respite facilities for children with disabilities on the north side of Dublin (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an organisation (details supplied) has had to utilise its last remaining respite house as a permanent residential care home; if alternative respite ...More Button

National Cancer Strategy Implementation

Was asked: when the publication of the national cancer strategy is expected; to his views on the delay in the publication of the strategy; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that in the absence of th...More Button

The development of a new National Cancer Strategy is nearing finalisation and I intend to bring the strategy proposals to Government shortly. Publication of the strategy around the end of May is e...More Button

Significant improvements have been made in cancer care in recent years under the previous cancer strategy. Outcomes for those with a cancer diagnosis have improved and five year cancer survival i...More Button

Medicinal Products Availability

Was asked: his views on the national cancer control programme's opinion on the cancer treating drug nivolumab also known as Opdivo; his views on making this drug available on the reimbursement scheme; the num...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

Was asked: the position regarding the availability of Orkambi for persons with cystic fibrosis; 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, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.

  With...More Button

  Question No. 630 answered with Question No. 547.More Button

Suicide Incidence

Was asked: the number of suicides that have been recorded on the grounds of public hospitals following a presentation to accident and emergency departments in the past five years by hospital, in tabular formMore Button

Disability Services Funding

Was asked: his plans to restore funding to an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: if he will include the process of blood removal for haemochromatosis patients, venesection, by general practitioners for medical card holders to be covered by the scheme and for general practitione...More Button

Under the terms of the current GMS contract, GPs are required to provide eligible patients with ''all proper and necessary treatment of a kind usually undertaken by a general practitioner and not ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware of the ongoing review of the GMS and other publicly funded contracts involving GPs, and that the next phase of discussions to progress this work is underway. The aim is ...More Button

National Maternity Hospital

Was asked: the precise nature of the ownership and governance structure of the new national maternity hospital.More Button

Was asked: his views on the removal of ex officio positions for the Roman Catholic Church in the governing bodies of the National Maternity Hospital; if he will seek a change in the hospital's charter relatin...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 547 and 630 together.More Button

Last November, following mediation discussions, agreement was reached between the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) and the St. Vincent's Healthcare Group on a new governance structure for the co...More Button

The agreement provides for the establishment of a new company - The National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC (limited by shares). It envisages the transfer of significant statutory powers fro...More Button

The agreement secured protects the identity and branding of the NMH and the right to use of the new maternity hospital facility. The autonomy of the NMH Board will be underpinned by reserved pow...More Button

Was asked: the exact location of the proposed site for the first new midwifery led unit to be built as part of the national maternity strategy; and when it is due to be openedMore Button

Was asked: when as part of efforts to bring down unnecessary interventions all women attending hospital antenatal clinics under the maternity and infant care scheme will attend wholly midwifery led antenatal ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 568 and 570 together.

  Ireland's first National Maternity Strategy - Creating A Better Future Together 2016 - 2026 - recognises pregnanc...More Button

Disability Support Services Funding

Was asked: the estimated cost of filling all vacancies in early intervention and school age disability teams; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Services Data

Was asked: the number of complaints that have been made to the disability complaints officer in relation to failure to provide an assessment within the timeframes envisaged in the Disability Act or the EPSEN ...More Button

Ambulance Service Data

Was asked: the number of private ambulances being used to service public hospitals or to provide an inter hospital service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Was asked: the number of immediate care vehicles available in the HSE midlands region; if the HSE has considered utilising these vehicles in place of private ambulances; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Was asked: the amount of money that is currently being spent by the HSE midlands region on private ambulance operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Ambulance Service Staff

Was asked: the number of ambulance staff over each of the past ten years; the arrangements in place to provide holiday cover for ambulance staff; the number of requests for annual leave that have been refused...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: the number of vacant buildings in his department’s ownership or control; the locations of same; and the length of time they have been unoccupied in each case. More Button

Was asked: the amount of money spent across his Department over the past five years on maintaining vacant or unused State owned properties, including security arrangements; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 555 and 641 together.

  My Department does not have any vacant or unused State owned properties and did not maintain any such properties over the...More Button

Suicide Prevention

Was asked: the number of suicide crisis intervention nurses positions filled here; the number currently being advertised for; his future plans for new positions; and his views on the level which constitutes a...More Button

Mental Health Services Data

Was asked: the estimated cost of establishing a crisis house for crisis intervention in mental health; the number currently in operation here; and the cost of these services to the Exchequer annually.More Button

Primary Care Centres

Was asked: the position regarding persons in County Laois that attend the local health centre (details supplied) in a location in which blood tests are taken; the hospital they are sent for analysis; and if h...More Button

As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: the process, decisions and submissions in respect of the proposed primary care centre for Baltinglass, County Wicklow since 2011, including sites identified, planning and services to be offered; an...More Button

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

Maternity Services Provision

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that the maternity and infant care scheme last had a full review in 1994 when the reported costs of the general practitioner element of this combined care scheme was listed ...More Button

The Maternity and Infant Care Scheme provides an agreed programme of care, free of charge, to an expectant mother arising out of her pregnancy and to her new born baby for six weeks after birth. A...More Button

The scheme provides for 12 ante-natal visits – six to the general practitioner and six to the chosen maternity unit/hospital in the case of a first pregnancy. In subsequent pregnancies, there are...More Button

Was asked: if a review will be conducted of the CPD obligations of general practitioners that are providing combined care under the maternity and infant care scheme in respect of the current evidence base on ...More Button

The Medical Council is designated as the regulatory body for all registered medical practitioners under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007. It has a statutory role in protecting the public by prom...More Button

The Medical Council has advised that all doctors are responsible for maintaining professional competence relevant to their scope of practice. Practitioners will be enrolled in Continuous Profes...More Button

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) operates a professional competence scheme for General Practitioners (GPs) under arrangement with the Medical Council. Under this arrangement the ...More Button

Under the MPA 2007 any doctor who refuses to co-operate, fails to co-operate or ceases to co-operate with requirements under the Act to participate in Professional Competence Schemes will be the ...More Button

Was asked: when all 19 maternity units will have a whole time or whole time equivalent perinatal mental health midwife specialist in place in view of the fact that the national maternity strategy set out a co...More Button

Ireland's first National Maternity Strategy - Creating A Better Future Together 2016 - 2026 - aims to ensure appropriate care pathways are in place in order that mothers, babies and families...More Button

  Question No. 570 answered with Question No. 568.More Button

Maternity Services

Was asked: when the HSE will publish as part of its monthly maternity safety statements a metric on the monthly use of admission CTGs, in view of the fact that the current HSE monthly maternity safety stateme...More Button

Maternity hospitals began publishing Maternity Patient Safety Statements in March 2016, with the first reports detailing data from December 2015. They have since been produced on a monthly basis, b...More Button

The HSE has established a governance mechanism to provide oversight of the process, including the metrics in use. However, I understand that the HSE does not intend to alter the metrics at this t...More Button

Was asked: the average cost of an emergency caesarean and of an elective caesarean as paid for under the maternity and infant care scheme.More Button

In relation to your query regarding the average cost of an emergency caesarean section and of an elective caesarean section, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Was asked: if there are top-up payments still being paid to senior management staff in the country’s four largest maternity units; and if so, the breakdown of those top-up payments.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of new contracts that have been issued to fill posts of CMM1, CMM2 and CMM3 since the removal of the existing embargo in May 2016.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of agency midwives and agency midwifery care assistants being employed in each of the four largest maternity units since January 2017 to date.More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the national maternity strategy will be implemented in time and on budget.More Button

Ireland's first National Maternity Strategy - Creating A Better Future Together 2016 - 2026 - will be implemented on a phased basis. Implementation will be led by the newly established Nati...More Button

HSE Staff

Was asked: if he will confirm the existence of and explain the purpose of so-called confidentiality, non-disclosure or gagging clauses in HSE contracts issued to midwifery students in their final internship y...More Button

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

Hospital Accommodation Provision

Was asked: the cost of recent refurbishments to private patient accommodation in the Coombe Women’s and Children University Hospital.More Button

Was asked: when the triage room in the Coombe Women’s and Children University Hospital is due to be refurbished.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 577 and 578 together.

  In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to reply to you direct...More Button

Was asked: when the new ward in Nenagh Hospital will be completed and operational.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Medical Card Expenditure

Was asked: the estimated cost of providing a medical card to all persons that require long-term treatment for mental health problems.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

HSE Funding

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the shortfall in funding from the HSE to a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Groups

Was asked: if he will facilitate and attend a follow-up meeting with members of a group (details supplied) to discuss the issues facing diabetes services in Saolta Group; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a date for a follow-up meeting with a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 586 and 627 together.

  A Paediatric Insulin Pump Services was initiated in May 2015. This service is based in Sligo University Hospital, with o...More Button

HSE Properties

Was asked: the addresses of properties acquired in County Louth by the HSE or the local authority for the purposes of decongregation; and the purchase price of each propertyMore Button

Was asked: the addresses of properties which are being rented in County Louth for the purposes of decongregation; if the contract for this rental is between the HSE and the landlord; the funding stream which ...More Button

Respite Care Services Availability

Was asked: the position regarding the availability of services at a respite centre (details supplied) in County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the current nursing respite available for children with life-limiting and terminal conditions; the palliative care in the home available for such children on a national basis; and if he will make a...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Review

Was asked: when it is planned to publish the interdepartmental working group report on the fair deal scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Organ Donation

Was asked: his views on an issue (details supplied); if there is anything being done at present by his Department to encourage more persons to carry organ donation cards; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

My Department is working closely with HSE's Organ Donation Transplantation Ireland (ODTI) to support initiatives aimed at increasing the levels of organ donation and transplantation. This has incl...More Button

My Department is supportive of the Irish Kidney Association (IKA), and the work it does to raise awareness of organ donation, including through the Organ Donor Card initiative. Funding of €180,0...More Button

Work on scoping the parameters of legislation for a Human Tissue Bill is currently being undertaken in my Department. It is envisaged that this Bill will provide for an opt-out system of consent...More Button

Was asked: the process that would be implemented for the families of the deceased to veto organ donation in view of the fact that organ harvesting takes place as quickly as possible following death; and if he...More Button

At present the next-of-kin of organ donors are consulted prior to removing any organ and their express consent for organ donation is sought.More Button

Work on scoping the parameters of legislation for a Human Tissue Bill is currently being undertaken in my Department. It is envisaged that this Bill will provide for an opt-out system of consent ...More Button

Was asked: his estimate of the increase in organ transplants that can be expected; if there are enough doctors to keep up with this increase in transplant surgeries; his views on whether funds should be devot...More Button

My Department is working closely with HSE's Organ Donation Transplantation Ireland (ODTI) to support initiatives aimed at increasing the levels of organ donation and transplantation. This has incl...More Button

The number of deceased organ donations will always fluctuate depending on the donor opportunities that arise. The emphasis is on endeavouring to ensure that we avail of all opportunities that ar...More Button

  Question No. 625 answered with Question No. 595.More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Was asked: if he will publish the evidence relied upon by the HSE to change the criteria for reimbursement of test strips for type 2 diabetics, if general practitioners are entitled to request more than the r...More Button

The HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Ambulance Service Response Times

Was asked: the average waiting time and the maximum waiting time in each quarter of 2016, for an emergency ambulance in Connacht, Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Dublin, in tabular form; and if he will make a s...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. More Button

Legislative Measures

Was asked: if he will consider amending the Health Act 2007 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) was established 10 years ago to undertake a variety of tasks. These are set out in Section 8 of the Health Act 2007, and include the setting of ...More Button

Home Help Service

Was asked: if the HSE will provide details of the pilot home help scheme which is currently being undertaken in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; when it started; and the consultation that has been ...More Button

Accident and Emergency Departments

Was asked: when the new accident and emergency department in University Hospital Limerick will be opened.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the use to which the contingency of €36 million in his Department is being applied.More Button

Within the total funding available to the HSE in 2017 a sum of €36.5m is being held by my Department in respect of specific service initiatives. This funding will be released to the HSE on approva...More Button

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Was asked: the status of a person's (details supplied) application for a nursing pinMore Button

I wish to thank the Deputy for the matter raised.

  Given that this is an operational matter, it is appropriate that it should be dealt with by the NMBI. I have referred the Dep...More Button

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: the number of orthopaedic operations carried out in the Regional Hospital Tullamore in 2015 and 2016 and to date in 2017 in respect of hip replacement operations, knee replacement operations and ot...More Button

In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.More Button

Vaccination Programme Data

Was asked: the amount of money spent on the pandemrix vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of doses of pandemrix which were purchased; the number of doses which were used during the swine flu vaccination programme; the position regarding the remainder of those unused vaccines;...More Button

Was asked: his views on the decision to purchase the pandemrix vaccine and to facilitate its use post-November 2009, when the Irish Medicines Board was in possession of information which showed that it had a ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 609 to 611, inclusive, together.More Button

A public health alert was received from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 24 April 2009 indicating that human cases of influenza type A (H1N1) virus infection had been identified in the US a...More Button

Ireland moved from the containment to the mitigation phase on 16 July 2009. The aim of the mitigation strategy was to limit the impact of the virus in the population. This was achieved by a com...More Button

Pharmaceutical measures included treating those at risk of more severe disease with antivirals and vaccinating when the vaccine became available. The HSE had contracts in place for the provision...More Button

Based on the advices of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee ‘at risk’ groups were defined and prioritised for vaccination commencing in October 2009. Over 1.1 million pandemic vaccinati...More Button

The first reports concerning a possible link between pandemic influenza vaccination and narcolepsy came to international notice in the second half of 2010. In August 2010, the Swedish pharmacovi...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: when the meningitis B vaccine catch-up programme will be rolled out to older children (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE Service Plan included additional funding of €2.5 million for the expansion of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme in 2016. Two changes were made to the schedule which came into ef...More Button

NIAC makes many recommendations in relation to “at risk groups” but not all of these are included in the current immunisation schedule. The introduction of the vaccine to the childhood immunisat...More Button

Health Insurance Data

Was asked: the number of persons with private health insurance; the number of persons covered by policies in which there is a 10% group discount available through their employer or some other mechanism; and i...More Button

Our community-rated health insurance market means that the cost of health insurance is shared across all members of the market. In general, everyone, with certain exceptions, can buy the same polic...More Button

Section 7(5)(b)(iii) of the Health Insurance Act 1994 provides for a discretionary discount of up to 10%, which an insurer may give to a group of persons on private health insurance contracts. T...More Button

The Health Insurance Authority monitors the health insurance market and collects relevant information such as the number of people holding health insurance, age breakdown of the insured populatio...More Button

Air Navigation Orders

Was asked: if HSE emergency co-ordinators were informed of an agreement which was entered into allowing the RAF permission to shoot down hijacked planes over Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

In accordance with the Air Navigation (Foreign Military Aircraft) Order 1952, primary responsibility for the regulation of activity by foreign military aircraft in Ireland rests with my colleague t...More Button

General Practitioner Data

Was asked: if there is a sufficient number of doctors in Dublin 7 for persons on medical cards.More Button

As of 1 April 2017, there are 2,482 GPs who hold GMS and GP Visit Card contracts with the HSE for the provision of general practitioner services to medical card holders and GP visit card holders.More Button

As the numbers of GPs with GMS contracts available to take on medical card and GP visit card patients in Dublin 7 is not routinely collected by my Department, I have arranged for the question to ...More Button

Cancer Services Provision

Was asked: his plans to make proton beam therapy available here.More Button

Was asked: if clinical trials for proton beam therapy have taken place here.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 616 and 617 together.

  The infrastructure and equipment required for proton beam therapy is hugely expensive and provision of such a facility in...More Button

Was asked: if the Chief Medical Officer is of the view that proton beam therapy is an effective treatment.More Button

Proton beam therapy is a form of radiotherapy which is only used for treating certain specific cancer types. It is a relatively new form of treatment with narrow indications for use and therefore t...More Button

Respite Care Services

Was asked: the number of respite beds available for persons with intellectual disabilities under 18 years of age and over 18 years of age, respectively, by location, county and organisation or service provide...More Button

Was asked: if respite beds are designated for each age cohort or otherwise used by rotation; and, if so, the rotation timetable.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons seeking respite by location and county for each of the past three years; if such respite was actually availed of; if not, the reason therefor; the number of persons who have y...More Button

Psychological Services

Was asked: if approval has been given to counselling or psychological services (details supplied) at primary care level for 2017; if so, the number that have been signed off; if approval has been given by all...More Button

Health Services Funding

Was asked: if extra funding will be made available for cataract operations in 2017 and, if so, when.More Button

Reducing waiting times for the longest waiting patients is one of this Government's key priorities. Consequently, Budget 2017 allocated €20 million to the NTPF, rising to €55 million in 2018.More Button

In December 2016, I granted approval to the NTPF to dedicate €5m to a daycase waiting list initiative with the aim of ensuring that no patient will be waiting more than 18 months for a daycase pr...More Button

In addition to this Daycase Initiative, the NTPF has been working closely with my Department and the HSE to agree an approach to the remaining 2017 allocation. The HSE is currently developing a ...More Button

In order to reduce the numbers of long-waiting patients, I asked the HSE to develop Waiting List Action Plans for 2017 in the areas of Inpatient Daycase, Scoliosis and Outpatient Services. My De...More Button

The HSE is currently finalising the Report of the Primary Care Eye Services Review. The overall aim of the Review is to reorganise primary care eye services with an increased emphasis on maximis...More Button

Hospitals Funding

Was asked: his plans to increase funding for hospitals (details supplied) in County Donegal; his plans to maintain long-term bed capacity at all three community hospitals in view of recent confirmation by a M...More Button

Home Help Service Eligibility

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be allocated home help; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Workplace Relations Commission

Was asked: the adjudications and the findings of the Workplace Relations Commission in respect of public bodies in each of the years 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017 that have not been accepted by his Departm...More Button

I am not aware of any adjudications or findings of the Workplace Relations Commission in respect of public bodies in each of the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date, that have not been accepted by th...More Button