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Harris, Simon

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Was asked: if he is satisfied that all fitness-to-practise inquiries by An Bord Altranais were carried out in full accordance with the rules and procedures as set out in the various Acts governing the board; ...More Button

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is a statutory agency with responsibility for conducting fitness to practise inquiries in accordance with the provisions of the Nurses and Midwives...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Expenditure

Was asked: the amount the HSE spent on wheelchairs in 2017; if the HSE will consider repairing wheelchairs rather than offering new chairs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Health Services Provision

Was asked: the number of persons diagnosed with dementia in County Louth and east County Meath; the existing services for persons with dementia in County Louth and east County Meath; the location of existing ...More Button

Was asked: when an assessment for support services will be carried out in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: his plans to deliver mental health services for behavioural therapy and, in particular, dialectical behaviour therapy in County Clare.More Button

Air Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: the status of the provision of an air ambulance service in County Cork; if general practitioners have submitted a proposal in regard to same; his views on the matter; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

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

Ambulance Service Data

Was asked: the number of ambulances in County Cork; the status of fleet replacement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

National LGBTI Strategy

Was asked: the policy in respect of persons who have intersexual children.More Button

Home Care Packages

Was asked: his plans to standardise and register home care workers in cases involving carers who are documented and regularised in their immigration status for the home care industry; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: the improvements he plans in the home care system; his views on whether substantial investment in the system is required to supply the level of home care necessary; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

HSE Expenditure

Was asked: the amount the HSE spent on crutches in 2017; the reason it does not take back used crutches when a patient wishes to return them; 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 direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Health Promotion

Was asked: when the report relating to the healthy workplaces consultation process will be finalised, available and published; the amount allocated through the healthy workplace initiative to date; and if he ...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: when the Bill to legislate for access to abortion here will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the legal advice he has received on the publication of the legislation to allow for abortion here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 271 and 272 together.More Button

The Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018 seeks to delete Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution and substitute it with wording confirming that the Oireachtas may make laws for the reg...More Button

Two applications for permission to challenge the result of the referendum have been made to the High Court under section 42 of the Referendum Act 1994. The High Court began to hear the applicatio...More Button

When there is a referendum petition outstanding, the referendum certificate remains provisional and the Thirty- sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018 cannot be signed into law by the Pres...More Button

However, work is ongoing on the preparation of  the legislation to regulate termination of pregnancy based on the General Scheme of a Bill to Regulate Termination of Pregnancy approved by Governm...More Button

Was asked: if the forthcoming legislation to enact Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 will be drafted to include parents who have conceived through artificial insemination at home...More Button

The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 reforms and updates family law to address the needs of children living in diverse family types and the commencement of Parts 2 & 3 of the Act is the r...More Button

I received Government approval on Tuesday 26 of June to draft an amendment Bill to remedy these defects in the Act of 2015. I hope to be in a position to introduce this legislation into the Dail ...More Button

The Children and Family Relationships Act specifically relates to procedures where the intending mother is also the birth mother. As such this Act does not encompass surrogacy. Provisions relati...More Button

The Government approved the drafting of a Bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research, which will be based on the published General Scheme, in October last year. Of...More Button

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Was asked: if breast reduction surgery on medical grounds and supported by a consultant’s letter is available under the treatment abroad scheme and-or the cross-border healthcare directive; the procedure for ...More Button

Patients can seek to access health care in an other EU/EEA member state via two different schemes. Where a service is provided in Ireland but a patient wishes to access care in another EU/EEA Membe...More Button

Home Help Service Data

Was asked: the reason for staff shortages in home help support staff in Cork city and county; the number of home help support staff employed by the HSE in Cork city and county; the number of staff engaged in ...More Button

Disabilities Data

Was asked: the number of appeals handled by the disability appeals officer in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018 regarding assessments of needs; the number of determinations made against the complaints officer to...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: if the medical card scheme will be extended to cover all long-term illnesses which require ongoing care and ensure patients with these illnesses have an automatic entitlement to a medical card; and...More Button

The HSE's Expert Group on Medical Need and Medical Card Eligibility examined the issue of awarding medical cards on the basis of illness and concluded that it was not feasible, desirable, nor ethic...More Button

Medical card provision is based on financial assessment. In accordance with the provisions of the Health Act 1970 (as amended), eligibility for a medical card is determined by the HSE. The Act ...More Button

Every effort is made by the HSE, within the framework of the legislation, to support applicants in applying for a medical card and, in particular, to take full account of the difficult circumstan...More Button

Autism Support Services

Was asked: the services publicly available for children with autism in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Administration

Was asked: the services covered by a full medical card that are not available free to holders of a 2015A scheme card; the reason a difference exists between both; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Act 2015 (RWRCI Act) makes provision for a range of primary and community health services (and benefits) in Ireland for women who qualify unde...More Button

The RWRCI Act provides a statutory basis to grant a 2015A card to women who qualify under this Act. It therefore provides a statutory basis to more services than the medical card, e.g. physiothe...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 740 of 12 June 2018, the reason convalescent care is not provided after an elective surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 740 of 12 June 2018, the reason the surgery is classed as an elective surgery when the person was told it was necessary for their health.More Button

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

Was asked: if there have been changes in operating procedures in St. James's Hospital relating to conducting colonoscopies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Disabilities Assessments

Was asked: the length of time a person is waiting for an assessment with the NDT in County Kildare; the reason for delays in assessments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of child psychologists carrying out assessments in the NDT in County Kildare.More Button

Was asked: the timeframe for conducting an assessment of need following an application being received; if there are variations between different parts of the country; if so, the locations; the reason this is ...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 720 of 12 June 2018, the reason diagnoses have not been carried out within the recommended six-month period from referral.More Button

Health Services Staff

Was asked: the procedure in cases in which a child psychologist employed in a NDT goes on maternity leave.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 739 of 12 June 2018, if there are primary care psychologists working in County Kildare.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 739 of 12 June 2018, the resources that prevented the HSE from finding a replacement while the psychologist is on maternity leaveMore Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 287 and 288 together.

  As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Execut...More Button

Mental Health Services

Was asked: the provisions made to develop woman-centred mental health services for 2018, 2019 and 2020, reflecting the commitment in the national strategy for women and girls to address the particular physica...More Button

Was asked: the women-only spaces available in mental health services; the amount of funding allocated for these services in 2018, 2019 and 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Admissions

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) currently in University Hospital Kerry will receive a bed in Listowel Community Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a colonoscopy requested by a doctor has taken four years to conduct; the waiting times for the procedure nationally and specifically in St. James's ...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy regarding St. James's Hospital, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans

Was asked: his plans to reduce the waiting times in St. James's Hospital, Dublin, for a colonoscopy appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Cancer Screening Programmes

Was asked: the laboratories and-or hospitals in which screening tests for colon cancer are carried out; the number carried out since 2010 in each of these locations; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

BowelScreen - the National Bowel Screening Programme commenced in 2012. The National Screening Service (NSS) have advised that the primary screening tool for BowelScreen is the Faecal Immunochemic...More Button

Departmental Contracts Data

Was asked: the number of times his Department has engaged polling companies and-or Irish market researchers to conduct research on its behalf in each of the past two years; the names of such companies; the co...More Button

I do not believe my Department is using polling companies but my officials will check Department records and come back to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Hepatitis C Incidence

Was asked: the HSE's plans to develop metrics for an elimination strategy for HCV; the steps the HSE will take to reach its stated goal of having Ireland HCV free by 2026; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Was asked: the reason the 2018 tender for HCV medicines has not been finalised; if the tender results will be released as soon as possible; the steps he will take to prevent the delay being repeated in 2019; ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 and 300 together.

  As the HSE has responsibility for this matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this issue.More Button

Was asked: if he will instruct the HSE to release details of the HCV testing and community implementation budget to persons (details supplied) and interested groups for review; and if he will make a statement...More Button

As this is a matter for the HSE, I have asked them to reply directly to the Deputy.More Button

Departmental Consultations

Was asked: the stage the consultation on Portlaoise Hospital is at; and the timeframe for completion.More Button

Was asked: the stakeholders that will be met by his officials during the public consultation process on Portlaoise Hospital.More Button

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

I am committed to securing and further developing the role of the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise as a constituent hospital within the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. Since 2014, the focus ...More Button

Significant work has been undertaken to strengthen and stabilise current arrangements for services at the hospital to ensure that services that are not sustainable are discontinued and those tha...More Button

As agreed at a meeting with Laois Oireachtas members, I am currently giving consideration to a process for wider consultation and no decision has been made on future changes to services at Portla...More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding the minimum charge for persons with medical cards to pay for medicines which they receive by way of prescription; the minimum charge per item; the maximum charge per prescrip...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

Hospitals Building Programme

Was asked: the status of the new proposed PPP community hospital for Letterkenny; the progress made to date; when planning permission will be sought for same; the timeframe for construction; if funding is in ...More Button