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Harris, Simon

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Mobility Allowance

Was asked: when a new transport allowance will be established to replace the mobility allowance that was closed in 2013. More Button

Was asked: if consideration has been given to the reintroduction of the motorised transport allowance.More Button

Was asked: the status of the transport support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Staff Remuneration

Was asked: the cost of employing a fully qualified agency nurse on a full-time basis for a period of one year; the cost of employing a fully qualified full-time staff nurse with pension and PRSI contributions...More Button

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

HSE Staff Data

Was asked: the number of persons provided with permanent contracts of employment by the HSE in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, under the HSE job evaluation scheme; the number of such cases for which the candi...More Button

Was asked: the grades and types of roles which qualify for the HSE job evaluation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 281 and 282 together.

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

HSE Staff

Was asked: if there is a minimum tenure period which a person must remain in post before they have an entitlement to permanency in instances in which a person is employed by the HSE in an acting post; if so, ...More Button

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

Supported Residential Accommodation Provision

Was asked: the reason funding has been refused for the provision of a supported housing solution in the case of a person (details supplied) in view of the fact that the solution was recommended in 2008 and th...More Button

General Practitioner Services Provision

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the provision of general practitioner care in a town in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

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

Cross-Border Health Initiatives

Was asked: the plans in place in relation to the cross-border initiative for healthcare procedures in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As part of a whole of Government response to Brexit, the Department of Health is working to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated set of preparations to ensure continuity of health services post-B...More Button

Pharmacy Regulations

Was asked: his views on whether the proposals of an organisation (details supplied) relating to pharmacy assistants are unfair in view of the fact that the pharmacy assistant is an occupation that is ceasing ...More Button

The Pharmacy Act 2007 established the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) and the functions of the Society are set out in the Act. The functions of the PSI are carried out on its behalf by the ...More Button

Section 30 of the Pharmacy Act 2007 provides for an exception to the general provision in the Act which requires the sale and supply of medicines at a pharmacy to be conducted under the personal ...More Button

Section 30 also permits the Council to make rules as to: More Button

1. What may or may not be done by a registered pharmaceutical assistant when acting on behalf of a registered pharmacist; and More Button

2. What constitutes the temporary absence of a registered pharmacist.More Button

Following a period of public consultation, the Council of the PSI considered the proposed draft Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Temporary Absence of Pharmacist from Pharmacy) Rules 2018 at its...More Button

Following completion of the public consultation phase, the Council of the PSI considered the proposed draft Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Temporary Absence of Pharmacist from Pharmacy) Rules...More Button

My role in relation to this process is limited to the consideration of any such Rules once submitted for my consent. I must consider any Rules presented to me from a fair and impartial perspectiv...More Button

I await the receipt of the Rules for my consideration from the PSI and, until that time, I am unfortunately not in a position to comment any further on the matter raised.More Button

Nursing Staff Provision

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

Home Care Packages

Was asked: the reason for withdrawal of home care support in the case of a person (details supplied); the action being taken to reinstate the home care support required with particular reference to their medi...More Button

Midwifery Services

Was asked: the level of midwifery staffing in the 19 maternity units as measured against the 2016 birthrate plus; and the recommended midwifery staffing levels.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of the additional 100 midwifery posts recommended by the 2016 birthrate plus consultancy report and advertised in 2017 under phase II of the report that are filled.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of the 15 director of midwifery posts advertised in 2016 that are filled.More Button

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

Midwifery Services Provision

Was asked: the number of the 100 midwifery posts recommended by the 2016 birthrate plus consultancy report and advertised in 2016 under phase I of the report that are filled.More Button

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

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 5 February 2019, the proportion of women that will be accessing the supported care pathway entirely by the end of 2019.More Button

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

Maternity Services

Was asked: the number of whole-time equivalent midwives in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in each of the years 2016 to 2018.More Button

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

HSE Properties

Was asked: the reason the planned transfer of a HSE-owned site at a location (details supplied) to a refuge for development as a step-down facility was cancelled in January 2019; the plans the HSE has for the...More Button

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

Hospital Appointments Status

Was asked: the status of an operation for 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Was asked: if a hospital appointment will be expedited for 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Question No. 312 answered with Question No. 309.More Button

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

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied).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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Was asked: the status of the case of a person (details supplied); and when they 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be given an appointment in 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment in relation to a hip replacement.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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

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

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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Questions Nos. 370 and 371 answered with Question No. 350.More Button

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied).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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Question No. 403 answered with Question No. 309.More Button

Was asked: the status of a hospital appointment for 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Was asked: the status of the case of a person (details supplied); and when they 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Regional Health Forums

Was asked: his plans for the role of regional health forums in the governance of health services; if regional health forums will be retained in their current form; if they will be aligned with the proposed re...More Button

The four Regional Health Fora were established in 2006 to make representations to the HSE on the range and operation of health and personal social services in their area. These Fora are important f...More Button

I am conscious, however, that the four regions which relate to the Fora no longer match closely to the Hospital Groups and Community Healthcare Organisations set up in 2013 and 2014 respectively,...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the report of the cross-party Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, Sláintecare, identifies four core building blocks that underpin a well-functioning hea...More Button

As set out in the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy, I am committed to the development of a new system of health structures and governance as called for in the Sláintecare report. The Strategy ...More Button

As part of this work, consideration will be given to current Regional Fora arrangements and how best to design and develop mechanisms by which local elected officials and other stakeholders can e...More Button

Health Services Reform

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding the alignment of community health organisations and hospital groups and for the establishment of regional integrated care organisations; and if he will make a...More Button

The report of the cross-party Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, Sláintecare, identifies four core building blocks that underpin a well-functioning health system. The first of these ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, 9 CHOs and 7 Hospital Groups were established on an administrative basis in recent years to plan and deliver community and acute care services respectively. However, ...More Button

To address these issues, the Sláintecare report recommends the geographic alignment of community healthcare organisations (CHOs) and hospital groups to support population based health planning an...More Button

As set out in the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy, I am committed to the development of a new system of health structures and governance as called for in the Sláintecare report. The Strategy ...More Button

In line with the Sláintecare report recommendation, my Department undertook a public consultation regarding the geographical alignment of CHOs and Hospital Groups in 2018. In addition, my Departm...More Button

Home Care Packages Provision

Was asked: when an application for a home care package by a person (details supplied) will be processed to completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Consultancy Contracts Data

Was asked: the number of urologist consultants in each of the RCSI hospitals in 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of consultant urology hours provided in each hospital under current contracts; the number o...More Button

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

Home Help Service Provision

Was asked: if additional home help hours will be provided for a person (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 applications for home help or home care packages submitted to the HSE by medical social workers or public health nurses and assessed in favour of pr...More Button

Health Services Staff Remuneration

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 158 of 30 January 2019 and the response of the HSE, the action taken to inform the person (details supplied) of the reason for the non-payment of the increment...More Button

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

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the progress of legislation to provide for exclusion zones for protests around health institutions such as general practitioner offices and hospitals in which termination of pregnancy services may ...More Button

It is my intention to introduce legislation to ensure safe access to premises in which termination of pregnancy services may be provided. It was originally intended to provide for safe access in th...More Button

Government approval for this approach was received in September 2018. More Button

Officials in my Department are working with the Office of the Attorney General on this legislation with a view to having a General Scheme drafted by the summer.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of persons on the speech and language therapy assessment waiting list aged zero to four, five to 12 and 12 to 18; and the number waiting less than four, four to 12 and more than 12 month...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons on the speech and language therapy initial assessment waiting list aged zero to four, five to 12 and 12 to 18; and the number waiting less than four, four to 12 and more than ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons on the speech and language therapy further treatment waiting list aged zero to four, five to 12 and 12 to 18; and the number waiting less than four, four to 12 and more than 1...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 306 to 308, inclusive, together.

  As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for them to be referred to the Health Service Ex...More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Was asked: when Spinraza treatment will be rolled out to spinal muscular atrophy, SMA, sufferers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when Spinraza treatment will be rolled out to persons with SMA under the general medical scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the Spinraza treatment will be rolled out to SMA sufferers here; the reason for ongoing delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he expects the Spinraza treatment to be made available to sufferers of SMA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if funding will be made available for the Spinraza treatment for sufferers of SMA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when Spinraza will be rolled out to sufferers of SMA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when Spinraza treatment will be rolled out to persons with SMA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the details of the decision of the HSE leadership team in respect of extending Spinraza to persons with SMA. More Button

Was asked: when Spinraza will be made available through the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of Spinraza to children with SMA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 309, 310, 312, 316 to 318, inclusive, 330, 393, 403 and 433 together.

  The Health Service Executive has statutory responsibility for decisions o...More Button

Medical Card Data

Was asked: the number of medical card and general practitioner card users; the number of discretionary medical cards and discretionary general practitioner visit cards in circulation; the statistical increase...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.

  I would like to bring the following to the Deput...More Button

National Children's Hospital Expenditure

Was asked: the amount drawn down to date of the €490 million loan secured from the European Investment Bank, EIB, to construct the national children’s hospital; if a further loan is being considered in view o...More Button

The European Investment Bank is providing a loan of €490 million to Ireland to part-support the construction of the new children’s hospital and associated outpatient and urgent care centres.
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Capital Expenditure Programme

Was asked: the health projects affected due to the re-profiling of projects to accommodate the reduction in the capital budget for health in 2019 due to the overrun on the national children’s hospital.More Button

The Government recently outlined how the €99m necessary this year for the timely provision of the new children’s hospital will be accommodated with a minimum of disruption to the scheduled rollout ...More Button

The new children’s hospital is a vital and much needed project. The Government has examined the funding pressures associated with delivering this important project. In meeting these funding press...More Button

My Department and the Health Service Executive are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019. More Button

National Children's Hospital

Was asked: the person who held his office when the two-stage procurement strategy was agreed and signed off upon for the new national children’s hospital. More Button

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) has statutory responsibility for planning, designing, building and equipping the new children's hospital and outpatient and urgent care ce...More Button

Under the relevant statutory instrument National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (Establishment) Order 2007 (S.I. 246 of 2007) the Minister, Dr James Reilly T.D. consented in June 2014, follo...More Button

The NPHDB has advised that the two-stage procurement strategy was developed by the NPHDB over the course of 2014 and 2015 with the involvement of the Government Contracts Committee for Constructi...More Button

Was asked: the cost of the first contract awarded to a company (details supplied) for the national children’s hospital; the variation of final cost from original tender; if there were changes to the design of...More Button

Was asked: if there were changes to the detail design of the national children’s hospital after the initial contract was signed and construction commenced on the site; if such changes had an impact on the con...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 348 and 349 together.More Button

The contract for the new children's hospital project is subject to a two-stage process. Stage 1 consists of a full tender and contract for Phase A works (below ground, including basement works) ...More Button

Contract tenders were received from the main contractor, mechanical and electrical installation contractors and lift contractors in October 2016. The most competitive tender sum, excluding VAT, ...More Button

As the particular details regarding material changes to the foundations and underground car park layout and other associated site works are operational matters, I have asked the National Paediatr...More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: the number of conferences staff of his Department have attended in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the number of staff who attended each conference; the cost of s...More Button

I thank the Deputy for the clarification material provided.

  Officials in my Department will make every effort to provide a response to your question based on information availa...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff in his Department that attended a summit (details supplied) in Dublin in 2017 and 2018, respectively; the cost to his Department or agency under the remit of his Department; if ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely available. My Department's Learning and Development unit has advised that it has no record of any staff attending the conference in questio...More Button

Information regarding agencies under the aegis of the Department are operational matters for the relevant CEO/Director/Chairperson and the Deputy may wish to contact them directly. I have forward...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount spent on advertising, sponsorship or both in respect of conferences external and internal, respectively, in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, by conference; the aggregate...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not collected routinely. Officials in my Department will make every effort to provide a response to your question based on information available within t...More Button

Health Services

Was asked: if HSE policy states that information regarding the fact that the use of morcellators during fibroid surgery may spread cancer and decrease long-term survival of patients due to the fact uterine ti...More Button

The Deputy's question refers to service delivery matters and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to her.More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Was asked: his views on a matter in relation to the waiting time for test results for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In May 2018, I asked CervicalCheck to make the necessary arrangements to provide that any woman who had a CervicalCheck smear test, and whose GP considered that she should have a further test as pa...More Button

In the months since then, there has been a significant increase in the volume of women presenting for smear tests. This includes women who have availed of the out of cycle tests, but also a great...More Button

The HSE has been working actively with the labs to manage this issue and to improve turnaround times for smear tests. In addition, the HSE is aiming to source additional screening capacity, which...More Button

The HSE advises that the CervicalCheck Programme has recently agreed with laboratories to prioritise those slides which originate from women who attended colposcopy, as this cohort of women are c...More Button

The HSE also advises that the natural history of cervical cancer would indicate that the disease would normally develop over a period of 10 to 15 years. Due to this very fact, it is important th...More Button

Was asked: the number of cervical smear tests provided by the national screening service in each of the years 2012 to 2018.More Button

In relation to the specific data requested, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy. More Button

Question No. 361 answered with Question No. 350.More Button

Was asked: if he or his officials received advice from the national screening service between 25 and 28 April 2018 that recommended against the introduction of out-of-cycle smear tests prior to his decision t...More Button

On 28 April 2018, I made the decision to provide for a free out of cycle smear test for any woman who was concerned, where her GP felt she should have a further test as part of her reassurance. More Button

My Department's advice in this regard was reflected in the press statement issued on the 28 April which said that, “for any woman who has had a CervicalCheck smear test and where her GP feels she...More Button

A fee to provide for this free repeat smear was subsequently agreed with the Irish Medical Organisation, and welcomed by TDs across the Dáil and by GP representative bodies.More Button

Neither I nor my officials received advice that recommended against these tests in advance of the decision. I understand that, subsequent to the decision, on foot of contact by the Department, c...More Button

Was asked: when the second report into the CervicalCheck scandal will be published which was dealing with full contractual and quality control issues in relation the laboratories used by CervicalCheck; the re...More Button

Following the publication of the Report of the Scoping Inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme on 12 September, Dr Gabriel Scally committed to providing a supplementary report into certa...More Button

Patient Safety

Was asked: if he will address a matter in relation to patient safety (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are no legally binding regulations governing the physical size of tablets/capsules for human consumption to reduce the risk of choking. Companies who market medicines would be expected to co...More Button

Mental Health Services

Was asked: the amount collected by the HSE from public patients who were involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act 2001 since 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if the parents and-or guardians of children involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act 2001 are subject to inpatient fees; if so, the amount per year that is collected from this cohort; and...More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: if Irish citizens in Northern Ireland will be able to apply for a European health insurance card through the HSE post-Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Regulation that gives eligibility for a European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) is EU Regulation 883/2004. Under the regulations, an individual applies for an EHIC in their competent Member Sta...More Button

Was asked: if the medication of a person (details supplied) is on a list of medications that may be affected by Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As part of the overall Government response to Brexit, my Department is working on a comprehensive and coordinated set of actions to ensure, as far as is possible, continuity of supply of medicines ...More Button

Significant work has been undertaken by my Department, the HSE, and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), together with medicines manufacturers and suppliers, to ensure that risks to t...More Button

The Department of Health, HSE and HPRA do not anticipate an immediate impact on medicine supplies should there be a no-deal Brexit on 29 March. There are already additional stocks of medicines ro...More Button

It is important to note that there is no need for hospitals, pharmacists or patients to order extra quantities of medicines, or for doctors to issue additional prescriptions. To do so could disru...More Button

In 2018, the HPRA developed and launched a multi-stakeholder Medicine Shortages Framework to anticipate and manage medicine shortages when they occur. The health system is therefore well placed t...More Button

As an additional safeguard, my Department requested that consideration be given to those categories of medicines which are considered most essential to public health. As a result, HSE and HPRA te...More Button

Both the HPRA and HSE have requested that medicines manufacturers and suppliers highlight any issues regarding the availability of specific products associated with Brexit and, to date, no major ...More Button

Drug and Alcohol Task Forces

Was asked: the additional funding that will be made available to drug task forces and community drugs projects in 2019, by project; if an emerging needs fund will be established; the additional funding availa...More Button

National Treatment Purchase Fund Waiting Times

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will have surgery; if the procedure will be carried out under the National Treatment Purchase Fund or the EU cross-border directive; if a date will be provided for ...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

Autism Support Services

Was asked: if funding for the provision of specialised autism specific respite services in Cahir, County Tipperary, will be approved; if the case of persons (details supplied) will be addressed; and if he wil...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a hip 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

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed t...More Button

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

Hospital Waiting Lists Data

Was asked: the number of persons on the waiting list to see each consultant neurologist at Beaumont Hospital; the average waiting time to see each consultant; the steps being taken to reduce the waiting times...More Button

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

Was asked: the average wait time for patients referred to Cork University Hospital for ophthalmology assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested is currently being collated by officials in my Department and will be sent directly to the Deputy as soon as it becomes available. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons on the neurology waiting list in Tallaght Hospital over the past three years by the length of time they have been waiting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Improving waiting times for hospital procedures is a key commitment in the Programme for Government.

  I hope to publish the joint Department of Health, HSE and NTPF Scheduled C...More Button

Hospitals Discharges

Was asked: the staffing and configuration deficits in each of the early supported discharge teams; the additional funding needed to address same; the number of persons across each operating site that have bee...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

HSE Reports

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 397 of 5 February 2019, the costs associated with the publication in tabular form.More Button

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

Healthcare Infrastructure Provision

Was asked: the costing and funding spent on a project (details supplied) in its first design stage before it stopped.More Button

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

Hospital Transfers

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) is waiting on a bed in the Mater 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

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

HSE Agency Staff

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) in relation to the use of agency staff in the health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Alcohol Sales Legislation

Was asked: the steps he is taking to implement the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, in particular the policy regarding minimum unit pricing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill was enacted in October 2018. In November I commenced 23 of the 31 Sections of the Act including to provide that:

  From 12 November 2019:
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Ambulance Service

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a survey and a report carried out by a company (details supplied); if so, if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that 31% of respondents claimed disc...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 48% of respondents claimed to have experienced bullying and-or harassment in the National Ambulance Service within the previous two years of a surve...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 68% of respondents claimed to have witnessed bullying and-or harassment in the National Ambulance Service within the previous two years of a survey ...More Button

Was asked: if he has read the health sector national staff survey 2016 National Ambulance Service report from January 2017 carried out by a company (details supplied); if so, if his attention has been drawn t...More Button

Was asked: his views on the fact that only 4% of staff have confidence in senior management within the National Ambulance Service according to the health sector national staff survey 2016; and if he will make...More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to address the fact that only 5% of staff agree that communication between senior management and staff is effective in the National Ambulance Service according to the health ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 31% of respondents of a 2016 survey and a report (details supplied) claimed discrimination in relation to their trade union activity; if his attenti...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 350 to 352, inclusive, 361, 370, 371 and 381 together.More Button

The Deputies have raised a number of issues in relation to a Health Sector National Staff Survey which was carried out in 2016. The purpose of the survey was to measure employee sentiment and en...More Button

As with all surveys, it raised a number of both positive and negative results. These results have prompted the National Ambulance Service to take a range of measures to address the areas where i...More Button

I am clear that bullying or harassment in any workplace must not be tolerated and any such instance must be addressed in accordance with the appropriate grievance and disciplinary policies and pr...More Button

The NAS is also developing anti bullying work place initiatives in line with the Positive Workplace Programme and bespoke sessions for the NAS are currently in development. Staff Health & Wellbe...More Button

There are a number of other ongoing programmes and initiatives being undertaken and supported by the National Ambulance Service. For example, a number of NAS managers across the country have und...More Button

The NAS has also established a National Staff Engagement Forum as well as local Engagement Networks. The role of the Forum is to create a space for conversations about what matters to staff in t...More Button

In addition, the NAS has strengthened representative bodies and increased the number of NAS staff representation in order to provide further regular and scheduled discussion around areas such as ...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether there may be a culture of bullying and-or harassment within the National Ambulance Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether there may be a culture of bullying and-or harassment within the National Ambulance Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 and 382 together.More Button

I am clear that bullying or harassment in any workplace must not be tolerated and any such instance must be addressed in accordance with the appropriate grievance and disciplinary policy and proc...More Button

The Health Service, including the National Ambulance Service, recognises the right of all employees to be treated with dignity and respect and is committed to ensuring that all employees are prov...More Button

A Dignity at Work Policy for the Health Service is in place. This policy was produced on a partnership basis by a Working Group comprising representatives from the HSE, Voluntary Hospitals and I...More Button

This Policy covers sexual harassment and harassment as outlawed by the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2008 and workplace bullying and reflects the experiences of both employers and union repre...More Button

I can advise that the National Ambulance Service (NAS) is developing anti bullying work place initiatives in line with the Positive Workplace Programme and bespoke sessions for the service are cu...More Button

Was asked: his views on the fact that only 4% of staff have confidence in senior management within the National Ambulance Service; 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

Was asked: the action he plans to take in relation to the fact that 5% of staff agree that communication between senior management and staff is effective in the National Ambulance Service; and if he will make...More Button

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

Was asked: the actions that have been taken by the National Ambulance Service in relation to the finding in the national staff survey that only 3% of staff agree that senior managers act on staff feedback; an...More Button

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

Was asked: if matters (details supplied) will be addressed regarding the National Ambulance Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the findings of the health sector national staff survey 2016 and the National Ambulance Service report January 2017 carried out by a company (details supplied) th...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the health sector national staff survey 2016, National Ambulance Services report January 2017 undertaken by a company (details supplied); if so, his views on the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 362, 377 and 397 together.More Button

The Deputies have raised a number of issues in relation to a Health Sector National Staff Survey which was carried out in 2016. The purpose of the survey was to measure employee sentiment and en...More Button

As with all surveys, it raised a number of both positive and negative results. These results have prompted the National Ambulance Service to take a range of measures to address the areas where i...More Button

There are a number of ongoing programmes and initiatives being undertaken and supported by the National Ambulance Service. For example, a number of NAS managers across the country have undertake...More Button

The NAS is also developing anti bullying work place initiatives in line with the Positive Workplace Programme and bespoke sessions for the NAS are currently in development. Staff Health & Wellbe...More Button

I will now move to discuss the PNA/NASRA dispute. As I have stated before, SIPTU is the main union recognised by the HSE and has negotiating rights for frontline ambulance grades employed by the...More Button

Whilst individuals have a right to membership of any trade union, if they choose to join an association which is not recognised by their employer, such membership is not facilitated by their empl...More Button

While it is regrettable that the PNA has taken industrial action, it is not possible to negotiate with a union which is not recognised as having negotiating rights for ambulance grades. I have a...More Button

Was asked: the actions taken by the National Ambulance Service over the finding in the Health Sector National Staff Survey 2016 that only 3% of staff agree that senior managers act on staff feedback.More Button

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

Was asked: if the ambulance control centre in Tallaght, Dublin 24 keeps a digital record of its rapid response vehicles and ambulances.More Button

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

Was asked: the reason the National Ambulance Service has embarked on a process of converting ambulances with excessive mileage that have been withdrawn from front-line service to emergency equipment carriers;...More Button

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

Was asked: the purpose for which the emergency equipment carriers are to be used in the National Ambulance Service; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that no other European country converts ambulanc...More Button

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

Was asked: the reason there are two ambulance controls in Dublin city; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) has provided emergency ambulance services in Dublin since 1898.   

  Emergency calls for ambulances in the Dublin area are managed from t...More Button

Industrial Relations

Was asked: the action he plans to take to prevent the upcoming ambulance dispute strikes on 28 February and 1 March 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the HSE continues to decline an invitation from a union (details supplied) to attend the WRC to find a solution to the ongoing dispute contrary to h...More Button

Was asked: his plans to prevent the upcoming ambulance dispute strikes on 28 February and 1 March 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the HSE continues to decline an invitation from a union (details supplied) to attend the WRC to find a solution to the ongoing dispute contrary to h...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 354, 355, 383 and 384 together.More Button

SIPTU is the main union recognised by the HSE and has negotiating rights for frontline ambulance grades employed by the Executive. Unite and FORSA also represent some ambulance grades. As a res...More Button

Whilst individuals have a right to membership of any trade union, if they choose to join an association which is not recognised by their employer, such membership is not facilitated by their empl...More Button

While it is regrettable that the PNA has taken industrial action, it is not possible to negotiate with a union which is not recognised as having negotiating rights for ambulance grades. I have a...More Button

National Children's Hospital Administration

Was asked: the tender process which was undertaken before it was agreed that a company (details supplied) would be hired to compile the report into the national children’s hospital overspend; and if he will m...More Button

The HSE commissioned the review by PwC into the cost escalation relating to the new children's hospital project. Accordingly, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. More Button

Disability Services Provision

Was asked: his plans to create a community transport service for those with disabilities needing to attend services which are a substantial distance from their home; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: if the case of a person (details supplied) is being expedited.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 447 of 29 January 2019, if the attention of the HSE has been drawn to certain matters; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not been provided with an appropriate care package to allow them to be discharged from hospital; and the steps he will take with the HSE to ensure the per...More Button

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Reports

Was asked: to report on the implementation of each of the 22 recommendations in the National Youth Mental Health Task Force Report 2017 in tabular form.More Button

HSE Legal Cases

Was asked: the details of damages and settlements paid out by or for the HSE in each of the years 2014 to 2018, by CHO, respectively, in tabular form; and the nature of the complaint settled. More Button

The State Claims Agency has a statutory remit to manage personal injury claims, including claims in respect of clinical negligence, on behalf of Delegated State Authorities (DSA’s) including the He...More Button

Hospital Facilities

Was asked: when the construction of the modular unit of South Tipperary General Hospital will be completed; if the €7.5 million required to staff it has been allocated in budget 2019; if the recruitment proce...More Button

As Minister for Health, I recognise that hospitals are increasingly operating at or above capacity, with year-round demand pressures that are further challenged over the winter months. It is agains...More Button

Was asked: when Mayo University Hospital will receive the modular unit for the overcrowded emergency department; if it is in the capital plan for 2019 or 2020; and the estimated cost of same.More Button

My Department and the Health Service Executive are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019. The HSE Capital Plan will determine the projects that can progress in 20...More Button

All Health capital projects, currently at various stages of development, such as the project at Mayo University Hospital, are included as part of this process. Once the HSE has finalised its Capi...More Button

Question No. 377 answered with Question No. 362.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: the reason the parents of a child (details supplied) were informed that once they reached eight years of age they were no longer entitled to such support. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons waiting to be admitted to the National Rehabilitation Hospital; the average waiting time for persons waiting for a bed; his plans to reduce these waiting times; and if he will...More Button

Home Help Service Data

Was asked: the number of applications for home help or home care packages on the pending list of the HSE.More Button

Hospitals Capital Programme

Was asked: if phase 3C of Naas General Hospital is included in the revised HSE capital plan 2019 following adjustments for the new national children's hospital overrun; if so, when tenders will be invited for...More Button

Was asked: if the new endoscopy unit and other services at Naas General Hospital are included in the revised HSE capital plan 2019 following adjustments for the new national children's hospital overrun; if s...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 380 and 396 together.

  My Department and the Health Service Executive are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 20...More Button

Question No. 381 answered with Question No. 350.More Button

Question No. 382 answered with Question No. 353.More Button

Questions Nos. 383 and 384 answered with Question No. 354.More Button

Was asked: when the HSE capital plan for 2019 will be finalised and published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department and the Health Service Executive are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019. Once the HSE has finalised its Capital Plan for 2019, it will then be su...More Button

Medical Card Applications

Was asked: the progress to date in the determination of a medical card application by a person (details supplied); when the application is likely to be finalised; 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

Brexit Preparations

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 322 and 331 of 19 February 2019, the details of the comprehensive and co-ordinated set of preparations to ensure continuity of health service post-Brexit; an...More Button

My Department continues to work intensively with other Government Departments on all aspects of Brexit planning particularly the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs an...More Button

The Irish and UK Governments are committed to maintaining access to health services currently available under the Common Travel Area for both Irish and UK residents. Work is currently ongoing bet...More Button

There has been extensive engagement between Department of Health officials in Ireland and the UK to scope out the extent of reciprocal healthcare arrangements that are to be maintained post-Brexi...More Button

Separately, officials from my Department continue to work closely with the HSE which has facilitated the identification of healthcare arrangements that are likely to be impacted by Brexit. This ...More Button

In addition, a significant body of work has been undertaken by my Department to determine the necessary legislative changes that may be required to maintain access to healthcare arrangements in t...More Button

The Government, on Friday 22 Feb 2019, published the ‘Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019’.More Button

Part 2 of the Bill deals with healthcare arrangements with the UK post-Brexit and contains provisions to allow me to make Orders and Regulations to enable necessary healthcare arrangements to be ...More Button

Intensive work is currently underway within my Department to draft the necessary statutory instrument(s), that may be required in the event of a no-deal Brexit.More Button

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to the work undertaken by the HSE. More Button

Cross-Border Health Services Provision

Was asked: the procedures in place for persons who access treatment under the EU cross-Border directive in the UK; and if he has requested an arrangement with the UK to replace same.More Button

Was asked: if persons who may have to travel to other EU countries, thus accruing higher travel costs than if they travelled to the UK, for medical treatment under the EU cross-Border directive post-Brexit wi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 387 and 388 together.More Button

The HSE operates the EU Cross Border Directive (CBD) in Ireland. Patients in Ireland can seek to be referred to another EU/EEA member state, including the UK, for medical treatment that is avail...More Button

It is important to note that reimbursement is confined to the costs of the care itself, and all other costs associated with accessing care abroad, including travel costs, under the CBD are not re...More Button

There are currently no plans to introduce financial assistance for travel costs incurred under the CBD. More Button

It is also important to emphasise that at present there are no changes to patient care in the UK under the CBD, as the UK continues to be a full member of the EU. Indeed until the UK formally wit...More Button

Nevertheless, the Irish and UK Governments are committed to maintaining access to health services currently facilitated by the Common Travel Area for both Irish and UK residents to ensure that, i...More Button

In this regard, the Government's 'Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019' published last Friday contains provisions to allow me to make Orde...More Button

Was asked: the processing times for cross-Border directive refunds; the measures put in place to reduce waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE operates the Cross Border Directive in Ireland. Patients in Ireland can seek to be referred to another EU/EEA country for medical treatment that is available in the public health service in...More Button

The HSE's target for reimbursing patients for healthcare accessed abroad under the CBD is a maximum of 20 working days from receiving all the completed documents. However, the HSE confirmed that ...More Button

Nevertheless, the HSE informs me that it remains committed to monitoring and reviewing this situation and providing reimbursement to CBD patients in a timely manner given the resources it has ava...More Button

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Was asked: the progress made to date on the proposed cannabis access programme; if potential suppliers have been identified; and the timeframe for the implementation of the programme.More Button

Was asked: the number of licences issued to date for medical cannabis.More Button

Was asked: if an importation licence has been granted to a company that will supply cannabis for the cannabis access programme.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 390 to 392, inclusive, together.

Quality Standards for medical cannabis products

  The Medical Cannabis Access Programme aims to ...More Button

Question No. 393 answered with Question No. 309.More Button

Youth Services Provision

Was asked: his views regarding the provision of a youth worker in a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

EU Funding

Was asked: the breakdown of funds received by his Department or channelled through his Department from EU funds in 2017; and the programmes these funds supported.More Button

In 2017, the Department did not receive any funds from EU funding but €153,000 was paid out of subhead E.4 to the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

  This was match funding fro...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: the way in which the Health Products Regulatory Authority plans to monitor the safety of the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 as a black triangle product; if it is to be administered to girls and boys here s...More Button

The Health Products Regulatory Advisory (HPRA) has advised that Gardasil 9 was authorised by the European Commission to be placed on the market for use across the European Union (EU) in 2015 and as...More Button

EU legislation introduced this concept in 2012 to support prompt identification of any new information associated with medicines/vaccines that are subject to additional monitoring, and healthcare...More Button

As part of the system for monitoring the safety of medicinal products, the HPRA operates a spontaneous reporting system by which patients/consumers and healthcare professionals can report suspect...More Button

In December 2018 the Health Information and Quality Authority completed a health technology assessment (HTA) in relation to extending the national immunisation schedule to include the human papil...More Button

The HTA recommended that the HPV immunisation programme be extended to include boys and the introduction of 9-valent HPV vaccine. A policy decision has been made to extend the HPV immunisation p...More Button

The National Immunisation Office are working towards a gender-neutral HPV programme, information on which will be available for parents and healthcare professionals in advance of the start of the...More Button

Was asked: his views on the use by HIQA of Norwegian health technology assessment local data in the absence of validated Irish data on hospitalisation rates for the associated adverse events of the HPV vaccin...More Button

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has advised that, in order to assess vaccine safety, they carried out a comprehensive, independent review of all available safety data. A systema...More Button

The HIQA economic model, which assessed the cost-effectiveness of the vaccine, required an estimate of the hospitalisation rate associated with HPV vaccination. In the absence of relevant Irish d...More Button

Was asked: his views on the HIQA health technology assessment report on extending the HPV vaccine to boys (details supplied); if HIQA included studies in its review that did not conform with the EU, European ...More Button

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has advised that, in relation to their comprehensive safety assessment, included studies that reported serious and or minor adverse events associ...More Button

Pharmacy Services

Was asked: his views on a matter in relation to the temporary absence of legislation for pharmacists (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Pharmacy Act 2007 established the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) and the functions of the Society are set out in the Act. The functions of the PSI are carried out on its behalf by the ...More Button

Section 30 of the Pharmacy Act 2007 provides for an exception to the general provision in the Act which requires the sale and supply of medicines at a pharmacy to be conducted under the personal ...More Button

Section 30 also permits the Council to make rules as to:More Button

1. What may or may not be done by a registered pharmaceutical assistant when acting on behalf of a registered pharmacist; andMore Button

2. What constitutes the temporary absence of a registered pharmacist.More Button

Following a period of public consultation, the Council of the PSI considered the proposed draft Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Temporary Absence of Pharmacist from Pharmacy) Rules 2018 at its...More Button

On 6 December, the Council of the PSI approved a revised draft of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Temporary Absence of Pharmacist from Pharmacy) Rules 2018 for issuance for public consulta...More Button

Following completion of the public consultation phase, the Council of the PSI considered the proposed draft Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Temporary Absence of Pharmacist from Pharmacy) Rules...More Button

My role in relation to this process is limited to the consideration of any such Rules once submitted for my consent. I must consider any Rules presented to me from a fair and impartial perspectiv...More Button

I await the receipt of the Rules for my consideration from the PSI and, until that time, I am unfortunately not in a position to comment any further on the matter raised.More Button

Air Ambulance Service

Was asked: if four of the five helicopters in use for inter-helicopter transfers are not capable of landing on the rooftop planned for the new national children’s hospital; if the aviation providers were cons...More Button

There will be an elevated helipad at the new children's hospital, which will have direct and rapid access to the critical care, theatre and emergency departments within the hospital. This enhanced ...More Button

The helipad has been designed in close consultation with the National Ambulance Service Aeromedical Liaison Service who are responsible for providing helicopter services to hospitals. The Nationa...More Button

When reviewing the alternatives with the Irish Aviation Authority and the Air Corps, they recommended against a ground helipad due to the constrained flight paths and obstacle clearance. Use of e...More Button

The Air Corps is the primary provider of paediatric helicopter services to the National Ambulance Service. Air Corps helicopters comprising Augusta Westland AW139 can land on a raised landing sit...More Button

The majority of patient transfers to the three Dublin children’s hospitals are completed by road. In any major emergency rescue in a rural area, a Sikorsky Helicopter will bring the patient to th...More Button

Ambulance Service Staff

Was asked: the amount the HSE has paid members of the National Ambulance Service in relation to bullying in the past 15 years; the number of cases in which bullying was involved by management or co-workers; t...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of stage two and three grievances which were dealt within the time parameters as set out in the HSE grievance procedure with reference to the National Ambulance Service; and if he will m...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of calls that required ambulance staff to work beyond their rostered finishing time in the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018; 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

HSE Funding

Was asked: when additional funding (details supplied) will be allocated; if it can be allocated as an increase to core funding to support existing projects and programmes and to meet emerging needs; and if he...More Button

Health Services Funding

Was asked: his plans to provide a specific separate Traveller health budget in future budgets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

  Question No. 416 withdrawn.More Button

Tender Process

Was asked: the status of a competition (details supplied) which was due to go out to public tender in 2017; the progress with the tender; when it will be published or retendered; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

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

Was asked: the status of a competition (details supplied); when it is due to be retendered; 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

Was asked: when the tender for a matter (details suppled) will be awarded; 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

Was asked: when the tender for a matter (details supplied) will be awarded; 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

National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: the programmes and projects undertaken to achieve strategic action 1.2.8 of the national drugs strategy, to improve services for young people at risk of substance misuse in socially and economicall...More Button

Was asked: the dates on which and the attendees of the national oversight committee established to drive the implementation of reducing harm, supporting recovery; the frequency with which the committee has me...More Button

National Treatment Purchase Fund Eligibility

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 180 of 24 January 2019, if a person is eligible for the NTPF; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for the Government. More Button

The 2019 Scheduled Care Access Plan is currently being finalised by my Department and will set out HSE activity levels to reduce waiting lists across specialties and improve access. The Access Pl...More Button

In terms of treatment offers, the NTPF authorises public hospitals to offer outsourced treatment to clinically suitable long waiting patients who are on an inpatient/day case waiting list for sur...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly. More Button

Hospitals Funding

Was asked: the status of the allocation of funding for the upgrade of the central sterile services department at Sligo University Hospital for which planning permission is approved; the expected timeframe for...More Button

Was asked: the status of the allocation of funding for additional medical beds at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the status of the allocation of funding required to commence building of the diabetes day unit at Sligo University Hospital; the original timeframe for the completion of the project; the current ti...More Button

Was asked: when funding will be approved to progress with phase 2 of the interventional radiology suite at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when funding will be approved to progress with stage 2b works on the emergency department and surgical block at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 426 to 430, inclusive, together.

  My Department and the Health Service Executive are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital ...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to provision of funding for phases 2 and 3 of the paediatric department of Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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