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Lynch, Kathleen

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Written Answers - National Positive Ageing Strategy

The Programme for Government has committed to completing and implementing the National Positive Ageing Strategy so that older people are recognised, supported and enabled to live independent full l...More Button

The Strategy will set the strategic direction for future policies, programmes and services for older people in Ireland. It will set out a common framework for the development of operational plans ...More Button

A considerable amount of preparatory work has already been completed. The drafting of the Strategy will proceed within the Department within the constraints of available staff and other priorities...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

As the Deputy is aware the HSE is facing challenges in respect of all services in 2012. In the case of Community Nursing Units these challenges include staffing, funding and the age and structure o...More Button

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme, introduced in October 2009, significantly changed the way in which long term care is funded. In the past public facilities were allocated budgets on an annual bas...More Button

My colleague Minister Reilly has requested that the HSE provide him with a plan which seeks to protect the viability of as many public units as possible within the funding and staffing resources av...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Closures

During 2011 the Health Service Executive was considering a proposal to close St. Brigid’s Hospital, Crooksling. However, following court proceedings in relation to another proposed closure i...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 56 together.More Button

The HSE is facing challenges in respect of all services in 2012.In the case of public nursing homes for older people these include challenges regarding staffing, funding and environmental factors a...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

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

Question No. 37 answered with Question No. 25.More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme provides financial support towards the cost of long-term residential care. The cost for long-term residential care in private nursing homes is agreed between the ea...More Button

The cost for each public nursing home has been determined using the definition of long-term residential care services underpinned by an agreed set of cost components which has been laid before the ...More Button

Under the scheme, all residents retain their eligibility for other schemes, such as the Medical Card Scheme or the Drugs Payment Scheme. Individuals can continue to receive goods and services in ac...More Button

Individuals who avail of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme should not be charged any additional fee over and above the cost agreed with the NTPF, except where he or she chooses to obtain additional ...More Button

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

Patients in private nursing homes can avail of the range of services and prescribed items supplied under the General Medical Services Scheme, the Drug Payment Scheme and the Long Term Illness Schem...More Button

There is no statutory obligation on the HSE to provide physiotherapy, chiropody, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, or dietician services to patients.More Button

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

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

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 600 together. More Button

As the Deputies questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputies.More Button

The Law Reform Commission’s recent report, entitled Legal Aspects of Professional Home Care, is a follow up to its 2009 consultation paper entitled Legal Aspects of Carers. More Button

Primary legislation and resources will be required for the introduction of a statutory regulation system for home care services. The question of possible changes to legislation, including regulati...More Button

These various measures, taken together, have been designed to improve relevant aspects of HSE Home Care provision nationally, including taking into account the issues raised by the Deputy, for care...More Button

My colleague Minister Reilly intends to bring legislative proposals to Government to abolish the HSE Board structure under the Health Act 2004 and to provide for replacement governance structures a...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

While it was clear to me at the time that the HSE had no option but to put in place contingency arrangements to ensure both patient safety and continuity of services, I once again express my regret...More Button

The development of comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for young people up to 18 years is recommended in the policy document A Vision for Change; traditionally ...More Button

Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams are the first line of specialist mental health services. For CAMHS teams to work effectively, a range of disciplines, skills and perspectives are...More Button

In terms of in-patient facilities, at present, psychiatric bed capacity for children and adolescents is 44. During 2012, a further 8 beds will be commissioned in Cork, the second phase of develop...More Button

A special allocation of €35m for mental health was provided in Budget 2012 in line with commitments in the Programme for Government. This funding will be used to enhance Community Mental Heal...More Button

The HSE has advised that 645 staff have retired from the mental health service under the retirement scheme referred to by the Deputy.More Button

The organisation and delivery of health care services at national level is a matter for individual Member States. More Button

However, the European Pact for Mental Health was established on 13 June 2009. The Pact is a voluntary partnership for exchange and action on five key priorities in mental health and well-being. Th...More Button

Question No. 661 answered with Question 652.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

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

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

The Health Service Executive (HSE) National Service Plan for 2012 provides for a reduction of 3.7% in funding to specialist disability services. However, the Service Plan states that at least 2% o...More Button

As part of the ongoing work of the HSE’s National Consultative Forum on disability services, the HSE in conjunction with representative organisations, service providers and service users, has...More Button

The HSE provides a range of assisted living services, including Personal Assistant services, to support individuals to maximise their capacity to live full and independent lives. In 2011, a total ...More Button

I am concerned to ensure that the State receives value for all monies invested in public services on behalf of the taxpayer. In the context of the current Value for Money Review of Disability Serv...More Button

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Question No. 583 answered with Question No. 52.More Button

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

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

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

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

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities

The Health Service Executive (HSE) National Service Plan for 2012 provides for a reduction of 3.7% in funding to specialist disability services. However, the Service Plan states that at least 2% o...More Button

The HSE provides a range of assisted living services, including Personal Assistant services, to support individuals to maximise their capacity to live full and independent lives. In 2011, a total ...More Button

The Department of Health has asked the Health Service Executive to reply directly to you in relation to personal assistant services in County Donegal.More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to the physical developmental needs and not the educational needs of children with cerebral palsy. Where children with special needs require physical and other the...More Button

The objective of the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database (NPSDD) is to provide an overview of the specialised health and personal social service needs of people with a physical, senso...More Button

The NPSDD contains information on the primary and secondary diagnostic categories giving rise to the physical or sensory disability. The individual diagnostic categories reported are based on the h...More Button

Rehabilitative Training programmes are designed to equip participants with the basic personal, social and work related skills that will enable them to progress to greater levels of independence and...More Button

In addition to this, voluntary service providers may provide other training to service users to help them transition to independent living. I have asked the HSE to provide details of other such cou...More Button

Written Answers - Law Reform Commission Review

The Law Reform Commission’s recent report, entitled Legal Aspects of Professional Home Care, is a follow up to its 2009 consultation paper entitled Legal Aspects of Carers. More Button

Primary legislation and resources will be required for the introduction of a statutory regulation system for home care services. The question of possible changes to legislation, including regulati...More Button

It is important to emphasise that statutory regulation or licensing is only one way of improving the safety and quality of services and that other measures have or are being taken to improve the st...More Button

These various measures, taken together, have been designed to improve relevant aspects of HSE Home Care provision nationally, including taking into account the issues raised by the Deputy, for care...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

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

Written Answers - Nursing Home Services

I propose to take Questions Nos. 652 to 654, inclusive, and 661 together.More Button

The legislation underpinning the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) requires all private nursing homes and voluntary nursing homes to negotiate and agree a price for the cost of care with the Nati...More Button

The NTPF is independent in the performance of this function and, in carrying it out, it must ensure value for money for both the individual and the State. It negotiates with each nursing home indi...More Button

The services which fall within the scope of long-term residential care and which are covered by the cost of care are:More Button

The NHSS Act 2009 requires the Minister to lay details of the goods and services which constitute long-term residential care services in public nursing homes before the Houses of the Oireachtas. Th...More Button

The list of goods and services set out in the Deed of Agreement between the NTPF and each private nursing home that is approved for the purposes of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme is consistent wi...More Button

I would like to advise the Deputy that the cost of care in public nursing homes is currently being reviewed. in order to establish their need for long term residential care services — as outl...More Button

The HSE is currently piloting a Single Assessment Tool. The introduction of a single assessment tool will assist the HSE to further key strategic objectives i.e. meet needs in the most appropriate...More Button

The NHSS will be three years in operation in October 2012 and will be reviewed at that time. The reason for allowing this period to elapse is to ensure that trends and statistics will be available ...More Button

The views of relevant stake-holders will be considered as part of the review.More Button

The Government is improving the planning, policy, and service delivery for older people. In particular, we will ensure that the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, and all other re...More Button

The various initiatives planned or underway will also have to take account of reform of our health and personal social services overall, including addressing the challenges and opportunities presen...More Button

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the statutory body responsible for the registration and inspection of all designated centres for older people, including public, voluntary and...More Button

Since 1 July 2009 all nursing homes, public and private, must comply with Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2009, as amended, and mu...More Button

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

Question No. 656 answered with Question No. 602.More Button

Written Answers - Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Department of Health does not collect information on children identified with Autism and Aspergers on a national or international basis. Information pertaining to diagnosis is specifically exc...More Button

The 2011 National Council for Special Education (NCSE) study on prevalence of special educational needs in Ireland (A Study on the Prevalence of Special Educational Needs, Joanne Banks and Selina M...More Button

The Health Research Board currently funds one research project, valued at €257,229 in the area of ASD entitled “Resequencing for highly penetrant rare and de novo mutations in the neurodevelop...More Button

In 2004, the Department of Health provided funding for research into autism through the HRB as part of the Autism Genome Project — a collaboration of autism researchers internationally aimed ...More Button

The main outcome showed that although ASDs have a substantial genetic basis, most of the known genetic risk has been traced to rare structural gene variants. These gene variants were both de novo (...More Button