Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (656, 657, 658, 659, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 666)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

656. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide up to date figures detailing the number of prostheses users by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9783/13]

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Billy Kelleher

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657. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the total spend, the number and detailed breakdown of sanctioned orders for prostheses by the Health Service Executive from 2008 to 2012 by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9784/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

658. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the criteria by which officers with responsibility for sanctioning prostheses are appointed and the respective qualifications by discipline required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9785/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

659. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the length of time taken to sanction orders for prostheses and associated appliances by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9786/13]

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Billy Kelleher

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660. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form the number of persons on waiting lists for prostheses and associated appliances by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9787/13]

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Billy Kelleher

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661. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide the criteria used by county/regional offices in making decisions to sanction spending on prostheses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9788/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

662. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide up to date figures detailing the number of orthotic patients by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9789/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

663. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the total spend by the Health Service Executive on orthotics from 2008 to 2012 by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9790/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

664. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the current length of time taken to sanction orders for orthotics and associated appliances by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9791/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

665. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form the number of persons on waiting lists for orthotics and associated appliances by county/region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9792/13]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

666. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the criteria used by county/regional offices in making decisions to sanction spending on orthotics; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9793/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 656 to 666, inclusive, together.

People with disabilities may be eligible for medical/surgical aids and appliances from the Health Service Executive (HSE) including prosthetics and orthotics, which facilitate and/or maintain mobility and/or functional independence. The basis for this provision is in the Health Act, 1970. Medical Card holders and Long-Term Illness Card holders received prosthetics and orthotics where it is deemed appropriate and specific to their diagnosed illness or disability. Assessments are carried out by a range of multi-disciplinary staff. Approval is prioritised to ensure that people with the most urgent assessed needs have their needs met first. As with all health services, approvals must remain within the annual budget for prosthetics and orthotics.

The information requested by the Deputy is not available to my Department. However, I have asked the HSE to provide directly to you, the information it has available in relation to prosthetic and orthotic service provision.