Hospitals Funding

Questions (212)

Joan Collins

Question:

212. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Adelaide and Meath hospital, Dublin has applied for funding for spinal services after the loss of two surgeons in the recent past (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29518/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Any application for additional funding for services submitted to the HSE would be considered in the context of the HSE 2014 Estimates process.

In relation to the particular query regarding spinal services raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Disability Support Services Provision

Questions (213)

John Lyons

Question:

213. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Health when funding will be put in place for an 18 year old (details supplied) in Dublin 12 who will complete their time at school in June 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29526/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Although the 2013 allocation for disability services has been reduced by 1.2%, the Health Service Executive (HSE) National Service Plan includes an additional €4m to provide training places and day services for school-leavers and Rehabilitative / Lifeskills Training (RT) graduates in 2013. This funding is being allocated to each HSE Region based on its percentage of population. Both the voluntary sector and the HSE are committed to the best use of the funding in a creative and flexible manner so as to secure as many places as possible for this cohort.

The demand for services for school-leavers continues to grow. The HSE expects that approximately 700 young people who have finished their education or life-skills training will require services in 2013. Providing the level of services required within the additional funding provided will continue to be a challenge. Work in this area will be progressed largely in line with the HSE guidance document developed in 2012, which led to the successful placement of 99% of RT graduates and 96% of school leavers last year.

It is envisaged that plans will be completed for each region shortly and submitted to Area Managers, Regional Specialists and Regional Director of Operations for agreement. Arising from completed and approved plans, a communication process will be agreed with service providers to inform families of the services that will be available from September 2013.

In respect of the specific question asked by the Deputy, as it relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

Questions (214)

Tom Fleming

Question:

214. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Health if he will examine the referral for orthotic shoes in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29531/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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.

Mental Health Services Provision

Questions (215)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

215. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin has not yet received a mental health assessment; and when this person will be assessed. [29532/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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