Crisis Pregnancy Services

Question No. 218 answered with Question No. 209

Questions (217)

Joanna Tuffy

Question:

217. Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide counselling and other support services for mothers with fatal foetal abnormalities and their partners and families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14410/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme is a national programme, situated within the Health and Wellbeing Directorate of the Health Service Executive. It currently funds counselling and other support services to women who have received a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormalities and their families.

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme (the Programme) defines crisis pregnancy as “a pregnancy which is neither planned nor desired by the woman concerned and which represents a personal crisis for her”. The Programme understands this definition to include the experiences of those women for whom a planned or desired pregnancy develops into a crisis over time due to a change in circumstances.

The primary function of the Programme is to prepare and implement a strategy to address the issue of crisis pregnancy, in consultation with relevant Departments of State and with such other persons as are considered appropriate. The purpose of the Programme is to bring strategic focus to the issue of crisis pregnancy and so to add further value to the work of existing service providers. The Programme is currently delivering a programme of work to meet the strategic objectives of its third national strategy for the period 2012 – 2016.

The Programme funds 15 Service Providers, both non-statutory and statutory, to provide free, non-judgmental crisis pregnancy counselling and related services in over 50 centres nationwide. These services are governed by a mix of Service Arrangements, Grant Aid Agreements and Service Level Agreements, depending on the funding thresholds concerned. The agreements sit under Section 39 grant funding governance framework (HSE Governance Framework for the Funding of Non-Statutory Services) and HSE governance processes (SLAs).

The mix of services include those who provide counselling on all options and contact details for abortion service providers abroad if requested in a face to face counselling session (3-option information services) and those who provide counselling and information on all options but do not provide contact details for abortion service providers abroad if requested (2-option information services).

The Programme funds the Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Certificate Course in NUI Maynooth. This course and the practice guide that accompanies it address the issue of a diagnosis of a foetal abnormality. Crisis pregnancy counsellors provide support to women and their partners in dealing with a diagnosis of foetal abnormality. As with all crisis pregnancy counselling the woman and her partner are supported through the decision they make.

The Programme also funds services to provide free post-abortion medical check-ups and post-abortion counselling for women living in Ireland who have had an abortion. The counsellors and doctors working in these services are experienced in supporting women who have had an abortion. They see women who have had an abortion recently and women who had an abortion many years ago.

All services offer crisis pregnancy counselling from one to multiple sessions depending on what the client seeks. These services operate a mix of models that in some cases facilitate their ongoing engagement with clients who opt to parent and need support with this or who are considering adoption and require further counselling in this area.

For further information on services funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, please see: http://www.abortionaftercare.ie/; http://www.positiveoptions.ie/.

Question No. 218 answered with Question No. 209.

Health Services Staff

Questions (219)

Finian McGrath

Question:

219. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position regarding voluntary redundancy in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. [14419/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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

Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage

Questions (220)

Finian McGrath

Question:

220. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the action that can be taken to assist with medicine costs for cancer patients (details supplied). [14420/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Drug Payment Scheme, no individual or family pays more than €144 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost burden for families and individuals incurring ongoing expenditure on medicines.

In addition, people who cannot, without undue hardship, arrange for the provision of medical services for themselves and their dependants may be entitled to a medical card. In the assessment process, the Health Service Executive can take into account medical costs incurred by an individual or a family. Those who are not eligible for a medical card may still be able to avail of a GP visit card, which covers the cost of general practice consultation.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Questions (221)

Dan Neville

Question:

221. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be given an appointment date for surgery as soon as possible. [14423/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the Health Service Executive, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Hospital Services

Questions (222)

Michael Creed

Question:

222. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied that sufficient resources, including resources for theatre availability for surgery and post-operative care, is available within the public health service to deal with adolescent scoliosis; the information available to him regarding the numbers of young adolescents awaiting surgery in this area; the number of procedures carried out weekly in public hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14448/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the detailed information requested by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.

Hospitals Funding

Questions (223, 224)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

223. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will outline in detail the current financial position of St. Vincent's Hospital, Richmond Road, Fairview, Dublin; if his attention has been drawn to concerns that the hospital is in serious financial trouble and is struggling to maintain services in the context of budget cuts and uncertainty regarding its funding from the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14452/14]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

224. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the funding provided to St. Vincent's Hospital, Richmond Road, Fairview, Dublin, by the Health Service Executive in 2011 to 2013, inclusive, and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14453/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 223 and 224 together.

As these are service issues the questions have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.