Hospitals Policy

Questions (172)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

172. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the definition of an unapproved ward in the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7658/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospitals Data

Questions (173)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

173. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the details of the hospital in-patient enquiry, HIPE, code for patients who are overnight boarders; if those persons are recorded as part of the HIPE data; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7659/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.

Patient Data

Questions (174)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

174. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the most up-to-date figures for the age, illness and disease profile for persons who have been admitted to hospital but for whom no bed is available and who are boarded overnight in emergency departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7660/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospitals Data

Questions (175)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

175. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if persons who have been admitted to hospital but for whom there is no bed are recorded for the full duration of their stay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7661/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.

Legislative Process

Questions (176)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

176. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the legislative steps required to change the competent authority for patient radiation safety from his Department to HIQA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7667/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The transfer of competent authority functions to HIQA, including the provisions required for inspections and enforcement within Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, may be provided for in regulations made pursuant to the European Communities Act 1972 provided they fall within the principles and policies of the Directive.

Accordingly, it is proposed to amend Section 8 of the Health Act 2007 in the transposing regulations, that is, the European Union (Basic Safety Standards for Protection Against Dangers from Medical Exposure to Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2018.

My Department is working to finalise the regulations in the coming weeks.

Legislative Process

Questions (177)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

177. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if SI 125/2000 and SI 478/2002 will remain in place until new legislation is introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7668/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Statutory instrument 478/2002 remains in place until revoked by the transposing regulations, that is, the European Union (Basic Safety Standards for Protection Against Dangers from Medical Exposure to Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2018. My Department is working to finalise the regulations in the coming weeks.

I am informed by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment that the Radiological Protection Act 1991 (Ionising Radiation) Order, 2000 (SI 125 of 2000) was made under section 30 of the Radiological Protection Act 1991 and remains in place. SI 125 of 2000 will shortly be replaced by legislation transposing Council Directive 2013/59 EURATOM. This legislation includes provisions to ensure that any order or regulations made under section 30 of the Radiological Protection Act 1991, or licences or applications for licences made pursuant to any order or regulations made under that section shall continue to have legal validity under the new regulatory framework.

Respite Care Services

Questions (178, 180, 181, 185)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

178. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the way in which the service provider for the day respite service in counties Carlow and Kilkenny is deciding on priority in view of the fact that some families seem to be getting monthly day respite while other families with children with complex medical needs are only being offered it every six to eight weeks. [7669/18]

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Kathleen Funchion

Question:

180. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the reason for the difference in the allocation of respite care between counties Carlow and Kilkenny (details supplied). [7671/18]

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Kathleen Funchion

Question:

181. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health his plans to change the location of the day respite service in County Carlow (details supplied). [7672/18]

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Kathleen Funchion

Question:

185. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the reason there is an unequal overnight respite service for counties Carlow and Kilkenny, in view of the fact it is the same service provider. [7676/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 178, 180, 181 and 185 together.

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.

Respite Care Services Provision

Questions (179)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

179. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the reason for the discrepancy in respite services offered to two children in the same family in which there are three children, two of whom have disabilities (details supplied). [7670/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.