Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (839, 840, 841, 842)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

839. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the failures of the HSE with regard to taking every reasonable precaution to prevent persons from contracting infectious diseases while in Galway University Hospital around the time of the tuberculosis outbreak at the hospital in the past year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13645/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

840. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health his views on whether a failure to immediately isolate a person suspected to have an active is a failure to take a reasonable precaution to prevent persons from contracting infectious diseases while in Galway University Hospital around the time of the tuberculosis outbreak at the hospital in the past year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13646/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

841. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the corrective actions regarding failures of the HSE with regard to taking every reasonable precaution to prevent persons from contracting infectious diseases while in Galway University Hospital around the time of the tuberculosis outbreak at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13647/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

842. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health if the HSE has admitted that it is accepting liability for those that contracted tuberculosis during the recent outbreak at Galway University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13648/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 839 to 842, inclusive, together.

The ‘Guidelines on the Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Ireland 2010’ were produced by the National TB Advisory Committee in 2010 and amended in 2014.  These guidelines deal with many aspects of prevention, diagnosis and control of TB in Ireland and are intended to act as a source of expert advice on tuberculosis.

In relation to the specific case at Galway University Hospital referred to by the Deputy, the HSE has assured me that it was managed in accordance with the 'Guidelines on the Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Ireland, 2010' referred to above.

The HSE has also confirmed that this incident has been logged as part of their Quality and Incidents Management system.

In relation to the specific questions raised by the Deputy I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.