Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (649)

Gino Kenny


649. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to provide funding of €200,000 per year to an association (details supplied) to enable it to provide a five-day per week helpline, cover core costs and employ a full-time specialist nurse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18563/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Health services are provided, and funded by the Health Service Executive. The objective of the HSE, as stated in the Health Act 2004, is to use the resources available to it in the most beneficial, effective and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health and welfare of the public.

The HSE National Service Plan 2019 was published on 20 December 2018. The Service Plan sets out the type and volume of services that the HSE will provide for a budget of over €16 billion.

Each year the HSE sets out the type and volume of health and social care services that it will provide in its National Service Plan, having regard to the level of funding provided to it. It includes a National Scorecard of priority areas to be reported against and also a National Performance Indicator suite which sets out a wide range of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) against which progress is reported on throughout the year. KPIs fall into one of four key quadrants: Finance, Governance and Compliance; Workforce; Access and Integration; and Quality and Safety.

As the Deputy's question relates to the provision of services, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.