Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Questions (272)

Clare Daly

Question:

272. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the measures he is taking to address the under-resourcing of CAMHS nationally and specifically the service in Swords, County Dublin in which several staff are working a three day week. [22612/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Hospital Appointments Status

Questions (273)

Denis Naughten

Question:

273. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for an outpatient appointment; the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22617/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, 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 HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Appointments Status

Questions (274)

Peter Burke

Question:

274. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22622/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Mental Health Services Data

Questions (275)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

275. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the budget allocation to the national counselling services in each of the years 2017 to 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22628/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Disability Services Data

Questions (276)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

276. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of companies contracted to provide personal assistance care on behalf of the HSE in CHO9 in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22629/19]

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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.

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.

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Questions (277)

Tom Neville

Question:

277. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his plans for the FreeStyle Libre device to come under the drug payment scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22647/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Respite Care Services Provision

Questions (278)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

278. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if respite care will be made available to a person (details supplied) who is urgently in need of same. [22650/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Patient Transport

Questions (279)

Michael Harty

Question:

279. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Health the provision that can be made to refund taxi transport for patients attending hospital appointments who have no access to transport especially patients with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22661/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Community Care

Questions (280)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

280. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a care facility (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22664/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion” proposes a new model of support in the community moving people from Congregated settings to the community in line with Government policy. The Report identified around 4000 people (based on 2008 census) with disabilities in Ireland living in congregated settings, defined as a residential setting where people live with ten or more people.

The Programme for Partnership Government contains a commitment to continue to move people with disabilities out of congregated settings, to enable them to live independently and to be included in the community. The objective is to reduce this figure by one-third by 2021 and ultimately, to eliminate all congregated settings.

By the end of this year, we will have exceeded this target and under 2,100 people with a disability will remain living in congregated settings. I want to emphasise that the appropriate supports and resources are being put in place to ensure that people are supported as they move out of residential centres. The model of care for individuals will be based on a person centred plan (PCP). The PCP may change over time in line with an individual’s needs and circumstances and the model of service delivery applicable at a particular time.

Any opportunity for residents to live in smaller settings in the community will come after considerable planning and discussion with those residents and their families. It will be on the basis that it will enhance their life, and anyone who moves will continue to access the services they require.

The HSE has prioritised the transition of a further 160 people from congregated settings in 2019 under its Service Plan, and I am informed that 49 people have moved into their homes in the community to the end of March this year.

As the HSE is responsible for leading out on the recommendations of "Time to Move on from Congregated Settings - A Strategy for Community Inclusion", I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy in relation to St. Mary of the Angels, Beaufort, Co. Kerry.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Questions (281)

Bríd Smith

Question:

281. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the entitlements to dental benefits and cover of older persons in receipt of a full medical card that are full-time residents in nursing homes and covered by the fair deal scheme; if his attention has been drawn to some nursing homes charging the full costs of dental treatments to these residents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22666/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), commonly referred to as A Fair Deal, is a system of financial support for people who require long-term residential care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their means while the State pays the balance of the cost. The NHSS covers the cost of the standard components of long-term residential care which are:

- Nursing and personal care appropriate to the level of care needs of the person;

- Bed and board;

- Basic aids and appliances necessary to assist a person with the activities of daily living; and

- Laundry service.

A person's eligibility for other schemes, such as the medical card scheme or the drugs payment scheme, is unaffected by participation in the NHSS or residence in a nursing home.

The Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) enables medical card holders to access basic dental treatment free of charge from contracted dental surgeons in the private sector. In addition, the Public Dental Service of the HSE provides oral healthcare to vulnerable patients and patients with special needs.

If the Deputy is aware of any incidents of nursing homes charging the full costs of dental treatment, she may wish to forward details to my Department and I will arrange to have the matter investigated by the HSE.

Future provision of oral healthcare services will be informed by Smile agus Sláinte, the new National Oral Health Policy, which was published last month. Smile agus Sláinte aims to reduce oral health inequalities by providing additional support to vulnerable groups to access oral healthcare and improve their oral health. One of the priority actions of the Policy is to commence identification of vulnerable groups and develop clinical care pathways and clinical management for these patients.

Blind Welfare Allowance Eligibility

Questions (282)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

282. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a blind welfare allowance will be reinstated in the case of a person (details supplied). [22668/19]

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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.

Housing Adaptation Grant Applications

Questions (283)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

283. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of an application to have a stair lift installed in their home by a person (details supplied); and when installation work will commence. [22669/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I wish to advise the Deputy that this is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government.

Medical Conditions

Questions (284)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

284. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the position of the HSE with respect to the recognition of a disputed condition (details supplied); the version of the WHO International Classification of Diseases diagnostic and statistic tool used by the HSE for the purpose of recognising the condition; if cross departmental work with the Department of Justice and Equality will take place should changes to the version being used be adopted in future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22711/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Hospital Appointments Status

Questions (285)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

285. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will have an angiogram; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22712/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, 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 HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Occupational Therapy Data

Questions (286)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

286. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the number of occupational therapists working in the early years department in Kilcreene Hospital, Kilkenny; if there is a shortage of occupational therapists in the hospital; if so, his plans to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22738/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible

Departmental Communications

Questions (287)

Alan Kelly

Question:

287. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 426 of 21 May 2019, if he will provide a list of all meetings, consultations, correspondence and the purposes of each, between Ministers or officials and a person (details supplied) or members of their team since they undertook work in relation to CervicalCheck; if similar information will be provided regarding meetings between HSE officials and the person for the same time period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22741/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As outlined in my response to the Deputy's previous question, I and officials from my Department have met with Dr Scally on a number of occasions since the Scoping Inquiry was established. The dates of these meetings, insofar as they have been ascertained following a comprehensive search of records, are outlined in the following table:

Date

Details

7 May

Preliminary meeting with Department officials on work of the Inquiry

24 May

Dr Scally met with Department officials to facilitate the work of the Inquiry

11 June

Dr Scally met with Minister and Department officials to submit his First and Progress Reports

12 July

Dr Scally participated in a teleconference with Department officials and RCOG representatives

8 August

Dr Scally met with Department official to facilitate the work of the inquiry

28 August

Dr Scally met with Department official to facilitate the work of the inquiry

28 August

Dr Scally met with Department official to facilitate the work of the inquiry

10 September

Dr Scally met with Minister and Department officials to discuss his Final Report

10 October

Dr Scally met with Minister and Department officials to discuss the implementation of his recommendations and the progress of his supplementary report

20 November

Dr Scally met with Department officials to discuss implementation of his recommendations

17 December

Dr Scally met with Department officials to discuss implementation of his recommendations

31 January

Dr Scally attended Minister’s meeting with 221+ Patient Support Group, following which he met with Minister and Department officials to discuss progress of supplementary report

14 February

Dr Scally met with Department officials to discuss progress of supplementary report

In addition to the above meetings, Dr Scally has corresponded with me or with Department officials on a number of occasions. The details, insofar as have been ascertained following a comprehensive search, are as follows:

From

To

Date

Subject

Minister

Dr Scally

8/5/18

Commencement of Scoping Inquiry

Dr Scally

Minister

16/5/18

Progress of Scoping Inquiry

Dr Scally

Department official

16/5/18

Administration of Scoping Inquiry

Department official

Dr Scally

17/5/18

Indemnification of Scoping Inquiry team members

Minister

Dr Scally

21/5/18

Administration of Scoping Inquiry

Department official

Dr Scally

21/5/18

Facilitation of Scoping Inquiry

Dr Scally

Minister

22/5/18

Declaration of Interests

Minister

Dr Scally

22/5/18

Administration of Scoping Inquiry

Dr Scally

Department official

30/5/18

Request for documents

Department official

Dr Scally

1/6/18

Indemnification of Scoping Inquiry team members

Department official

Dr Scally

7/6/18

Provision of documents

Dr Scally

Department official

12/6/18

Request for documents

Department official

Dr Scally

18/6/18

Provision of Documents

Department official

Dr Scally

19/6/18

Provision of Documents

Department official

Dr Scally

22/6/18

Provision of documents

Department official

Dr Scally

6/7/18

Provision of Documents

Department official

Dr Scally

9/7/18

Indemnification of Scoping Inquiry team members

Minister

Dr Scally

16/7/19

Progress of Scoping Inquiry

Department official

Crowe representative (on behalf of Dr Scally)

18/7/18

Facilitation of Scoping Inquiry

Dr Scally

Department official

8/8/18

Administration of Scoping Inquiry

Dr Scally

Minister

23/8/18

Supplementary Report

Minister

Dr Scally

30/8/18

Supplementary Report

Dr Scally

Minister

31/8/18

Update on progress of Scoping Inquiry

Minister

Dr Scally

25/10/18

Administration of Scoping Inquiry

Dr Scally

Department official

1/11/18

Supplementary Report and Implementation Plan

Dr Scally

Minister

26/11/18

Implementation Plan

Department official

Dr Scally

27/11/18

Implementation Plan

Dr Scally

Minister Harris

30/11/18

Implementation Plan

Dr Scally

Minister Harris

15/2/19

Update on timeline for supplementary report

Crowe representative (on behalf of Dr Scally)

Department official

26/2/19

Submission of Progress Report on Implementation

Dr Scally

Department official

2/5/19

Administration of Scoping Inquiry

In relation to the Deputy's query regarding meetings between HSE officials and Dr Scally, I have asked the HSE to respond to him directly.

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Questions (288)

Michael McGrath

Question:

288. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health when a child (details supplied) in Co. Cork will receive orthotics; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22742/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Health Services Provision

Questions (289)

Clare Daly

Question:

289. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the supports which can be extended to a person (details supplied). [22758/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Clarification is being sought from the Deputy as to the nature of the support requested in the details supplied with the Question.