Hospital Staff Data

Questions (303)

Stephen Donnelly

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303. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of approved senior house officer posts in whole-time equivalent terms in each public and voluntary hospital; and the equivalent figures for the same date in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [28935/19]

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I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Hospital Staff Data

Questions (304)

Stephen Donnelly

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304. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of approved registrar posts in whole-time equivalent terms in each public and voluntary hospital; and the equivalent figures for the same date in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [28936/19]

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I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Hospital Staff Data

Questions (305)

Stephen Donnelly

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305. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of approved senior registrar posts in whole-time equivalent terms in each public and voluntary hospital; and the equivalent figures for the same date in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [28937/19]

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I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Hospital Staff Data

Questions (306)

Stephen Donnelly

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306. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of approved clinical dental surgeon posts in whole-time equivalent terms employed by the HSE; and the equivalent figures for the same date in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [28938/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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

Hospital Staff Data

Questions (307, 308)

Stephen Donnelly

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307. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of approved general dental surgeon posts in whole-time equivalent terms employed by the HSE; and the equivalent figures for the same date in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [28939/19]

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Stephen Donnelly

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308. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of approved senior dental surgeon posts in whole-time equivalent terms employed by the HSE; and the equivalent figures for the same date in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [28940/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 307 and 308 together.

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Nursing Staff Data

Questions (309)

Stephen Donnelly

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309. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of approved registered intellectual disability nurse posts in whole-time equivalent terms employed by the HSE; and the equivalent figures for the same date in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [28941/19]

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I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Patient Data

Questions (310, 311)

Stephen Donnelly

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310. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients that attended the rapid access lung clinic in designated cancer centres during the first six months of 2019. [28942/19]

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Stephen Donnelly

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311. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients that attended the rapid access prostate clinic in cancer centres during the first six months of 2019; and the number of patients attending prostate rapid clinics that attended or were offered an appointment within 20 working days of receipt of referral in the cancer centres over the same period. [28943/19]

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I propose to take Questions Nos. 310 and 311 together.

Rapid Access Clinics (RACs) for patients with suspected breast disease (symptomatic breast disease clinics), prostate or lung cancer symptoms were established by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) in the eight designated cancer centres (with a satellite symptomatic breast disease clinic in Letterkenny University Hospital) in the period 2009-2012. Rapid Access Clinics provide multidisciplinary care for breast, lung and prostate referrals.

- From January to April 2019, 70.7% of patients referred to Prostate Cancer Clinics were seen within the target time of 20 working days (target: 90%).

- From January to April 2019, 87.3% of patients referred to Lung Cancer Clinics were seen within the target time of 10 working days (target: 95%).

The performance of hospitals in meeting these targets is monitored on an on-going basis by the NCCP.

Figures for Rapid Access Prostate and Lung Cancer Clinics, based on the most recently available data (January-April 2019), are as follows:

Cancer Services - Prostate Cancer

January

February

March

April

Total

Number of patients attending prostate rapid access clinics in the cancer centres

320

244

322

368

1254

HSE Agency Staff Expenditure

Questions (312)

Stephen Donnelly

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312. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the amount the HSE spent on agency staff in each month to date in 2019; the equivalent figures for each month in 2018; the proportion of the anticipated agency staff expenditure of the HSE for 2019 that has been incurred to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28944/19]

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I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Prescriptions Data

Questions (313)

Stephen Donnelly

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313. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the amount collected in prescription charges for medical card prescriptions in each of the years 2015 to 2018; and the projected amount for 2019. [28945/19]

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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.

Hospitals Discharges

Questions (314)

Stephen Donnelly

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314. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of elective inpatient discharges in each public and voluntary hospital during the first six months of 2019. [28946/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for Government. Last year saw considerable improvement in the number of patients waiting for procedures. As a result of increased activity and the ongoing collaboration between the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), the number of patients waiting for an Inpatient or Day case procedure fell to 70,204 in December 2018, from a peak of 86,100 in July 2017. This represents a reduction of over 18% in the overall number of patients waiting for a procedure. The number of patients waiting more than 3 months fell by more than 17,700, or 31% in the same period from July 2017 to the end of December 2018.

Budget 2019 announced that the Government had further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the National Treatment Purchase Fund increasing from €55 million in 2018 to €75 million in 2019.  The joint Department of Health, HSE, and NTPF Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 was published in March. Under the Plan the HSE, in line with the National Service Plan, will deliver 1.155 million elective inpatient and day case discharges at a value of €1.4 billion in 2019 and the NTPF will arrange 25,000 hospital operations and procedures at a value of €58 million.

In relation to the specific matter raised, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.

Patient Data

Questions (315)

Stephen Donnelly

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315. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of haemodialysis patients treated in acute hospitals during the first six months of 2019. [28947/19]

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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.

Patient Data

Questions (316)

Stephen Donnelly

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316. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of haemodialysis patients treated in contracted centres during the first six months of 2019. [28948/19]

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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.

Patient Data

Questions (317)

Stephen Donnelly

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317. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of home therapies dialysis patients treatments during the first six months of 2019. [28949/19]

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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.

Patient Data

Questions (318)

Stephen Donnelly

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318. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the percentage of acute stroke patients that spent all or some of their hospital stay in an acute or combined stroke unit during the first six months of 2019. [28950/19]

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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 attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Patient Data

Questions (319)

Stephen Donnelly

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319. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the percentage of patients with confirmed acute ischaemic stroke that received thrombolysis during the first six months of 2019. [28951/19]

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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 attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Ambulance Service Data

Questions (320)

Stephen Donnelly

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320. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of emergency ambulances decommissioned by the National Ambulance Service to date in 2019; the number of new emergency ambulances acquired to date in 2019; the number of intermediate care ambulances decommissioned to date in 2019; the number of new intermediate care ambulances acquired to date in 2019; the number of rapid response vehicles decommissioned to date in 2019; the number of new rapid response vehicles acquired to date in 2019; the number of vehicles commissioned or purchased as rapid response vehicles by the service acquired to date in 2019; the number in use; the number awaiting entry into service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28952/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the queries raised by the Deputy relate to operational matters, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Ambulance Service Data

Questions (321)

Stephen Donnelly

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321. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of emergency ambulances in service; the number by the year they entered service by pods and vehicles in terms of the date they entered service and the HSE region in which they are based; the number of intermediate care ambulances in service; the number according to the year they entered service by pods and vehicles in terms of the date they entered service and the HSE region in which they are based in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28953/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the queries raised by the Deputy relate to operational matters, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Ambulance Service Data

Questions (322)

Stephen Donnelly

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322. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the distances travelled by emergency ambulances that are in service by each HSE region and subdivided by every 50,000 or 80,000 km; the distances travelled by intermediate care ambulances in service; the distances travelled by rapid response vehicles in service in such a capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28954/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the queries raised by the Deputy relate to operational matters, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.