Medical Card Data

Questions (2005)

Aindrias Moynihan

Question:

2005. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the number of medical card applications refused nationally by month over the past year in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34554/19]

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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

Medical Card Data

Questions (2006)

Aindrias Moynihan

Question:

2006. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the number of medical card applications refused in County Cork by month over the past year in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34555/19]

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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.

Home Help Service Provision

Questions (2007, 2011)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

2007. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase the number of home helps employed by the HSE in the south-central Dublin areas; the average cost per hour for HSE home helps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34586/19]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

2011. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for home help hours in south central areas of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34595/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2007 and 2011 together.

As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Disability Services Data

Questions (2008)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

2008. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number of children in CHO 7 specifically with an address within the south central Dublin areas on the waiting list for an assessment of needs; the expected waiting time for a child being put on the waiting lists at July 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34590/19]

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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.

Disability Services Data

Questions (2009)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

2009. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number of children with autism registered with the HSE with an address in south-central areas of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34591/19]

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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.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Data

Question No. 2011 answered with Question No. 2007.

Questions (2010)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

2010. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for CAMHS in south-central areas of Dublin, by municipal district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34594/19]

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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.

Question No. 2011 answered with Question No. 2007.

Mental Health Services Data

Questions (2012)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

2012. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the numbers waiting for adult mental health services in south-central areas of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34596/19]

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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.

Departmental Communications

Questions (2013)

Shane Cassells

Question:

2013. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health the expenditure by his Department on social media advertising and promotional material within the past year, in tabular form. [34615/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Department of Health expenditure in respect of social media advertising and promotional material within the last year is laid out below.

Healthy Ireland: €70,761.34

Slaintecare: €50

Skin Cancer Prevention Plan: €35

Chief Nursing Officer: €50

Speech and Language Therapy Provision

Questions (2014)

Catherine Martin

Question:

2014. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health If his attention has been drawn to the fact that there has not been a sufficient increase in the speech and language therapy allocation for an organisation (details supplied) to cater for the steady increase in the number of children requiring this support as per the response from the HSE to Question No. 709 of 8 May 2019 and that there is no funding stream in place to deal with filling vacancies arising due to maternity leave for the support; his plans to increase funding for the supports corresponding to the increase in number of children requiring the supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34622/19]

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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.

General Practitioner Services

Questions (2015)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

2015. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which various general practitioner practices throughout north County Kildare are in a position to accept extra medical card holders; the degree to which medical card holders at present can gain access to general practitioner services; his plans to ensure the availability of adequate accommodations to meet the requirements of applicants for general practitioner services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34642/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

GPs are independent practitioners who hold contracts with the HSE for the provision of services to medical card and GP visit card holders. Under the General Medical Services (GMS) contract, GPs are required to provide practice premises and facilities that are fit for purpose, suitable for the delivery of services and sufficient to meet the needs of patients. The medical practitioner also undertakes to work towards meeting and maintaining generally accepted standards in relation to practice premises. To meet these requirements some GPs may be offered facilities to practice in primary care centres or other HSE accommodation.

Under the GMS GP contract, GPs must be available to provide services in their practice premises or by way of domiciliary visits, as appropriate, for their medical card and GP visit card patients for 40 hours each week. They must also make arrangements to enable contact to be made with them, or a locum/deputy, for urgent cases outside of these hours.

The GMS GP contract stipulates that the maximum number of medical card or GP visit card patients that a GP can have on his/her panel is 2,000, or 2,200 if the GP also holds an under 6 contract, except for in exceptional circumstances where the HSE decides to apply a higher limit.

Where a GMS patient experiences difficulty in finding a GP to accept him/her as a patient, the HSE has the power to assign that person to a GP's GMS patient list where the person has unsuccessfully applied to at least three GPs in the area who hold GMS contracts.

The Deputy has asked about the extent to which GPs in Co. Kildare are in a position to accept additional medical card patients; as information on the number of patients on GMS panels in this area is not held by my Department, I have arranged for this matter to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.

Hospitals Building Programme

Questions (2016)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

2016. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the status of the approval of the next phase of the Naas General Hospital development plan, with particular reference for the need to make long-awaited provision for endoscopy and oncology facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34644/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.

Services for People with Disabilities

Questions (2017)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

2017. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health further to Question No. 305 of 18 June 2019, if he has commissioned a cost-benefit analysis of the fact that 80% of the delivery of disability provision is via non-statutory sector service providers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34661/19]

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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.

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.

Disability Services Data

Questions (2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

2018. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health further to Question No. 305 of 18 June 2019 and the figures provided in the table, the number of persons with disabilities in each CHO who are on waiting lists for respite services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34662/19]

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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.

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.

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Questions (2019)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

2019. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health the number of persons working in his Department on a wage of less than €12.30 per hour; the number disaggregated by professional role such as nurses; and the estimated cost of increasing salaries of those on a wage of less than €12.30 per hour to a wage of €12.30 per hour. [34679/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The staff of my Department are on centrally negotiated civil service pay scales. There are a number of Clerical Officers and Service Officers on the lower end of the pay scale for those grades who are on salaries of less than €12.30 per hour but as they progress over time on the Clerical Officer and Service Officer pay scales, their salaries will exceed €12.30 per hour.

As the Deputy refers to grades such as nurses, I am interpreting the Deputy's question as also relating to employees of the HSE and employees in agencies funded via Section 38 of the Health Act, 2004. As such, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on the matter raised.