Information and Communications Technology

Questions (568)

Alan Kelly

Question:

568. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health if his Department and the HSE have a plan in place to protect themselves in the event of a malware attack or security risks as a result of the failure to upgrade computers from an operating system (details supplied) in his Department and agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44702/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

As part of our HQ move in 2018, my Department updated its standard operating system to Windows 10.

There are currently only 4 devices using the Windows 7 operating system. Two of these are virtual machines running within Windows 10 devices. The other two devices, required for our telephony switch, are not connected to my Department's network.

My Department is actively engaging to replace the Windows 7 clients in question before the operating system reaches end of support.

In addition to this, my Department implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security and to protecting our ICT systems, data and infrastructure. This includes preventative controls like firewalls, anti-virus and endpoint protection alongside an advanced network intrusion detection system. Software vulnerabilities are managed by maintaining up-to-date versions.

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

Information and Communications Technology

Questions (569)

Alan Kelly

Question:

569. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the number of computers in his Department that still use an operating system (details supplied) in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44713/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department uses Windows 10 as its standard operating system.

There are currently only 4 devices using the Windows 7 operating system. Two of these are virtual machines running within Windows 10 devices. The other two devices, required for our telephony switch, are not connected to my Department's network.

Device

Purpose

Comment

2 Windows 7 clients

Software required for Telephony Switch

The application currently only runs on Windows 7. This is a shared service provided by another Government Department. My Department is engaging with our colleagues to address this situation before Windows 7 reaches end of support.

2 Windows 7 clients

Virtual Machines used to access bespoke software

The application in question currently only runs on Windows 7. My Department is actively engaging to address this issue before Windows 7 reaches end of support

Hospital Staff

Questions (570)

Alan Kelly

Question:

570. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the reason there is no dedicated dietician for the adult diabetes service in the UL group hospitals (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44756/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Diabetes Strategy

Questions (571)

Alan Kelly

Question:

571. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the reason there is no diabetes self-management education for adults with type 1 diabetes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44757/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Diabetes Strategy

Questions (572)

Alan Kelly

Question:

572. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the reason there is no insulin pump therapy for adults with type 1 diabetes in the mid-west (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44758/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply.

Diabetes Strategy

Questions (573)

Alan Kelly

Question:

573. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the reason there is a four-year waiting list to be seen in a consultant-led type 2 diabetes clinic (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44759/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

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

Autism Support Services

Questions (574)

Eugene Murphy

Question:

574. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health when a child (details supplied) will receive an appointment with the ASD services for counties Roscommon and Galway, in particular Athenry, County Galway; and if the appointment will be expedited [44764/19]

View answer

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.

Services for People with Disabilities

Questions (575)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

575. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin 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. [44769/19]

View answer

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.

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Questions (576)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

576. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if support will be given to a school (details supplied) that has children suffering from trauma and developmental disorders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44771/19]

View answer

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.

Hospital Appointments Status

Questions (577)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

577. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44775/19]

View answer

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.

Services for People with Disabilities

Questions (578)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

578. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health his plans to expand the Central Remedial Clinic services for children in University Hospital Waterford to the adult population; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44777/19]

View answer

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.

Mobility Allowance Data

Questions (579)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

579. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the number of new entrants to the mobility allowance scheme in each of the three years preceding its suspension; the average number of recipients in each year; the number of persons exiting the scheme in each year; the cost of the scheme in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44782/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medicinal Products Availability

Questions (580)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

580. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health if the case of a person (details supplied) will be addressed; the reason for the delay for the person not receiving Spinraza; if the person's parent will be liaised with regarding the issue in view of the circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44785/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

As this refers to an individual case, I have referred this matter to the HSE for their attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Services for People with Disabilities

Questions (581)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

581. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health if transport will be provided for a child (details supplied) transitioning to adult services at a centre in County Carlow. [44786/19]

View answer

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.

Health Services Expenditure

Questions (582)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

582. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 284 of 22 October 2019, the breakdown of time related saving of €73 million available on a once-off basis within the Health vote in 2019 [44789/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

The annual health gross current allocation for 2019 is €16.4bn. The level of once off time related savings estimated as arising by year end is 0.4% of this total budget. Each year funding is allocated to new developments, as part of the annual budget process based on estimated commencement dates.

Once off time related savings can arise for any number of reasons.

- facilities opening later than the timing assumed when planning the operational funding levels in the Budget due to delays in construction timetable.

- Procurement/negotiation timelines extending longer than originally planned for when setting funding levels.

- Recruitment into designated roles, including notice period requirements resulting in actual start dates later than estimated.

The specific detail on this aspect of the supplementary budget will not be finalised until closer to the year end. Detail on the supplementary budget will be available following approval by the Select Committee on Health.

Services for People with Disabilities

Questions (583)

Pat Deering

Question:

583. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health the status of the new building for a centre (details supplied) for children with special needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44790/19]

View answer

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.

It is important to recognise that all capital development proposals must progress through a number of approval stages, in line with the Public Spending Code, including detailed appraisal, planning, design and procurement, before a firm timeline or funding requirement can be established.

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.

Rare Diseases Strategy

Questions (584)

Noel Rock

Question:

584. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Health the person or body within the HSE rheumatology model of care document that has expertise in treating patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44793/19]

View answer

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.

Rare Diseases Strategy

Questions (585)

Noel Rock

Question:

585. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Health the specific pathways for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44794/19]

View answer

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.

Rare Diseases Strategy

Questions (586)

Noel Rock

Question:

586. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Health the person or body that has the expertise to co-ordinate the other relevant consultant specialists needed for the care of persons with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44795/19]

View answer

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 Aids and Appliances Provision

Questions (587)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

587. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a three-year waiting list for persons approved for aids and appliances in the mid-west region; when funding will be provided to accommodate such persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44801/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Health)

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