Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (939, 942, 943)

Joe O'Brien

Question:

939. Deputy Joe O'Brien asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to resourcing of and responses to treatment for long Covid-19 or patients suffering from significant sequelae subsequent to an initial recovery from Covid-19 in other jurisdictions; his plans in regard to the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38782/20]

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Gino Kenny

Question:

942. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if his Department acknowledges that there is a significant cohort who have not recovered following Covid-19 infection and who are experiencing long Covid; if multidisciplinary post Covid-19 countrywide clinics will be established which will include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and counsellors; if it will be ensured that best practice, guidelines, guidance and training are provided to general practitioners and consultants in relation to long Covid ensuring consistency and compassionate treatment of patients with the condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38795/20]

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Gino Kenny

Question:

943. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if it will be ensured that information, guidance and guidelines will be made available to employers in relation to the management of workers with long Covid; if clarity will be provided with regard to the medical and financial entitlements of those with long Covid; if accurate and up-to-date information will be provided on the HSE website in regard to Covid-19 contraction and recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38796/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 939, 942 and 943 together.

It is recognised that in some people who have been infected with Covid-19 continuing symptoms or side effects can occur during recovery. These can include physical, mental or emotional difficulties.

A person recovering from COVID-19 infection should speak to their general practitioner or their hospital team about accessing relevant care pathways to ensure that they are enabled to received support and advice for any long-term symptoms or health problems they may be experiencing.

The general practitioner or the hospital team will understand the clinical history and the personal circumstances relating to an individual and can provide the necessary advice and guidance that suit the particular needs of the individual’s circumstances.

You may wish to note that the HSE has provided information for those recovering after Covid-19, which is available at the following link:www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/recovering-after-coronavirus.html.

Income supports for people affected by COVID-19, is a matter for the Department of Social Protection.