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Tuesday, 14 Dec 2021

Written Answers Nos. 640-656

Nursing Homes

Questions (640)

Patricia Ryan

Question:

640. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Health when the fair deal scheme for a person (details supplied) will be paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61683/21]

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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 the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Information and Communications Technology

Questions (641)

Patricia Ryan

Question:

641. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Health if computers using an operating system (details supplied) are still in use in his Department or in the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61685/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department has no computers using the detailed operating system. In respect of the HSE, as this is a service matter I have asked them to respond directly to the Deputy.

Disability Services

Questions (642)

Patricia Ryan

Question:

642. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Health if he has read the recently published report by the Ombudsman entitled "Grounded: Unequal access for people with disabilities to personal transport schemes", a commentary by the Ombudsman; his plans to address the issues raised in the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61690/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Ombudsman issued commentary on three transport support schemes for people living with a disability. Those are the now closed Motorised Transport Grant and Mobility Allowance Schemes and the Revenue Commissioners Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme.

The Government decided to close the Motorised Transport Grant and Mobility Allowance administrative Schemes in 2013, on foot of the Ombudsman reports in 2011 and 2012 regarding the legal status of both Schemes in the context of the Equal Status Acts.

Other transport supports available to people with disabilities, include;

- The Free Travel Scheme operated by the Department of Social Protection;

- The Revenue Commissioners’ Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme; and

- Measures funded under the Department of Rural and Community Development CLÁR Programme, to provide grants to voluntary organisations providing transport for people with significant mobility issues.

Under the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017 - 2021, the Department of Transport has responsibility for the continued development of the availability of accessible public transport and is committed to this in recognition of the importance of such services to the lives of people with disabilities.

Work is continuing on the policy proposals for the provision of transport supports for people with disabilities. Recent developments which will impact on the policy options include the following:

- The ongoing progress by the Department of Transport in providing accessible public transport nationally and that Department's review of active travel and public transport policy, including accessible public transport;

- The Cost of Disability Study, commissioned by the Department of Social Protection, which will inform policy direction in relation to the provision of adequate supports to meet the needs of people with disabilities, including transport costs;

- The Working Group established under the National Disability Inclusion Strategy to lead a review of all Government funded transport and mobility schemes for people with disabilities; and

- The Department of Finance's commitment to review the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme.

Medical Aids and Appliances

Questions (643)

Patricia Ryan

Question:

643. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which medical equipment loaned to patients and service users is reused or recycled when it is no longer required by said persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61691/21]

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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 the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Health Services

Questions (644)

Colm Burke

Question:

644. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health the uptake rate on eligible women attending for CervicalCheck appointments; if he will provide a breakdown by age category and county for each of the years 2019, 2020 and up to 30 September 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61695/21]

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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 the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Health Services

Questions (645)

Colm Burke

Question:

645. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health the actions being taken by his Department to target reported low attendance rates for CervicalCheck appointments by women aged over 50 in certain counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61696/21]

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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 the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Health Services

Questions (646)

Colm Burke

Question:

646. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health if the backlog of screening tests due to the suspension of CervicalCheck as a result of Covid-19 in 2020 has now been cleared; the number of tests that were carried out in 2019, 2020 and up to 30 September 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61697/21]

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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 the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Health Services

Questions (647)

Colm Burke

Question:

647. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health the number of cervical cancer diagnoses that were made in 2019, 2020 and up to 30 September 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61698/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) collects, classifies, records and stores information in relation to each newly diagnosed individual cancer patient, and in relation to each tumour that occurs.

The NCRI advises that figures for the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland for 2020 have not yet been fully validated. The most recently available 5-year data, from the NCRI annual statistical report (published Dec 2021), cover the period 2015-2019 and are as follows:

Tumour

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Cervical Cancer

248

292

296

307

274

Health Services

Questions (648)

Colm Burke

Question:

648. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health if he will provide details of the efficacy of the new cervical cancer test that detects HPV; the number of tests that have been HPV positive with no abnormal cell changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61699/21]

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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 the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Covid-19 Pandemic

Questions (649)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

649. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health the number of unvaccinated persons who are being treated in intensive care units in all hospitals in the country. [61701/21]

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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 the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Health Services Staff

Questions (650)

David Cullinane

Question:

650. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the amount spent by the HSE on agency staff from 2017 to date by year and location in tabular form. [61706/21]

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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.

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Questions (651)

David Cullinane

Question:

651. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the amount spent through the NTPF from 2017 to date by year; and the organisations to which such payments were made. [61707/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy, the attached table, provided by the National Treatment Purchase Fund, outlines the expenditure incurred by the NTPF in public and private hospitals to provide inpatient/daycase and outpatient services to patients in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Expenditure incurred by NTPF related to payments to private and public hospitals to provide inpatient and outpatient services to patients. 

2017

2018

2019

2020

Total

Private Hospitals

     9,948,651

       31,420,173

       29,204,118

       22,957,536

         93,530,478

Public Hospitals

     3,101,350

       17,364,472

       29,750,949

       47,516,961

         97,733,732

Total

   13,050,001

       48,784,645

       58,955,067

       70,474,497

       191,264,210

Health Services

Questions (652)

David Cullinane

Question:

652. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the amount spent on outsourcing services to the private sector from 2017 to date by year and organisation in tabular form; and the services this spending related to. [61708/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The information requested by the Deputy is not immediately available. I will ask my officials to collate the information and will respond to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Health Services

Questions (653)

David Cullinane

Question:

653. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the amount spent on and by section 38 organisations from 2017 to date. [61709/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Department of Health does not directly fund any charitable voluntary groups. Under Section 38 of the 2004 Health Act funding is provided by the Health Service Executive. I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.

Please copy finance_unit@health.gov.ie in your reply.

Health Services

Questions (654)

David Cullinane

Question:

654. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the amount spent on and by section 39 organisations from 2017 to date. [61710/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Department of Health does not directly fund any charitable voluntary groups. Under Section 39 of the 2004 Health Act funding is provided by the Health Service Executive. I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.

Please copy finance_unit@health.gov.ie in your reply.

Hospital Services

Questions (655)

David Cullinane

Question:

655. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the amount of public funding spent by public hospitals on private healthcare services within each hospital from 2017 to date, in tabular form. [61711/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Hospital Services

Questions (656)

David Cullinane

Question:

656. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the amount of public funding spent by public hospitals on private healthcare services from 2017 to date by hospital in tabular form. [61712/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

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