Hospitals Building Programme

Ceisteanna (378, 379)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

378. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health if phase 3C of Naas General Hospital (details supplied) will be considered for inclusion in the 2,600 acute beds to be provided under the national development plan 2018 to 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10138/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Joan Burton

Ceist:

379. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health when tenders will be invited for the new endoscopy unit, physical medicine unit, physical therapy unit, oncology unit and day procedure department at Naas general hospital in view of the fact that planning permission was granted for the project on 22 December 2014 and the project is included in the 2018 to 2027 national development plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10139/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 and 379 together.

The Government recently published the National Development Plan which outlines the capital investment programme for the next ten years, 2018 to 2027. The National Development Plan provides €10.9 billion to invest in infrastructure, equipment and additional service capacity for the public health sector. This represents an increase of 165% in capital funding over the previous decade.

We must ensure that we carefully plan the use of this capital funding so as to meet the population needs and achieve value for money. Health capital projects and programmes currently underway will continue. As to be expected with a ten year plan, many proposals are at an early stage and will require to progress through appraisal, planning design and tender before a firm timeline or funding required can be established.

In looking at new projects and programmes, appraisal and planning across all Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups, in line with health strategies and demographic needs, will inform the selection of the projects and programmes for improvements in health infrastructure, equipment and additional health service capacity.

As the HSE is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects, the Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in relation to the current position on proposed developments at Naas General Hospital.

Hospital Equipment

Ceisteanna (380)

James Browne

Ceist:

380. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the status of the provision and replacement of ceiling track hoists; if the HSE plans to review the process of provision and replacement of these hoists through Wexford County Council’s disabled person’s grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9262/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

Home Care Packages Provision

Ceisteanna (381)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

381. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason there have been changes to a person's (details supplied) homecare package; and if reassurances will be provided that the level of care will be the same if not greater as it has been under the care of the current nurse. [9272/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.

Orthodontic Services Provision

Ceisteanna (382)

John Brassil

Ceist:

382. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if orthodontic treatment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9275/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

Freedom of Information Requests

Ceisteanna (383)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

383. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of freedom of information requests his Department has received in the past eight years; the number of which were accepted without further escalation and not accepted respectively; the number requested which were not accepted that were escalated to the Information Commissioner; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled in favour of the person requesting the freedom of information; the number of which the Information Commissioner ruled against his Department; the number his Department appealed to the High Court; the number the High Court ruled against his Department in favour of the applicant; the number which were then brought to the Court of Appeal by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9293/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

My Department processes all Freedom of Information requests received and has dealt with a total of 2,179 requests in the period from 2010 to 2017 inclusive. As all requests are dealt with, on receipt, none have been escalated to the Office of the Information Commissioner as a result of not having been processed.

Details of finalised, non-personal requests received over the past 5 years can be accessed on my Department's website.

The Office of the Information Commissioner has reviewed 18 decisions made by my Department, one of which was annulled by the Office of the Information Commissioner and appealed by my Department to the High Court. The High Court affirmed the decision made by my Department.

The Office of the Information Commissioner are responsible for monitoring the operation of Freedom of Information by all public bodies and statistics are published in the Information Commissioners Annual Report, which is avaiable on their website (www.oic.gov.ie).

Hospitals Building Programme

Ceisteanna (384, 385, 386)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

384. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for the completion of the new children’s hospital at the St James’s hospital campus; the timeframe for its opening; the estimated timeframe for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. [9301/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

385. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for the completion of the outpatient department and urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown; the timeframe for its opening; the estimate for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. [9302/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

386. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for the completion of the outpatient department and urgent care centre at Tallaght hospital, Dublin; the timeframe for its opening; the estimate for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. [9303/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 384 to 386, inclusive, together.

The recently published Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides the capital funding to complete the new Children’s Hospital along with the Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals, which will enhance paediatric acute hospital services regionally and nationally.

The new Children's Hospital will deliver 380 individual inpatient rooms. Work has commenced on the sites and will open in 2022.

The Paediatric Outpatients & Urgent Care Centre at Connolly will open in 2019 followed by Tallaght in 2020.

Health capital funding was outlined in the Public Service Estimates for 2018. The Health Service Executive's Capital Plan for 2018-2021 is currently the subject of discussion with my Department. 

National Maternity Hospital Status

Ceisteanna (387)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

387. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for relocating the National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s University Hospital; the timeframe for its opening; the estimate for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. [9304/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The recently published Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides capital funding to support implementation of the Maternity Strategy which requires that all the remaining standalone maternity hospitals will be redeveloped on acute hospital sites. The first maternity hospital to be redeveloped will be the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin. Planning permission has been awarded for the new maternity hospital on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus at Elm Park, Dublin.  

Health capital funding was outlined in the Public Service Estimates for 2018. The Health Service Executive's Capital Plan for 2018-2021 is currently the subject of discussion with my Department. 

Hospitals Building Programme

Ceisteanna (388, 389, 390)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

388. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for relocating the Coombe hospital at St James’s hospital; the timeframe for its opening; the estimate for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. [9305/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

389. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for relocating the Rotunda hospital at Connolly hospital; the timeframe for its opening; the estimate for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. [9306/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

390. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for relocating Limerick university maternity hospital at university hospital Limerick; the timeframe for its opening; the estimate for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. [9307/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 388 to 390, inclusive, together.

The recently published Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides capital funding to support implementation of the Maternity Strategy which requires that all the remaining standalone maternity hospitals will be redeveloped on acute hospital sites.

We must ensure that we carefully plan the use of this capital funding so as to meet the population needs and achieve value for money. Health capital projects and programmes currently underway will continue. As to be expected with a ten year plan, many proposals, including relocation of these maternity hospitals, are at an early stage and will require to progress through appraisal, planning, design and tender before a firm timeline or funding required can be established.