Psychological Services

Ceisteanna (417)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

417. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a psychologist for the school based team in Inishowen, County Donegal; if a psychologist is in place; when the psychologist position became vacant; if it has been advertised; his plans to fill it in the near future; if there is a full-time school aged team psychologist based in Letterkenny, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9494/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.

Departmental Funding

Ceisteanna (418)

Gino Kenny

Ceist:

418. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the amount of State funding provided to a charity (details supplied) since 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9500/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Department of Health can detail the amount of money granted through the Department of Health National Lottery Discretionary Fund, and will also request the HSE to provide details of all funding provided to Console.

However, the Deputy should note that Console may have received additional State funding from other bodies and Departments, which will not be contained within this answer.

Console was funded a total amount of €500,000 over the period 2005-2011 from the Department of Health National Lottery Discretionary Fund. In addition to the successful applications detailed in the following table, Console unsuccessfully applied for the National Lottery Discretionary Fund in 2010 and 2015.

 Year of application

Amount sought

Amount granted

2005

100,000 sought

100,000 granted

2006

50,000 sought

50,000 granted

2007

100,000 sought

25,000 granted

2008

100,000 sought

100,000 granted

2009

100,000 sought

100,000 granted

2011

100,000 sought

50,000 granted

2012

100,000 sought

75,000 granted

 

Total amount:

€500,000 granted

With regard to funding from the HSE, as this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Hospital Internships

Ceisteanna (419)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

419. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if a matter (details supplied) regarding interns at Beaumont Hospital will be addressed; if his attention has been drawn to this matter; the steps he will take to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9505/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Haddington Road Agreement, for those on salaries (inclusive of allowances in the nature of pay) of €35,000 or greater, overtime is paid at the rate of time and a quarter at the individual's scale point.

The basic salary of Interns, as specified in the health sector salary scales, is set at €36,492 since 1 January 2018, having increased to €36,131 when the Living Out Allowance was incorporated into basic pay with effect from 1 July 2017.

The rate of overtime paid by Beaumont Hospital in respect of Interns, time and a quarter, is therefore correct.

Capital Expenditure Programme

Ceisteanna (420)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

420. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health his Department's capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each of those years. [9521/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Health capital funding was outlined in the Public Service Estimates for 2018. The following table outlines the breakdown of Health capital funding from 2018 to 2021.

Department of Health Capital Funding

2018

2019

2020

2021

€m

€m

€m

€m

HSE - Building, equipping and furnishing health facilities (Subhead L2/3)

418

567

609

645

HSE - ICT – information systems (Subhead L4)

60

85

100

120

Capital for other directly funded agencies (building, equipping and furnishings and ICT) and Department of Health (building, equipping and furnishings and ICT) (Subheads A5 and L1)

15

15

15

15

Hospital Services

Ceisteanna (421, 424)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

421. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 25 of 8 February 2018 and in view of the findings of the expert clinical team, if these theatres will no longer be used for surgery; if so, if surgery will resume only when the modular theatres are operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9538/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

424. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 25 of 8 February 2018, when the assessment by the expert clinical team which found that the existing theatre design does not meet surgical standards was carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9541/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 421 and 424 together.

As the queries raised by the Deputy relate to service matters, I have asked the HSE to respond directly.

Hospital Services

Ceisteanna (422)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

422. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 25 of 8 February 2018, the number of persons whose appointments for surgery have been cancelled due to the closure of two orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park hospital (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9539/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.

Hospital Services

Question No. 424 answered with Question No. 421.

Ceisteanna (423)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

423. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 25 of 8 February 2018, the alternative arrangements made in hospitals outside of the 88 persons seen at University Hospital Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9540/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.

Question No. 424 answered with Question No. 421.

Hospital Services

Ceisteanna (425)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

425. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 25 of 8 February 2018, the assessment by an expert clinical team that had been carried out in advance of the leaks at the theatres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9542/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.

Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (426)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

426. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) is on a waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9551/18]

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.

Mental Health Services Staff

Ceisteanna (427)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

427. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 809 of 16 January 2018, the number of locum clinical staff in general who were not qualified for their position; the number of locum staff who do not meet the criteria for filling the post they are covering on a permanent basis; the number of locum positions there have been over the past ten years; the periods of time and the proportion of this time that locum consultant child psychiatrists have not been on the specialist register for child psychiatry; when the current locums applied for inclusion on the specialist register; and the outcome of same. [9553/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

Neuro-Rehabilitation Services

Ceisteanna (428, 429, 430, 431)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

428. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 422 to 424, inclusive, of 6 February 2018, the way in which the stroke services in community healthcare organisation area 6, CHO 6 and community healthcare organisation area 7, CHO 7, are involved with the planning of collaborative care pathways (details supplied); the way in which the early supported discharge team is incorporated in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9554/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

429. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 422 to 424, inclusive, of 6 February 2018, his views on whether enough collaboration has taken place with the national stroke programme and ESD teams on the implementation plan (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9555/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

430. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 422 to 424, inclusive, of 6 February 2018, the details of the planned further engagement with the national clinical programme for stroke by the steering group for the national policy and strategy for the provision of neuro-rehabilitation services in Ireland (details supplied); the way in which stroke services are planned to be integrated within the clinical care pathways in respect of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9556/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

431. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 422 to 424, inclusive, of 6 February 2018, the process by which the national clinical programmes feed into the national policy and strategy for the provision of neuro-rehabilitation services in Ireland through the Office of the National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Acute Hospitals; the number of meetings the office had with the national clinical programmes in respect of the plan; if a feedback mechanism has been set up for the programmes to actively respond and engage with the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9557/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 428 to 431, inclusive, together.

The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish "a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community". The development of an implementation framework for the National Policy & Strategy for the provision of Neuro-rehabilitation Services in Ireland is a matter for the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The HSE’s Social Care Division and its Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress this.

The detailed information sought by the Deputy in terms of this work is a service matter for the HSE. Accordingly I have arranged for the Deputy’s questions to be referred to the Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.