Hospital Admissions

Ceisteanna (244)

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

244. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a bed at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital. [44330/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Data

Ceisteanna (245)

James Browne

Ceist:

245. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in each LHO area waiting for a CAMHS appointment; and the number waiting 0 to 12, 12 to 26, 26 to 52 and more than 52 weeks, respectively. [44344/18]

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.

Cancer Screening Programmes

Ceisteanna (246)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

246. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if the HSE has signed up to use a laboratory (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44346/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Screening saves lives. CervicalCheck has been successful in reducing cervical cancer rates in Ireland and, as Dr Scally stated in his report on the issues relating to CervicalCheck, which was published on the website of my Department on 12 September, continuation of the screening service in the coming months is of crucial importance. Dr Scally's report provided welcome reassurance about the quality management processes in the laboratories currently contracted by CervicalCheck, and confirmed that he found no reason why the existing contracts for laboratory services should not continue until the new HPV regime is introduced.

The HSE has now advised that Heads of Agreement have been signed with the laboratories contracted by CervicalCheck, to extend their contracts pending the introduction of HPV testing as the primary screening test. This allows for the continuation of the service without interruption.

The switch to HPV testing as the primary screening mechanism for the CervicalCheck programme will involve a reconfiguration of the laboratory work involved, and will be subject to a tendering process for any work carried out outside the public sector.

Departmental Staff Data

Ceisteanna (247)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

247. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the breakdown of staff in his Department by grade. [44357/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The breakdown of the staff by grade in my Department is set out in the table. 

 Grade

 Number (Whole Time Equivalent)

 Secretary General

 1

 Deputy Secretary General

 4

 Assistant Secretary

 7

 Director

 1

 Ministerial Adviser

 6

 Principal Officer

 46.33

 Assistant Principal

 127.33

 Higher Executive Officer

 86.89

 Administrative Officer

 40.6

 Executive Officer

 71.45

 Clerical Officer

 62.4

 Temporary Clerical Officer

 2

 Service Officer

 6

 Ministerial Driver

 8

 Total

 470

Hospital Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (248)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Ceist:

248. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) who has not been prioritised in view of the severity of their condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44367/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.

HSE Staff

Question No. 250 answered with Question No. 216.

Ceisteanna (249)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

249. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the reason legal fees can or cannot be returned to persons (details supplied). [44371/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Minister for Health has no role in determining the refund of legal fees. 

Question No. 250 answered with Question No. 216.

Departmental Correspondence

Ceisteanna (251)

John Brassil

Ceist:

251. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the outcome of inquiries made in relation to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44394/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

My Department has contacted the Deputy's Office in relation to this case and the matter is being resolved.

Rare Diseases Strategy

Ceisteanna (252)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

252. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the details of the chair and composition of the technical review committee on rare diseases; and his views on whether a conflict of interest exists between the independent NCPE and the technical review committee. [44418/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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

Ceisteanna (253)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

253. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the terms of reference for the technical review committee on rare diseases; and the timeline for review. [44419/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Rare Diseases

Ceisteanna (254)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

254. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the mechanism in place to facilitate patient engagement in order that the views of SMA sufferers and their families can be factored into a decision arrived at in view of the fact that the technical review committee on rare diseases comprises patient representatives also. [44420/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Suicide Bereavement Support

Ceisteanna (255)

James Browne

Ceist:

255. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the LHO areas that have a suicide bereavement liaison worker in tabular form. [44427/18]

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.

Mental Health Services Staff

Ceisteanna (256)

James Browne

Ceist:

256. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the development of adult and child mental health intellectual disability teams in 2018; and the number of additional new staff appointed to date in 2018. [44428/18]

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.