Hospital Equipment

Ceisteanna (175)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

175. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 159 of 23 October 2018 and the response from the HSE, when capital works, that is, new building works to accommodate a CT scanner will be completed at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, County Westmeath. [1923/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.

Medical Card Applications

Ceisteanna (176)

James Browne

Ceist:

176. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if a medical card application by a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1926/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

Services for People with Disabilities

Ceisteanna (177)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

177. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will address a matter in relation to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1930/19]

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.

Hospital Procedures

Questions Nos. 179 to 181, inclusive, answered with Question No. 171.

Ceisteanna (178)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

178. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the number of procedures carried out in UHK (details supplied) for certain time periods; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1932/19]

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.

Questions Nos. 179 to 181, inclusive, answered with Question No. 171.

Hospital Services

Question No. 183 answered with Question No. 171.

Ceisteanna (182)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

182. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health if a new 50-bed permanent unit is in the HSE capital plan; if so, when it will be delivered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1937/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this development at South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel.

Question No. 183 answered with Question No. 171.

Hospital Services

Ceisteanna (184)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

184. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health his plans for future services in Our Lady’s Hospital, Cashel; if there will be an increase of service provision at the hospital; if so, the details of same; when they will become operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1950/19]

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.

Hospital Appointments Status

Ceisteanna (185)

Michael Harty

Ceist:

185. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive an appointment with University Hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1951/19]

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.

Vaccination Programme

Ceisteanna (186)

John Brassil

Ceist:

186. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the steps being taken to prevent further meningitis outbreaks; the steps being taken to encourage update of the vaccine and the booster shot for persons under 16 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1952/19]

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.

Mental Health Services

Ceisteanna (187)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

187. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the assistance which will be provided to a group (details supplied) that provide a service in the area of mental health services in securing a long-term premises to lease. [1953/19]

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.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Ceisteanna (188)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

188. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding section 3B of the fair deal scheme application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1964/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) is a system of financial support for those in need of long-term nursing home care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their income and assets while the State pays the balance of the cost. The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone and that people are cared for in the most appropriate settings.

Under the primary legislation an NHSS applicant may apply for certain items of expenditure to be taken into account and netted off against their means prior to the calculation of their contribution. These items are referred to as allowable deductions. An applicant can apply for the following to be deducted:

- Health Expenses such a doctors' fees, pharmacy costs and prescription charges;

- Interest on loans related to the applicants principal primary residence;

- Rent Payments; and

- Property Tax.

As the deputy makes reference to health expenses and medical cards I wish to confirm that eligibility for a medical card has no relevance as to what health expenses an applicant can apply for as an allowable deduction when applying to the scheme.

Vaccination Programme

Question No. 190 answered with Question No. 171.

Ceisteanna (189)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

189. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the number of children that have been vaccinated with the meningitis B vaccine since it was introduced in October 2016; the rates of incidence of meningitis B since 2010 per age group; the rates of meningitis B versus meningitis C since 2010; and the rates of meningitis B and C compared to EU rates since 2010. [1970/19]

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.

Question No. 190 answered with Question No. 171.

Primary Care Centres Provision

Ceisteanna (191)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

191. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the details, including locations and indicative timelines, of plans for the roll-out of primary care centres across Cork city and county; the details of the various stages in the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2002/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.

Services for People with Disabilities

Ceisteanna (192)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

192. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to ensure that a replacement nurse with expertise in disability services is appointed to the child disability services team in Springfield, Mullingar, County Westmeath (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2015/19]

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.

Infectious Diseases

Ceisteanna (193)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

193. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the strains of meningitis responsible for the latest outbreak; the age breakdown of those affected; the regions they were based; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2018/19]

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.