IDA Ireland Data

Ceisteanna (151)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

151. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Question No. 150 of 16 January 2019, if she will provide the breakdown as per the format presented in Parliamentary Questions Nos. 146, 147, 148 and 149 of 18 January 2018 with data (details supplied) for 2017 and 2018, in tabular form. [4553/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

My Department and its agencies are working towards ambitious targets to ensure that employment and investment are distributed as evenly as possible across the country. I am pleased to say that significant progress is being made with 58% of all IDA employment now outside of Dublin. This represents the highest number of people employed by IDA clients outside of Dublin in the history of the organisation. 2018 saw more IDA jobs added in the regions than at any time over the past 17 years.

I am determined, together with the IDA, to see this trend continue and we will be doing everything possible in 2019 to encourage more firms to invest further in the regions.

The following table provides, in the format requested, a detailed breakdown of employment by IDA Ireland client companies for 2017 and 2018.

County Name

2017

2018

Cavan

1.Number of Companies

7

7

Cavan

2.Total Jobs

1155

1096

Cavan

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

31

15

Cavan

4.Job Losses

-79

-74

Cavan

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

-48

-59

Donegal

1.Number of Companies

12

12

Donegal

2.Total Jobs

3392

3564

Donegal

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

378

212

Donegal

4.Job Losses

-25

-40

Donegal

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

353

172

Leitrim

1.Number of Companies

5

5

Leitrim

2.Total Jobs

884

909

Leitrim

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

84

26

Leitrim

4.Job Losses

-3

-1

Leitrim

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

81

25

Louth

1.Number of Companies

24

28

Louth

2.Total Jobs

3764

3903

Louth

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

346

349

Louth

4.Job Losses

-185

-210

Louth

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

161

139

Monaghan

1.Number of Companies

5

5

Monaghan

2.Total Jobs

150

162

Monaghan

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

14

13

Monaghan

4.Job Losses

-1

-1

Monaghan

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

13

12

Sligo

1.Number of Companies

21

23

Sligo

2.Total Jobs

2238

2251

Sligo

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

66

184

Sligo

4.Job Losses

-169

-171

Sligo

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

-103

13

Dublin

1.Number of Companies

734

763

Dublin

2.Total Jobs

90529

96760

Dublin

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

12340

11039

Dublin

4.Job Losses

-5192

-4808

Dublin

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

7148

6231

Kildare

1.Number of Companies

28

29

Kildare

2.Total Jobs

8452

8838

Kildare

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

499

639

Kildare

4.Job Losses

-1787

-253

Kildare

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

-1288

386

Meath

1.Number of Companies

18

19

Meath

2.Total Jobs

1565

1632

Meath

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

70

122

Meath

4.Job Losses

-166

-55

Meath

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

-96

67

Wicklow

1.Number of Companies

18

18

Wicklow

2.Total Jobs

2230

2618

Wicklow

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

78

411

Wicklow

4.Job Losses

-82

-23

Wicklow

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

-4

388

Laois

1.Number of Companies

4

4

Laois

2.Total Jobs

134

122

Laois

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

5

4

Laois

4.Job Losses

-2

-16

Laois

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

3

-12

Longford

1.Number of Companies

5

6

Longford

2.Total Jobs

745

900

Longford

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

207

171

Longford

4.Job Losses

-245

-16

Longford

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

-38

155

Offaly

1.Number of Companies

11

11

Offaly

2.Total Jobs

1167

1232

Offaly

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

108

78

Offaly

4.Job Losses

-48

-13

Offaly

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

60

65

Westmeath

1.Number of Companies

19

21

Westmeath

2.Total Jobs

2973

3466

Westmeath

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

240

502

Westmeath

4.Job Losses

-16

-9

Westmeath

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

224

493

Clare

1.Number of Companies

64

66

Clare

2.Total Jobs

7006

6948

Clare

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

653

494

Clare

4.Job Losses

-393

-552

Clare

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

260

-58

Limerick

1.Number of Companies

57

56

Limerick

2.Total Jobs

10607

11796

Limerick

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

1069

1458

Limerick

4.Job Losses

-289

-269

Limerick

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

780

1189

Tipperary North Riding

1.Number of Companies

3

3

Tipperary North

2.Total Jobs

335

204

Tipperary North

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

7

99

Tipperary North

4.Job Losses

0

-230

Tipperary North

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

7

-131

Carlow

1.Number of Companies

7

7

Carlow

2.Total Jobs

875

1150

Carlow

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

75

275

Carlow

4.Job Losses

-2

0

Carlow

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

73

275

Kilkenny

1.Number of Companies

5

5

Kilkenny

2.Total Jobs

716

711

Kilkenny

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

72

36

Kilkenny

4.Job Losses

-118

-41

Kilkenny

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

-46

-5

Tipperary South

1.Number of Companies

7

7

Tipperary South

2.Total Jobs

3330

3516

Tipperary South

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

334

197

Tipperary South

4.Job Losses

-44

-11

Tipperary South

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

290

186

Waterford

1.Number of Companies

38

38

Waterford

2.Total Jobs

6690

7064

Waterford

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

522

471

Waterford

4.Job Losses

-85

-97

Waterford

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

437

374

Wexford

1.Number of Companies

19

19

Wexford

2.Total Jobs

2987

3139

Wexford

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

284

171

Wexford

4.Job Losses

-37

-19

Wexford

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

247

152

Cork

1.Number of Companies

166

169

Cork

2.Total Jobs

36780

38867

Cork

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

2697

3177

Cork

4.Job Losses

-1252

-1090

Cork

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

1445

2087

Kerry

1.Number of Companies

14

17

Kerry

2.Total Jobs

2187

2241

Kerry

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

106

122

Kerry

4.Job Losses

-16

-68

Kerry

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

90

54

Galway

1.Number of Companies

78

81

Galway

2.Total Jobs

18503

19969

Galway

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

2253

1971

Galway

4.Job Losses

-791

-505

Galway

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created))

1462

1466

Mayo

1.Number of Companies

16

16

Mayo

2.Total Jobs

4484

4828

Mayo

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

294

426

Mayo

4.Job Losses

-24

-82

Mayo

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

270

344

Roscommon

1.Number of Companies

9

9

Roscommon

2.Total Jobs

1139

1171

Roscommon

3.New Jobs Created (Gross)

164

123

Roscommon

4.Job Losses

-10

-91

Roscommon

5.Net Change (Additional Jobs created)

154

32

Grand Total

1.Number of Companies

1394

1444

Grand Total

2.Total Jobs

215017

229057

Grand Total

3.New Jobs Created (Gross Total Jobs)

22996

22785

Grand Total

4.Job Losses

-11061

-8745

Grand Total

5.Net Change (Additional jobs created)

11935

14040

Departmental Staff Data

Ceisteanna (152)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

152. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of staff working in the procurement area for major State infrastructure projects in her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4571/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The productive investments undertaken by my Department to support Irish based enterprise and innovation development are done primarily through the form of grant offerings to agency client companies and to higher education institutions.

The Department is not directly involved in large-scale State infrastructural projects. Therefore no staff of the Department are involved in procurement for such projects.

Notwithstanding this, staff in my Department engaged in public procurement for goods and services apply the guidelines published by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP). Furthermore, staff are guided by the expertise that resides in the OGP, and where appropriate use existing framework agreements put in place by the experts in the OGP, ensuring my staff can be confident that they are meeting their compliance obligations.

The OGP organise procurement in the public service under a unified structure to ensure that the procurement expertise and experience that exists is harnessed and applied consistently to public procurement activities.

Enterprise Support Schemes

Ceisteanna (153, 154)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

153. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the grant aid available towards the provision of enterprise centres by community groups or local statutory agencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4682/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

154. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if grant aid will be made available towards the provision of small industrial units and work spaces for start-up businesses; if such a scheme will be initiated for the Border region to assist with economic development; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4683/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 and 154 together.

My Department is committed to supporting enterprise development throughout the country. Enterprise Ireland (EI), has approved funding to enable community groups throughout the country to develop the entrepreneurial talent in their area and support innovative business ideas to create jobs.

In 2016 Enterprise Ireland awarded €3 million to 32 projects under the Community Enterprise Fund. The goal of this initiative was to stimulate and support enterprise and job creation throughout the country at local, community and regional level.

Under the current Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), the Government, through EI, awarded €60 million to 42 projects in across all regions to build enterprise capability. This competitive fund had four funding streams, one of which was targeted specifically at local and community enterprise. Under this initiative 7 projects were funded.

EI funding has also supported the development of a national network of business innovation centres and specialist bio-incubation facilities under the Campus Innovation Programme. Incubators now exist on every university and Institute of technology Campus in the country. Such facilities are an important element of public assistance for technology-intensive start-ups, and also an important driver of regional development. The majority of companies who participate in the programme remain in their region after they have completed their incubation period.

The centres provide critical space for research-driven start-up companies and make available a wide range of support services and business mentoring.

In 2016 EI approved further funding for extensions to three existing Incubation Centres (Athlone Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology).

At present there are 1,748 people employed in companies in Enterprise Ireland funded incubation centres. There are 3 incubation centres in the Border region:

- IT Sligo (Innovation Centre): currently has 22 companies employing 75 people.

- Letterkenny IT (CoLab): currently has 32 companies employing 124 people.

- Dundalk IT (Regional Development Centre): currently has 15 companies employing 87 people.

EI has co-funded, with local enterprise development groups, 157 Community Enterprise Centres across the country totaling €64 million. There is now a Community Enterprise Centre located in every county. The agency has also provided €2m, via competitive funding, to support the role of 46 Business Development Function/Managers in Community Enterprise Centres. These centers collectively employ approximately 6,000 people across 1,200 companies and are key hubs of enterprise activity in many areas.

IDA Ireland Portfolio

Ceisteanna (155)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

155. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if there have been developments regarding the possible location of an inward investment project at a location (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4691/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

As is well-documented, IDA Ireland is helping ensure, through its Regional Property Programme, that property solutions are in place for overseas companies considering investing or expanding in regional areas.

As part of Budget 2019, I allocated an additional €10m for the next phase of the IDA Regional Property Programme. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that programme includes plans for an Advanced Technology Unit (ATU) at Knockaconny, County Monaghan. The IDA are currently in the process of procuring a design and delivery team for this facility.

More broadly, I want to emphasise that creating jobs in the regions is a priority for both the IDA and my Department. I am focused on doing everything I can to deliver the most even possible spread of investment across the country. The resources we have invested into regional growth is, as the evidence illustrates, producing results. In 2018, for example, the IDA delivered 113 regional investments with 56% of net new jobs created outside Dublin. The last four years have seen over 44,000 new foreign direct investment-supported jobs created outside the capital. We will continue to do our utmost to encourage further such job growth across all parts of Ireland, including Monaghan, in the time ahead.

IDA Ireland Portfolio

Ceisteanna (156)

Eugene Murphy

Ceist:

156. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of IDA premises in counties Roscommon and Galway. [4699/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

IDA Ireland has a total of five buildings in County Galway. Three of these premises are occupied and two of them are being actively marketed to clients through its network of offices in Ireland and overseas. The IDA does not own any buildings in Roscommon but operates a Business and Technology Park there with available land that is being actively marketed to existing and prospective clients.

More broadly, the trend in foreign direct investment remains positive for both Counties, with Roscommon and Galway respectively seeing a 3% and 8% increase in 2018. The IDA will be working hard in 2019 to grow those numbers further.

Hospital Services

Ceisteanna (157)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

157. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the timeline for the roll-out of new national trauma centres, including the planned trauma centre at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital; the deadlines for submissions, decisions and implementation in respect of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4444/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Report of the Trauma Steering Group was approved by Government in February 2018. An interim implementation group has been established by the HSE, as recommended in the report, and is progressing the four immediate actions (orthopaedic bypass protocols, selection of Major Trauma Centre for Dublin, recruitment of National Clinical Lead and detailed implementation planning).

No decisions have been made in relation to the preferred location of the Major Trauma Centre for the Central Network.

The implementation group is currently undertaking a public consultation exercise on the proposed draft service specifications for Major Trauma Centres and Trauma Units in Ireland and on the approach and process for the designation of the Major Trauma Centre and two Trauma Units for the Central Network. This is to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide feedback in advance of formal submissions being requested. This public consultation exercise will close on 14 February 2019.

Following the public consultation exercise, it is expected that the formal designation process will commence, with each of the Dublin Hospital Groups (Ireland East Hospital Group, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and RCSI Hospital Group) invited to make submissions for hospitals within their Group to be designated as the Major Trauma Centre or as a Trauma Unit for the Central Trauma Network.

An Independent Assessment Panel comprised of local and international experts will review and score the written proposals in line with the service specifications and assessment criteria, will conduct site visits to the hospital sites and will meet with Hospital Group management and other key representatives as part of the assessment process.

The panel will make a recommendation to the HSE's trauma implementation group, which in turn will make a recommendation to my Department in relation to the preferred location for the Major Trauma Centre and two Trauma Units for the Central Trauma Network.

Health Services Staff Remuneration

Ceisteanna (158)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

158. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) was entitled to pay increments from 1983 and pension entitlements arising from the increments in view of the fact the person was a full-time employee; and if the record of payments and entitlements will be made available. [4452/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Disability Services Provision

Ceisteanna (159)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

159. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 139 of 7 November 2018, the progress made in providing the level of care urgently required by a person (details supplied); if the HSE has had discussions with an organisation in County Kilkenny; if so, the outcome of the discussions and the decisions taken; his plans to provide respite services in counties Carlow and Kilkenny for such persons; if a personal healthcare plan will be put in place for the person covering all aspects of the care required; if the case will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4455/19]

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.

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's question relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Card Administration

Ceisteanna (160)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

160. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health the reason prescriptions issued by hospitals are not valid on medical cards unless reissued by the green form system by the general practitioner of the person; if his attention has been drawn to the undue stress this causes elderly and ill persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4461/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Community Intervention Teams

Ceisteanna (161)

Marc MacSharry

Ceist:

161. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Health the reason no tender process was carried out for the appointment of the community intervention team following discharges from Sligo University Hospital; the reason a company was appointed without an appropriate tender process in line with established public procurement protocols; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4474/19]

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.

Hospital Appointments Delays

Ceisteanna (162)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

162. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health the length of time a person (details supplied) will have to wait for an appointment for a pain management consultation in University Hospital Limerick; the average wait time for these appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4475/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Improving access to hospital treatment is a key priority for government. Budget 2019 announced a funding increase from €55 million to €75 million to the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) to provide treatment for patients.

My Department is working closely with the NTPF and the HSE to finalise a Scheduled Care Access Plan for inpatients/day case and outpatients for 2019. In this regard, the NTPF and the HSE will continue to work closely with Hospital Groups, inviting proposals to improve access for patients waiting for either Inpatient/Daycase or Outpatient procedures.

The NTPF advise that the average wait time for an Outpatient appointment for Pain Relief in University Hospital Limerick is 354 days.

In relation to the patient query element of the question, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (163)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

163. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if an appointment for surgery in a hospital will take place nearer to home in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4476/19]

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.

Hospital Appointments Administration

Ceisteanna (164)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

164. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health the reason an appointment for a person (details supplied) in Louth County Hospital was cancelled. [4479/19]

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.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (165)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

165. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if an appointment will be scheduled for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4486/19]

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.

Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (166)

Jackie Cahill

Ceist:

166. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Health if children who have been referred for orthodontic procedures here and are on a waiting list can have the procedures done under the treatment purchase fund or another scheme abroad; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4503/19]

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.

Health Services Staff Data

Ceisteanna (167)

Frank O'Rourke

Ceist:

167. Deputy Frank O'Rourke asked the Minister for Health the number of dieticians employed by the HSE across the service; the number of dieticians employed by location and-or primary care centre in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4514/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (168)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Ceist:

168. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a hospital admission date will be arranged for a person (details supplied). [4517/19]

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.

Health Services Staff Data

Ceisteanna (169)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

169. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the turnover of nursing and midwifery staff across the health service over 2017. [4535/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

HSE Agency Staff Data

Ceisteanna (170)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the number of agency nursing and midwifery staff employed in the health system; and the annual cost for agency nursing and midwifery staff in 2017 and 2018, respectively. [4536/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Maternity Services

Ceisteanna (171)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

171. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 97 of 18 October 2016, the steps taken since 2017 to address the deficit in midwifery staff in the four largest maternity hospitals; and the current deficit in midwifery staff in the same hospitals. [4537/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (172)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

172. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the status of knee replacement surgery for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4549/19]

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.

Counselling Services Provision

Ceisteanna (173)

John Brady

Ceist:

173. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health the reporting mechanisms being used to monitor the successes and shortcomings with regard to the telecounselling service being piloted in south County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4551/19]

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.

Counselling Services Provision

Ceisteanna (174)

John Brady

Ceist:

174. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health the reports which will be published on the telecounselling service being piloted in south County Wicklow; when these reports will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4552/19]

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.

Departmental Staff Data

Ceisteanna (175)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

175. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health the number of staff working in the procurement area for major State infrastructure projects in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4580/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Currently the Department of Health operates a devolved procurement function whereby individual Units are responsible for carrying out their own procurement exercises. Due to this arrangement it would not be feasible to accurately calculate the number of staff working throughout my Department in the procurement area. However staff involved in procurement in the Department of Health must comply with all applicable EU and national procurement law and guidelines.

As the HSE is responsible for the delivery of major health care infrastructure projects, the Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in relation to the number of staff working in the procurement area for these projects.