Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Ceisteanna (115, 116)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

115. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of nurses employed to assist with persons who have Parkinson's disease; his plans to employ more nurses in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22967/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

116. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health his plans to assist persons with Parkinson's disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22968/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 and 116 together.

Health services are provided and funded by the HSE. The objective of the HSE, as stated in the Health Act, is to use the resources available to it in the most beneficial, effective and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health and welfare of the public.

The HSE National Service Plan 2019 was published on 20 December 2018. The Service Plan sets out the type and volume of services that the HSE will provide for a budget of over €16 billion.

Each year the HSE sets out the type and volume of health and social care services that it will provide in its National Service Plan, having regard to the level of funding provided to it. It includes a National Scorecard of priority areas to be reported against and a National Performance Indicator suite which sets out a wide range of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) against which progress is reported on throughout the year.

KPIs fall into one of four key quadrants:

- Finance, Governance and Compliance;

- Workforce;

- Access and Integration;

- Quality and Safety.

As the Deputy's questions relate to the provision of services, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.