Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Ceisteanna (995)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

995. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if the delays being experienced by a person (details supplied) due to HSE guidelines will be addressed; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the person needs the specially made shoes to be able to walk; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the person has been waiting for more than a year due to HSE guidelines and cases being dealt with on a priority basis; and if he will direct the HSE to expedite the case. [35622/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

Ceisteanna (996)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

996. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if assistance to purchase an item will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35625/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Disability Services Provision

Ceisteanna (997)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

997. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his plans to reinstate a multi-annual funding model for organisations in the disability sector, as advocated by the multi-annual investment programme proposal of the Oireachtas disability group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35634/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Sláintecare Implementation Strategy commits to reform the funding system to support new models of care and drive value to make better use of resources. In this regard, the Department is examining the feasibility of implementing multi-annual budgeting in the healthcare system.

Departmental Customer Charters

Ceisteanna (998)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

998. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of complaints his Department received under the customer service charter in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; if his attention has been drawn to issues and or problems in having complaints registered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35646/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Since my time as Minister, no complaints have been made or processed through the formal complaints procedure.

The customer service function in my Department manages complaints in the form of emails to complaints@health.gov.ie and customer service telephone calls.

The Department adheres to the Principles of Quality Customer Services as set in our Quality Customer Action Plan and our Customer Charter. Our customer complaints procedure is published on the Department's website. (https://health.gov.ie/about-us/customer-charter)

The Complaints Procedure covers complaints about issues, including delays in responding to correspondence and the use of Irish. The complaints procedure does not cover:

- Matters of policy;

- Complaints relating to a hospital/the HSE or other health agencies;

- Matters that are the subject of litigation; or

- Matters that have been referred to the Ombudsman or Information Commissioner.

Through Your Service Your Say, the Health Service Executive offers service users a vital avenue for feedback, and by collecting and classifying complaints data supports organisational learning by enabling the collective voice of complainants to inform healthcare development.

Rehabilitation Training Allowance Payments

Ceisteanna (999)

Gino Kenny

Ceist:

999. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to reverse the decision to cut from September 2019 onwards the training grant for persons with disabilities who participate in rehabilitative training; if his attention has been drawn to the extra costs associated with participation in such training, the impact it will have on the limited income of persons with disabilities and the barriers to engagement in training it may subsequently present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35652/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

This 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. The 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 payment of the Rehabilitative Training (RT) Bonus came into place on the transition of Rehabilitative / Training Programmes to the HSE following the dissolution of the National Rehabilitation Board in June 2000.

The decision to phase out the Rehabilitative Training (RT) Bonus payment is designed to bring equity and consistency between people with a disability attending HSE funded rehabilitative training programmes who receive the payment, and those attending similar HSE funded Day Services or in other State schemes such as further education and training, who do not.

This action will ensure all HSE funded Day Services are provided on an equitable basis and will also ensure that the use of finite resources is maximised.

The Rehabilitative Training (RT) Bonus Payment is a historical payment, introduced in July 2001, aligned with a similar FÁS Training Bonus. However, during 2011 the FÁS Training Bonus was reduced to €20.00 and then eliminated the following year while to date the RT Bonus Payment has continued to be paid in the Health Sector

It is worth remembering that:

- There is no cut in the number of RT places available

- There is no cut in payment of the bonus - those who have it will continue to receive it for the remainder of their RT Placement

- All participants continue to be eligible for Disability Allowance of €203 per week

- All participants continue to be eligible for a free travel pass

- No expectation of an additional RT bonus payment has been created by HSE for 2019 participants

The redirected funding (€3.7 m over 4 years), which will be ring-fenced, will facilitate 148 full day placements or 370 enhanced day places nationally based on priority need.

Each CHO will have the flexibility to redirect its own savings to address local service requirements. The HSE will put in place a monitoring system and regularly report the additional placements realised to the Department of Health.

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Ceisteanna (1000)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

1000. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of medical items for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35664/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (1001)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

1001. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of braces for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35666/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Services for People with Disabilities

Ceisteanna (1002, 1003, 1004, 1005)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

1002. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number and percentage of applications of assessments of needs under the Disability Act 2005 commenced within three months of a completed application being received, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35667/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

1003. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number and percentage of applications, by county, for assessments of needs under the Disability Act 2005 concluded within six months of a completed application being received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35668/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

1004. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number and percentage of applications, by county, for assessments of needs under the Disability Act 2005 overdue for completion at three, six, 12 and 18 months respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35669/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

1005. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number and percentage of applications for assessments of needs under the Disability Act 2005 in which a referral was made under section 8(3) of the Act, by county. [35670/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1002 to 1005, inclusive, together.

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.

HSE Staff Recruitment

Ceisteanna (1006)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

1006. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the position with regard to a post in the HSE not being filled (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35672/19]

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.

Rehabilitation Training Allowance Payments

Ceisteanna (1007)

John Curran

Ceist:

1007. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health if the decision recently made by the HSE to cease paying the rehabilitative training allowance of €31.80 per week to approximately 400 applicants, who are persons with disabilities, for a rehabilitative training programme will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35678/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

This 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. The 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 payment of the Rehabilitative Training (RT) Bonus came into place on the transition of Rehabilitative / Training Programmes to the HSE following the dissolution of the National Rehabilitation Board in June 2000.

The decision to phase out the Rehabilitative Training (RT) Bonus payment is designed to bring equity and consistency between people with a disability attending HSE funded rehabilitative training programmes who receive the payment, and those attending similar HSE funded Day Services or in other State schemes such as further education and training, who do not.

This action will ensure all HSE funded Day Services are provided on an equitable basis and will also ensure that the use of finite resources is maximised.

The Rehabilitative Training (RT) Bonus Payment is a historical payment, introduced in July 2001, aligned with a similar FÁS Training Bonus. However, during 2011 the FÁS Training Bonus was reduced to €20.00 and then eliminated the following year while to date the RT Bonus Payment has continued to be paid in the Health Sector

It is worth remembering that:

- There is no cut in the number of RT places available

- There is no cut in payment of the bonus - those who have it will continue to receive it for the remainder of their RT Placement

- All participants continue to be eligible for Disability Allowance of €203 per week

- All participants continue to be eligible for a free travel pass

- No expectation of an additional RT bonus payment has been created by HSE for 2019 participants

The redirected funding (€3.7 m over 4 years), which will be ring-fenced, will facilitate 148 full day placements or 370 enhanced day places nationally based on priority need.

Each CHO will have the flexibility to redirect its own savings to address local service requirements. The HSE will put in place a monitoring system and regularly report the additional placements realised to the Department of Health.

Maternity Services

Ceisteanna (1008)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

1008. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health if he has requested information from the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street on shared services that are being provided to a clinic (details supplied); and his views on the nature of these shared services. [35683/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the query raised by the Deputy relates to an operational matter, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Medical Card Applications

Ceisteanna (1009)

Seamus Healy

Ceist:

1009. Deputy Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Health the status of a medical card application by a family (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35699/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

HSE Staff Recruitment

Ceisteanna (1010)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

1010. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to ensure positions are available for graduate nurses in a hospital (details supplied); his views on the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35702/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Provision

Ceisteanna (1011)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

1011. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health the rationale for County Meath having only three CAMHS teams in view of the fact that the population of the county is now more than 200,000 persons and that A Vision for Change indicates there should be one CAMHS team for every 50,000 persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35703/19]

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 Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (1012)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

1012. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) can expect an appointment. [35704/19]

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 (1013)

Pat Deering

Ceist:

1013. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be seen in Tallaght University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35705/19]

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 (1014)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

1014. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) can expect an appointment in CHI at Crumlin, Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35706/19]

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.

Home Care Packages

Ceisteanna (1015)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

1015. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) can expect an update on a revised application for funding in respect of a homecare package application. [35707/19]

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 Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (1016)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

1016. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35710/19]

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.

HSE Staff Recruitment

Ceisteanna (1017)

Brian Stanley

Ceist:

1017. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the appointment of a specialist eye doctor for County Laois; and when the service will resume. [35711/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Ceisteanna (1018)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

1018. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a procedure for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35713/19]

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.

HSE Staff Recruitment

Ceisteanna (1019)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

1019. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to ensure that all staff in HSE nursing homes are appropriately vetted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35717/19]

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.