Medical Conditions

Ceisteanna (201)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

201. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) qualifies for illness or disability benefit in view of their medical condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40374/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I wish to inform the Deputy that eligibility for Disability Allowance comes within the remit of my colleague the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Disability Support Services

Ceisteanna (202)

Margaret Murphy O'Mahony

Ceist:

202. Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons moved out of congregated settings in each CHO to date in 2019; the number of persons in congregated settings that have died to date in 2019; the number of persons in each CHO in a congregated setting at the end of September 2019; and the equivalent figure for the end of December 2018. [40402/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion” proposes a new model of support in the community moving people from Congregated settings to the community in line with Government policy. The Report identified around 4000 people (based on 2008 census) with disabilities in Ireland living in congregated settings, defined as a residential setting where people live with ten or more people.

The Programme for Partnership Government contains a commitment to continue to move people with disabilities out of congregated settings, to enable them to live independently and to be included in the community.  The objective is to reduce this figure by one-third by 2021 and ultimately, to eliminate all congregated settings.

By the end of this year, we will have exceeded this target and under 2,100 people with a disability will remain living in congregated settings. I want to emphasise that the appropriate supports and resources are being put in place to ensure that people are supported as they move out of residential centres. The model of care for individuals will be based on a person centred plan (PCP). The PCP may change over time in line with an individual’s needs and circumstances and the model of service delivery applicable at a particular time.

Any opportunity for residents to live in smaller settings in the community will come after considerable planning and discussion with those residents and their families. It will be on the basis that it will enhance their life, and anyone who moves will continue to access the services they require.

The HSE has prioritised the transition of a further 160 people from congregated settings in 2019 under its Service Plan, and I am informed that 59 people have moved into their homes in the community at the end of June this year.

As the HSE is responsible for leading out on the recommendations of "Time to Move on from Congregated Settings - A Strategy for Community Inclusion", I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy in relation to the questions posed.

Disability Support Services

Ceisteanna (203)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

203. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if a request from an association (details supplied) for additional resources will be provided for the delivery of services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40403/19]

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

Questions Nos. 205 to 222, inclusive, answered with Question No. 177.

Ceisteanna (204)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

204. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health when additional capacity will be provided to improve services and reduce waiting times for assessment and procedure (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40404/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Reducing waiting time for patients for hospital operations and procedures is a key priority for Government. In this regard, the Government is committed to improving waiting times for hospital appointments and procedures.

Budget 2019 announced that the Government has further increased investment in tackling waiting lists, with funding to the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) increasing from €55 million in 2018 to €75 million in 2019. The joint Department of Health/HSE/NTPF Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 was published in March and sets out measures to improve access for patients waiting for scheduled care this year. The plan places a strong focus on ten high-volume Inpatient/Day Case procedures. 

The NTPF advise that over recent months they have placed a particular focus on engaging with hospital groups and individual hospitals to identify orthopaedic waiting list proposals. The NTPF welcomes proposals from all acute hospitals for initiatives to improve access for patients on 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.

Questions Nos. 205 to 222, inclusive, answered with Question No. 177.