Hospital Discharges

Ceisteanna (153)

James Browne

Ceist:

153. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if a hospital discharge will be arranged for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50482/19]

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.

Home Care Packages Provision

Ceisteanna (154)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

154. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure an increased home care package is put in place for a person (details supplied). [50485/19]

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 Administration

Ceisteanna (155)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

155. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the need in the context of the housing crisis to reform the operation of the fair deal scheme in order to encourage participants in the scheme to make their homes available for letting in order to alleviate the housing shortage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50486/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under NHSS rental income is considered income for the purpose of the financial assessment, and is assessed at 80% less any allowable deductions. Allowable deductions include income tax and, therefore, any income tax arising from rental income should be deducted; other deductions include some health expenses, levies required by law to be paid, and interest on some loans in respect of a person’s principal private residence.

Action 17 of the Strategy for the Rental Sector commits the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government (DHPLG) to examine the treatment, under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme's financial assessment, of income from the rental of a person's principal private residence where they move into long term residential care. My officials are working with DHPLG officials and examining a number of possible options. I am not in a position, however, to provide detail on these as discussions and detailed examination are ongoing and any potential proposals have not been finalised.

Departmental Bodies

Ceisteanna (156)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Ceist:

156. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the reason for the absence of a person (details supplied) who is an expert on endometriosis on the women’s health task force; and if there is another expert on the illness on the task force. [50492/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I established the Women's Health Taskforce in the Department of Health to improve health outcomes and experiences of healthcare for women. The Taskforce has been established for a two year period and is meeting regularly, there have been two full meetings to date with the third scheduled for December.

Membership of the Taskforce includes staff from multiple units within the Department of Health as well as representatives from the Department of Justice and Equality, the HSE, the National Women's Council of Ireland, the European Institute of Women's Health, the Institute of Public Health, and the Irish College of General Practitioners.

I wish to reassure the Deputy that while it is not possible to have a representative from every area of women's health participate directly on the Taskforce, listening to the experiences of women is central to its work.

Each week, external experts in the area of women's health meet with members of the Taskforce in the Department of Health to inform its work. This initiative has been underway since the Taskforce was established. The Endometriosis Association of Ireland recently presented to members of the Taskforce, highlighting this important issue which affects many women in Ireland.

In addition, the first action of the Taskforce is to lead a 'radical listening' exercise inviting women in Ireland to share their experiences of and solutions for the health system. There will be multiple opportunities for anyone interested to feed into the work of the Taskforce and I would encourage them to do so. The work of the Taskforce, as well as opportunities to engage, can be tracked on the Taskforce's webpage.

This information and data, combined with the other available evidence will form the basis for future policy and action to improve women's health in Ireland.

Medical Card Administration

Ceisteanna (157)

James Browne

Ceist:

157. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the HSE medical card section will not accept e-mails from former employers (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50500/19]

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.

HSE Funding

Ceisteanna (158)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

158. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Health the status of a revised application by an organisation (details supplied) for HSE funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50503/19]

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.

Home Help Service Provision

Ceisteanna (159)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

159. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if suitable home help hours will be put in place for a person (details supplied) as a matter of urgency. [50512/19]

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.

Rehabilitative Training Allowance Payments

Ceisteanna (160)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

160. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if disability organisations will be provided with funding to allow them to pay the full Christmas bonus to recipients of the rehabilitative training allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50530/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Government has decided to pay a Christmas Bonus of 100% of the weekly rate to recipients of the Rehabilitative Training (RT) Bonus payment, with payment to be made as early as possible in December 2019. Accordingly, the Health Service Executive (HSE) are authorised to arrange the payment to current recipients of the RT bonus.

As the issue is now a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services Provision

Ceisteanna (161)

Seán Haughey

Ceist:

161. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health if an appointment will be arranged for a person (details supplied) to see a nutritionist and or dietitian that specialises in helping persons with mental health issues; his plans to ensure that such a post is available for north County Dublin for outpatients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50539/19]

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.

Legislative Process

Ceisteanna (162)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

162. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health the number of Bills in his Department awaiting Committee Stage. [50550/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Two Department of Health Bills in the Government's Legislation Programme are currently referred for Committee Stage. Dáil Committee Stage for the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019 is scheduled for 4 December 2019 while the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Bill 2019 is awaiting Committee Stage in the Seanad.

Departmental Expenditure

Ceisteanna (163)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

163. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health the photography costs for his Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the costs incurred from use of the Ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy in his Department regarding the booking of photographers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50574/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The breakdown of photography costs from 2011 - 2019 is attached for the Department of Health. There were no costs incurred from the use of the Ministerial Allowance.

Photographers are booked from an OGP Framework.

Year

Description

Photography Service

Amount €

Annual Total

2011

No photography costs in year

Total

0

2012

No photography costs in year

Total

0

2013

Photographer attendance at Departmental meetings

Corporate HR Photography

553.50

2013

Launch of Healthy Ireland Report

Robbie Reynolds Photography

615.00

2013

Visit of the Chinese Minister for Health

Robbie Reynolds Photography

553.50

2013

Higgins Report Photography

Donagh Glavin Photgraphy

239.85

2013

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board Photography

1Image Photography

314.43

2013

Total

2,276.28

2014

Departmental staff Photography

Robbie Reynolds Photography

246.00

2014

Photographs of Healthy Ireland Council Members

Conor McCabe Photography

1,045.50

2014

Photography for Healthy Ireland Council Meeting

Conor McCabe Photography

430.50

2014

HSE / Aviva Photocall

Conor McCabe Photography

307.50

2014

Conference Photography

Robbie Reynolds Photography

369.00

2014

Conference Photography

Conor McCabe Photography

369.00

2014

Total

2,767.50

2015

Health Conference Photography

Robbie Reynolds Photography

738.00

2015

Total

738.00

2016

Ministerial Photocall

Conor McCabe Photography

553.50

2016

Values of Nursing Launch Photography

Event Photographer

301.35

2016

Photography for Departmental Press Launch

Conor McCabe Photography

430.50

2016

Photography for Flu Vaccine Photocall

Marc O’Sullivan Photography

553.50

2016

Photography for Departmental Press Launch

Jason Clarke Photography

492.00

2016

Total

2,330.85

2017

Photography for EMA Bid

Maxwell Photography

189.42

2017

Photography for National Maternity Hospital Planning Permission

Andres Poveda

492.00

2017

Photographs of Departmental Steering Group

Maxwell Photography

344.00

2017

Total

1,025.42

2018

Tobacco Free Ireland Event

Maxwell Photography

430.50

2018

Trauma Policy Launch

Maxwell Photography

252.15

2018

Total

682.65

2019

Photography of One Health Event

Conor McCabe Photography

1,045.50

2019

Ministers Harris and McGrath announce changes for persons in receipt of a Disability Allowance Payment

Maxwell Photography

375.15

2019

Launch of National Patient Experience Survey

Maxwell Photography

319.80

2019

Headshots for Department of Health website

Maxwell Photography

424.35

2019

Photography for Departmental Meeting

Maxwell Photography

381.30

2019

Photography for the launch of Vaccine Alliance

Maxwell Photography

485.85

2019

Headshots for Department of Health website

Maxwell Photography

209.10

2019

Photography for European Centre for Disease Control

Conor McCabe Photography

738.00

2019

Photography for the inaugural meeting of the National Screening Advisory Committee

Robbie Reynolds Photography

430.50

2019

Photography for Nursing Policy Launch

Maxwell Photography

301.35

2019

Total

4,710.90

Total for 2011 – 2019 = €14,531.60

HSE Staff Recruitment

Ceisteanna (164)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

164. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health if the HSE pays compensation or finder's fees to employment agencies in cases in which personnel registered with such agencies and who are working on that basis in the public health system are subsequently offered full–time posts by the HSE; if so, the number of cases in which such finder's fees have been paid in 2018 and to date in 2019; and the amounts involved in each case. [50587/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

General Practitioner Contracts

Ceisteanna (165)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

165. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of salaried general practitioners employed by the HSE to provide general medical services to patients with medical cards and GP visit cards; if such doctors are direct HSE employees as distinct from employees of general practitioners’ practices from GMS contract holders; if so, the salary grades and details; and if they qualify for public service pensions and pay the pension levy. [50588/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for it to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Freedom of Information Data

Ceisteanna (166)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

166. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the number of freedom of information requests made to his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of requests fully denied by reason; the number of requests partially denied; the number of appeals made against denials; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of such appeals rejected; the number of requests that required a fee; the amount received for freedom of information requests in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50599/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following table.

Reasons for refusals would have been in accordance with the exemptions contained in the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

FOI STATISTICS 2016 – 2019 TO DATE

2016

2017

2018

2019 TO DATE

Received (includes requests that may have been withdrawn, referred to another FOI body or material released on an administrative basis)

317

351

480

560

Granted

75

67

117

128

Part-Granted

111

126

157

157

Refused

73

84

126

132

Active

0

0

0

72

Internally Reviewed

6

7

7

9

Affirmed

4

2

2

3

Varied

2

5

2

6

Annulled

0

0

3

0

Active

0

0

0

0

Appealed to the Office of the Information Commissioner

3

4

1

2

Affirmed

1

1

0

0

Varied

0

3

0

0

Annulled

0

0

0

0

Agreement reached between parties

2

0

0

0

Active

0

0

1

2

Amount Received in Fees

€750

€1,174.97

€214

€1,090

Medical Card Administration

Ceisteanna (167)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

167. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the withdrawal of a service (details supplied); the measures that will be put in place in order that the information can be easily accessed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50606/19]

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.

Hospital Appointments Status

Ceisteanna (168)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

168. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied) in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50607/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (169)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

169. 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. [50608/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (170)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

170. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied) in University Hospital Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50644/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (171)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

171. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment in University Hospital Kerry for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50650/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (172)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

172. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50655/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (173)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

173. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50656/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (174)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

174. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50657/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (175)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

175. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50658/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (176)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

176. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50665/19]

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 Status

Ceisteanna (177)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

177. 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. [50666/19]

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.