Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (923)

Cormac Devlin

Ceist:

923. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Health if he will establish a programme to support nursing and other residential homes which are being impacted during the Covid-19 pandemic to improve ICT facilities to ensure residents have access to video calling facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26993/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE currently have an ICT programme in place to support access to video calling facilities on a nationwide basis.  This includes the upgrade and provision of ICT infrastructure in multiple health settings.  As part of the response to the COVID-19 emergency the HSE are also distributing mobile devices to enable access to video calling.  To date,  419 devices have been delivered into 118 public long stay facilities and 162 devices have been delivered into 101 public mental health facilities.