309. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be granted one additional home help hour in the evenings. (Question 19874/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Home Help Service Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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118. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has had only two procedures; and if the procedure will be carried out on a regular basis. (Question 19150/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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 ...

213. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of hip replacement surgery for a person (details supplied); and when the individual can expect a date for the surgery to be performed in St. James’s Hospital. (Question 18559/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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 ...

282. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a home care package to enable them to be discharged from hospital; and when a decision will issue. (Question 18886/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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634. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of the reversal of the Haddington Road agreement under the financial emergency measures (details supplied). (Question 15658/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 to 2020 is an extension of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and applies for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020.  Provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (and earlier agreements as appropriate) continue to apply, save where varied by this agreement.  
Within this agreement, it has been provided that an opportunity shall be offered to public health service employees to permanently revert to pre-Haddin...

940. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) is waiting for surgery while receiving chemotherapy; and when this operation will be expedited. (Question 16247/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Procedures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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 managin...

468. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a weekly home care package will be reinstated in the case of a person (details supplied); and the reason it was not provided in view of the fact that the HSE stated that the person requires the care. (Question 12034/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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553. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the actions that have been taken on foot of the evaluation report of the minor ailment pilot scheme which was carried out for the HSE in 19 pharmacies in four rural towns (details supplied); his plans to publish the report; and his further plans carry out a pilot in city pharmacies (Question 12398/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Minor Ailments Scheme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has concluded its evaluation of the pilot of the pharmacy based Minor Ailment Scheme and has submitted the report to my Department for consideration. 
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381. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason there have been changes to a person’s (details supplied) homecare package; and if reassurances will be provided that the level of care will be the same if not greater as it has been under the care of the current nurse. (Question 9272/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): 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.
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396. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been attending hospital for treatment for three years for an issue with their ankle; and if there is a scheme that will allow for this to be carried out as a matter of urgency. (Question 5772/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Hospital Procedures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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344. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health when the alterative scheme to the mobility allowance and the transport support scheme will be introduced. (Question 3942/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Transport Support Scheme)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the proposed Health (Transport Support) Bill with the Joint Committee on Public Petitions on Wednesday 11th October 2017. The Deputy will be familiar with the background to the closure of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes in February 2013. Since the closure of the Mobility Allowance, the Government has directed that the Health Service Executive...

359. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if an earlier appointment will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3991/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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...

1012. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if he will address an issue concerning a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1349/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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...

155. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of an application by persons (details supplied) for a medical card; and when they can expect a decision on their case. (Question 53298/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have referred this query to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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302. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied). (Question 51427/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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.
 In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have...

142. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) is eligible to have hip replacement surgery performed under the National Treatment Purchase Fund. (Question 45351/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - National Treatment Purchase Fund Eligibility)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I acknowledge that waiting times are often unacceptably long and I am conscious of the burden that this places on patients and their families.
Reducing waiting times for the longest waiting patients is one of this Government’s key priorities. Consequently, Budget 2017 allocated €20 million to the NTPF, rising to €55 million in 2018. Budget 2018 allocated additional funding in the region of €10m for the remainder of 2017 to fund patient treatment across ...

144. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) who requires a bone scan cannot receive the scan due to the fact the DXA machine which carries this out in St. Vincent’s Hospital is broken which means that anyone under 21 years of age cannot get the scan carried out; when this machine will be fixed; and if this person can have the required scan carried out elsewhere. (Question 44305/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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 scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which...

151. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason medication pain plasters were taken off the medical card; and if they can be reinstated onto the list of items covered under the medical card. (Question 44228/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Medical Card Drugs Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in an affordable and sustainable manner. The medicines bill for the community drugs schemes – primarily the GMS, Long Term Illness and Drugs Payment schemes and the High Tech Arrangement – is forecast at just over €1.7 billion in 2017. 
To en...

377. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite extra home care hours for a person (details supplied) in order that they can be discharged from Cherry Orchard Hospital. (Question 39088/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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378. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite a wheelchair for a person (details supplied). (Question 39089/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Medical Aids and Appliances Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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397. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) can be given a date to have open heart surgery performed in St James’s Hospital. (Question 39186/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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 scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which...

440. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be given a date for orthognathic surgery to be carried out at the national dental hospital. (Question 39436/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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750. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if he will approve an application for the fair deal scheme by a person (details supplied); and if the scheme can increase the percentage that they will make to the scheme in order to pay the retrospective debts to the nursing home. (Question 36777/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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937. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if the HSE will re-engage with a person (details supplied) regarding the sale of the family home. (Question 37346/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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1044. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the number of HSE dentists practising in Castlepollard and Delvin, County Westmeath; the number of dental surgery staff operating in Castlepollard, Delvin and Mullingar; and the number of children who have received dental treatment in each area annually in each of the years 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 37643/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Dental Services Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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