116. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a general practitioner practice (details supplied) which has closed; his views on the impact such a closure has on patient files; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19147/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I understand the company the Deputy is referring to was a private limited company providing medical services to customers that had paid a membership fee.
If a patient experiences difficulties accessing their personal data or medical records following the closure of a medical practice or private company, they should contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner for assistance.
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763. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health his views on the lack of general practitioners here with particular reference to the lack of same in the Fingal area of County Dublin; and the strategies in place to ensure an adequate number of general practitioners is available in Fingal and throughout the State. (Question 15468/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 763 and 764 together.
The Government is committed to delivering more non-acute care within the primary care sector, so that better care closer to home can be provided for communities around the country.
GPs play an important role in the primary care system.  The number of GPs on the specialist register continues to increase – up from 2,270 in 2010 to 3,637 in 2017 and there are now 2,485 GPs contracted to the HSE under t...

764. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the number of general practitioner practices in the Fingal area of County Dublin; the number of these practices that are not accepting new patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15470/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 763 and 764 together.
The Government is committed to delivering more non-acute care within the primary care sector, so that better care closer to home can be provided for communities around the country.
GPs play an important role in the primary care system.  The number of GPs on the specialist register continues to increase – up from 2,270 in 2010 to 3,637 in 2017 and there are now 2,485 GPs contracted to the HSE under t...

415. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the rules regarding charging medical card holders for blood tests in cases in which those medical card holders have type two diabetes and require regular blood tests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9490/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Medical Card Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): There is no provision under the GMS GP contract for persons who hold a medical card or GP visit card to be charged for routine phlebotomy services provided by their GP which are required to either assist in the diagnosis of illness or the treatment of a condition. The HSE has advised GPs that where a blood test forms part of the investigation or necessary treatment of a patient’s symptoms or conditions, this should be free of charge for patients who ho...

324. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a report on the frequency of helicopter transports arriving at Beaumont Hospital at a location (details supplied); his plans for the hospital to build a helicopter landing pad in the grounds of the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52971/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Air Ambulance Service Operations)

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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175. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if financial support is available for a person (details supplied) for the purchase of a mobility scooter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52114/17 asked on 06 Dec 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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188. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 271 and 272 of 17 October 2017, if the one health approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance, AMR, encompassing all sectors means that the current and evolving risk of AMR contamination associated with urban gulls will be monitored and addressed by the recently established National interdepartmental AMR consultative committee in view of the launch of iNAP on 25 October 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52188/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Infectious Disease Epidemics)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188, 189, and 195 to 198, inclusive, together.
The HSE-Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is a specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases. It works in partnership with health service providers and similar organisations in Ireland and around the world, to provide the best possible information for the control and prevention of infectious diseases. The roles of the HPSC include providing timel...

189. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if such current and emerging associations (details supplied) will be monitored and addressed by the recently established national interdepartmental AMR consultative committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52189/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Infectious Disease Epidemics)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188, 189, and 195 to 198, inclusive, together.
The HSE-Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is a specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases. It works in partnership with health service providers and similar organisations in Ireland and around the world, to provide the best possible information for the control and prevention of infectious diseases. The roles of the HPSC include providing timel...

317. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied) at the Mater hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48727/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

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 ...

427. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if he will investigate the case of a person (details supplied) who is in need of urgent orthodontic treatment and who does not qualify for such treatment under the school dental service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41809/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists)

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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499. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the way in which he plans to adhere to the baby friendly health initiative. (Question 32786/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

500. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the body which ensures that the maternity hospitals achieve the baby friendly health initiative. (Question 32787/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

501. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the way the HSE plans to fund an accreditation unit for the baby friendly health initiative. (Question 32788/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 to 503, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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502. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the reason Galway national maternity hospital, Mullingar maternity hospital and Portlaoise maternity hospital have lost their baby friendly health initiative certification. (Question 32789/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 to 503, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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503. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the communication the HSE has had with the baby friendly hospital initiative; and the role the HSE plans to play in the implementation of the baby friendly hospital initiative in the 2016-21 breastfeeding action plan. (Question 32790/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 to 503, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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504. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the national policy for baby friendly hospitals for all maternity hospitals if the baby friendly hospital initiative is not included in the breastfeeding action plan. (Question 32791/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

505. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the reason fewer hospitals are participating in baby friendly health initiative accreditation. (Question 32792/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

345. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if the provision of children’s hospices nationally is part of the HSE national service plan in view of a hospice (details supplied) reporting to be at maximum capacity within 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29592/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - HSE National Service Plan)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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193. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the amount being spent on formula by each maternity and children’s hospital in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29161/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Hospitals Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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194. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health his plans to implement co-sleeping beds in the new national maternity hospital being built on the St. Vincent’s campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29162/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 to 196, inclusive, together.
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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195. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the guidelines the HSE plans to introduce and promote regarding co-sleeping between the newborn baby and mother; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29163/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 to 196, inclusive, together.
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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196. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the HSE’s policy regarding co-sleeping of baby and mother in maternity hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29164/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 to 196, inclusive, together.
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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197. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if the HSE has plans to provide information regarding medicine that is safe for breastfeeding to pharmacies, general practitioners and hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29165/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Health Promotion)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 to 201, inclusive, together.
Some of the matters raised by the deputy are largely encompassed in the recent Health Service Executive publication entitled Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland: the HSE Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016 - 2021.
This Action Plan sets out the priority areas to be addressed over the next 5 years to improve breastfeeding supports, to enable more mothers in Ireland to...

198. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if the HSE plans on using the information regarding medicine that is safe for breastfeeding by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29166/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Health Promotion)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 to 201, inclusive, together.
Some of the matters raised by the deputy are largely encompassed in the recent Health Service Executive publication entitled Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland: the HSE Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016 - 2021.
This Action Plan sets out the priority areas to be addressed over the next 5 years to improve breastfeeding supports, to enable more mothers in Ireland to...

199. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the HSE’s plans to launch a public awareness campaign to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29167/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Health Promotion)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 to 201, inclusive, together.
Some of the matters raised by the deputy are largely encompassed in the recent Health Service Executive publication entitled Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland: the HSE Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016 - 2021.
This Action Plan sets out the priority areas to be addressed over the next 5 years to improve breastfeeding supports, to enable more mothers in Ireland to...