421. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the assurances he can provide that community employment schemes in the health and social care service will not be used to replace permanent positions in the service nor to exploit jobseekers along the lines of previous discredited schemes such as JobBridge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39448/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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388. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the way in which he plans to remedy the lack of paediatric orthopaedic consultants; when Tallaght Hospital will have its cancelled fracture clinic reinstated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28199/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

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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16. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite the recruitment of a full-time consultant medical oncologist with a special interest in sarcoma in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin 4; if he will renew the contract of the locum consultant medical oncologist who has a special interest in sarcoma until the post is filled on a permanent basis; if he will agree to meet the Sarcoma Action Group of concerned cancer patients and their families who are seeking an urgent meeting with him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20616/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I met with members of the Sarcoma Action Group last Wednesday and discussed sarcoma services with them.
The recruitment of a consultant medical oncologist with a special interest in sarcoma, based in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, will be prioritised to facilitate further development of the service there. The Director General of the HSE has directed that work on the open recruitment process is to begin immediately. 
Meanwhile, arrangements are bei...

72. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the increases in staffing that have been achieved to deal with the crisis in primary care psychology, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20942/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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