737. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied that ophthalmological services at the Mater hospital are sufficiently resourced to cope with the demands on the service; if his attention has been drawn to the lengthy waiting times for ophthalmic treatment at the hospital and the risk of persons losing their sight as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35236/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

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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448. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if he will provide payment proposed by procedure to hospitals as part of proposed plans for activity based funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24154/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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229. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health to set down in tabular form the number of public elective surgeries performed, by specialty, hospital and month, over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7871/17 asked on 16 Feb 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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230. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health to set down in tabular form the number of elective surgeries performed on persons who hold private health insurance in public hospitals under the Health (Amendment) Act 2013 by specialty, hospital and month, over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7872/17 asked on 16 Feb 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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281. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if the new national children’s hospital will treat children up to 16 years of age or up to 18 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4821/17 asked on 01 Feb 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE National Model of Care for Paediatric Healthcare Services in Ireland states that there should be a cut-off age for admission to paediatric services and this age should be 16 years. It is also policy among the three children’s hospitals in the Children’s Hospital Group that they see children up to the eve of their 16th birthday. However, there can be occasions when a patient, for clinical reasons, will be seen past their 16th birthday and may n...

380. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of full-time and part-time consultants specialising in children’s arthritis currently practising in Crumlin Children’s Hospital; his views on whether this is an adequate number and if there is provision to increase this service at Crumlin Children’s Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18006/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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652. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health to ensure a person (details supplied) is granted an appointment with a surgeon; why a scheduled appointment was deferred without explanation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9465/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - 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.
In relation to the specific case raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to you ...

560. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the status of funding for bone density tests in Connolly Hospital in Dublin 15; the waiting time for this test in each Health Service Executive area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6082/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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561. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of elective surgeries cancelled in every hospital in each month over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6083/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days he should contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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562. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the policy regarding the cancellation of elective procedures in hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6084/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In November 2015, in conjunction with the HSE Director General, the Minister for Health issued a National Emergency Department Escalation Framework to hospitals, on how best to manage hospital capacity and patient flow through the hospital at times when there is a surge in demand for emergency care.
At times of surge, when there is significant demand for emergency care, the Escalation Framework envisages that hospitals consider cancelling non-urgent ele...