126. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health his views on whether Sláintecare is a comprehensive reform action plan or implementation plan for the health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8846/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Health Services Reports)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Sláintecare report represents a significant milestone in our political and health policy history.  It is the first time in the history of the State that cross-party consensus of this scale has been achieved on health policy. It provides a once in a generation opportunity to achieve the most comprehensive reform of our health services ever undertaken and to improve health outcomes for our population. Having supported the work of the Committee since ...

127. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the advice received by his Department in relation to the costings in Sláintecare; if his Department or others are costing the proposals separately; when this is expected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8847/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Health Services Reports)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Committee on the Future of Healthcare engaged the Centre for Health Policy in Trinity College Dublin to assist it with its deliberations. As part of this process, the Centre provided indicative costings for a range of recommended actions and these are outlined in the report. The Committee acknowledge in the report that these costings are only indicative, and that further work will be required by the Implementation Office, the Department of Health ...

128. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health his views on the Sláintecare report; the timeframe for same; if he will meet with the members of the Select Committee on the Future of Healthcare in advance of publication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8848/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Health Services Reports)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Sláintecare report, produced by the Committee on the Future of Healthcare, represents a significant milestone in our political and health policy history. It is the first time that cross-party consensus of this scale has been achieved on health policy. It provides a once in a generation opportunity to achieve the most comprehensive reform of our health services ever undertaken and to improve health outcomes for our population. 
Implementing a large-...

153. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the reason HSE performance reports since July 2016 suggest that no community intervention team service is available for the CHO1 area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8946/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Community Care)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 155, inclusive, together.
As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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154. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the community intervention team staffing levels by CHO area, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8947/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Community Care)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 155, inclusive, together.
As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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155. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the community intervention teams which are outsourced; the CHO areas they are in; the way in which outsourced staffing levels compare to directly employed HSE CIT staff by CHO area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8948/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Community Care)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 155, inclusive, together.
As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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157. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health when a report (details supplied) will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8953/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - HSE Reports)

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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124. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of schools that are planned based on demographic data for Swords and the surrounding area in view of the fact that schools are at capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7759/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Schools Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 124 and 125 together.
In order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from a range of sources, including the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Surve...

125. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of schools that are planned based on demographic data for Balbriggan and the surrounding area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7760/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Schools Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 124 and 125 together.
In order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from a range of sources, including the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Surve...

172. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the definition of an unapproved ward in the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7658/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Hospitals Policy)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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173. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the details of the hospital in-patient enquiry, HIPE, code for patients who are overnight boarders; if those persons are recorded as part of the HIPE data; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7659/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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174. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the most up-to-date figures for the age, illness and disease profile for persons who have been admitted to hospital but for whom no bed is available and who are boarded overnight in emergency departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7660/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Patient Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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175. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if persons who have been admitted to hospital but for whom there is no bed are recorded for the full duration of their stay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7661/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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357. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the State subsidy provided to the gay men’s health service for 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6850/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): 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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358. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the additional funding provided by the sexual health and crisis pregnancy programme to the GMHS in 2016 and 2017; his plans to continue this funding in its current form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6851/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. 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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359. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the funding of the STI clinics at the GUIDE clinic at St. James’s hospital, Dublin, since 2006, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6852/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): 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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417. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons employed in the health service for periods under categories (details supplied). (Question 7201/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - HSE Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. 
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2. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health to outline the position regarding a potential financial shortfall for the HSE of up to €881 million before the end of 2018; his plans to rectify this; if more funding will be forthcoming; if hospitals will have to increase stretch income targets to meet the shortfall; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6473/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - HSE Funding)

Deputy Billy Kelleher: Will the Minister for Health outline his views on whether the HSE will be within its budget in 2018? I am asking in view of the commentary by the director general of the HSE and the concerns consistently expressed from this side of the House on the aspirational elements of the budget that incorporate savings identified. Clearly, these elements will not be delivered. Indeed, it is already being said that the targets will be singularly challenging to deliver and that some...

11. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health his views on the difficulties in accessing home care packages in Dublin city and county in which the HSE is only providing palliative care in view of the fact it does not have the funding for extra staff to provide a full range of home care services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6369/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Deputy Louise O’Reilly: The question is fairly specific. It is to ask for the views on the difficulties accessing home care packages. I will be very clear with the Minister of State. It is not an opportunity to tell us a lovely story about how there are no difficulties. There are difficulties. I am aware of them and so are my constituency colleagues. The Minister of State must be aware of them as well. Will he spare us a description of what a waiting list is and comment on the fact that t...

13. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the reason the HSE has discontinued waiting list targets set in 2017; the number of persons who will be affected; the number of complex cases still waiting for surgery; if new more ambitious targets will be now set; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6365/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Deputy Louise O’Reilly: This question specifically relates to scoliosis but arises from contact that we have had from campaign groups to advise us that they are being told that the waiting lists have been discontinued. The targets which were set were not met so we do need to talk about that and it appears that the waiting lists have now been suspended, which is very worrying for people who had loved ones on those lists.
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19. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the reason primary care centres (details supplied) will not be provided with additional new staff hires; the way in which these centres will now be staffed; if staff will be taken from the surrounding areas; if this will reduce services beyond the remit of the primary care centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6367/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Primary Care Centres Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The shift of healthcare delivery towards primary care remains a key priority for the Government and, indeed, is one of the key features of Sláintecare. Primary care centres facilitate the shift from acute care to primary care because of the range of multi-disciplinary services they can provide and the role they can play in keeping people out of the acute hospital setting.
I understand that, prior to the construction or procurement of any new primary ca...

79. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if the HSE target of eliminating emergency department waiting times of greater than 24 hours for persons over 75 years of age were met for 2017; the number of persons over 75 years of age that have had a wait of more than 24 hours in an emergency department in 2017; the hospital in which the wait occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6366/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Emergency Departments Data)

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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82. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if he will meet with women affected by the side effects of the use of transvaginal mesh and their representatives; his plans to limit or ban the use of mesh as other countries have; the focus of the report into the use of mesh; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6368/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Procedures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am aware of the safety concerns that have been raised surrounding the use of Transvaginal mesh procedures. As Minister for Health, I want to ensure that both the current use of mesh implants in uro-gynaecological procedures in Ireland, and the on-going clinical management of women who have had these procedures in the past, are in line with international best practice and emerging evidence. At my request, the Chief Medical Officer is preparing a repo...

198. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of times full capacity protocol was implemented at hospitals across the State in 2017 in tabular from; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6214/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Hospital Procedures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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227. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the reason Praxelene and Naftidrofuryl Oxalate medications are no longer available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6454/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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