259. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the staffing levels and staffing rota details in respect of the radiology department at Letterkenny University Hospital; the vacancies which have yet to be filled at this department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52655/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response 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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260. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for persons awaiting an appointment at Letterkenny University Hospital’s radiology department for three months, six months, nine months, 12 months, 15 months and more than 15 months, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52656/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response 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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357. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the action being taken to address the gaps and service disruptions within the care package being made available to a person (details supplied) with complex health needs; if his attention has been drawn to the impact which this situation is having on ensuring continuity of care in respect of this person’s care plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53118/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Home Care Packages)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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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368. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if funding will be made available to provide long-term full-time care for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51824/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Health Services 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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137. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health his plans for the future of long term residential care at a facility (details supplied); if bed capacity reductions are being considered as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51256/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Nursing Home Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 139, inclusive, together.
While the care delivered to residents in our community hospitals is generally of a very high standard, many of theses services are delivered in buildings that are less than ideal in the modern context. It is important therefore that we upgrade our public bed stock and this is the aim of the 5 year Capital Investment Programme for Community Nursing Units which was an...

138. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health his plans for the future of long term residential care at a facility (details supplied); if bed capacity reductions are being considered as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51257/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Nursing Home Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 139, inclusive, together.
While the care delivered to residents in our community hospitals is generally of a very high standard, many of theses services are delivered in buildings that are less than ideal in the modern context. It is important therefore that we upgrade our public bed stock and this is the aim of the 5 year Capital Investment Programme for Community Nursing Units which was an...

139. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if reports detailing the investment and service needs of community hospitals in County Donegal (details supplied) will be made available to this Deputy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51258/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Nursing Home Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 139, inclusive, together.
While the care delivered to residents in our community hospitals is generally of a very high standard, many of theses services are delivered in buildings that are less than ideal in the modern context. It is important therefore that we upgrade our public bed stock and this is the aim of the 5 year Capital Investment Programme for Community Nursing Units which was an...

161. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if a policy position has now been agreed in respect of the status of the loco parentis policy in relation to the current HSE review of care services and supports for children with life limiting conditions and complex healthcare needs; if service users and their families have been updated accordingly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51328/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Child Care Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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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162. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if the operational appraisal into the Ballyshannon campus site in County Donegal to examine respite service provision options within CHO1 and as requested by HSE corporate management is now complete; if he will provide the details of the report’s findings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51330/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Respite Care Services)

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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322. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the details of the latest proposals being recommended in respect of the redevelopment of a facility (details supplied) in County Donegal; the changes being considered for long-term residential care and dementia services at the aforementioned facility as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49905/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Community Care)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): While the care delivered to residents in our community hospitals is generally of a very high standard, many of theses services are delivered in buildings that are less than ideal in the modern context. It is important therefore that we upgrade our public bed stock and this is the aim of the 5 year Capital Investment Programme for Community Nursing Units which was announced last year. This provides the framework to allow for an en...

387. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if an application for a medical card can be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50182/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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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421. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment at the ENT clinic at Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50356/17 asked on 28 Nov 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

445. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive a decision in respect of an application for a home care package; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50509/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Home Care Packages)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

147. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on their medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49510/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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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173. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment from the HSE speech and language service and the psychology service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49617/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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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308. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment for the pain clinic at Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48701/17 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

309. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for the respiratory outpatient clinic (details supplied) in Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48702/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response 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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310. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive a decision regarding a review of their medical card application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48703/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Medical Card Reviews)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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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311. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will be called for an orthopaedic procedure in Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48704/17 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

342. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of persons awaiting an initial assessment as part of child and adolescent mental health services for three months, six months, nine months, 12 months, 15 months and more than 15 months, respectively, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48896/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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343. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of consultant psychiatrist positions which have yet to be filled within child and adolescent mental health services, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48897/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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344. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of beds which are available within child and adolescent mental health services in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48898/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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345. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of vacant suicide crisis assessment nurse positions within child and adolescent mental health services, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48899/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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346. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of full-time positions which exist within adult mental health services; the number of said positions which exist within children’s mental health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48900/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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160. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the vacancies which exist at Letterkenny University Hospital as part of dementia care services; the date on which the vacancy occurred in respect of each; the progress made to recruit to fill vacant posts in respect of each; the alternative arrangements being made to avoid service disruption for persons in respect of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48344/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a recruitment matter, I have asked the HSE to contact you with regard to this matter
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