171. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal can expect to receive an appointment for surgery at Beaumont Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20522/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - 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.
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164. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will be referred to St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20239/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - 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.
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249. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a physiological assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19624/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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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310. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the patient entitlement including product types and product costs of post-surgery products such as prosthesis swimwear, bras and so on; the application procedure a person wishing to receive such products must follow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19877/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Medical Products)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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311. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason a partial refund was awarded to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19879/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Drugs Payment Scheme Administration)

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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222. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment for an assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18602/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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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228. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will be transferred from Our Lady’s Hospital, Manorhamilton to local rheumatology services at Letterkenny University Hospital with a view to continue receiving the appropriate medical treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18636/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Transfers)

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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292. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason the medical card section failed to take into account certain items for the purpose of assessing and determining the eligibility of persons (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18973/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Medical Card Eligibility)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy. 
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293. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive a psychiatric assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18974/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Mental Health 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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295. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the withdrawal of a general practitioner service from a facility (details supplied) in County Donegal; the steps he will take to provide support to the service lead in order to ensure the continuation of the service going forward; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18983/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - General Practitioner 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 for direct reply to the Deputy.
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317. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the details of the legislative controls and restrictions in place for the purpose of regulating the sale, supply and use of hookah instruments for the smoking and vaping of tobacco; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19076/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Tobacco Control Measures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): A hookah is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. 
The current legislative framework on tobacco control is the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 to 2015. Section 47 of the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts prohibits smoking in most enclosed work spaces. This includes office blocks, public house/bars, restaurants and company vehicles (cars and vans). The overall purpose of the ban is to limit people from the harms of second hand tobacco sm...

127. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason no Garda vetting application has been issued by the HSE to An Garda Síochána in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal as required for a staffing vacancy with home support services; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this failure may render the person’s job application invalid as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18129/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.
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143. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment to attend Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18224/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - 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.
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413. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 259 of 8 March 2018 and 246 of 21 March 2018, the reason a response has yet to issue from the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17830/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Regarding Parliamentary Question No. 246 (PQRef:13054/18) concerning a person; a reply has already been sent to the Deputy.   
Regarding Parliamentary Question No. 259 (PQRef:10849/18) concerning a person: HSE Parliamentary Affairs have sought an update on the progress of the response to this PQ, and stressed the urgency of a reply.
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17. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason the restoration of pay to section 39 workers cannot be costed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13518/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under section 39 of the Health Act 2004, the HSE provides financial assistance to organisations by means of a grant. Section 39 legally underpins the provision of services similar or supplementary to a service that the HSE may provide. In 2017, the HSE provided funding of approximately €800 million to over 2,200 of these agencies. The funding provided can range from high value, in their millions, to relatively modest amounts of just a few hundred eur...

154. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive an appointment for an operation at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16893/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - 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.
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742. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of pieces of legislation both enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each piece of legislation in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15350/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Law Reform Commission’s Report Bioethics: Advance Care Directives (2009) was taken into consideration by my Department when developing the policy and legislative provisions relating to advance healthcare directives. The legislative provisions are in Part 8 of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. 
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938. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the status of a business case prepared for the proposed redevelopment of a facility (details supplied) for adults with disabilities in County Donegal; when the proposal will be assessed in full and a decision made in respect of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16244/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

1000. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if funding has been approved for a powerchair for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; if so, when funding will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16618/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Medical Aids and Appliances Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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331. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will have a procedure carried out at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13521/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - 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. 
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334. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if a reply will issue to correspondence from a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13524/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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...

347. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the bed capacity at each of the community hospitals in County Donegal in each of the years 2011 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the number of bed closures which have occurred at each of these facilities during this period; the reason for each such closure; the average percentage occupancy rate experienced at each of these facilities during this period in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13687/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Hospital Beds 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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348. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when the review of the pricing system in respect of long-term residential care with service providers, and as recommended by the review of the fair deal scheme will be published; the steps being taken to develop a fit-for-purpose funding model for nursing home care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13689/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Nursing Home Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 348 and 349 together.
The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), commonly referred to as Fair Deal, is a system of financial support for people who require long-term residential care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their means while the State pays the balance of the cost. The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyon...

349. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health his plans to introduce an appeals mechanism as part of the fair deal scheme to provide recourse for service providers unable to formally agree fees and pricing with the NTPF; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13690/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Nursing Home Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 348 and 349 together.
The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), commonly referred to as Fair Deal, is a system of financial support for people who require long-term residential care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their means while the State pays the balance of the cost. The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyon...

403. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a medical card application by a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13962/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to respond directly to the Deputy.
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