162. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) had to pay for a medical procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20512/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

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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701. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15159/18 asked on 17 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

934. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when persons (details supplied) will receive an ENT clinic appointment in Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16200/18 asked on 17 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

374. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13793/18 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

425. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive notification of their appointment in the Mater Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14059/18 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

426. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the reason general practitioners are accepting patients for just six months at the request that they allocate themselves another general practitioner within the six month timeframe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14060/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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266. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) who has made a claim against the HSE due to negligence has lost their medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10886/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Medical Card Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have referred this query to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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346. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health if funding is available for a person (details supplied) who has to take their child privately to be assessed for autism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11244/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Autism Support Services)

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...

489. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the services, facilities and specialists available to children under 16 years of age suffering with EDS (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9957/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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281. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health his plans to make versatis medicated patches available to persons with medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8073/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 277, 280 and 281 together.
Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in an affordable and sustainable manner. The medicines bill for the community drugs schemes – primarily the GMS, Long Term Illness and Drugs Payment schemes and the High Tech Arrangemen...

33. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health his main achievements in 2017 regarding the funding provided in recent years for mental health; and his service priorities for 2018. (Question 6202/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In 2017, we achieved much in relation to the provision of mental health services, helped in no small part by the substantial increase in mental funding over the last few years. Since 2012, the Government has increased the Mental Health Budget by almost €200 million, or 28%, to over €910 million today.
Budget 2018 made allowance for an additional €57.5 million for Mental Health Services for 2018. This includes pay-related costs of €22.5 million and €20...

100. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the measures being taken to improve CAMHS, for example, access, age appropriate placements, waiting lists and standardised operating procedures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6208/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Mental 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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310. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a medical appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5312/18 asked on 06 Feb 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

370. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5537/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. 
The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to...

438. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4367/18 asked on 30 Jan 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

120. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3698/18 asked on 25 Jan 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing ...

161. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2391/18 asked on 18 Jan 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.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

147. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a medical appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52402/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

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 scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which...

163. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52515/17 asked on 07 Dec 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 scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which...

168. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health if the HSE quota of the dispensary of medical stockings can be raised from two to four in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51372/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Medicinal Products Supply)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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347. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48918/17 asked on 21 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...

306. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the amount of funding allocated to an organisation (details supplied) in each of the years 2013 to 2016; the locations in which this funding has been distributed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47803/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Disability Services Funding)

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 ...

333. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the reason Versatis patches are not covered by a person’s (details supplied) medical card; the reason they did not receive notification of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48064/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Medicinal Products Reimbursement)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in an affordable and sustainable manner. The medicines bill for the community drugs schemes – primarily the GMS, Long Term Illness and Drugs Payment schemes and the High Tech Arrangement – is forecast at just over €1.7 billion in 2017. 
To en...

154. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the status of stroke unit services available in Dundalk and Drogheda, County Louth, due to the higher volumes of stroke patients in these areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47212/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Stroke Care)

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 the Deputy directly.
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161. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health his plans to consider funding the drug Kuvan for persons suffering from phenylketonuria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47270/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Medicinal Products Reimbursement)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.
In reaching a decision, the HSE examines all the evidence which may be relevant in its view for the decision and will take into account such expert opinions and recommendations which may have been sought by the HSE, including, for example, advice from ...