194. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the details of the meetings he has with representatives from a group (details supplied) in relation to services in Fingal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20363/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I met with this group on a couple of occasions since being appointed Minister. I visited with the group in Portrane on 29 June 2017. At the last meeting I had with the group on 1 February 2018, I asked the HSE official who attended the meeting to meet regularly with the group and address any concerns with them. 
I understand from communications my office has had with the HSE, that these meetings are ongoing and are proving ...

19. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his plans to establish a national co-ordinated helpline and clearly publicised nationwide professional supports for persons with mental health issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16234/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Mental Health Services Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Improving access to mental health services is a key priority for this government. At present there are a number of voluntary and non-governmental organisations being supported by the HSE that are providing mental health support to the public via the telephone, internet or text message.
In December 2017, I published the recommendations of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health. These included recommendations to provide active...

939. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his plans to further expand specialised hospital supports and increase specialist staff for persons with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; and if not, if resources will be made available for this condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16246/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this P.Q. relates to a service matter is has been referred to the Health Service Executive for a direct reply.
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488. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of mental health posts filled in 2016 and 2017; the number of posts that remain vacant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12118/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - 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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581. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the way in which his Department is monitoring adherence to the guidelines by an organisation (details supplied) for transgender healthcare; the reason psychiatric diagnosis is conducted as opposed to psychosocial assessment in accordance with the guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12499/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): Transgender-specific guidelines have been developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Endocrine Society.  These guidelines were devised by experts in transgender healthcare, along with members of the International Transgender, Transsexual and LGBT community. 
International best practice for transgender children, adolescents and adults involves a comprehensive multi disciplinary ps...

582. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the reason all general practitioners trained in administering hormone replacement therapy, HRT, are not working in transgender health care; the number of general practitioners that are providing health care to trans persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12500/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): A proposed model of care for transgender children, adolescents and adults has been developed by the HSE Quality Improvement Division. The model was developed in consultation with key treating clinicians, planners, policy makers, advocates and service users. The model outlines key services required to ensure the needs of the transgender population including children and adolescents are addressed. It details current service provision and emerging servi...

623. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his views on reports that some day care centres for persons with dementia and or Alzheimer’s disease are reducing their operational hours; if his Department has received requests for resources to stop this reduction in services from taking place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12645/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - 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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633. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of public day care places available for persons with dementia and or Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 and 2017 and to date in 2018, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12676/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Health Services Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly) (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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668. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he has received the interim report from the HSE on pay restoration for section 39 organisations; the next steps for his Department in this regard; when section 39 organisations will be contacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12897/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Health Services Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): On 9 February 2018, an agreement was reached between my Department, the HSE and health sector Trade Unions in relation to a process aimed at resolving the pay restoration issue for staff employed by section 39 bodies. The HSE will carry out an analysis to establish, with supporting evidence, the following:
- Whether, when and to what extent reductions in pay rates were applied during the crisis in each relevant organisation;
- Whether, when and to what...

447. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of CAMHS hours available for CHO area 9 in each of the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9603/18 asked on 27 Feb 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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24. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of social workers in each region; the number of social worker vacancies in each region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8829/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Health Services Staff Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Tusla has advised that the breakdown of whole time equivalent Social Workers  by region as at 31 December, 2017 is as follows:
 Region/Area WTE  Child Residential  Service 8.6 Residential   DML 1.99 Residential   DNE 2.89 Residential   West   Residential   South 3.72 Special Care Services   National Services 98.04 Dublin Mid-Leinster (DML) 374.78 Dublin   South Central 75.06 Dublin   Sth East\Wicklow 9...

347. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the reason there are just two physicians prescribing hormone replacement therapy to transgender persons nationally; the measures he is taking to increase this number; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8356/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 347, 364, 366, 408 and 415 together.
Transgender-specific guidelines have been developed by WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and the Endocrine Society (who updated their guidelines in 2017). These guidelines were devised by experts in transgender healthcare, along with members of the International Transgender, Transsexual and LGBT community. 
A proposed model of c...

92. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he has submitted a request for additional supplementary funding for 2018 to address the waiting lists crisis in the health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2129/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Health Services Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): October’s Budget announced a total 2018 allocation of €55m for the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) for 2018. This significant increase in funding more than doubles the 2017 total allocation of €20m. The HSE and the NTPF are in the process of finalising Waiting List Action Plans and Initiatives for 2018. This will include ambitious targets for both the HSE and the NTPF to reduce the overall patients waiting for treatment. I hope to publish the...

246. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase access to the weight management programme and bariatric surgery during 2018; the number of persons that accessed the programme in each of the years 2015 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4938/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Reducing waiting times for the longest waiting patients is one of this Government’s key priorities. Waiting times are often unacceptably long and I am conscious of the burden that this places on patients and their families.
Budget 2018 allocated a total of €55 million for the National Treatment Purchase Fund, NTPF, and more than doubles the 2017 allocation of €20 million. The HSE and the NTPF are currently preparing 2018 waiting list action plans for ...

402. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the full year cost of recruiting an extra 1,500 nurses; the full year cost of recruiting an extra 300 hospital consultants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4184/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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265. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of transgender persons on waiting lists for HRT that have been waiting for zero to three months, three to six months, six to none months, nine to 12 months, 12 to 15 months, 15 to 18 months and more than 18 months, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52675/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Health Services Access)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 265 and 266 together.
As these are service matters, I have referred the Deputy’s questions to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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266. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the support and assistance provided to transgender persons in accessing services; the improvements he plans to make in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52676/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Health Services Access)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 265 and 266 together.
As these are service matters, I have referred the Deputy’s questions to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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456. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if funding for the refurbishment of a centre (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50630/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Your question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply as the delivery of the healthcare infrastructure is a service matter.
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323. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health when the 24-7 crisis mental health service will be launched as announced in February 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48757/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Mental Health Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Currently the HSE Mental Health Services provide a 24-hour service through its Acute Units located in General Hospitals for people requiring urgent assessment and treatment. The HSE Mental Health Division is initially seeking to expand upon the services available in the community to ensure a 7-day-a-week service. Based on an extensive data collection process, areas have been identified that would require additional resources to a...

279. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of section 38 and section 39 agencies in receipt of annual State funding in excess of €500,000; the cumulative amount of this funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45022/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Health Services Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): This question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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147. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the status of the work of the national task force on youth mental health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44163/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The work of the Taskforce is now complete. Subject to Government approval of its recommendations, the intention is to launch and publish the Taskforce report in November. The launch will be supported with info-graphics targeted at children and young people that will reflect the themes emerging. These Info-graphics will be launched on the various task force member websites and through media messaging to ensure wide coverage.
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148. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the amount of the additional funding announced for mental health services in budget 2018 that will be allocated to the child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44164/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Budget 2018 provided significant additional funding for mental health, which means that HSE funding for this key care programme will increase from around €853 million in 2017 to €912 million next year. New service initiatives on Child and Adolescent Mental Health services are being progressed in the context of finalising both the overall HSE Service Plan 2018, and the more detailed regional Operational Plan for Mental Health. The...

383. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the funding spent by CAMHS in CHO area 9 in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43905/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

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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384. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of full-time community ophthalmologists in CHO area 9 in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; if this number will be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43906/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Health Services Staff Data)

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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72. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the Health Service Capacity Review 2017; if the review is on course to be completed by the end of 2017; if the capacity review steering group has provided an interim report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40789/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Health Service Capacity Review)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 71 and 72 together.
Work on the Health Service Capacity Review is ongoing. The review is examining key elements of primary and community care capacity in addition to hospital capacity. As part of the review process, the Department has commissioned independent external consultants to provide technical, analytical and engagement expertise. A Steering Group is overseeing the project and an independent international peer r...