3. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied with the level of mental health supports in place for persons with eating disorders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6587/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): An individual who has concerns about eating disorders should attend his or her general practitioner, GP, in the first instance for primary care screening assessment and examination. The GP may then make recommendations, which may include referral to the secondary care mental health services for full eating disorder assessment.
Nationally, outpatient mental health services for adults presenting with eating disorders are provided by...

98. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the mental health supports in place for persons with eating disorders. (Question 6399/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): If an individual has concerns in relation to eating disorders, he/she should be directed to their GP in the first instance for primary care screening assessment and examination. The GP may then make recommendations which may include referral to the secondary care mental health services for full eating disorder assessment.
Nationally, outpatient mental health services for adults presenting with eating disorders are provided by the ...

196. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health his views on the lack of beds available to young persons that have anorexia nervosa; the number of persons with anorexia nervosa that had to travel abroad to receive treatment; the number of beds in the bed capacity plan that will cater for anorexia nervosa; when they will be delivered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6519/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Eating Disorders)

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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188. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 653 of 16 January 2018, the number of young children and teenagers ruled to have died in the past five years as a result of eating disorders. (Question 5223/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): This question was sent to the Department of Health for answer on the 16th January 2018. The HSE replied directly to the Deputy advising that cause of death determination is a coronal, not a HSE function and there is no formal feedback mechanism from the coroner’s courts to the HSE, Mental Health Division. The HSE does not hold this information as requested. The Coroner may be able to assist you with your request.
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211. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Health if the same high quality of care that is provided by eating disorder teams will be assured at the proposed mini hub eating disorder treatment locations in counties Sligo, Cavan, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford as in the hub locations in counties Galway, Cork and Dublin (Question 4738/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Eating Disorders)

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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653. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the number of young children and teenagers ruled to have died in the past five years as a result of eating disorders. (Question 54438/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): 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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174. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health the supports available to persons with an eating disorder, including residential care and emergency care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52113/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Eating Disorders)

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 as soon as possible.
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192. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 163 of 8 November 2017, the reason the three paediatric hospitals do not keep data on inpatients by category of admission, for example data on the number of young children and teenagers being treated for anorexia as inpatients in paediatric hospitals, in view of the fact that such data is crucial for directing resources appropriately; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52207/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Eating Disorders)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 192 and 193 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible, with specific reference to the data collated as a matter of routine by paediatric hospitals for categories of admissions generally, and the reasons why the more specific data raised by the Deputy in her questions are not collected as a matter of routine.
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193. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 163 of 8 November 2017, if historical data on the number of children and teenagers treated for anorexia as inpatients in paediatric hospitals is retained; and if so, the data for the years 2010 and to date in 2017 (Question 52208/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Eating Disorders)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 192 and 193 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible, with specific reference to the data collated as a matter of routine by paediatric hospitals for categories of admissions generally, and the reasons why the more specific data raised by the Deputy in her questions are not collected as a matter of routine.
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163. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the number of young children and teenagers currently being treated for anorexia as inpatients in paediatric hospitals. (Question 47296/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Eating Disorders)

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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164. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the number of young children and teenagers being treated for anorexia as inpatients in adult mental health units. (Question 47297/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Eating Disorders)

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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165. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the number of young children and teenagers being treated abroad in specialist eating disorder units, for example, in the UK. (Question 47298/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Eating Disorders)

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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167. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the number of young children and teenagers who have died in the past five years as a result of eating disorders. (Question 47300/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Eating Disorders)

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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782. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of persons presenting for eating-related disorders, by county, by type of disorder, both male and female; in tabular form, the interventions in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34338/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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445. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health the State services currently available to those persons suffering from eating disorders and related illness in counties Carlow and Kilkenny who do not have private health insurance; if any provisions have been made within his Department for additional services to be introduced to communities in theses counties; his plans to enable children, adolescents and adults in such a situation to access out-of-hours support services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5844/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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767. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health the average waiting time in the Health Service Executive south region for persons diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia who have been referred to a specialist for treatment. (Question 13562/16 asked on 31 May 2016 - Eating Disorders)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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956. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if a specialised public funded service for adults suffering from eating disorders is in place; if the clinical programmes under the 2013 national service plan in relation to this have been implemented to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31212/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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472. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the supports available for adults with eating disorders who are undergoing eating distress therapies; the reasons such therapies are not covered by health insurance policies or under the tax credit relief system for medical expenses; the way a patient with a long-term eating disorder requiring such therapies is expected to pay for such therapies, which cost €70 per week; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24960/15 asked on 23 Jun 2015 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Nationally, services for adults presenting with eating disorders are provided by the General Adult Mental Health Services across the country. Children and Adolescents with eating disorders are treated by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams.
If an individual’s physical or medical needs are more acute, inpatient admission is offered as required following the recommendation of a Consultant Psychiatrist.
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548. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form a county statistical analysis of those presenting for eating-related disorders, by type of disorder; by male and female; the strategies in place to deal with this crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23061/15 asked on 16 Jun 2015 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service matter this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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136. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the status of the posts required to set up an eating disorder inpatient service as part of the child and adolescent mental health services; the cost involved in such a service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20879/15 asked on 27 May 2015 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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304. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the status of the posts required to set up an eating disorder inpatient service for the child and adolescent mental health services, as indicated in the Health Service Executive mental health division operational plan 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16609/15 asked on 28 Apr 2015 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If the Deputy has not received a reply within 15 working days he should contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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207. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health if he will help tackle an issue regarding eating disorders (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22066/13 asked on 09 May 2013 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Having examined the details raised in relation to the Internet and eating disorders, I wish to stress, in the first instance, that the Internet is an international and worldwide phenomenon, that has no borders and no single control mechanism. Therefore, efforts to combat harmful materials and activities on the Internet can be hampered by the multiplicity of jurisdictions, various legal systems, differing societal norms, or o...

586. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Health if he will examine correspondence on a matter (details supplied) regarding eating disorders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20387/13 asked on 30 Apr 2013 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Having examined the correspondence in relation to the Internet and eating disorders, I wish to advise the Deputy that the Internet is an international and worldwide phenomenon, that has no borders and no single control mechanism. Therefore, efforts to combat harmful materials and activities on the Internet can be hampered by the multiplicity of jurisdictions, various legal systems, differing societal norms, or other relevant ...

603. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Health the services, funding and treatments that are in place for a person suffering from eating disorders in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 56408/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): HSE services for people with eating disorders are embedded in the Community Mental Health Service and in Primary Care. Individuals with eating disorders frequently present to the primary care practitioner with complications of their condition and early intervention at this level greatly improves outcomes. Community based Adult Mental Health Services receive referrals from Primary Care and provide assessment and treatment t...

1704. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the supports or treatments available to persons suffering from bulimia nervosa here; the number of places available in the State to treat patients suffering from bulimia; the number of persons on waiting lists for such treatment; the timeframe patients are on waiting lusts before they receive treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38120/12 asked on 18 Sep 2012 - Eating Disorders)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): HSE services for people with eating disorders are embedded in the Community Mental Health Services and Primary Care Services. Individuals with eating disorders frequently present to their general practitioner as a first resort and early intervention at this level greatly improves outcomes. Community based Adult and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams receive referrals from general practitioners and provide assessment a...