1. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health to outline his views on whether the HSE will be within budget in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6586/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - HSE Funding)

Deputy Billy Kelleher: Will the Minister for Health outline his views on whether the HSE will be within its budget in 2018? I am asking in view of the commentary by the director general of the HSE and the concerns consistently expressed from this side of the House on the aspirational elements of the budget that incorporate savings identified. Clearly, these elements will not be delivered. Indeed, it is already being said that the targets will be singularly challenging to deliver and that some...

2. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health to outline the position regarding a potential financial shortfall for the HSE of up to €881 million before the end of 2018; his plans to rectify this; if more funding will be forthcoming; if hospitals will have to increase stretch income targets to meet the shortfall; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6473/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - HSE Funding)

Deputy Billy Kelleher: Will the Minister for Health outline his views on whether the HSE will be within its budget in 2018? I am asking in view of the commentary by the director general of the HSE and the concerns consistently expressed from this side of the House on the aspirational elements of the budget that incorporate savings identified. Clearly, these elements will not be delivered. Indeed, it is already being said that the targets will be singularly challenging to deliver and that some...

99. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health if funding will be allocated to a service (details supplied) in County Wicklow in the HSE service plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6110/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Section 39 of the Health Act 2004 makes provision for the HSE to provide assistance to bodies that provide services similar, or ancillary to, services that the HSE may provide. 
Section 39 organisations provide a broad range of services and these are governed by Service Level Agreements with the HSE. Decisions on the provision of funding to these organisations is a matter for the HSE.
The HSE also operates a National Lottery funded scheme under which i...

132. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the anticipated funding shortfall at the HSE for 2018; if he has been consulted in respect of the anticipated funding overrun in the Department of Health and the HSE for 2018; his plans to deal with funding shortages in 2018; the role his Department has in terms of budgeting in other Departments and Government agencies; the role his Department has in terms of budgeting methodology in the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6658/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): This policy area is the responsibility of the Minister for Health. Management of the budget allocation as voted by the Dail is the responsibility of the Accounting Officer for that Department.
I, as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform have consistently prioritised Health, as evidenced by the additional €1.7 bn that has been invested into the health service since this Government took office (€0.5bn in July 2016, €0.5bn i...

226. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the position regarding an application by an organisation (details supplied) to the HSE seeking further funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6451/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - HSE 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 ...

233. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the level of current and capital funding that would be required to implement Sláintecare proposals in view of the recent hospital bed capacity review which found that if the proposals in the Sláintecare report are implemented an additional 2,500 hospital beds would be required; the annual timeframe for the full delivery of these 2,500 additional hospital beds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2117/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Terms of Reference and the scope of the Capacity Review did not include the costing of additional capacity. The Review was tasked with outlining the potential effects of reform scenarios on the demand for health and social care services. It was not tasked with modelling the potential impact of the Sláintecare proposals on future demand and capacity, although the reform scenarios outlined in the Review align with the principles underlying Sláintecar...

112. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if he has received a request from the HSE for additional funding to allow for the restoration of pay for workers in a section 39 organisation (details supplied) as per the Labour Court recommendation of 20 November 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2123/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE brought the Labour Court recommendation in question to the attention of the Department. Arrangements are being finalised for a process to establish the factual position regarding pay reductions and pay restoration in the Section 39 organisations. It is anticipated that this process will bring about the necessary clarity and transparency as well as an agreed way forward for all parties involved. I am continuing to engage with my colleague, the...

404. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if additional funding will be provided in 2018 for home help, home support and home care packages; if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties caused to persons and families when delays occur in providing such support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3262/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Homecare is an increasingly important part of the supports we offer to older people, and will continue to increase in importance into the future, as our ageing population grows.
The Department is currently engaged in a detailed process to develop plans for a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home care services. While this is under development, both the Department and Health Service Executive (HSE) are continuing ef...

408. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health if as part of the 2018 capital plan the HSE has made funding available for a project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3278/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): The Mid Term review of the Capital Plan was published by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on 13 September 2017. The Government is preparing a new National Development Plan for the period 2018-2027, which is expected to be published alongside and in support of the forthcoming new National Planning Framework, to sustain national economic and social progress over the long term. 
Health capital funding was outline...

165. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Health if the fact that Tipperary Education and Training Board, ETB, has a fund of €200,000 available from a charitable source to part fund a jigsaw project for County Tipperary but that support from the HSE to make the project a reality has not been agreed will be investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2398/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - HSE 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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907. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if the HSE is making funding available to an organisation (details supplied) in order to pay for legal advice regarding the release of the final reports on the two audits of that organisation carried out by the HSE in 2015. (Question 55225/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - HSE 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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297. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if he will address a matter (details supplied); the reason for the refusal of the application by a charity for an education officer and information officer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50845/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - HSE 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 ...

204. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if the HSE provides funding for a programme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47607/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the Deputy’s question refers to operational matters I have referred it on to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply. 
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109. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Health if funding is allocated for capital works on the day care centre in Monasterevin within the capital budget 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43242/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the HSE is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects, the Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in relation to the day care centre in Monasterevin.
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296. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason an application for HSE national lottery grants submitted by a service (details supplied) was unsuccessful; if this decision may be appealed by the service; the other suitable sources of funding for which the service may apply in this circumstance in view of the fact that this service has now been placed in jeopardy as a result of this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42515/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - HSE 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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337. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the status of funding within the HSE to carry out valve replacement surgery and the purchase of replacement valves; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42673/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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37. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health the position regarding section 39 organisations, for example, hospices, in which staff took pay cuts during the financial emergency; if funding will be provided to ensure their pay is restored in line with section 38 organisations for staff enjoying the same terms and conditions as civil and public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40357/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Section 39 of the Health Act 2004, provides that the HSE may ‘..give assistance to any person or body that provides or proposes to provide a service similar or ancillary to a service that the Executive may provide.’. Such assistance may range from contributing to the expenses incurred by that person or body to allowing them the use of an HSE premises. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a grant and the value of such grants can vary from ve...

425. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if there are alternative funding sources, domestic or European, for an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31320/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - HSE Funding)

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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1349. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to the request by a person (details supplied) for HSE funding to assist with third level studies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28076/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the provision of personal assistants is a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for consideration of the particular circumstances in this case and direct reply to the Deputy.
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1573. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost of restoring funding to HSE section 39 organisations to enable them to meet pay restoration in line with HSE and section 38 organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28988/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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444. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Health if the HSE funds emergency accommodation services; if so, the details and the amount of funding provided to each of these services in 2015 and 2016 and to date in 2017; and if persons resident in HSE funded accommodation are included in the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s PASS data that forms the basis of the official monthly homelessness data report. (Question 23120/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): 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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585. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the shortfall in funding from the HSE to a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18053/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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419. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health to outline his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding lack of resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15495/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - HSE Funding)

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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71. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health if he will ensure that the HSE expedites the allocation of funding to a service (details supplied) which is the only residential detoxification and treatment service for adolescents in the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12065/17 asked on 08 Mar 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): In the 2017 budget, an additional €3m has been provided for a number of measures aimed at improving the health outcomes of those affected by addiction issues. The increased funding will support the development of a pilot supervised injection facility in Dublin city centre, the wider availability of alternative opiate substitution treatments for those who are not suited to methadone, improved services for under 18s and more ...

243. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health his views on the intention of the HSE to immediately cut funding to section 39 organisations providing vital social care services, due to their being unable to sign service level agreements by virtue of not being fully funded to meet the pay restoration requirements now falling due under the Lansdowne Road agreement. (Question 12395/17 asked on 08 Mar 2017 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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