272. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the adequacy of the health budget to meet the requirements in their entirety throughout 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17385/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The 2018 National Service Plan set out a budget of over €14.5 billion for the HSE, the highest budget ever allocated. The Health budget was increased by over €600 million on 2017, a substantial additional level of funding. The amount allocated follows an extensive process of engagement between my Department and the HSE, which considers both the funding requirements as submitted by the HSE and the fiscal position. These types of engagements are a norma...

188. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health the funding that was provided to a hospice (details supplied) in each of the years 2011 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the basis upon which this funding level was arrived at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14302/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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189. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health the number of patients treated at a hospice (details supplied) in each of the years 2011 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and the rates of mortality or further transfer. (Question 14303/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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412. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health further to correspondence (details supplied), if his Department has released the full €35 million of funding for developments to the HSE for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13991/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 412 and 413 together.
Funding from my Department will be part of the HSE normal drawdown across the year and is available to the HSE when 2018 new development projects require the funding. The HSE expects to have drawn down €10 Million by the end of Quarter 1, 2018.
I have referred the remainder of the question to the HSE for further input.
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413. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health further to correspondence (details supplied), the way in which the €35 million of funding for developments which was due to be released to the HSE has been spent; the measures this funding was spent on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13992/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 412 and 413 together.
Funding from my Department will be part of the HSE normal drawdown across the year and is available to the HSE when 2018 new development projects require the funding. The HSE expects to have drawn down €10 Million by the end of Quarter 1, 2018.
I have referred the remainder of the question to the HSE for further input.
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655. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the position in relation to the releasing of funding from a section of the HSE to purchase equipment for those on the priority list and in the case of a person (details supplied); and the reason this funding has not been released. (Question 12815/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

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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291. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the provision of funding by the HSE for the genomic sequencing machine in the next generation sequencing laboratory in the Mater hospital; the status of the recruitment of a national clinical director that will have responsibility for developing the services envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10956/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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345. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the funding provided to section 39 bodies in each of the past ten years in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11209/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): This question has been referred to the HSE for direct response to the Deputy.
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149. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the details of the HSE budget distinguished between current and capital expenditure in each of the years 2018 to 2022. (Question 10484/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - HSE Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The 2018 National Service Plan sets out a revenue budget of over €14.5 billion for the HSE. Future levels of funding will be considered on a yearly basis, as part of the national Estimates and budgetary process. There is no multi-annual funding for current expenditure.
Health capital funding was outlined in the Public Service Estimates for 2018. The following table outlines the Health Service Executive’s capital funding from 2018 to 2021.
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179. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a funding freeze imposed by the HSE in south County Dublin (details supplied); when this freeze will be lifted; if his attention has been further drawn to the distress this freezing is placing on families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10425/18 asked on 28 Feb 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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135. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Health if the HSE is paying for a chiropodist surgery for one day a week in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9040/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - HSE Funding)

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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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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