229. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Health the action being taken to remove the in loco parentis clause for home-care nursing packages for sick children in view of the adverse impact it is having for families in many cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18644/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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311. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the status of the establishment of his Department’s new statutory scheme for the financing and regulation of home support services; the way in which he expects the scheme to improve home support services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19054/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As you are aware the Department of Health is currently engaged in a detailed process to develop plans for a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home care services.
The statutory scheme for home care will introduce clear rules in relation to the services for which individuals are eligible and in relation to service-allocation. For that reason, developing a new statutory scheme will be an important step in ensuring th...

158. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health his plans to remove the in loco parentis clause from HSE policy in view of the fact that it is causing hardship for many families and is unworkable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18538/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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157. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if the abolition of the loco parentis clause in paediatric homecare packages will be reconsidered (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16922/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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453. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the eligibility for a home care package in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14245/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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237. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health when a decision will issue regarding an application by a person (details supplied) for a home care package; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13001/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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14. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health his plans to change the criteria for the home support scheme in view of the fact that those persons that have been approved for home help often remain on a waiting list for some time until hours become available (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6362/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Acting Chairman (Deputy Eugene Murphy): If Deputy Smith will forgo his 30 seconds, I will let the Minister reply and give the Deputy one minute for a supplementary. Is that all right?
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42. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health the measures he plans to implement to ensure that persons who have been approved for home support do not have to wait a considerable length of time for the commencement of such a service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6375/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Acting Chairman (Deputy Eugene Murphy): If Deputy Smith will forgo his 30 seconds, I will let the Minister reply and give the Deputy one minute for a supplementary. Is that all right?
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50. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties of those in need of home care packages; if his attention has further been drawn to the difficulties many have in sourcing these packages and that many of the packages granted are for less hours than would be appropriate to the need; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact this shortfall in hours is being decided on the basis of resources available rather than on the need; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6091/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 96 together.
Home care is a key part of the supports we offer to older people, and, with our ageing population, will become increasingly important into the future, as we are committed to facilitating people to remain at home and in their communities for as long as possible.
The Department is currently engaged in a detailed process to develop plans for a new statutory scheme and system of regu...

96. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if he has satisfied himself that those in need of home care are able to access this care in a timely manner and that this care is adequate to meet their needs in view of the reliance on private companies to deliver home care packages; if an audit of these services has been carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6090/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 96 together.
Home care is a key part of the supports we offer to older people, and, with our ageing population, will become increasingly important into the future, as we are committed to facilitating people to remain at home and in their communities for as long as possible.
The Department is currently engaged in a detailed process to develop plans for a new statutory scheme and system of regu...

361. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the rationale for the loco parentis rule whereby agency nurses working HSE home care day hours cannot permit parents to leave the home unless another adult is present; if the rule will be reviewed in view of its restrictive nature; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4000/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 361 and 362 together.
I understand that the HSE has undertaken significant work in the area of Paediatric Homecare Packages and is progressing a National Quality Assurance process for these packages. I am advised that there has been engagement with families on respite needs and the findings will be included in the final report. Thereafter, the HSE will review the context for ‘Loco Parentis’ in terms of Paediatric Homec...

362. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if representatives from the various children’s respite organisations (details supplied) have been or will be consulted as part of the upcoming primary care steering group meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4001/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 361 and 362 together.
I understand that the HSE has undertaken significant work in the area of Paediatric Homecare Packages and is progressing a National Quality Assurance process for these packages. I am advised that there has been engagement with families on respite needs and the findings will be included in the final report. Thereafter, the HSE will review the context for ‘Loco Parentis’ in terms of Paediatric Homec...

757. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the steps he has taken to clear the home care waiting lists; the amount of extra funding provided; the likely timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36799/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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1298. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the steps that were taken on the recommendations of the Department of Health and Children evaluation of home care packages, November 2009; the recommendations that were acted upon; the way in which they were implemented; the steps that were not acted upon; the reason for this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27770/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): An independent evaluation of Home Care Packages published by the Department in December 2009, indicated that while the Initiative had achieved its basic objectives since its introduction in 2006, various planning and delivery improvements were required overall. These related, for example, to standardising access and process, and various aspects of governance, including management and financial information. 
In 2010 the HSE f...

200. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the details of the proposed regulation of home care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22270/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Government recognises the need for effective regulation of home care services. For that reason, the Department of Health is currently engaged in a detailed process to design a new system of regulation for these important services. This process will also determine the new standalone funding scheme that will apply to home care. 
As an initial step, the Department commissioned the Health Research Board to undertake an evid...

548. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health the average length of time an assessment of need and implementation of a home care package takes; when in the process a home would be assessed; if a discharge would be effected prior to the implementation of a home care package in respect of a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9709/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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202. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be allocated a social worker to assess the person’s case to be discharged and allocated with a home care package;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6145/17 asked on 08 Feb 2017 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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441. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if the seven point home care criteria (details supplied) are standard criteria throughout the country or unique to County Roscommon; the reason the issue of being in receipt of carer’s allowance is not included as being a factor in assessment despite the fact that this seems to have been an issue in so many persons losing home care hours in County Roscommon; the reason cognitive ability is not assessed as part of the home care criteria when it is obviously a major factor in determining a person’s vulnerability and dependence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29643/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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483. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health if it is the case that from 1 September 2016, all HSE home care package tenders have been awarded solely to private companies; if this is part of the Government’s privatisation agenda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29838/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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1422. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the reason there have been such drastic cuts to home care packages in the Roscommon-Galway area in recent times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26043/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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244. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health to set out in tabular form the names and contact details of all officials who give approval for home care companies in each local health office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11910/16 asked on 25 May 2016 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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53. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health if finance for home care packages and home help assistance have been curtailed since January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7822/16 asked on 21 Apr 2016 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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86. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Health the policies his Department and the Health Service Executive are pursuing to encourage more persons to enter the home care package sector; the policies in place to secure sustainable levels of pay for the workers in that sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7982/16 asked on 21 Apr 2016 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Home Care Package (HCP) Scheme provides a range of services including primary care services such as nursing and therapies, enhanced home care hours, respite care etc.
Applicants for HCPs are assessed on the basis of need and packages allocated based on this need and having regard to available resources.
This year’s Health Service Executive (HSE) National Service Plan sets a target for 15,450 people to be in receipt of a H...