37. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health his views on whether it is appropriate for endoscopy day beds in Connolly Hospital to be used to cope with emergency department overcrowding. (Question 17096/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Against a background of growing demand for unscheduled care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30 million in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 for measures to increase acute hospital capacity and alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs). Almost 50% of this funding was used to deliver home support packages and transitional care beds to reduce the incidence of delayed discharges. Furthermore, over 200 beds ha...

643. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health his plans to find interim solutions to the overcrowding in the emergency department at University Hospital, Limerick; if modular units are under consideration; the timeframe for such units; the other measures being developed to provide access to diagnostics and other services in the community that would avoid the necessity to go to the emergency department; his further plans to expand the services in ancillary hospitals in Ennis, Nenagh and St. John’s Hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14961/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 643 and 884 together.
Against a background of growing demand for unscheduled care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30m in 2017 and a further €40m in 2018 for measures to increase acute hospital capacity and alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments.  Consequently, over 200 additional beds have been opened this winter across a range of sites, including 17 beds in University Hospital Lime...

884. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health if a modular unit will be granted to University Hospital Limerick as a short term measure to improve bed capacity; if this will be integrated with an already rolling out modular project in order to further fast track; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15923/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 643 and 884 together.
Against a background of growing demand for unscheduled care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30m in 2017 and a further €40m in 2018 for measures to increase acute hospital capacity and alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments.  Consequently, over 200 additional beds have been opened this winter across a range of sites, including 17 beds in University Hospital Lime...

998. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health the number of older persons between 80 and 90 years of age who have been on trolleys by CHO for periods of up to 6, 12, 24 and in excess of 24 hours in January, February and March 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16616/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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999. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health the number of persons over 90 years of age who have been on trolleys by CHO for periods of up to 6, 12, 24 and in excess of 24 hours in January, February and March 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16617/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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501. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health when the financial allocation applied for and required will be released to Letterkenny University Hospital to enable it to re-open its 19 bed short stay ward to assist with the overcrowding crisis at the hospital. (Question 10014/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Tackling overcrowding is a key commitment of this Government and this year, as part of Budget 2018, an extra €30m was made available to respond to winter pressures in 2017, with a further €40m being provided in 2018. This funding is aimed at reducing overcrowding in our hospitals through the provision of extra capacity, such as increased bed capacity, and additional supports including social care measures aimed at assisting patients to return home or t...

156. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health his views on the recent crisis in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital (details supplied); the steps he has taken to ensure that this will not happen again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8952/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Tackling overcrowding in EDs is a key commitment of this Government and this year, as part of Budget 2018, an extra €30m was made available to respond to winter pressures in 2017, with a further €40m being provided in 2018.  
I acknowledge that there continues to be an unacceptable number of patients waiting on trolleys throughout the system and I can assure the Deputy that this issue remains a priority for me and my Department.
In relation to Temple St...

18. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Health the reason for the 102% increase in overcrowding in St. Vincent’s University Hospital in January 2018 relative to January 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6444/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, as part of Budget 2018, €30 million in additional funding was provided in 2017, and a further €40 million is being made available in 2018, to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and strengthen capacity moving forward. Since the start of winter, 170 additional beds have opened nationally, including twenty...

20. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the reason for the 115% increase in overcrowding in Naas hospital in January 2018 relative to January 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6437/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, €30 million in additional funding was provided in 2017, and a further €40 million is being made available in 2018, to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and to strengthen capacity moving forward. Since the start of winter, 170 additional beds have opened nationally, including eleven beds in Naas Genera...

40. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the reason for the 96% increase in overcrowding in St Luke’s hospital, Kilkenny in January 2018 relative to January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6436/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 40, 52 and 54 together.
Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, €30 million in additional funding in 2017, and a further €40 million in 2018, has been made available to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and to strengthen capacity moving forward. 
Since the start of this winter, 170 additional beds haven been ...

52. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the reason for the 49% increase in overcrowding in Mullingar hospital in January 2018 relative to January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6440/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 40, 52 and 54 together.
Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, €30 million in additional funding in 2017, and a further €40 million in 2018, has been made available to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and to strengthen capacity moving forward. 
Since the start of this winter, 170 additional beds haven been ...

54. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the reason for the 38% increase in overcrowding in Cork University Hospital in January 2018 relative to January 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6442/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 40, 52 and 54 together.
Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, €30 million in additional funding in 2017, and a further €40 million in 2018, has been made available to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and to strengthen capacity moving forward. 
Since the start of this winter, 170 additional beds haven been ...

66. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the most effective and immediate action that can be taken to alleviate overcrowding in emergency departments nationally; if an analysis has been carried out with a view to identifying the capacity and demand at all accident and emergency units; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6364/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 66, 221 and 233 together.
Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, €30 million in additional funding was provided in 2017, and a further €40 million is being made available in 2018, to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and to strengthen capacity moving forward. 
Since the start of this winter, 170 additional ...

221. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the degree to which the actual deficit in accommodation at the various accident and emergency hospitals throughout the country as experienced in January 2018 has been identified; if extra accommodation and staffing will be provided to address this issue in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6615/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 66, 221 and 233 together.
Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, €30 million in additional funding was provided in 2017, and a further €40 million is being made available in 2018, to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and to strengthen capacity moving forward. 
Since the start of this winter, 170 additional ...

233. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he can provide or avail of step-down bed accommodation in all areas throughout the country as a means of alleviating overcrowding in public hospitals in general; if he has examined the potential use of decommissioned beds or wards in or adjacent to the public hospitals, thereby providing an available solution; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6627/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 66, 221 and 233 together.
Tackling overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs) is a key commitment of the Government. Accordingly, €30 million in additional funding was provided in 2017, and a further €40 million is being made available in 2018, to manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the winter period and to strengthen capacity moving forward. 
Since the start of this winter, 170 additional ...

897. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health his plans to support Naas General Hospital in addressing overcrowding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55183/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

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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940. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the interim arrangements planned to address the shortage of beds in the mid-west that is contributing to University Hospital Limerick having the highest number of persons waiting on trolleys in 2017, a trend that is continuing in 2018 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1025/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Tackling overcrowding in EDs is a key commitment of this Government and €30 million was made available for winter pressures in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 as part of the 2018 Budget. 
I can assure the Deputy that all the Winter Plan measures funded by increased investment by Government, like increased access to home care, transitional care and diagnostics along with additional acute bed capacity, are being implemented to deal with the extra ...

463. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Health his plans for Letterkenny University Hospital under the winter initiative 2017; if his attention has been drawn to the critical needs of the hospital at present due to the overcrowding on a regular basis of the accident and emergency department; the additional measures he is proposing to assist the hospital in meeting the increased demands; the additional staff numbers and resources being provided for the hospital under this initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50655/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As part of Budget 2018, an additional €40 million was announced for 2017 to prepare for and manage the expected peak in demand for our health services over the upcoming winter period. A further €40 million has been allocated for measures to improve access to unscheduled care in 2018. 
In addition, I can confirm to the Deputy that all Hospital Groups and Community Health Organisations, including Letterkenny University Hospital, have developed and put i...

92. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the trolley crisis and emergency department overcrowding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48179/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 92, 96 and 189 together.
I would like to acknowledge the distress for patients and their families, and the impact on staff, caused by cramped and overcrowded conditions in some of our hospital Emergency Departments. 
This year so far, Emergency Department attendances are up over 1.8% or over 16,000 patients by the end of September, including a 5% increase in Emergency Department attendances by people over 75 years. With...

96. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the adequacy of the initiatives he has put in place to address the issue of overcrowding at accident and emergency departments throughout the country; if in the event they meet or exceed targets, he plans further measures to meet the challenges presenting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48176/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 92, 96 and 189 together.
I would like to acknowledge the distress for patients and their families, and the impact on staff, caused by cramped and overcrowded conditions in some of our hospital Emergency Departments. 
This year so far, Emergency Department attendances are up over 1.8% or over 16,000 patients by the end of September, including a 5% increase in Emergency Department attendances by people over 75 years. With...

189. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he expects to be in a position to reduce overcrowding at accident and emergency departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48448/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 92, 96 and 189 together.
I would like to acknowledge the distress for patients and their families, and the impact on staff, caused by cramped and overcrowded conditions in some of our hospital Emergency Departments. 
This year so far, Emergency Department attendances are up over 1.8% or over 16,000 patients by the end of September, including a 5% increase in Emergency Department attendances by people over 75 years. With...

140. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the reason for the recent occurrence in Tallaght hospital in which 15 persons were waiting on trolleys for a hospital bed, some of them waiting over a day, in view of the fact that HIQA in May 2012 published a report and issued 76 recommendations to end the dangers of overcrowding in all hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47354/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive for a direct response.
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129. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health his plans to reopen the 20 closed beds in St. John’s hospital, Limerick to help alleviate the overcrowding problem in university hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42023/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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1204. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Health the number of times the full capacity protocol was exercised at Letterkenny University Hospital between 1 January 2017 and 31 August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38340/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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298. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a report on the current activities being undertaken as part of the 2016-2017 winter initiative; the amount that has been expended to date; the amount that remains from the originally allocated budget; the progress that has been made in terms of reducing the number of persons waiting on trolleys; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38380/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Hospital Overcrowding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): It is unacceptable that patients wait on trolleys for long periods especially elderly and vulnerable patients. Over the coming months it is essential that the health service plans effectively for expected surges in emergency care demand. My Department, working with the HSE, has been driving a range of measures to improve patient ED experience times. 
Following the formation of Government an additional €40 million was provided to assist in the manageme...