167. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health if funding has been allocated for the transfer of services from the Cottage Hospital, Drogheda to St. Mary’s, Drogheda; and the funding allocated in this regard. (Question 20517/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

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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177. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the costs associated with the need to address infrastructural and equipment issues in relation to the provision of thrombectomy services in Beaumont Hospital; the level of capital expenditure required to replace the existing angiography suite and to open a second angiography suite; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20550/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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227. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the status of the provision of a catheterisation laboratory at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20708/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly. 
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231. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be admitted to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20749/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

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 o...

232. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his views on the finding of a recent report into the standard of care at Portiuncula Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20754/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I welcome the completion of Professor Walker’s Report and would again like to convey my sympathies to the families involved in this process.
I am advised that Portiuncula University Hospital and Saolta University Health Care Group have reviewed the findings and recommendations in Professor Walker’s Report and an Implementation Team is already in place to progress the recommendations.
I particularly welcome the fact that the team includes input from some...

207. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the number of echocardiograms carried out in the six months previous to a second echocardiogram scanner being introduced at University Hospital Kerry per week on average; the average per week for the six months following the introduction of the second echocardiogram scanner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20392/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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337. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 359 of 27 March 2018 and 914 of 17 April 2018, the contingency plans in place should the existing neuro interventional angiography suite at Beaumont Hospital cease to operate suddenly in view of the recognition of its need to be replaced and for a further suite to be in place; if there is a facility in the capital allocation for such emergencies; if consideration has been given to same in further view of the increase in the thrombectomy services (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19967/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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162. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if dermatology services will be restored to Mullingar Regional Hospital; and if persons will be offered treatment in an alternative setting in the interim. (Question 19367/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly, as soon as possible.
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174. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the estimated full year cost, current and capital, of providing a mobile catheterisation laboratory for Waterford University Hospital. (Question 19433/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following an independent review of the need for a second cath lab in University Hospital Waterford (UHW), the Herity report concluded that the needs of the effective catchment population for Waterford University Hospital could be accommodated within a single cath lab. Funding was provided to support extension of the existing cath lab operating hours to 12 weekly sessions per week, or by 20%, as recommended in the Herity Report. Recruitment efforts to su...

204. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if dermatology services will be restored to Mullingar Regional Hospital; and if patients will be offered treatment in an alternative setting in the interim. (Question 19476/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to you, as soon as possible.
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291. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide a clinic in Letterkenny University Hospital for the administration of injections for macular degeneration (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18958/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this relates to a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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120. Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that MRI scans are not available to persons presenting through accident and emergency departments with joint injury in circumstances in which a consultant cannot give a definitive medical diagnosis using X-rays alone; his views on whether it is acceptable that many persons will have to wait between 12 and 18 months for said MRI scans in such circumstances or alternatively attend privately for same and then return to accident and emergency with MRI results to obtain a definitive diagnosis and pertinent treatment; his further views on whether this is best practice; his plans to address or review this anomaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18112/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, the question raised by the Deputy has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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373. Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Minister for Health the status of services for venesection for persons with haemochromatosis; if the issue of the €80 fee that these persons must pay when they attend outpatient departments is being considered in the context of the overall general practitioner contract review process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17575/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The majority of venesections are undertaken in acute hospitals.  The treatment is also delivered in the community, by some General Practitioners and at some Irish Blood Transfusion Service centres.
The Health Act 1970 (as amended) provides that all people ordinarily resident in Ireland are entitled, subject to certain charges, to public in-patient hospital services including consultant services and to public out-patient hospital services. Under Section...

386. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide a modular laboratory at UHW; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17649/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following an independent review of the need for a second cath lab in University Hospital Waterford (UHW), the Herity report concluded that the needs of the effective catchment population for Waterford University Hospital could be accommodated within a single cath lab. Funding has been provided to support extension of the existing cath lab operating hours to 12 weekly sessions per week, or by 20%, as recommended in the Herity Report. Recruitment effort...

6. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Health his plans to reconfigure cardiovascular services in County Louth and the north-east region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17085/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Deputy Declan Breathnach: The question raises the proposed reconfiguration of cardiovascular services in County Louth and the north-east region but could equally be applied to the 33 units providing cardiovascular services across the country. It is my understanding the advisory group was convened to devise a new clinical model of care for the provision of cardiovascular rehabilitation settings in Ireland, and that its proposal is to introduce a community-based and single-outpatient programme wh...

10. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Health when the consultation process on the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise involving local clinicians and the community will begin; and the expected timeframe for completion (Question 16238/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Deputy Brian Stanley: When will the consultation process for Portlaoise hospital begin? At our meeting in December the Minister told the other two Laois Deputies and me that he would begin this process early in the new year and that he would discuss the matter with clinicians and representatives from the local community.
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21. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health the status of the provision of an endoscopy unit for Naas General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17108/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 36 together.
The endoscopy suite and the mental health acute unit at Naas Hospital are both included in the National Development Plan 2018-2027. 
The National Development Plan provides €10.9 billion to invest in infrastructure, equipment and additional service capacity for the public health sector. This represents an increase of 165% in capital funding over the previous decade. The additional capital funding is ...

32. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health his plans for the provision of additional capacity in acute hospitals to alleviate high levels of bed occupancy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17088/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Against a background of growing demand for hospital services 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. 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 have be...

34. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health the details of the radiology unit for the Regional Hospital Mullingar as outlined in the Capital Plan 2016-2021 which will host the MRI scanner which was fundraised by a group (details supplied); the timeframe for the establishment of the unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16741/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My Department has asked the Health Service Executive to reply directly to the Deputy with regard to current position on the radiology department and the MRI at the Regional Hospital, Mullingar. 
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36. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Health the proposed expansion plans at Naas General Hospital under the health priorities of the National Development Plan 2018-2027; if timelines or individual investment amounts are available for the new endoscopy unit and new mental health unit to serve the residents of County Kildare and west County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11318/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 36 together.
The endoscopy suite and the mental health acute unit at Naas Hospital are both included in the National Development Plan 2018-2027. 
The National Development Plan provides €10.9 billion to invest in infrastructure, equipment and additional service capacity for the public health sector. This represents an increase of 165% in capital funding over the previous decade. The additional capital funding is ...

64. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Health if a fixed cath lab will be provided at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17075/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.
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70. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health his plans to examine a number of proposals to improve cardiac care in the south east including the deployment of a modular laboratory that will allow for diagnostic angiograms and intervention procedures; the position regarding efforts by UHW management to recruit additional staff to extend the operation of the existing cath lab by 20%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17018/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following an independent review of the need for a second cath lab in University Hospital Waterford (UHW), the Herity report concluded that the needs of the effective catchment population for Waterford University Hospital could be accommodated within a single cath lab. Funding has been provided to support extension of the existing cath lab operating hours to 12 weekly sessions per week, or by 20%, as recommended in the Herity Report. Recruitment efforts...

81. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health his plans for the provision of a modular cath laboratory which would allow for the performance of PCI in addition to or to replace the mobile diagnostic unit at University Hospital Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17014/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following an independent review of the need for a second cath lab in University Hospital Waterford (UHW), the Herity report concluded that the needs of the effective catchment population for Waterford University Hospital could be accommodated within a single cath lab. Funding has been provided to support extension of the existing cath lab operating hours to 12 weekly sessions per week, or by 20%, as recommended in the Herity Report. Recruitment efforts ...

82. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been refused surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16237/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
 The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

86. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health when the proposed new cystic fibrosis unit in Beaumont Hospital will be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17107/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Programme for Partnership Government contains a Government commitment regarding the development of a dedicated Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Unit in Beaumont Hospital, to be progressed in the context of a CF Model of Care.
This CF Unit capital project will thus be underpinned by the “Model of Care for People with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland” which is being developed by the National Clinical Programme for Cystic Fibrosis (NCPCF). The Model of Care will set out...