124. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health if radiology and-or radiography services at University Hospital Kerry have been outsourced, either now or in the past five years; and if so, if the staff provided are also working for the HSE. (Question 2253/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the specific issues raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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442. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the acute hospitals which have a COPD outreach programme. (Question 53893/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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497. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54106/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - 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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280. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the status of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy centre at University Hospital Galway; the location, opening times and designated person in charge thereof; the referral process of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52749/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Services)

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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303. Deputy Kate O’Connell asked the Minister for Health if enzyme replacement therapy is approved by a committee; if so, the reason therefor; the persons who sit on that committee; the frequency with which the committee meets; the approval criteria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52835/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 303 and 304 together.
Officials in my Department have sought clarification in relation to these two PQs. Once this information has been received I will arrange for a reply to issue to the Deputy.
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304. Deputy Kate O’Connell asked the Minister for Health if there is a specific budget for enzyme replacement therapy; if so, the way in which it is administered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52836/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 303 and 304 together.
Officials in my Department have sought clarification in relation to these two PQs. Once this information has been received I will arrange for a reply to issue to the Deputy.
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165. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if he will meet with community hospitals and other health advocacy groups (details supplied) in County Donegal to address ongoing concerns regarding community hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52545/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 to 167, inclusive, together.
I would suggest that the Deputy arrange for a representative from one of the groups referred to contact my office to request a meeting and I will endeavour to facilitate the request. A meeting which had been arranged with one of the representative groups recently was cancelled.
The Deputy will be aware that since the announcement of the 5 year Capital Investment Pro...

166. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health his plans for a reduction of service delivery for the care of older persons in existing hospitals, in view of his statements on community hospitals in County Donegal (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52546/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 to 167, inclusive, together.
I would suggest that the Deputy arrange for a representative from one of the groups referred to contact my office to request a meeting and I will endeavour to facilitate the request. A meeting which had been arranged with one of the representative groups recently was cancelled.
The Deputy will be aware that since the announcement of the 5 year Capital Investment Pro...

167. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if HIQA standards and compliance regulations (details supplied) as currently in operation will be maintained; the timeframe for a review of same; the timeframe for the subsequent notification to the public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52547/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 to 167, inclusive, together.
I would suggest that the Deputy arrange for a representative from one of the groups referred to contact my office to request a meeting and I will endeavour to facilitate the request. A meeting which had been arranged with one of the representative groups recently was cancelled.
The Deputy will be aware that since the announcement of the 5 year Capital Investment Pro...

153. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health his plans 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; if this is being provided for in the HSE national services plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51274/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Provision of emergency endovascular thrombectomy is highly specialised and the current and agreed clinical strategy of the national stroke programme is to fully commission the two existing services in Beaumont Hospital and Cork University Hospital on a sustainable 24/7 level of service provision. The HSE have advised that the number of patients undergoing this procedure has risen, on average, 50% each year. 
The HSE advise that capital expenditure will ...

155. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health his plans to address the geographical gap in heart failure services in the south southwest hospital group area; if a business case has been made for the €750,000 investment that is needed to establish heart failure services in Cork University Hospital and Kerry General Hospital; if this will be provided for as a priority in the HSE service plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51276/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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284. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health the date for the re-opening of beds at a hospital (details supplied) following receipt of Health Information and Quality Authority registration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50769/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - 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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349. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health his plans to reduce the levels of services to be provided at a hospital (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50022/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Emergency Department in Cavan has been performing well this year. Performance information from the HSE show a 48% reduction in trolley numbers at the Hospital in comparison with the same period in 2016. 
In addition all Hospital Groups and Community Health Organisations have developed and put in place integrated winter preparedness plans for their locality focussed on planning and escalation preparedness, maintaining patient flow processes and ensur...

350. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Health his views on whether services at University Hospital Limerick can survive a winter flu epidemic in view of the chronic state of the emergency department, the cancellation of elective procedures, the CPE threat and the unacceptable hospital work overload; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50028/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to you.
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382. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if he will restore funding to carry out gynecomastia surgery with immediate effect and ensure there is an adequate budget in place for the year 2018 and subsequent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50160/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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390. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health when the report on the centralisation of trauma care will be brought before Dáil Éireann; if this report will be published in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50253/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 390 and 391 together.
In 2015, my predecessor established a Trauma Policy Steering Group, chaired by Professor Eilis McGovern, to make recommendations in relation to the development of a trauma system for Ireland. Patients who have used trauma services and clinicians were at the heart of the development of the plan. The Steering Group completed its final report in July 2017 and I expect to bring the report to Cabinet b...

391. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the hospitals in which trauma care will be terminated; the hospitals which have been referenced outside cities that could be used as trauma units; and the additional resources and expertise he plans to allocate to those units. (Question 50254/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 390 and 391 together.
In 2015, my predecessor established a Trauma Policy Steering Group, chaired by Professor Eilis McGovern, to make recommendations in relation to the development of a trauma system for Ireland. Patients who have used trauma services and clinicians were at the heart of the development of the plan. The Steering Group completed its final report in July 2017 and I expect to bring the report to Cabinet b...

392. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health when the 50 new beds announced in the media will open at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; the additional funding and staff that will be allocated to these beds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50255/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As part of the package of measures being funded for this winter and throughout 2018, funding of almost €3 million has been agreed to support the opening of significant new facilities at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, including opening and refurbishment of around 50 of the beds in the new wardblock resulting in a net increase of 25 beds. In addition, this funding will also deliver the opening of the new Emergency Department scheduled for May 201...

401. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the projections (details supplied) which mean that an additional 500 acute beds will be required in the midlands region covering Mullingar, Tullamore and Portlaoise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50279/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the Deputy has referenced, the ESRI recently published projections of demand for healthcare at a national level. The projections are for the time period 2015 and 2030 and show significant increases in demand across all health services, including acute hospitals. The ESRI research shows the demand for in-patient bed days (exclusive of maternity activity) is projected to increase by between 32 and 37 per cent by 2030. It is important to emphasis tha...

404. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health if a solution has been found to resume a group (details supplied) in Our Lady’s Hospital, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim; if the relevant persons have been informed in relation to the service restarting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50298/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - 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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459. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health if a response will issue to correspondence from a person (details supplied) regarding the need for a cath lab in Lourdes hospital, Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50642/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My Private Office has confirmed that this correspondence has been received. A reply to this letter will issue shortly. 
Based on this country’s population, specialist cardiac cath lab services are only provided in a number of hospitals in order to ensure that the services provided achieve the required standards of safety, quality and sustainability in the interests of patients. 
I have announced my intention to commence a National Review of Specialist C...

462. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the criteria for the provision of cath labs in acute hospitals; the number of dedicated staff needed; the costs of staff and equipment; if this facility will be provided in Lourdes hospital in Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50648/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Based on this country’s population, specialist cardiac cath lab services are only provided in a number of hospitals in order to ensure that the services provided achieve the required standards of safety, quality and sustainability in the interests of patients. 
I have announced my intention to commence a National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services that focuses on services for adults. 
Specialist cardiac services cover hospital-based specialist servic...

141. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the status of dermatology services in Sligo University Hospital; if the service is still in operation; if not, the alternative arrangements that have been put in place for patients; his plans to rectify this in order that appointments can be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49658/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

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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159. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Health when a club (details supplied) in Our Lady’s Hospital, Manorhamilton, will be reinstated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49750/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - 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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171. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health the status of the future of long-term residential beds at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stranorlar, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49813/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
While the care delivered to residents in our community hospitals is generally of a very high standard, many of theses services are delivered in buildings that are less than ideal in the modern context. It is important therefore that we upgrade our public bed stock and this is the aim of the 5 year Capital Investment Programme for Community Nursing Units which was announced las...