144. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) who requires a bone scan cannot receive the scan due to the fact the DXA machine which carries this out in St. Vincent’s Hospital is broken which means that anyone under 21 years of age cannot get the scan carried out; when this machine will be fixed; and if this person can have the required scan carried out elsewhere. (Question 44305/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - 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 scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which...

278. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Health his plans for the development and funding of the national paediatric rheumatology services in Crumlin, which has a waiting list of 825 children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43406/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 374 to 376, inclusive, together. 
In relation to the query raised, as this is a service issue I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly regarding the actions being taken to address waiting times for children who require rheumatology services across the three children’s hospitals.
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361. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the status of the planned national narcolepsy service centre at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin; if funding has been set aside for the infrastructure for the project, staffing and recruitment for this centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43801/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Work is under way on the setting up a Centre of Excellence for Narcolepsy based in St. James’s Hospital for patients with all forms of narcolepsy in adults and in children transitioning from the paediatric services. Funding for the infrastructure, staffing and recruitment for this centre will be considered as part of the overall service plan process 2018 and with regard to competing priorities for resources available in 2018. 
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366. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the laundry department in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; his short to medium-term plans for the department; if a commitment can be given to the laundry staff regarding their job security in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43842/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Services Executive have advised that Phase 2 of the development in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda is currently in the final stages of construction. This consists of an extension on the ground floor, three wards and a theatre suite comprising of five operating rooms. Any plans regarding the laundry services cannot fully be considered until this construction project is complete and brought on line.
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374. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the competing priorities for funding (details supplied); the position regarding children with arthritis, who are waiting for two years on the list of priorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43885/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 374 to 376, inclusive, together. 
In relation to the query raised, as this is a service issue I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly regarding the actions being taken to address waiting times for children who require rheumatology services across the three children’s hospitals.
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375. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health his plans to address a shortfall (details supplied) in care for children with JIA in the annual Estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43886/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 374 to 376, inclusive, together. 
In relation to the query raised, as this is a service issue I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly regarding the actions being taken to address waiting times for children who require rheumatology services across the three children’s hospitals.
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376. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the reason a submission by OLCHC requesting funding for the third rheumatology consultant has not been granted for the past three years (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43887/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 374 to 376, inclusive, together. 
In relation to the query raised, as this is a service issue I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly regarding the actions being taken to address waiting times for children who require rheumatology services across the three children’s hospitals.
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110. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Health when the recommendations of the report on the future of services at Portlaoise hospital will be made available to the Houses of the Oireachtas. (Question 43243/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group has been working for some time on a draft plan for a new model of clinical service delivery at Portlaoise Hospital which takes account of the need to develop services at Portlaoise in the context of developing the model of service provision for the entire Hospital Group. The draft plan has been submitted to my Department and it is being reviewed in detail. Once there is an agreed position on the draft plan, there will ...

132. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health if he will address a matter (details supplied); the steps he will take regarding the issues raised; the timeframe in which the issues raised will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43101/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Letterkenny and Sligo University Hospitals provide essential high-quality hospital care to patients in the North West. I can assure the Deputy of the continued commitment to develop services in both Hospitals, including those for patients with diabetes.
Adult diabetes services at Letterkenny are currently provided by a consultant endocrinologist, supported by a locum consultant general physician with a diabetic interest. In order to address waiting li...

148. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 332 of 3 October 2017, the number of persons availing of this service in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43191/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

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 you directly.
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305. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health if the HSE plans to put a permanent ward in the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda for COPD patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42547/17 asked on 10 Oct 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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357. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if the necessary resources will be provided to a hospital (details supplied) to launch a new service before the end of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42796/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

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 you directly. 
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380. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the processes and services available for children with intestinal failure transitioning from the national paediatric unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42887/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am aware that a business case for the establishment of a dedicated centre for Intestinal Failure was prepared by St James’s Hospital. Any proposals for the funding for the centre for Intestinal failure in St. James’s, including children with intestinal failure transitioning from the national paediatric unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, will have to be considered as part of the Hospital Group’s overall priorities for services across the...

301. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for rehab care in the Scared Heart hospital, Carlow. (Question 41296/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 301 and 302 together.
As these are a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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302. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive home help hours. (Question 41297/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 301 and 302 together.
As these are a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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331. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for the restoration of a clinic (details supplied) at a hospital; the business case being prepared to develop a service at this hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41410/17 asked on 03 Oct 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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333. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health if funding for a further podiatrist in County Meath will be made available in budget 2018; and the reason for the sudden increase in the number of persons with diabetes hospitalised for foot ulceration treatment in County Meath. (Question 41415/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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455. Deputy Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the masterplan for South Tipperary General Hospital; if he will provide a copy of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41938/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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183. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the rheumatology department at Mayo university hospital; the staffing measures in place; the number of days weekly it operates; the level of staff; the number of persons seen on a weekly basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41088/17 asked on 28 Sep 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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383. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health his plans to open a new weight management clinic at Beaumont hospital, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40630/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In line with the increased emphasis on providing services to patients in the community, currently referrals that the dietetic service at Beaumont Hospital receive for weight management are transferred to Community Services for individual and group programmes such as the “Programme for Healthy Eating and Wait Management” (PHEW).
The HSE has advised that there are no currently plans for a weight management clinic in Beaumont Hospital.
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391. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health his plans in place to deal with the situation at Merlin Park hospital, Galway; the expected repair time; the arrangements for surgery to be carried out at an alternative site; the number of persons affected that were scheduled to have operations (details supplied); when they can expect to have their operations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40650/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Saolta University Healthcare Group has advised that a leak developed in the roof of a building in the Merlin Park hospital campus that houses the Hospital’s two orthopaedic theatres on the 4th of September. Hospital management temporarily suspended operations for a week to facilitate the Galway University Hospital Buildings and Maintenance Unit to effect repairs. 
However, a second leak was noted on 13 September and Saolta advise that a multi-disci...

139. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health if the venesection and phlebotomy therapy is a free treatment in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, for haemochromatosis patients that do not qualify for a medical card; if so, the reason it is not a free treatment in all hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39938/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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145. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health the number of times the full capacity protocol was initiated at University Hospital Limerick to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39955/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Hospital Services)

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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427. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health when funding will be provided to fund the 96 extra bed unit at university hospital Limerick; and the steps he is taking to alleviate the high level of overcrowding in the hospital. (Question 39398/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Services)

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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431. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health the status of the planning process for the delivery of the stroke unit in Bantry hospital; the stage it is at; if the value as reported of €4 million is accurate; the date on which work will commence; the timeframe for the project to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39416/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the specific case raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly
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