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...

176. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if the commitment in the programme for Government to introduce cystic fibrosis beds for Beaumont Hospital will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16993/18 asked on 18 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...

682. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if the contract for dialysis services in County Kilkenny is being put out for tender; the length of time the current operator was reviewed over the past four years in the context of the quality of the service and patient satisfaction; and his plans on the matter and in respect of the future of the service. (Question 15087/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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762. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health when the consultation process being conducted by his Department in respect of the delivery of clinical services at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, will commence; the person chairing this process; when meetings with local clinicians and the community will take place; the timeline for the conclusion of this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15462/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): It remains the case, as outlined at my meeting with you and the other Laois Oireachtas members in December 2017, that no decision has been made yet on the draft Action Plan for Portlaoise Hospital. I have asked my Department to conduct a consultation process in this regard involving local clinicians and the community and this is currently under consideration.
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787. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 517 of 20 March 2018, the current position with the development of the neurolink service at St. Vincent’s University Hospital. (Question 15617/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the matter relates to a service issue it has been referred to the HSE for a direct response.
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788. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 517 of 20 March 2018, the stage of development of condition-specific OPD clinics; the geographical spread of the clinics; and the number of hospitals currently offering condition-specific OPD clinics. (Question 15618/18 asked on 17 Apr 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.
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793. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the hospitals providing cardiac rehabilitation, in tabular form. (Question 15628/18 asked on 17 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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795. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of cataract treatment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15632/18 asked on 17 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 ...

798. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health when the seven pre and post transplant rooms in the Mater hospital will be operational and fully staffed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15637/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Deputy’s questions relate to service delivery matters and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to him.
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802. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health further to Parlimanetary Question No. 453 of 30 May 2017, if autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation treatment for multiple sclerosis will be made available here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15648/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this P.Q. relates to a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for a direct reply
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803. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the details of all services provided at Portiuncula hospital, Ballinasloe. (Question 15661/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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911. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the action taken by the HSE to address issues outlined (details supplied) by the general manager of University Hospital Waterford in correspondence dated 19 September 2017, relevant to a dialysis unit in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16056/18 asked on 17 Apr 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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1012. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 618 of 20 March 2018, the reason for the high number of cancellations in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in the urology department in comparison to other acute hospitals; if the reduction of urology consultant hours from 82 to 55 hours per week will be investigated; his plans to increase the number of contracted hours; the average waiting times for urology procedures across the RCSI hospital group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16654/18 asked on 17 Apr 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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1013. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health his plans to reopen the pre-discharge unit, PDU, in Kilcreene Orthopaedic Hospital, County Kilkenny, to bring 26 beds back on stream for use as stepdown, rehabilitation or respite to alleviate congestion at St. Luke’s Hospital, County Kilkenny; if the possibility of utilising the four private rooms in the PDU Kilcreene to accommodate isolation patients and in turn take high infection cases out of an acute setting at St. Luke’s Hospital will be investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16656/18 asked on 17 Apr 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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1014. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the future of Kilcreene Orthopaedic Hospital, County Kilkenny; his plans to utilise same to alleviate emergency and elective orthopaedic waiting lists in Waterford regional hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16657/18 asked on 17 Apr 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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