16. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health his plans to address the lack of a dedicated community neuro-rehabilitation team in counties Laois and Offaly. (Question 6409/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Midlands Louth Meath Community Health Organisation 8 has a service arrangement with ABI Ireland to provide neuro-rehabilitation services in the Midlands area covering Laois/Offaly and Longford/Westmeath. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is funded by the Health Service Executive and is a dedicated provider of community-based neuro-rehabilitation services for people with acquired brain injury and their families. The organisation works in communities ac...

57. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health his plans in 2018 to address the lack of dedicated community neuro-rehabilitation teams in CHO6. (Question 6414/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

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 ...

68. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide a full multidisciplinary community neuro-rehabilitation team in County Louth. (Question 6418/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

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 ...

78. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health his plans in 2018 to address the lack of dedicated community neuro-rehabilitation teams in CHO7. (Question 6416/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

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 ...

452. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the status of the finalisation and implementation of the framework for neuro-rehabilitation strategy. (Question 53955/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

453. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the status of the establishment of an innovative pilot day service aimed at supporting persons with severe acquired brain injuries. (Question 53956/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

454. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health if a collaborative care pathways model for persons with complex neuro-rehabilitation care and support accommodation needs in CHO 6, 7 and 9 and involving the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Peamount Hospital and the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, has been established; and the number of service users who have benefitted. (Question 53957/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

455. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health if each CHO has identified one area in which neuro-rehabilitation care services, both statutory and non-statutory, could work together to avoid hospital admission and provide a better outcome for the service user; and if so, the details of same for each CHO. (Question 53958/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

360. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health the status of plans to build a neuro-rehabilitation unit in the midlands; if progress has been made in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50074/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy and Strategy for the provision of Neuro-rehabilitation Services in Ireland. This is in line with the commitment to publish an implementation plan as outlined in the Programme for a Partnership Government and the commitment in the HSE National ...

219. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Health the amount of funding the HSE has provided for neuro-rehabilitation services and home care for multiple sclerosis patients in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and the number of multiple sclerosis patients who are on a waiting list to access neuro-rehabilitation services and home care services. (Question 23731/17 asked on 18 May 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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49. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health his views on the lack of neuro-rehabilitation services as a critical factor in the current trolley crisis, leading to delayed discharges and unnecessary admissions; the immediate steps he is taking to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4548/17 asked on 01 Feb 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Increased demand on hospital Emergency Departments can be caused by a range of factors. To deal with this increased demand, the Health Service Executive (HSE) launched the “Winter Initiative Plan 2016 - 2017”, in September 2016, which provided €40 million of additional funding for winter preparedness. On 5th of January, in response to significant pressures in our EDs in the New Year, a series of enhanced measures were added...

81. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health his plans, exclusive of investment in the new NRH hospital development, for investment in neuro-rehabilitation services in 2017; his further plans to invest new funding in community neuro-rehabilitation services in 2017 to meet the commitment under the programme for government around the development of neuro-rehabilitation services in the community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30497/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 485 together.
I am very pleased that as part of Budget 2017, I have been able to both protect significant existing resources and obtain additional funding for disability services. The allocation for disability services will rise to over €1.654 billion in 2017, as compared with the 2016 allocation of €1.562 billion. 
The Programme for Partnership Government places a particular focus o...

485. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if any of the €10 million additional funding in the area of disabilities earmarked for programme for Government commitments will be allocated to the implementation plan of the neuro-rehabilitation strategy and the development of community teams; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30635/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 485 together.
I am very pleased that as part of Budget 2017, I have been able to both protect significant existing resources and obtain additional funding for disability services. The allocation for disability services will rise to over €1.654 billion in 2017, as compared with the 2016 allocation of €1.562 billion. 
The Programme for Partnership Government places a particular focus o...

374. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in the acute hospital system waiting for brain rehabilitation; the length of time they are waiting and the hospitals concerned, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17979/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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718. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health when the acquired brain injury unit on St. Joseph’s campus in County Longford will be open; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13246/16 asked on 31 May 2016 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

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...

416. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied with the current standard of care for individuals suffering from stroke, brain injury and other neurological conditions; the progress made to date in developing occupational therapy services and neuro-rehabilitation services for persons with neurological injuries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5313/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Stroke, brain injury and neurological health services are provided across a range of settings, by different organisations and by many health professionals and carers. The Health Service Executive (HSE) provides for the health needs of those affected by stroke, brain injury and neurological conditions through a range of measures. The HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate have a number of clinical programmes working in the area of neurology, ...

488. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding rehabilitation care of persons with brain injuries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36406/15 asked on 20 Oct 2015 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Brain injury health services are provided across a range of health settings, by different organisations and by many health professionals and carers. The HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate have a number of clinical programmes that are working in the area of brain injury, including neurology, epilepsy, stroke and rehabilitation medicine. The clinical programmes are focusing on reducing waiting times/lists, address...

489. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if a multidisciplinary team will be put in place to assist the recovery of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if the services will engage in a more meaningful way with the person’s family in outlining their actions and plans to assist the person to full recovery; if the professionals required are available at St. Luke’s Hospital in County Kilkenny or if the person needs to be referred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36407/15 asked on 20 Oct 2015 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If the Deputy has not received a reply within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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119. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health his views on the risk to neurological services arising from the lack of clarity on the funding of Neurological Alliance of Ireland affiliates beyond June 2015; if his Department is making contingencies for the provision of counselling, helpline support, home support and other services currently undertaken by affiliate organisations to the Neurological Alliance of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9414/15 asked on 04 Mar 2015 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The funding referred to by the Deputy relates to the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) operated by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. The Scheme aims to provide multi-annual funding to national organisations towards core costs associated with the provision of services. On 18 July 2014, it was announced that bridging funding of €1.4million would be allocated for a twelve month peri...

868. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health in view of the fact that the need for a new approach to the provision of services for persons with neurological conditions was recognised and that the national policy and strategy for provision of neuro-rehabilitation services in Ireland 2011-2015 was published in November 2011, his views on the way services can be bettered for those families living and coping with caring for those with such neurological conditions; his proposals to improve this national plan and strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19343/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Neurological illness or injury has significant implications for the individual and their family and impacts on their social, educational, vocational and recreational participation. Health and personal social services for people with a neurological illness or injury are provided across a range of settings, by different organisations and by many health professionals and carers. Services include acute hospital services, specia...

594. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the progress of the 2011 national strategy and policy for the provision of neurorehabilitation services; and his views on the recent report on the Neurological Alliance of Ireland’s survey findings that 42% of respondents have found it more difficult to access speech and language therapy services over the past three years, 45% of respondents have found it more difficult to access respite care over the past three years, 46% of respondents have found it more difficult to access appropriate day services over the past three years, and 47% of respondents have found it more difficult to access aid for specialist appliances or equipment over the past three years. (Question 17556/14 asked on 15 Apr 2014 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 594 and 612 together.
Neuro-rehabilitation health services are provided across a range of settings, by different organisations and by many health professionals and carers. The Government has a plan, with a series of recommendations, under the National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has established a steeri...

612. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if reform of neurorehabilitation care will be included as part of universal health insurance; if it will address the long waiting lists, including up to a year for patients in comas or semi-responsive states, and the fact there are only seven rehabilitation programmes when the Neurological Alliance of Ireland states the country needs 26; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17678/14 asked on 15 Apr 2014 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 594 and 612 together.
Neuro-rehabilitation health services are provided across a range of settings, by different organisations and by many health professionals and carers. The Government has a plan, with a series of recommendations, under the National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has established a steeri...

223. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Health his views on the Neurological Alliance of Ireland’s recently published nationwide survey, Living with a Neurological Condition in Ireland which shows the difficulties persons with neurological conditions have in accessing services and the difficulties faced following changes to benefits and entitlements. (Question 14614/14 asked on 27 Mar 2014 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Neurological Alliance of Ireland’s recently published survey relates to a number of issues across the wide range of public sectors services. The online survey examined the responses of 600 people with a neurological condition and their family members to a range of questions examining the impact of their neurological condition on employment, financial circumstances, emotional well-being and public services. Health and pers...

1024. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health his response to the new survey by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland which indicates major reductions in access to vital community services and benefits for persons with neurological conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13190/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1024 and 1027 together.
The Department has asked the HSE to provide the Deputy directly with details of the services it provides for people with neurological conditions. The HSE has made commitments in the 2014 Operational Plan to the implementation of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Strategy. A Steering Group has been established to guide the implementation of the Strategy and to ensure adequate l...

1025. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the progress that has been made in implementing the 2011 neuro-rehabilitation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13191/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1025 and 1145 together.
The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive have developed and published the National Policy and Strategy for the provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland. The Report is the overarching policy on neuro-rehabilitation services and includes proposals for a framework for the future of neuro-rehabilitation services in Ireland. The Clinical Strat...