315. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the status of an application under the nursing home support scheme by a person (details supplied). (Question 53534/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications)

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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316. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Health if the funding proposal for a long awaited new endoscopy unit at Naas General Hospital has been considered under the national capital plan due shortly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53916/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospitals Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Health capital funding was outlined in the recently published Public Service Estimates for 2018 and the HSE is currently developing its Capital Plan for 2018 - 2021.
The Government is also preparing a new 10 year National Investment Plan for the period 2018-2027, which will be published alongside and in support of the forthcoming new National Planning Framework, to sustain national economic and social progress over the long term. 
My Department has ...

317. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if additional funding will be provided in 2018 home help, home support and home care packages; if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties caused to persons and families when delays occur in providing such support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53946/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Home Help Service Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The demand for the home help service, and for additional supports through the Home Care Package Scheme, continues to grow in parallel with the increasing numbers of older people. Many more of our older people with complex care needs are now being maintained at home, leading to increased demand for additional levels of service, and for services outside of core hours of Monday to Friday.
In Budget 2018 a further €41 million has been ...

318. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if a discretionary medical card will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53513/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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319. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his views on a matter in relation to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53521/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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320. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health if a reply will issue to a request from a group (details supplied) in relation to outreach services; the funds available to the group in relation to the outreach plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53522/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Outreach Clinics)

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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321. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health if a reply will issue to concerns raised in correspondence (details supplied); if a commitment will be made to secure funds for the Louth Meath branch of an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53527/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability 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 ...

322. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health the status of the reforms of the fair deal scheme relating to small businesses and farmers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53528/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) is a system of financial support for those in need of long-term nursing home care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their income and assets while the State pays the balance of the cost. The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone and that people are cared for in the most appropriate settings. 
When the NHSS...

323. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if he will arrange for the public health nurse to call to reassess a person (details supplied) in County Cork who requires additional home help hours (Question 53535/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Primary Care Centres Staff)

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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324. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53539/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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...

325. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive cataract surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53542/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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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326. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase funding for respite care across the country in an attempt to eliminate the pressures families are under particularly in view of the post code lottery system that currently exists with supports and services for family carers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53546/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Respite Care 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 of...

327. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health the reason for the decision to remove lidocaine patches from the approved GMS list for chronic pain sufferers; if he will review the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53556/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - General Medical Services Scheme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in an affordable and sustainable manner. The medicines bill for the community drugs schemes – primarily the GMS, Long Term Illness and Drugs Payment schemes and the High Tech Arrangement – is forecast at just over €1.7 billion in 2017. 
To ensur...

328. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Health the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within his area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53570/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information is shown in the table in relation to legislation within my area of statutory responsibility which has been enacted since 2011 and not yet commenced. The Deputy might let me know if he would like information in regard to any specific Act enacted prior to 2011.
 Acts passed since 2011 Sections not in force Current position Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Act 2017 Whole Act. This Act was enacted on 9 December 20...

329. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the additional resources which are being provided in 2018 for homecare and respite services in view of deficiencies revealed by a recent RTÉ investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53576/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability 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 of...

330. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health if the HSE has discretion inthe application of a certain rule (details supplied) under the nursing home support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53578/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) is a system of financial support for those in need of long-term nursing home care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their income and assets while the State pays the balance of the cost. The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone and that people are cared for in the most appropriate settings.
In order to ...

331. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the calculation of the contribution to cost of care assessment for a person (details supplied) in County Cork under the nursing home support scheme (Question 53579/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme)

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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332. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the status of the approval of a drug (details supplied) for inclusion in the HSE’s reimbursement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53580/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.
In reaching a decision, the HSE examines all the evidence which may be relevant in its view for the decision and will take into account such expert opinions and recommendations which it may have sought, including, for example, advice from the National Centre for Ph...

333. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of persons, including nurses, home help assistants and so on paid by the HSE that have received correspondence in recent months informing them that they have been overpaid for a particular period of time; the number of such persons affected; the amount overpaid in each occupation or category of employment; the reasons for same, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53585/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - HSE Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. 
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334. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 933 of 11 September 2017, the progress in securing a residential placement for a person (details supplied) in County Cork who is profoundly disabled; the outcome of the application for emergency funding for a residential placement for this person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53587/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Support 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 of...

335. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health when the provisions of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 will be made fully applicable to all counsellors including abortion counsellors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53592/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 335 and 336 together.
Draft Regulations to designate the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist under the Health and Social Care Professional Act 2005 and to establish a registration board for both professions have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. Resolutions to approve the draft regulations have also been submitted to each House for consideration. Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next st...

336. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health if the two year transition period which has applied to other professions under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 will apply to counsellors; his plans to shorten or eliminate this transition period on the grounds of urgency or on other grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53593/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 335 and 336 together.
Draft Regulations to designate the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist under the Health and Social Care Professional Act 2005 and to establish a registration board for both professions have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. Resolutions to approve the draft regulations have also been submitted to each House for consideration. Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next st...

337. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be considered for a MRI scan as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53603/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

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 whic...

338. 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 53605/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

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 whic...

339. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health his plans to end charges for venesections for those with haemochromatosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53612/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Hospital Charges)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Act 1970 (as amended) provides that all people ordinarily resident in the country are entitled, subject to certain charges, to public in-patient hospital services including consultant services and to public out-patient hospital services. Under the Health (In-Patients Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2008, a person who has been referred to a hospital for an in-patient service, including that provided on a day case basis, will have to pay the s...