159. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health the regulation in place in terms of public service employees, in particular in terms of external applicants for senior roles such as the CEO of the Health Service Executive and other senior officials in the HSE with regard to compliance with SIPO behaviour standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20588/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): State Bodies, including the HSE, which come under the aegis of the Department of Health must comply with the requirements in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s (DPER) Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.  The provisions in the Code include the requirements for compliance with relevant legislation and governance obligations. They include compliance with the Ethics in Public Office Acts. The Standards in Public Office (SIPO...

160. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health the regulations in respect of public servants, in particular the HSE, including the CEO and senior officials, taking up paid work in addition to their public service employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20589/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HSE Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): State Bodies, including the HSE, are required to have regard to, and to implement Government policy on pay and related matters.
In accordance with the One Person One Salary (OPOS) principle, serving public servants require the consent of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in order to undertake other forms of paid remuneration in any part of the public service. In this context it should also be noted that public servants and public sector e...

161. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the position in relation to the number of cases which have come under the remit of the State Claims Agency arising from the failure to inform women who had a smear test of the subsequent reinterpretation of their previous smear, or smears, as soon as this information came to hand; the number of proceedings initiated to date by those affected and-or their families; the number of cases already settled; the breakdown of those settlements; the damages agreed in each case; if exemplary damages were agreed in any case such as legal costs; if any of those settlements included a confidentiality clause; the status of outstanding proceedings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20746/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - State Claims Agency)

...

162. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) had to pay for a medical procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20512/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

163. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the number of public nursing home beds available in County Louth prior to the establishment of HIQA in 2007. (Question 20513/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Nursing Home Beds Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 to 165, inclusive, together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
 ...

164. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the number of public nursing home beds available in County Louth excluding step down and transitional beds. (Question 20514/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Nursing Home Beds Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 to 165, inclusive, together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
 ...

165. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the number of public stepdown and transitional care beds available in County Louth; and the locations of same. (Question 20515/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Nursing Home Beds Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 to 165, inclusive, together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
 ...

166. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the projected completion dates of planned projects for the provision of public nursing home beds; and the resulting numbers of new build nursing homes, new beds and the refurbishment of existing beds. (Question 20516/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Nursing Home Accommodation Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Public residential care units are an essential part of our healthcare infrastructure. They provide about 5,000 long stay beds, amounting to approximately 20% of the total stock of nursing home beds nationally. There are also about 2,000 short stay community public beds.
It is important that we maintain and upgrade our public bed stock and this is the aim of the Capital Investment Programme for Community Nursing Units. This provides...

167. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health if funding has been allocated for the transfer of services from the Cottage Hospital, Drogheda to St. Mary’s, Drogheda; and the funding allocated in this regard. (Question 20517/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - 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.
 ...

168. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Cancer Screening Service awarded a contract to a company (details supplied) in 2010 that obliged or enabled the company to establish a laboratory here to read NCSS slides; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20519/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

169. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Cancer Screening Service awarded a second contract to a company (details supplied) in 2010 regarding a laboratory that did not as yet exist and which was unaccredited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20520/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a company (details supplied) was allowed to test National Cancer Screening Service smears for over 18 months in the absence of accreditation contrary to recent assurances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20521/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

171. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal can expect to receive an appointment for surgery at Beaumont Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20522/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - 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 National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing ...

172. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if he will intervene with the HSE regarding a medical card renewal application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if his attention has been drawn to the tedious process the person has been put through to have their medical card reinstated fully; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the HSE medical card section was advised on 2 May 2018 of this person’s misdiagnosis; and if the matter will be expedited. (Question 20523/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Medical Card Applications)

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.  However, I can confirm that in relation to the case raised by the Deputy, the HS...

173. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if the urgent introduction of a no-fault vaccine payment scheme for persons debilitated by narcolepsy as a result of being vaccinated with the drug Pandemrix will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20525/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Vaccination Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to “… put in place a scheme, on a no-fault basis, that will respond to the needs of people with disability arising from vaccination.” The policy objectives in putting in place a scheme to meet the needs of people with disability arising from vaccination are to provide fair and just compensation for those who may have been injured by a vaccine, to reduce the costs to the State by providing ...

174. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost to implement the recommendation by the national stroke programme as part of the phased introduction of early supported discharge for a further nine teams to be established over a three year period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20547/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

175. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost of increasing the number of stroke unit beds to meet the predicted increase in stroke numbers; the further cost of bringing stroke units to quality standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20548/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

176. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the actions being taken to advance the recommendations of the HIQA health technology assessment of mechanical thrombectomy; if the costs contained in the HTA in terms of the five year budget impact of developing a national service are the same; if not, the details in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20549/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HIQA Reports)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

177. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the costs associated with the need 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; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20550/18 asked on 10 May 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.
 ...

178. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the costs associated with the need to address the geographical gap in heart failure services in the South/South West hospital group area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20551/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
 ...

179. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the staffing and configuration deficits in each of the early supported discharge teams; the additional funding that is needed to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20552/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

180. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons across each operating site that have been discharged home via early supported discharge for stroke patients since the first ESD roll-out in 2011; the percentage of this category compared to total stroke discharges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20553/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

181. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the roll-out of the new early supported discharge teams as part of the national stroke programme; the details of the staffing team for each, inclusive of grade; the cost of same; the timescale for the roll-out of these programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20554/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

182. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if he will provide updated figures on the prevalence rate of heart failure here; the mortality rate for same; the annual diagnosis for heart failure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20555/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HSE Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
 ...

183. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the detail of the availability of cardiac rehabilitation services here; the number of hospitals that do not have cardiac rehabilitation services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20556/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health 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.
 ...