635. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the status of the proposed legislation to replace the mobility allowance; when he expects a revised payment to be available again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35165/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Mobility Allowance Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Conscious of the reports of the Ombudsman in 2011 and 2012 regarding the legal status of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Scheme in the context of the Equal Status Acts, the Government decided to close both schemes in February 2013. 
The Government is aware of the continuing needs of people with a disability who rely on individual payments that support choice and independence. In this regard, month...

636. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) has been unable to retain its full complement of full-time teaching staff and has lost its OT and SLT as a result of challenging work conditions; if he will investigate this matter and seek to ensure the filling of all existing posts and allow for an OT, an SLT and a psychologist to make the school sustainable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36659/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Special Educational Needs Staff)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I wish to advise the Deputy that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) makes allocations for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants to special schools each year. In doing so, they take into account the number of pupils enrolled to the school and the care needs of the pupils attending the school, in accordance with Department of Education and Skills allocation criteria. The number of special school teaching posts ...

637. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health if he has agreed to a request to accelerate preparations for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment and to have a parallel process to run alongside the Oireachtas joint committee that is currently established to examine the report of the Citizens’ Assembly. (Question 29762/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Referendum Campaigns)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I wish to assure the Deputy that I have great regard for the important body of work with which the Special Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution has been charged - namely to consider the report of the Citizens’ Assembly and to recommend to the Oireachtas the policy direction it should consider on the issue of the Eighth Amendment. 
My Department, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, is seeking to explore and res...

638. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite surgery for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34891/17 asked on 26 Jul 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 whic...

639. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health his views on the lack of tissue viability nurses allocated to the north Dublin area which is causing significant backlog of out patients awaiting appointments in the area in view of the fact that no extra cover is provided to cover holidays and so on; and his plans to address the shortage of skilled personnel (Question 34895/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Nursing Staff Provision)

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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640. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of physiotherapy services in Erris, County Mayo; when a full-time physiotherapist will be in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34896/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Health Services Provision)

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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641. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the recommended number of full-time HSE physiotherapists for an area the size and population of County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34897/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - HSE Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 641 to 643, inclusive, together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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642. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of WTE HSE physiotherapists employed in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34898/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - HSE Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 641 to 643, inclusive, together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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643. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of the HSE physiotherapy vacancies in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34899/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - HSE Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 641 to 643, inclusive, together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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644. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of HSE paediatric physiotherapists employed in County Mayo; the locations in which they are based; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34900/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - HSE Staff Data)

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 ...

645. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the reason vacancies arising from maternity leave are in some recorded instances taking months to fill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34901/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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646. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if he will review the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34902/17 asked on 26 Jul 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...

647. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health if he will investigate the case of a person (details supplied) that was treated by a doctor in the accident and emergency department in St James’s Hospital; and if he will ensure an investigation is carried out in a timely fashion and that the person is receiving the proper care and medication for them not the other persons. (Question 34905/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - HSE Investigations)

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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648. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite an appointment for a person (details supplied) in Cavan general hospital. (Question 34906/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 648 and 709 together.
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 Lis...

649. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite an urgent appointment for a person (details supplied) by an early intervention team. (Question 34908/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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 ...

650. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if there is now full compliance in regard to the collating of annual reports by all maternity units; and if the reports are made publicly available in all cases, in view of the fact that in 2014 documents released under FOI (details supplied) showed that eight maternity units around the country were not publishing annual reports. (Question 34909/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 650 and 803 together.
The Deputy will be aware that the statistics reported to Maternal Death Enquiry Ireland (MDE Ireland) require anonymisation due to the small number of such incidents occurring across the country’s 19 maternity units. Thus, naming the hospitals and maternity units where such events occurred would not meet the Data Protection standards required for protection of otherwise identifiable patient informa...

651. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Health his plans to reduce the number of GP’s availing of the medical card or GP visitor card scheme in Strokestown, Elphin and Ballaghadereen to one doctor per town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34910/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Medical Card Data)

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 for direct reply.
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652. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); the steps being taken to address the crisis that has arisen; when the person can expect to be discharged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34914/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospitals Discharges)

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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653. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in the psychiatric department at University Hospital Galway that are medically fit for discharge but cannot be discharged for reasons external to the hospital, including the absence of appropriate accommodation; the reasons for preventing discharge; the steps being taken to solve these difficulties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34915/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Patient Data)

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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654. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) that was assessed for a serious back problem in 2014 will be called for surgery. (Question 34919/17 asked on 26 Jul 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 whic...

655. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the status of the provision of Vimizin (elosulfase alfa) for the treatment of Morquio A syndrome (MPS 1VA); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34924/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Medical Products Supply)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.
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656. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if Vimizin (elosulfase alfa) is being provided to persons here; if so, the qualifying criteria; if other persons avail of this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34925/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Medical Products Supply)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.
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657. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide funding towards the upgrading of a hospital facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34931/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Facilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Emergency Department in Cavan has been performing well and is not currently a site of concern. 
The RCSI Hospital Group has identified the need for development of the resuscitation area in Cavan Emergency Department. Any future investment in Cavan General Hospital must be considered within the overall acute hospital infrastructure programme, the prioritised needs of the hospital groups and within the overall capital envelope available to the health...

658. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite a place for a person (details supplied) in the Deerpark facility in Killarney; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34933/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Nursing Home Accommodation Provision)

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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659. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the status of the proposed construction of the 50-bed residential unit in Tuam, County Galway, on HSE lands adjoining the Grove health centre; if a person has offered €7 million towards the construction of the hospital; his plans to provide the remaining €5 million of capital funding for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34944/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospitals Building Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Capital Programme announced in January 2016 year provides for the replacement and refurbishment of 90 public nursing homes across the country over the five year period from 2016 to 2021. Under this programme it is proposed to deliver a new Community Nursing Unit in Tuam by 2021. This project is being part-funded by philanthropy and will replace existing beds where the physical environment requires significant improvement.
Significant work has been...