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To ask the Minister for Health if he received a submission for a specialist centre for intestinal failure; if he plans to deliver a specialist centre at St James’s Hospital;; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health the strategy he is undertaking to ensure that migrant communities messaging in relation to Covid-19 vaccination is done in a culturally sensitive manner; the way he is encouraging communities to take up the vaccine; when he plans to do same; the specific funding that is being applied to ensure this is the case; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health the available neurology services in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin; the current number of neurology nurses in the hospital; the current list of vacancies in this service; the status of recruitment for vacancies; and if additional neurology nurses will be recruited to reach the international guidelines’ recommendation of 22 neurology nurse specialists.
To ask the Minister for Health if a timeline for Covid-19 booster jabs for each age group has been approved; and if so, the timeline for booster jabs.
To ask the Minister for Health the amount of funding allocated to a centre (The GAA Complex at Carrigoon Mallow Co Cork was designated as a vaccine centre by the HSE. I wish to know how much money has been dispersed by the HSE to the complex at Carrigoon, Mallow, to operate the vaccine centre, whether there was a written contract in place and all other relevant information relating to this successful project, delivered in the public interest.).
To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the number of persons who have been fully vaccinated but have subsequently been diagnosed with Covid-19 from June 2021 to date; the breakdown of the confirmed cases by the vaccine with which persons were inoculated with in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health his views on whether there is an urgent need to increase the number of neurology nurses in the State in order to bring the numbers up to international standards (due to patients waiting longer for diagnosis and treatment and the evidence of improved outcomes for patients and on cutting waiting lists by increasing neurology nurses); if he will provide funding for at least an additional 16 neurology nurses for Cork University Hospital as part of 100 additional neurology nurses across the State;; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the difficulty some elderly medical card holders are having receiving chiropodist care due to the additional cost on top of their medical card that they have to pay (Constituents have informed me that the top up payment varies from €10 up to €30 depending on the practice); and if the scheme will be reviewed.
To ask the Minister for Health the number of PCR test appointments available to book for the past month given the current delays for people accessing PCR test appointments.
To ask the Minister for Health if he will address the matter of funding for the Parkinson's Association and the need for specialist nurses to be put in place throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health if there is a funding mechanism for healthcare assistants currently employed by the HSE for emergency medical technician courses run by an organisation (National Ambulance Service); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health if he will respond to a query (I have received a number of complaints from parents in relation to the dental services available to children in primary schools throughout County Clare. It’s my understanding that HSE dental checks are more than a year behind. Parents have informed me that children attending third class who should be in receipt of regular check-up have not even been seen at this point. Notwithstanding the extreme challenges posed by Covid-19 in delivering a dental service for Children it’s important that every effort is made by the HSE to address these serious backlogs. What plans have been developed by the HSE to accelerate this process? It really isn’t acceptable that children with routine dental issues are being turned away by the service. Parents continue to be advised that only emergency cases will be seen. Routine dental problems will quickly turn into emergency cases if ignored and it’s important that the HSE move on this issue immediately and re-instate a dental service for children in primary school without delay); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health the number of beds available in Galway University Hospital, Newcastle Road and Galway University Hospital, Merlin Park respectively; the number of these occupied at the latest record of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to reopening the Covid-19 testing centre in Athlone, County Westmeath to save persons from having to travel long distances for a Covid-19 test given the current difficulties for persons seeking a PCR test; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health if funding of €5.1 million will be provided annually to Cappagh Hospital in order that it can increase surgical activity by at least 400% and relieve significant pressure on orthopaedic peadaetric waiting lists
To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide a report on the cancellation and no-show rates for PCR tests.
To ask the Minister for Health when the new 33 extra beds in St. Michael’s unit in South Tipperary Hospital will be put in place.