our health service
To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the the appointment of a dietitian post to the oncology day unit in Cavan General Hospital (Several business cases over the past decade from both the dietetic manager and oncology nurse manager have not received the support within the HSE RCSI group to date and this is a huge clinical concern for our population of vulnerable patients undergoing treatment , for whom lack of nutritional support to prevent malnutrition affects outcome quality of life and survival. Please see article below for some background https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/majority-of-cancer-patients-in-ireland-don-t-see-a-dietician-as-part-of-treatment-1.3841959); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health if there has been additional resources allocated to CAMHS to help deal with the sharp increase in referrals to the service in Galway, especially in children being referred for ADHD; if there are plans for additional resources for complementary treatments for ADHD other than medicinal treatment to be allocated to CAMHS such as psychotherapy and behavioural therapy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health his plans to implement a specialised unit facility that will have a multi-disciplinary team to deal with Huntington’s disease in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health the date his Department was first informed of the intention of CHO 4 HSE management to close a centre (the Owenacurra Centre, Midleton); if he will identify the staff member(s) of his Department and the staff members of CHO 4 HSE mental health services who were in communication regarding the decision at that earliest stage of the process.
To ask the Minister for Health the first communication between CHO 4 HSE managers regarding the proposed closure of a centre (the Owenacurra Centre); the date this took place; the names and roles of the managers in communication at this time; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health if the clinical directors of the West Cork, South Lee and North Cork adult mental health services have agreed with CHO 4 senior HSE management to accept referrals of service-users under the care of the Midleton, Youghal and Cobh Glenville adult mental health teams for long-stay and respite placements in the community residences attached to their local catchment areas into the future; when, in the case of each clinical director, these agreements had been reached; the way that he can reconcile this practice into the future for east Cork service users with the position of the Mental Health Commission and the UK's Care Quality Commission on the negative outcomes for persons placed out of area specifically with regard to out of area placements in long-stay settings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health his plans to establish a working party to investigate the needs of persons living with Huntington’s disease and their families; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health the number of flash electroretinograms tests carried out at the Mater Hospital in 2020, 2021 and to-date in 2022, in tabular form.
To ask the Minister for Health the number of full-time consultant neurologists with a special interest in migraine working in the public health services in each of the past two years; and the hospitals in which these consultants are based.
To ask the Minister for Health the number of children aged zero to 18 in each CHO by individual area and by each composite LHO within each CHO awaiting first-time intervention in all areas of early intervention; the number on the public list; the number on the children’s disability network team list in each CHO in tabular form; and the length of time they are awaiting intervention by age.
To ask the Minister for Health the Covid-19 safety protocols that are still in place to protect people with disabilities; if he plans to introduce measures specifically to ensure the safety of people with disabilities; and if his Department will consider contributing to the additional expenses incurred by people with disabilities for protective measures throughout the pandemic.
To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1055 of 31 March 2021, the entire duration in weeks experienced by the CHO4 staff member referred to in the response from the submission of their grievance prior to a stage 1 hearing until they received feedback from their stage 2 hearing which took place subsequent to the HSEs response to Parliamentary Question No. 1055; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Health the funding and supports available in each CHO to support home births; and if he will make a statement on the matter.