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Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I propose to take Questions Nos. 294, 359 and 360 together. Ireland is participating in an EU Procurement process with a view to accessing a portfolio of candidate vaccines against COVID-19 which are being negotiated with vaccine manufacturers by the Commission acting on behalf of Member States. Emergency Support Instrument (ESI) funding has been leveraged by the Commission to facilitate...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I can confirm that three companies were involved in the printing of Covid-19 brochures, details of which are set out in tabular form below. Company Description of Service Date Inkspot Print run of Covid-19 public information booklet (2 million copies in English) 16 March 2020 Colorman Print run of Covid-19...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medical Aids and Appliances (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: My Department has no role in assessing applications made to the HSE for aids and appliances. Complaint and review procedures have been established by the HSE in accordance with Part 9 of the Health Act 2004. I have asked the HSE to provide details of these procedures to the Deputy. The Deputy may wish to note that under the Assistive Technology scheme, which is under the remit of the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted in the last year as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HSE is currently recommending that only critical time dependent elective procedures are undertaken at this time due to the on-going and significant increased demand for bed capacity related to COVID-19. This decision was made...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: It is recognised that waiting times for scheduled appointments and procedures have been impacted in the last year as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HSE is currently recommending that only critical time dependent elective procedures are undertaken at this time due to the on-going and significant increased demand for bed capacity related to COVID-19. This decision was...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, endorsed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), and approved by Government on 8 December 2020. On the 23rdof February, I announced an update to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccine...

Written Answers — Department of Health: HSE Staff (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on this operational matter, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Paindéim (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department , endorsed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), and approved by Government on 8 December 2020. On the 23rdof February, I announced an update to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccine...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Tobacco Control Measures (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Tobacco Control Measures (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I propose to take Questions Nos. 307 to 309, inclusive, together. The current General Scheme for a Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill provides for the introduction of a licensing system for the retail sale of tobacco products and nicotine inhaling products (including electronic cigarettes). Under the proposed system, an annual licence will be required for each...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Community Welfare Services (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, endorsed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), and approved by Government on 8 December 2020. On the 23rdof February, I announced an update to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccine...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Child Protection (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I propose to take Questions Nos. 313 and 314 together. I take the allegations made in recent media reports extremely seriously. A team has been set up to establish the facts in respect of specific allegations made in the RTÉ Prime Time programme on 25th March 2021. The Department has engaged with the Data Protection Commissioner. The allegations which were the subject of the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Car Parks (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Car Parks (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Car Parks (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: The Programme for Governmentmakes a commitment to introduce a cap on the maximum daily charge for patients and visitors at all public hospitals, where possible and to introduce flexible passes in all public hospitals for patients and their families. I am very aware of the financial burden this issue can cause some patients and families. Accordingly, my Department and the HSE are currently...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Staff (1 Apr 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: As set out in my previous response, radiography students do not receive an allowance to support time spent on placement as part of their course. There are no plans to change this. Student nurses and midwives differ from radiography students in that, uniquely there is, in the final year, a paid salary when they are specifically employed on an internship placement. It should be noted...

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