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Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (17 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 931. To ask the Minister for Health the diagnostic scans and examinations which are currently taking place for cancers, cardiovascular conditions and diabetes in hospitals and medical centres nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8804/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (17 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 932. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting nationally for their first outpatient hospital appointment by periods (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8805/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (17 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 933. To ask the Minister for Health the number of elective or planned procedures that have been suspended nationally from 2020 to date as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8806/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (17 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 934. To ask the Minister for Health the routine non-Covid-19 medical care that has been suspended due to the pandemic; the length of time they have been suspended since 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8807/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Procedures (17 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 935. To ask the Minister for Health the number of urgent and non-urgent surgical procedures that have been carried out in hospitals in 2020; the breakdown of those procedures according to medical specialty in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8808/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (17 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 936. To ask the Minister for Health when it is envisaged that non-Covid-19 routine medical care will resume in line with the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8809/21]

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 18 - National Shared Services Office
Chapter 5 – Implementation of Financial Management Shared Services
(16 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank the NSSO for its presentation. How many of the 31 legacy systems are still in place? What is the up to date situation regarding their closure? Do we have to wait until 2025 until everything is under the one system?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 18 - National Shared Services Office
Chapter 5 – Implementation of Financial Management Shared Services
(16 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: All 31 systems are still in place.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 18 - National Shared Services Office
Chapter 5 – Implementation of Financial Management Shared Services
(16 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: Ms Murphy-Fagan referred to 60,000 pensioners. Is it possible to fast-track the process by taking the pensioners out of each area and bringing them all into the new system or does it have to be gone through Department by Department?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 18 - National Shared Services Office
Chapter 5 – Implementation of Financial Management Shared Services
(16 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: Ms Murphy-Fagan said there would be a saving of €54.2 million. Do we have a breakdown of that saving?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 18 - National Shared Services Office
Chapter 5 – Implementation of Financial Management Shared Services
(16 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: In relation to the healthcare service sector, we brought forward modernisation and computerisation. We are now already at the stage we expected to be at in 2025 because of Covid. Is it possible to fast-track some of this work and bring it forward a year or two in view of the fact that it has been achieved in the healthcare sector?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 18 - National Shared Services Office
Chapter 5 – Implementation of Financial Management Shared Services
(16 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: It is about fast-tracking it. Is it possible to fast-track it?

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (11 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: Several Members have raised the issue of people who are receiving dialysis or cancer treatment. In particular, people under 18 years of age who are on dialysis are down in vaccination category 15. While the Minister has outlined that he expects to revert within the next week, can we have an answer on this point because it has been raised consistently for the past four to five weeks? Will...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drugs Payment Scheme (11 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 266. To ask the Minister for Health if the drug patisiran, or Onpattro, which was recently reviewed by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics, will be available under the drugs payment scheme to those who have been identified as requiring the medication for their care; and if he will make a statement on the matter [7588/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drugs Payment Scheme (11 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 267. To ask the Minister for Health the reimbursement status of patisiran; when the treatment will be made available for eligible patients in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7589/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Rare Diseases (11 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 268. To ask the Minister for Health if a list of the rare disease technology review committee recommendations in 2020 will be made available in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7590/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Rare Diseases (11 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 269. To ask the Minister for Health if he will engage with the HSE to hold an additional meeting of the drugs group to address ongoing medicines access delays faced by patients with rare diseases here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7591/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (10 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 129. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there is a method for Irish persons living abroad who do not have a public services card to apply for a driver licence or to renew their driver licence without the need to travel to Ireland, particularly during Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6559/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Help-To-Buy Scheme (10 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 197. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of persons who availed of the help-to-buy scheme in Cork city and county in each of the years 2011 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6557/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Mortgage Lending (10 Feb 2021)

Colm Burke: 198. To ask the Minister for Finance if his Department has examined the viability of proposals for existing loans in the banking system, particularly mortgage loans, to be refinanced at lower rates using cheaper funding from the European Central Bank; if so, if these proposals are viable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6561/21]

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