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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Equipment (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: I am satisfied that Question No. 94 has been answered previously. Can I move to Question No. 95 please, Acting Chairman?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Transport (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: 95. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps she has taken to ensure that capacity will be available in school transport for all applicants in 2021-22. [44739/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Transport (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: I ask the Minister the steps she has taken to ensure that the school transport system has capacity for all applicants for the current school term.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Transport (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: I thank the Minister for that response. Last year, the biggest issue that my own office dealt with was the issue of school transport. I am aware of parents where one of them had to give up their work because they went through the whole academic year with their child being unable to secure school transport which they were eligible. There are often difficulties arising from the deadlines...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Transport (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: I thank the Minister again. There are two particular issues I will mention. The Minister referred to 98% of valid and paid-on-time students having secured their place on their school bus. That means that 2% have not. In percentage terms this may be a small number but it is a substantial number in real terms and the impact is very real for those families. I urge the Minister that she...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: School secretaries and caretakers are the heartbeat of our school communities in many instances. Beyond the principals, they are the most public faces of our schools. They are the people who keep the schools ticking. It was a travesty that, for so long, they were operating under a set of unfair and insecure conditions. I welcome the progress that has been made. The big lesson for all...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: I will continue on the issue of waiting lists. My colleague, Deputy Cullinane, who is the Sinn Féin health spokesperson, has indicated that there are 652,244 people waiting to see a consultant, of whom 183,491 have been waiting more than 18 months and 85,950 are children, with 29,271 of those children waiting more than 18 months. More than 200,000 patients are waiting for access to a...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: I just wanted that clarified because I have a couple of specific questions. Deputy Cullinane stated that 727 consultant posts are not filled on a permanent basis. Is that figure correct?

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: Some 160 beds funded in budget 2021 will not be delivered this year. Is that correct?

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: Okay. We can take it that 160 beds will not be delivered.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: Of the 14,700 staff funded in budget 2021, 7,000 will not be recruited this year. Is that correct?

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: How can anybody have confidence that the HSE is adept and capable of addressing the waiting lists we have described?

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: If more than 163,000 people have been waiting more than 18 months to see a consultant, and leaving aside whatever treatment may be required, that indicates this problem predates any cyberattack or Covid pandemic and therefore the central question remains - how can we have confidence that, even with an increased budget under budget 2022, the HSE as currently structured will be able to deliver...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: I will ask some questions of Mr. Reid to outline some of the other figures. The waiting list for an oncology appointment has increased from 32,000 to 94,000 since 2019. The waiting list for an audiology appointment has increased from 16,000 to over 19,000, with 7,000 people waiting more than a year. Are we in a worse position than we may have been due to the historical deficiencies in all...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: We are moving to the point of the pandemic where people are wondering what shape our health services will now take and how we will address some of the deficiencies in our health services that have been exposed. I would like to go through some of the areas where they may be particular issues with Mr. Reid. The following figures are from August. The waiting list for breast surgery in 2019...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: The figure I have is 151, but that may be a month or two old.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: No. My understanding of the figures is that there are 151 individuals awaiting breast surgery. Can Mr. Reid outline how many of those 151, assuming that is the correct figure, will be addressed by the end of this year and what proposals are in place to eliminate that list?

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed) (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: In regard to orthopaedics, the waiting list figures are 9,879 for 2019, 10,282 for 2020 and 9,698 for 2021. It would appear the figures are stable. They are outlandish but stable. Why is it that in regard to orthopaedics we are in a position to manage numbers whereas in almost every other area the numbers increased exponentially?

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: EU Funding (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: 15. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding that the Exchequer will receive from the EU Brexit Adjustment Reserve; the expected timeframe for receipt of that funding; if he proposes to initiate a consolation process regarding the distribution of this funding; and the other proposals he plans to present in this regard. [44746/21]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (23 Sep 2021)

Matt Carthy: 50. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the expected timeframe for completion of an overflow pipe at Lough Funshinagh. [44887/21]

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