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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: 14. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the remedial actions that have been taken to date pursuant to the October 2021 inspection by the Health and Safety Authority of University Hospital Galway, including the temporary emergency department, as reported in an article (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26797/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: This is a very important matter for Galway. I know the Minister is aware of it. I am raising the issue of the accident and emergency department and the recent report by the Health and Safety Authority and its background. Where is the new accident and emergency department?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: If we cannot conclude, if we run out of time, I will make sure the Deputy gets a detailed note.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: If the Minister wants to save time, I have the response.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Alan Farrell: The privileges of the Chair.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: I have been advised by the HSE that the HSA conducted the unannounced inspection in University Hospital Galway, UHG, on 21 October of last year. I understand the issues that were raised during the inspection were immediately addressed by the hospitals and that any obstructions, for example blocking the fire exits, were actioned to ensure continuous on-site safety. Following subsequent...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Health Services Staff (26 May 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: I support the Minister of State with regard to community care and voluntary organisations. However, it is not possible in some communities to do that, particularly as towns grow to become cities and people are not as neighbourly. They do not know their neighbours as well as was previously the case and that community benefit is lost. I am delighted that it is there. Could the Minister of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Health Services Staff (26 May 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We have spoken previously about this issue in home care. We all welcomed the work of the workforce advisory group. It has to look at the issues of visas and tax breaks. Pay rates have to be on the table, as well as expenses. There are anomalies among the various CHOs. However, we need a timeline. Beyond that, there is the wider issue of workforce planning to ensure we will have enough...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Health Services Staff (26 May 2022)

Mary Butler: We have had many conversations about home care, and I know everybody feels the same. I am in a unique position as Minister of State in that I have a budget of €672 million to deliver home care. Every one of those packages, apart from what comes in rolling over ten or 14 days, is funded. The other ones will be funded very quickly. The issue is not funding. One issue we have, and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Health Services Staff (26 May 2022)

Question No. 11 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

Dental Services

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

David Cullinane: 12. To ask the Minister for Health his plans for arresting the collapse of the dental treatment services scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26379/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

David Cullinane: This question is about the dental treatment services scheme, DTSS. I am aware there have been talks between the Minister and the Irish Dental Association, IDA, over the last number of months and that some movement has been made. Unfortunately, from the association's perspective, it does not appear to be enough. I am seeking an update from the Minister on the current position. Does he...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: The Government and I have been concerned for some time that medical card patients in some parts of the country have been experiencing problems in accessing dental services. The problem became particularly acute over the last couple of years as a significant number of contracted dentists chose to opt out of the DTSS. I secured an additional €10 million in budget 2022 to invest in the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: It looks like it is root canal treatment.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

David Cullinane: A sticking plaster solution is not going to work. I welcome the fact that funding has been increased. However, additional funding can be provided, and we have just discussed home care supports where the funding is available, but we cannot get the staff to provide the service. Telling people that the funding is there is no comfort to them when the service is not being provided. Obviously,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: There are dentists employed directly by the State in community health centres across the country. I brought my child to one quite recently. It is an interesting proposal. Should we look at substantially increasing that with more directly employed dentists? It is certainly something I would not rule out and it could be examined. In the meantime, however, the vast majority of care is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

David Cullinane: It is a sticking plaster solution if the money is not spent. That is the point. I welcome the fact that the Minister has committed the additional funding. He has gone some way to address some of the issues. I am not blaming all this on the HSE or on the Minister. I want all parties to come to the table to resolve this issue. The people I am focused on are the medical card holders who...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mental Health Policy (26 May 2022)

Mark Ward: I thank the Minister of State. I am a graduate of Maynooth University so I welcome the report by the centre there. I have worked in community mental health services and always found the inclusion of family members, loved ones, or both had much more positive outcomes. That holistic approach always works. As the study said, when a parent has mental health difficulties it can typically...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mental Health Policy (26 May 2022)

Mary Butler: The Deputy and I are on the same page here. It is hugely important. The centre spent five whole years looking at the effect mental illness of a parent has on the family. Family involvement, as the Deputy said, is very important in the recovery process and it is aligned with Sharing the Vision which, as the Deputy knows, is a ten-year plan. To show how important family involvement is I...

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