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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

Health Services

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

David Cullinane: 91. To ask the Minister for Health his plans for addressing the problems in paediatric orthopaedic services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59111/21]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

David Cullinane: The provision of paediatric orthopaedic services has been a long-running issue. The Minister will be aware of all of the issues that stem and flow from it, including the impact it has on children with scoliosis, spina bifida and other hip deformities and orthopaedic conditions. We need to get to a space where the capacity is in the system. The issues have come into sharp focus again over...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank the Deputy for the question. It is such a critical issue and it has to be solved permanently. We are all very aware that waiting times for hospital procedures and appointments are unacceptably long. This applies to paediatric orthopaedics, as he rightly said. It is of particular concern to me when it comes to procedures that are time-sensitive, such as scoliosis and others...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

David Cullinane: Earlier this week, I visited Crumlin Children's Hospital. I met with the CEO of CHI and the full clinical team, and I heard, first-hand, the very exciting plans they have for the National Children's Hospital, which will be a game changer in increased surgical capacity, staff and beds. It will also provide protected beds for scheduled care, which is most important. The team also outlined...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: To be clear, it is not either-or. It is not revenue funding or the access to care fund. They are for different purposes. The revenue funding is to build up the permanent capacity in the system so we never see waiting lists like this again. While we are doing that, the access to care fund is used to ensure that the people who are currently waiting are seen. Cappagh Kids and the National...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

David Cullinane: The CEO of CHI knows the difference between the access to care fund and ongoing revenue funding, as do I. I believe the Minister is to meet with the CEO and her team next week. The point the CEO was making, and asked me to relay back to the Minister, is that this particular fund is not the solution for them. It is not a sustainable solution. Yes, they can use some of it, but the CEO told...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Health Services (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: There is no lack of funding available under the access to care fund. If Eilísh Hardiman and the team are looking for money for short periods, which is what the access to care funding provides, there will be money left at the end of December. The HSE has not been able to spend all the money. That is not from want of desire to do so. Given all of the various issues that the HSE has...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Youth Services (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: We are always looking to support innovative and co-operative work with youth organisations and other sectors as well. My capital budget in this area is not huge - I have to be upfront about that - and much of it at the moment is being spent on supporting existing services and maintenance. Many of the buildings in youth services are old and we are backing them up. What I have been able to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Youth Services (3 Dec 2021)

Brendan Griffin: It is important to acknowledge the Department of Rural and Community Development and what it is planning to do with former bank buildings and other such facilities to create innovation hubs and spaces that are beneficial to communities. Young people should not be left behind and should be included in those plans. There is a strong case for that Department to get additional capital funding...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Youth Services (3 Dec 2021)

David Stanton: I concur with Deputy Griffin's final point. Throughout the country, there are youth organisations that have nowhere to go. Has the Department considered engaging schools that are closed? Some of them, which often have fantastic facilities the State has paid for, lie idle at night and on weekends, when young people could use them. Throughout the country, in towns and villages, they are...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Youth Services (3 Dec 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I agree with all that has been said. Whether it is through the Minister’s Department or whatever, we need an audit of buildings that are lying idle in order to determine which of them can be used better. We need also to build in the wider question of those youth supports and an audit of those projects and services that operate and where the gaps are. I have said previously to the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Youth Services (3 Dec 2021)

Thomas Gould: I support the thrust of this question. The one thing we have learned from Covid is that we are going to do things differently. We have seen that young people need supports, particularly after Covid. Unfortunately, we could be living with Covid for a long time, so we need to enhance facilities, schools, GAA and soccer clubs. I have noticed in my community that many of the youth facilities...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Youth Services (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: My Department has strongly supported young people throughout the pandemic with a range of supports, in particular financially. We provided an additional €5 million in both budget 2021 and budget 2022. We have continued to provide those financial supports in order that we can have more services. I visited the Kilkenny and Ossory youth services, based in Kilkenny city. Under its UBU,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Poverty (3 Dec 2021)

Child Poverty

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Poverty (3 Dec 2021)

John Lahart: 16. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the measures announced as part of budget 2022 to prevent and alleviate poverty during childhood; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59459/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Poverty (3 Dec 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 17. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his plans for tackling child poverty; if he plans to support the establishment either of a special Oireachtas committee on the subject or a cross-departmental child poverty unit within the Government. [59435/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Poverty (3 Dec 2021)

Mark Ward: 24. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the measures being put in place to combat child poverty. [58935/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Poverty (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: We are running out of time, so I apologise to Deputy Bacik, who has been waiting. She will have time to put her question and get a response, although it will be limited.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Poverty (3 Dec 2021)

Ivana Bacik: Go raibh maith agat, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. Will the Minister outline his plans and those of his Department to deal with the persistent issue of child poverty in Ireland? In particular, does he intend to establish a special Oireachtas committee on the subject or a cross-departmental child poverty unit? At the Joint Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Innovation and Youth, we...

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