Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent)
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818. To ask the Minister for Health the steps he has taken to address the shortage of PPE in private and public nursing homes in counties Offaly and Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7035/20]

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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The global nature of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented demand for PPE and certain medical devices. The HSE is working hard to address the health service’s priority needs in the context of constrained supply, long supply chains, and complex delivery and logistics requirements.

PPE stocks are now distributed by the HSE via a central allocation system covering all  healthcare settings, including public and private nursing homes. The HSE is also developing an updated PPE requirements and distribution model, in consultation with stakeholders.

As this is a service matter in relation to the specific areas mentioned by the Deputy I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to her as soon as possible.

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent)
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819. To ask the Minister for Health the engagements he has had with an organisation (details supplied) with respect to the Covid-19 crisis from February 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7036/20]

Photo of Jim DalyJim Daly (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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To date, between myself and my colleague the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, ten meetings have been convened by means of teleconferencing with the organisation referred to in the Deputy’s question. Along with this I have engaged directly with representatives of the organisation throughout this period at various and regular intervals.

My officials and officials from the HSE and the NTPF are undertaking regular engagements and correspondence with the organisation, and ongoing open lines of communication between it and the Department remain in place.

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