Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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631. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons living in direct provision that were offered an isolation room in a hotel (details supplied) since the HSE took over the hotel in April 2020; the number of persons living in direct provision that moved into a room in the hotel during the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11178/20]

Photo of Catherine ByrneCatherine Byrne (Dublin South Central, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy’s questions relate to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for answer and direct reply to the Deputy.

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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632. To ask the Minister for Health the number of hospital patients transferred to nursing homes since 1 March 2020; and the number of transfers each week in tabular form. [11179/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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633. To ask the Minister for Health the number of nursing home residents that were transferred to an isolation room in a hotel (details supplied) since 1 March 2020; and the number of transfers each week in tabular form. [11180/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As this is a matter for the Health Service Executive, I have asked them to respond to you directly.

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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634. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons living in emergency accommodation that were offered an isolation room in a hotel (details supplied) since the HSE took over the hotel in April 2020; the number of persons living in emergency accommodation that moved into a room in the hotel during the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11182/20]

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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636. To ask the Minister for Health the number of incoming overseas passengers offered an isolation room at a hotel (details supplied) since 1 March 2020; and the number each week since in tabular form. [11184/20]

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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637. To ask the Minister for Health the number of frontline workers offered an isolation room at a hotel (details supplied) since 1 March 2020; and the number each week since in tabular form. [11185/20]

Paul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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647. To ask the Minister for Health the cost of the hire of private hotel rooms for Covid-19 cases in a hotel (details supplied) to the HSE or his Department each month. [11219/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 634, 636, 637 and 647 together.

As this is an operational matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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635. To ask the Minister for Health if the field hospital set up at a convention centre (details supplied) can be used to alleviate waiting lists to the end of October 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11183/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the HSE had to take measures to defer all non-urgent elective scheduled care activity, including outpatient clinics. This was to ensure patient safety and that all appropriate resources were made available for Covid-19 related activity and time-critical essential work. This decision was in line with the advice issued by the  National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the World Health Organisation, and the National Action Plan published on 16 March. The trajectory of the disease means there is now an opportunity for increasing the provision of non-covid care including more routine care.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has approved a number of recommendations relating to protecting and maximising the delivery of essential time-critical non-Covid-19 care alongside Covid-19 care. On 5 May, NPHET agreed that its recommendation of 27 March, in regard to the pausing of all non-essential health services should be replaced, in relation to acute care, with a recommendation that delivery of acute care be determined by appropriate clinical and operational decision making. Application of the essential risk mitigating steps set out in the guidance developed under the auspices of the NPHET Expert Advisory group will have operational implications, which will impact on throughput. 

Where possible, hospitals are working to find innovative ways to enable service provision, which include virtual clinics for some outpatient department appointments. The HSE website provides details on services currently available and operational in each hospital on its website. This information is reviewed frequently and provides up-to-date announcements on services available at each site ().

In relation to the use of the Convention Centre, I have asked the HSE to  respond to the Deputy directly.

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