Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Department of Health
470. To ask the Minister for Health if optometrists will be issued a new contract with the HSE in order to provide enhanced public eye-care and cut excessive waiting times for patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29364/21]
488. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to plans by the HSE to engage with an association (details supplied) to negotiate a new contract to provide enhanced public eye-care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29663/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 470 and 488 together.
As this Parliamentary Question relates to an operational issue, it is a matter for the HSE. However, members of the Oireachtas are advised that the HSE is currently unable to access the information to answer Parliamentary Questions due to the recent cyberattack, which has required a temporary shut-down of HSE IT systems. The disruption to service is on-going, and the HSE is working hard to restore its IT capacity and resume normal services.
Members of the Oireachtas will be advised as soon as the HSE is again in a position to provide responses to PQs and are encouraged to resubmit their Parliamentary Questions at that point.