Written answers

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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615. To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider issuing guidance to doctors that graded exercise therapy should not be advised for myalgic encephalomyelitis also known as chronic fatigue syndrome patients as per the recent recommendations of a body (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5881/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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616. To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider reinserting a page for myalgic encephalomyelitis also known as chronic fatigue syndrome onto the HSE website to reflect the updated full guidelines from a body (details supplied) for the 13,000 persons in Ireland that experience this ailment. [5882/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE)
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617. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1525 of 19 January 2022, if an informed consent model of care has been considered by the clinical governance committee; and if not, the reason. [5904/22]

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE)
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618. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1525 of 19 January 2022, if an informed consent model of care has been considered; and if it was considered and not chosen, the reason it has not been implemented with the specific a rationale for the decision made. [5905/22]

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE)
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619. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1525 of 19 January 2022, if an informed consent model of care will be considered in the future of transgender health care by the HSE; and if not, the specific reason. [5906/22]

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 617, 618 and 619 together.

I assume the Deputy is referring to my reply to PQ No. 1547 of 19 January 2022. I outlined in this reply that the Department of Health continues to work with the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) to identify ways to improve access to care, including through increased use of private hospitals, funding weekend and evening work in public hospitals, funding “see and treat” services, providing virtual clinics, and increasing capacity in the public hospital system.

In addition, the Department of Health, the HSE and the NTPF are also working on a Multi Annual Waiting List Plan to bring waiting lists in line with Sláintecare targets over the coming years. This process will be overseen by a Ministerial Taskforce, chaired by the Secretary General of the Department of Health and includes representatives from the HSE and National Treatment Purchase Fund.

As the specific issues raised by the Deputy are service matters, I have referred them to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

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