Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 649 No. 2

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  167.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Wexford for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9457/08]

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  175.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Tipperary for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9465/08]

  179.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Waterford for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9469/08]

  180.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Kilkenny for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9470/08]

  190.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Carlow for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9480/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 167, 175, 179, 180 and 190 together.

I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Development funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area.

The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive and accordingly, my Department has asked the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to reply directly to the Deputy with regard to the services in Wexford, Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow.

  168.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Donegal for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9458/08]

  169.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Leitrim for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9459/08]

  170.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Sligo for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9460/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.

I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Development funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area.

The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive and accordingly, my Department has asked the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to reply directly to the Deputy with regard to the services in the North Western HSE region.

  171.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Roscommon for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9461/08]

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  172.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Mayo for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9462/08]

  173.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Galway for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9463/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 to 173, inclusive, together.

I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Development funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area.

The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive and accordingly, my Department has asked the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to reply directly to the Deputy with regard to the services in the Western HSE region.

  174.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Clare for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9464/08]

  176.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Limerick for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9466/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 and 176 together.

I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Development funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area.

The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive and accordingly, my Department has asked the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to reply directly to the Deputy with regard to the services in the Mid Western HSE region.

Question No. 175 answered with Question No. 167.

Question No. 176 answered with Question No. 174.

  177.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Kerry for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9467/08]

  178.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Cork for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9468/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 and 178 together.

[508]I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Development funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area.

The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive and accordingly, my Department has asked the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to reply directly to the Deputy with regard to the services in Kerry and Cork.

Questions Nos. 179 and 180 answered with Question No. 167.

  181.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Laois for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9471/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive. My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the specific operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.

  182.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Offaly for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9472/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive. My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the specific operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.

  183.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Westmeath for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9473/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive. My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the specific operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.

  184.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Longford for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9474/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across [509]the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive. My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the specific operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.

  185.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Cavan for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9475/08]

  186.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Monaghan for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9476/08]

  187.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Louth for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9477/08]

  188.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Meath for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9478/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 to 188, inclusive, together.

I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive.

My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the specific operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.

  189.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Kildare for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9479/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive.

My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the specific operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.

Question No. 190 answered with Question No. 167.

  191.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Wicklow for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9481/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate [510]the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive.

My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the specific operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.

  192.  Deputy Paul Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the services and facilities in place in County Dublin for cystic fibrosis sufferers; the number of cystic fibrosis patients in the county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9482/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have identified the enhancement of services to persons with cystic fibrosis as a key priority over recent years. Additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive since 2006 to facilitate the recruitment of specialist staff in this area. The detailed application of this funding across the various hospital networks is a matter for the Executive.

The HSE was asked to place a particular focus on the development of services at the National Adult Tertiary Referral Centre at St. Vincent’s Hospital. A number of capital projects have recently been completed at the hospital and have helped to improve facilities. These include a new ambulatory care centre, the refurbishment of St. Camillus Ward, and a new Accident and Emergency Department which includes single room accommodation.

However, it is accepted that these developments do not fully address the immediate needs of patients. The HSE has been working intensively with the Hospital and with representatives of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland to progress options for further interim improvements.

The HSE advises that it is fast-tracking the re-development of a ward which is adjacent to the main cystic fibrosis treatment area. The project is to commence shortly and will provide a minimum of six single rooms. On completion, additional work will begin to provide a further eight single rooms. The HSE has previously advised that this will result in a total of fourteen single rooms for cystic fibrosis patients by the end of the summer.

In the longer term, a new ward block is to be built and will include 120 replacement beds in single en-suite accommodation. The new facility will accommodate cystic fibrosis patients and will include appropriate isolation facilities. The HSE has advised that planning permission has been obtained, financial provision has been included in the HSE Capital Plan and the contract is to be awarded in 2008. It will be a condition of the contract that the design build period be not more than 24 months from the date of contract award.

Beaumont Hospital operates as a regional centre in providing services to adults with cystic fibrosis. In the 2008 Budget, a special allocation of €2.5m capital funding was provided to enable Beaumont hospital to provide out patient facilities for cystic fibrosis patients.

The HSE advises that patients with cystic fibrosis will also benefit from additional single room capacity in the new Medical Admissions Unit at Beaumont Hospital which is due for completion in December.

My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly on the additional operational issues raised in the Deputy’s question.


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