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DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health (Finian McGrath T.D.)

by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 08/03/2017
To ask the Minister for Health the steps he has taken or will take to improve the quality of service provided to children with autism; if he has satisfied himself with the service currently provided by Beechpark services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Clare Daly T.D.
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.



DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Simon Harris T.D.)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 08/03/2017
To ask the Minister for Health the number of hospitals that perform routine anomaly scans at 20 weeks; and the timeframe for making such scans available to all pregnant women as a matter of routine.

– Clare Daly T.D.

I am advised that foetal anomaly scans are available in all Hospital Groups. Those hospitals/maternity units currently providing anomaly scans accept referrals from other maternity units, if requested. This occurs where the medical team in the referring maternity unit consider that an anomaly scan is clinically indicated.

The National Maternity Strategy is very clear that all women must have equal access to standardised ultrasound services and, consequently, the issue of anomaly scanning is a priority issue for the newly established HSE National Women & Infants Health Programme (NWIHP). An early priority for the Programme will be to develop clinical guidance regarding routine detailed scans at 20 weeks. In the meantime, the NWIHP will continue to work with the six Hospital Groups to assist in increasing access to anomaly scans for those units with limited availability.

One of the current challenges to increase access to anomaly scans is the recruitment of ultra-sonographers. In this context it is expected that the establishment of maternity networks across hospital groups will assist in developing a sustainable model that ensures that all women within each hospital group can access anomaly scans.

In relation to your specific service query, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.