Thomas Pringle TD

Dáil Q: Will staffing for neurology services increase to meet demand?

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For Written Answer on : 15/05/2018

Question Number(s): 333 Question Reference(s): 20799/18

Department: Health

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QUESTION

 

To ask the Minister for Health if funding will be made available for staffing in neurology services and in the context of the upcoming budget in line with the neurology and epilepsy models of care; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

 

REPLY

 

The Model of Care for Neurology was launched by the HSE in late 2016. This was developed by the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Neurology in collaboration with consultants, nurses, health and social care professionals and patient support groups. It aims to address the need for strategic development of neurology services in the provision of better care for these patients. Progress is being made in this area. For example, this year, funding has been allocated by the HSE to commence development of peri- and post-operative services to support patients with Parkinson’s Disease receiving Deep Brain Stimulation.

As the detail of the query raised is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly as soon as possible.

 

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