Hillery, Patrick John

Thursday, 28 November 1968

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 237 No. 9

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Registered Unemployed.

The time and cost involved in compiling information in the form sought in the question would not be justified. There were 13,398 on the live register in Dublin on 15th November, 1968. From 1st January...More Button

I have not got that information.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - South Tipperary Unemployed.

The information requested by the Deputy is in the form of a tabular statement which, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to have circulated with the Official Report. Following is the s...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Holidays of Insurance Agents.

The position of insurance agents under the Holidays (Employees) Act, 1961, depends, not on whether they are insurable under the Social Welfare Acts, but on whether or not they are employed under a con...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Hotel Conditions of Employment.

The answer is 461.More Button

The Employment Regulation Order to which the question relates came into operation in January last and provides for minimum rates of pay and other conditions of employment for certain workers in hotels...More Button

The method of working is to make people aware in the first instance of the order. The inspectors do that. There were no prosecutions The object of the first visit is to get co-operation.More Button

As far as I remember, there were not many. In some cases they had lost the notice. In some they were not aware of their duty. It was pointed out to them that they had to display this notice. The a...More Button

We have not had a re-check to make sure, but I hope there will be a re-check at an early date.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Use of Protective Footwear.

I am not aware that the position is as the Deputy suggests. I am informed that the normal practice, where workers in the Government service require protective footwear for regular use, is to issue it...More Button

I have been told what the practice should be; people should get their own boots and keep them. I am told that is the practice. If what the Deputy says is true, then we can investigate. I do not thi...More Button

I think one should take them off in the evening anyway.More Button

It would be healthier to remove them than to keep them on. I agree that each man should have his personal pair of boots. That is what I am told is being done. I will inform the Minister that perhaps...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Training.

I understand that the Department of Education and the Vocational Education Committee are prepared to give sympathetic considertion to the provision of courses in local technical schools wherever there...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Employment of Apprentices.

An Chomhairle Oiliúna, who are the responsible authority, have informed me that, in cases like that referred to in the Question, they take all possible steps open to them to place the apprentice in em...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Benefits of Transferred CIE Workers.

The benefits payable to a CIE rail operative in the circumstances described by the Deputy have been negotiated between CIE and the trade unions and are not governed by statute. There is provision, how...More Button

This properly belongs to the CIE scheme. In the Redundancy Act, as passed by this House and brought into operation, there is a resettlement scheme whereby a worker going from one area to another to s...More Button

When an employee is declared redundant, if an employer offers him the same type of employment the employee is expected to take it, unless he has very strong reasons for not taking it—if he feels he is...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Circulation of Industrial Relations Bill.

This Bill is at present being printed.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Death of Infant.

As I stated in my reply to the Deputy's previous question, a report has been prepared by officers of Dublin Health Authority for consideration by the authority. The report was considered by the gener...More Button

The Minister does refer to the fact that beds may not be readily available but that he intends to improve the service.More Button

I do not get the point of the question.More Button

And the Deputy implied that this is not necessary or that the beds could be better employed?More Button

The situation about infectious diseases is not constant. Many infectious diseases have disappeared; others come and go. You cannot be certain as to what complement of beds will be needed from one ye...More Button

I have no information on these notes from the Minister to show whether he is satisfied. I assume he is satisfied that he has taken steps to ensure that any case requiring hospital treatment will be d...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Retention of Old Age Pension Book.

I have had inquiries made from the Dublin Health Authority and I understand that when this patient was admitted to St. Kevin's Hospital on 6th May last, he was treated as a patient receiving instituti...More Button

That is right.More Button

The Deputy has his own communication with the Department of Health, obviously, but the Minister was informed that the health authority take care to establish that patients are receiving institutional ...More Button

Maybe the Deputy did not get it—the answer is rather confusing. Charges made during the period of surgical treatment were made to cover the earlier period of institutional assistance before surgical t...More Button

Is the Deputy clear on who should make the decision as to whether he is receiving institutional assistance or acute medical or surgical treatment?More Button

Who would the Deputy like to make it? Somebody has to.More Button

Is it the health authority?More Button

This is not the Department of Health.More Button

If the Deputy will accept that the health authority are the responsible people for making this decision and not the Civil Service.More Button

It would be better if we get down to definitions before we start arguing.More Button

We are talking about the Dublin Health Authority who make this decision as to whether a patient is having institutional assistance or acute medical or surgical treatment before asking for the pension ...More Button

I think is has been rectified. The patient had obviously been in for institutional assistance, required acute surgical treatment and the money taken during that period of acute surgical treatment was...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Medical Card Holders.

It is presumed that the Deputy's question relates to Dublin County Borough. The percentage of the population of Dublin County Borough holding medical cards on 30th September, 1967 and 30th September, ...More Button

I have issued no such direction. I am not aware of the position in all health authority areas, but inquiries which I have made from a number of them indicates that they would not refuse a medical card...More Button

Perhaps if the Deputy would raise a question on a specific area because the Minister has obviously made inquiries in a sample of areas and they would not act in the manner in which the Deputy suggests...More Button

The criterion for establishing entitlement to a medical card is that the applicant is unable, by his own industry or other lawful means, to afford the services of a general practitioner. I have not is...More Button

I do not know that it would be fair to all health authorities to say that. It may be true of those of which the Deputy is aware.More Button

The answer I gave was on the basis that if a person can afford to run a car for a social purpose only, not requiring it for work, then the health authority might regard such a person as one who could ...More Button

I am not aware that Dublin Health Authority are refusing to renew the medical cards of persons whose circumstances have not changed and my Department has not issued any direction on the subject.More Button

On inquiry from the Dublin Health Authority as to whether they were rejecting medical card renewals even where circumstances had not changed the health authority denied it. They picked sample refusa...More Button

Four cases of refusals, where the Deputy had made representations, were examined and the certified income was much higher than what the Deputy said it was.More Button

Without mentioning names or descriptions which would identify the people, in one case referred to by the Deputy the earnings were said to be £12 10s. a week and the certified earnings were ascertained...More Button

In another the earnings were supposed to be £12 4s. a week and the certified earnings were £25, which again is a difference.More Button

In these two at least the earnings seem to be twice as much.More Button

These are four the Deputy made representations on and the earnings were well above the average for medical cards.More Button

The Deputy is looking for punishment. I have not got the other two cases but the two examples I have given——More Button

If I were given half the true figure in two cases I think I would accept the point made.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pharmaceutical Services.

I presume the Deputy refers to the pharmacy services provided by health authorities for persons eligible for general medical services. I do not consider it desirable, or indeed feasible, to reorganise...More Button

There is a question later about this from the Deputy and it is on the basis of discussions taking place with the people concerned being at an advanced stage. We will come to it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Health Legislation.

I propose with your permission, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 157 to 160 together. I intend that the legislation which I shall be introducing in the present session will include prov...More Button

With the pharmacists.More Button

What I said about them is that they are also continuing.More Button

From my experience when discussions are still continuing it means that agreement has not been reached.More Button

I do not know what the Minister intended but, to my mind— if this is not tying him down—the session up to Christmas is one and from Christmas to the summer is another.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that consultation makes everything very slow.More Button

When you are dealing with legislation that requires the co-operation of large sections——More Button

The Deputy landed in the middle of a comma not a full stop. The Deputy will appreciate that, if you have to get the co-operation of large sections of the community, you have to have consultations, and...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Drug Addiction.

In the year 1966— the most recent year for which full information is available—fifty-nine persons were admitted to psychiatric hospitals for treatment for drug addiction. Many of these were cases of a...More Button

It is.More Button

I hope he will be back.More Button

With your permission, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 and 163 together.More Button

Yes. The most recent full information.More Button

I think it would be. From reading this material I would say it would not be very accurate.More Button

Yes.More Button

The information for 1967 is being extracted and will be available. On the question of a register it was felt that people generally would not like to have their names and addresses and other details a...More Button

All the consideration of the matter is not over. This is the thinking up to date.More Button

There would be no point in having drugs available to registered addicts.More Button

I did not say anything to the contrary.More Button

I cannot when the Deputy is shouting.More Button

There is contact with the doctors giving hospital treatment, and this is the way the Minister gets the information. While I can see the point about the register and the previous idea in regards to tu...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Hospitals Commission.

The functions of the Hospitals Commission are set out in section 17 of the Public Hospitals Act, 1933. Broadly, the Commission may be required to advise the Minister on matters relating to hospital a...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Appointment of Dispensary Doctors.

With your permission, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 and 166 together. I presume that the questions refer to the appointment of a resident district medical officer. I u...More Button

There are several areas in the country in which a new appointment to a dispensary district on a permanent basis will not be made because of the proposed choice of doctor legislation which the Minister...More Button

It is quite true that the suspension of permanent appointments throughout the country as well as in Galway has meant that these areas have had temporary appointments until such time——More Button

——as the legislation will be brought into effect. It has meant that in some areas temporary doctors were not available. There are quite a number of areas where people are dependent on the services o...More Button

I have already answered that question.More Button

It is not possible to name a precise date.More Button

The appointment of a permanent district medical officer to fill the present vacancy in Nobber dispensary district cannot be made otherwise than through the Local Appointments Commission. The Local App...More Button

So am I.More Button

I do not think it can be done under the legislation. The only way it could be done is by the local authority, within three months of the office being declared vacant, but the three months have passed...More Button

What county is it in?More Button

Doctors have gone there but have not stayed there.More Button

Doctors who applied for it subsequently refused to take it.More Button

Within three months, but I think he must be transferred from another area.More Button

As far as I remember, under section 5, a doctor from another dispensary who is already in the service could be appointed. I am not quite sure if there is another way.More Button

I shall ask him to speed up the procedure, although whether he can do anything to get the doctor to stay there is another matter.More Button

A competition for permanent district medical officer appointments in a number of dispensary districts, including Woodstown, was held recently by the Local Appointments Commission. I understand that t...More Button

I am aware that the health authority is unable to appoint a resident doctor, temporarily, for the Ballingarry Dispensary District, pending the making of a permanent appointment through the Local Appoi...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ardfinnan (Tipperary) Dispensary Facilities.

As I indicated to the Deputy in reply to a question on 28th February last, the health authority have the primary responsibility for the provision and maintenance of dispensary premises in their area. ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Limerick Regional Health Authority.

The date for the establishment of the general pattern of regional administration for the health services, as proposed in the White Paper published in 1966, will depend on the time when the necessary l...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Nurses' Working Hours.

I understand that the County and City Managers' Association, representing the employing health authorities, are in touch with the Irish Nurses' Organisation about the claim submitted on behalf of hos...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Theatre Operating Duty Nurses.

Earlier this year I intimated to the employing health authorities that my approval would be forthcoming to the payment of an annual allowance to theatre nursing staff in hospitals where separate night...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Nurses' Pay Claim.

I understand that, by arrangement between the employing health authorities and the Irish Nurses' Organisation, the claims for increased remuneration submitted on behalf of nursing grades will be heard...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pensioned Nurses.

As the Deputy is no doubt aware, concessions of this nature are enjoyed by, broadly, old age and military service pensioners. I share the Deputy's concern for the cases mentioned and shall bear his su...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Treatment of Alcoholics.

There are no figures available as to the total number of alcoholics. In the year 1966 (which is the most recent year for which full information is available) there were 1,757 admissions to psychiatri...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cost of Anti-Smoking Campaign.

It is not possible for me to give the information sought by the Deputy. The elements which comprise the anti-cigarette smoking campaign conducted by my Department do not readily lend themselves to co...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dental Treatment.

Children between the ages of 14 and 16 years who are dependants of persons in the lower income group continue to be eligible for free dental services after they leave national school. Other children ...More Button

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