Howlin, Brendan

Thursday, 30 June 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 444 No. 7

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Romanian Adoptions Agreement: Motion.

I move: That Dáil Éireann approves the terms of the Agreement between the Romanian Committee for Adoptions and the Minister for Health of Ireland on the Working Arrangements for the Co-ordination of I...More Button

Written Answers. - Multiple Births.

Was asked: the consideration, if any, he has given to offering special assistance to families who experience multiple births; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of assistance to families who experience multiple births is a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health board and each application for such assistance would be carefu...More Button

Written Answers. - County Mayo Doctor.

Was asked: if he will ensure that a doctor is retained in the Straide area of County Mayo where the present GP is due to retire shortly; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The appointment of a doctor to a post in the general medical services scheme is a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health board. I have had inquiries made of the Western Health B...More Button

Written Answers. - Waiting List for Cardiac Surgery.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to heart by-pass patients who have already been two years on the waiting list; his views on the necessity to reduce this waiting list having particular regard to the na...More Button

I am very conscious of the need to provide additional coronary artery by-pass graft, CABG, procedures. Since coming into office, I have been concerned to ensure the expansion of existing facilities f...More Button

Written Answers. - General Medical Service.

Was asked: whether he has received any indication as to the way in which a number of major GMS practices made a substantial reduction in running costs in the past 12 months; whether he sought or received any ind...More Button

I presume that the Deputy is referring to savings achieved by a number of practices under the indicative drug target scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concern expressed by some experts regarding his Department's guidelines in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of invasive streptococcal infections; if he in...More Button

My Department's chief medical officer recently contacted all hospitals, requesting that all cases of serious invasive forms of Group A Streptococcus infection should be notified to him so that ongoin...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Awareness of Drugs.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to make funds available, from the proceeds of the national lottery or otherwise, to Community Awareness of Drugs (CAD) having regard to the important work undertaken by t...More Button

I greatly value the work which voluntary organisations, including Community Awareness of Drugs, CAD, does in the area of drug abuse. To reflect this, the funding which CAD received in 1993 was double...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapists.

Was asked: whether he has satisfied himself that the rate of remuneration for speech therapists in this country is sufficiently attractive to facilitate the provision of an adequate ongoing quality service in vi...More Button

Was asked: whether he has satisfied himself that sufficient speech therapists are trained and available on an annual basis to meet the requirements in the various health board areas throughout the country; and i...More Button

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to augment the speech therapy service throughout the country with particular reference to bringing the service into line with needs in the respective health board areas; ...More Button

Was asked: the current requirements of speech therapists throughout the country; the total number of speech therapists available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 130 to 133, inclusive, together. As in all circumstances where resources are finite, there is scope for development and my Department will give every consideration to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Geriatric Patient Statistics.

Was asked: the total number of long-stay geriatric patients in the various public hospital beds throughout the country at present; the total number of nursing staff deployed to cater exclusively for these patien...More Button

It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to the number of long-stay geriatric patients occupying acute public hospital beds. This information is not available in my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - Junior Hospital Doctors' Hours.

Was asked: the average number of hours worked by junior hospital doctors in the major hospitals throughout the country at present; whether this is in line with standards acceptable and available elsewhere throug...More Button

The basic working week for all non-consultant hospital doctors — NCHDs — is 39 hours. However, they are liable to be rostered to work up to an average of 65 hours per week. The 65 hour week was impl...More Button

Written Answers. - Care of Elderly.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Health Research Board has declined to fund research projects by the ICGP in relation to the care of the elderly; his views on the need for funding ...More Button

The Health Research Board is the statutory agency which has responsibility for promoting, conducting or commissioning medical and epidemiological research. In making its decisions on whether or not to...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Staffing Levels.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the inadequate staffing ratios of geriatric and psycho-geriatric hospitals throughout the country; his views on the need for improvements in this area; if he intends...More Button

It is the responsibility of each health board to ensure that the level of staffing in hospitals and homes for the elderly is adequate to cope with the needs of patients. I am aware that the increasin...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Homes' Funding.

Was asked: his views on the situation that exists whereby large numbers of private nursing homes have not received payment from health boards over a considerable period of time; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: the number of nursing homes in each health board area throughout the country awaiting payments from their respective health boards; if his attention has been drawn to a backlog in this area at present...More Button

I intend to take Questions Nos. 138 and 139 together. The Health (Nursing Homes) Act, 1990 which I was pleased to bring into effect on 1 September 1993 has two principal objectives: firstly, to ensure...More Button

Written Answers. - Children's Medical Cards.

Was asked: whether he has examined the possibility of offering medical cards to all children born with birth defects; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act, 1970, medical cards are issued to persons who, in the opinion of the chief executive officer of the appropriate health board are unable, without undue hardship, to provide genera...More Button

Written Answers. - Reach Ireland Submission.

Was asked: whether he has received a submission from Reach Ireland in relation to requirements of, and possible means of assistance, to children born with birth defects; if he has evaluated the submission with a...More Button

I met a delegation from the Cork branch of Reach Ireland on Monday, 27 June 1994 and the following issues were discussed: the establishment of a national register of birth defects; research into the c...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Treatment.

Was asked: if he will arrange orthodontic treatment for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 who was injured in a road accident when aged nine years and has since received ongoing dental treatment in the Dent...More Button

The provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in Dublin 9 is the responsibility of the Eastern Health Board in the first instance and I have referred this matter to the chief executive o...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti D Screening Programme.

Was asked: the total number of women who now have tested positive in the Anti D screening programme; the number who have had liver biopsy tests; the number on treatment; the nature of the treatment; the success ...More Button

I have been informed by the Blood Transfusion Service Board that the number of women who have been screened for hepatitis C antibodies under the national blood screening programme is 53, 236 as at 28 ...More Button

Written Answers. - Screening for Breast Cancer.

Was asked: whether he intends to respond favourably to the most recent submission from the Irish Countrywomen's Association in respect of screening for breast cancer; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

I recently met with representatives of the Irish Countrywomen's Association to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and the question of the provision of a national breast screening pro...More Button

Written Answers. - Car Parking Problem.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the car parking congestion problem at Wexford General Hospital, particularly during visiting hours; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the over...More Button

This is a matter for the South Eastern Health Board in the first instance. I have had inquiries made of the South Eastern Health Board and I understand that staff at Wexford General Hospital are at p...More Button


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