Cowen, Brian

Tuesday, 17 November 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 496 No. 6

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Written Answers - Community Care.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to fund adequate community care as outlined in Government policy in order that people can live with dignity in their own homes with support for carers.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Waterford will receive dialysis treatment at Waterford Regional Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of medical treatment to eligible persons in County Waterford in this instance is the statutory responsibility of the South-Eastern Health Board. I have asked the chief executive officer...More Button

Was asked: if dialysis treatment will be provided for persons (details supplied) at Waterford Regional Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of medical treatment to eligible persons in this instance is the statutory responsibility of the South-Eastern Health Board. I have asked the chief executive officer of the board to inv...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: whether assessment of primary school pupils with special needs can be carried out by the health boards in view of the fact that it will be some time before appropriate psychological services are in pl...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of routine educational psychological assessments for school children is a matter in the first instance for the Department of Education and Science. As the psychologic...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the cost of a hip operation carried out by a private consultant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the cost of a hip operation carried out on the medical card scheme in each orthopaedic hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 and 303 together. The national casemix programme of the Department of Health and Children collects information in relation to both hospital activity, and its assoc...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: the position in relation to the provision of an old persons' home in Ballinrobe, County Mayo; the progress, if any, made in respect of site acquisition in this regard; his financial support to the hea...More Button

Was asked: the number of elderly people in the Ballinrobe, County Mayo, catchment area who may avail of services at an old persons' home to be provided in the town; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of patients awaiting treatment for orthopaedic operations for each county in Connacht in each of the past three years; the waiting period before operations can be carried out; and if he wil...More Button

Figures collected by my Department relate to the numbers of people on in-patient hospital waiting lists rather than to the patient's place of residence. It would not therefore be possible to give the ...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Smoking Campaign.

Was asked: the studies, if any, his Department has carried out on the significant increase in numbers of schoolgoing children who smoke; if he has consulted the Department of Education and Science in respect of ...More Button

My Department has been involved in a number of studies which have been carried out in order to establish the smoking prevalence rates among school children. In 1995, my Department supported the Europe...More Button

Written Answers - Orthodontic Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the costs of private orthodontic treatment relative to the cost of this treatment in Northern Ireland; if he will relax his Department's guidelines governing eligibi...More Button

The charges for private orthodontic treatment are determined by the market. There is some evidence to suggest that charges for orthodontic treatment obtained privately in Northern Ireland are lower t...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Funding.

Was asked: the total grants paid either directly or indirectly by his Department or health boards to each Cheshire home.More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to grants paid in 1998. Additional revenue funding, on a full year cost basis, and once-off capital funding was made available by my Department this year, through th...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made on the implementation of Part VII of the Child Care Act, 1991, in relation to regulations governing the safety and health standards in pre-school services; the number of fac...More Button

Written Answers - Computer Programmes.

Was asked: the arrangements, if any, he has put in place in his Department to offset any adverse effects of the millennium bug; the effects the millennium bug will have; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The so-called millennium bug has the potential to adversely affect a wide range of systems and electronically controlled equipment within my Department and in the wider health service. In view of thi...More Button

Written Answers - Orthodontic Services.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to change the regulations and criteria governing eligibility for orthodontic treatment under the public health scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Owing to the high cost of fixed appliance orthodontic therapy, health boards can only provide this treatment where a child has a handicapping orthodontic condition. Children are assessed, therefore, ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will provide a second echo machine in the cardiology department of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This year the acute hospitals' letters of determination included a specific allocation in respect of priority medical equipment. In the case of Beaumont Hospital, a sum of £0.630 million has been pro...More Button

Written Answers - Psychiatric Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of an attention deficit disorder unit in the Mid-Western Health Board region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Attention deficit disorder, ADD, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, come within the remit of the child and adolescent psychiatric services. Each of the health boards now has a dedica...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the number of legislative measures to be implemented within his Department to complete the EU Single Market legislative programme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position regarding implementation of EU directives which fall under the responsibility of the Minister for Health and Children is as follows:More Button

Written Answers - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: if he will direct the health boards to have the mobility allowance extended to a person over the age of 66 where the free travel pass, which is awarded to them by the Department of Social, Community a...More Button

The mobility allowance was introduced by way of a circular letter to the health boards in August 1979. The letter states that the scheme applies to persons in the age group of 16 to 66 years who are ...More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: if he will make a grant available to the Western Alzheimer Foundation from national lottery funding in order to allow it to continue to maintain its present level of relief for Alzheimer sufferers and...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he will examine the contents of correspondence (details supplied) concerning disabled persons; and if he will make a statement outlining his plans to meet the concerns expressed.More Button

I have noted the contents of the correspondence provided by the Deputy and the points made therein will be considered in the context of the budget for 1999.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if admission for a hip replacement operation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be expedited.More Button

The provision of medical treatment to eligible persons in County Mayo in this instance is the statutory responsibility of the Western Health Board. I have asked the chief executive officer of the bo...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the progress made by his Department in providing finance to the North-Eastern Health Board for its proposed £25 million development plan; the elements of the plan which will be implemented in 1999; if...More Button

The North-Eastern Health Board has prepared wide ranging proposals for the development of the five acute hospitals in its area. These have been submitted to my Department. My Department and the boar...More Button

Written Answers - Community Care.

Was asked: if he will make a financial allocation towards the setting up of a community care project for the elderly in the catchment area of St. Joseph's Community Association, Cork.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the hospital waiting list figures at 30 September 1998 by hospital and by speciality; and the overall national total in respect of the waiting list and in respect of each speciality.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy for the period ending 30 June 1998, the latest date for which complete data are available, is as follows. The data for September 1998 is currently being collect...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Charges.

Was asked: if the health regulations prohibit a specialist consultant from charging a private fee to a patient where a privately insured patient is admitted for elective non-emergency treatment to a public bed a...More Button

Under the Health Services (In-Patient) Regulations, 1991, a private patient being admitted to a public hospital as an elective admission shall not be accommodated in a designated public bed. However, ...More Button

Written Answers - Immune Deficiency Disorders.

Was asked: if he will ensure the work done by the Primary Immunodeficiency Association of Ireland is supported by his Department in view of the need to raise awareness of immune deficiency disorders and for a co...More Button

In view of the complex nature of the issues addressed by the organisation concerned I feel it would be best if it were, in the first instance, to meet with officers of my Department. I have asked tha...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if he will allocate funds to the North-Eastern Health Board in order that it can purchase a bus for the Navan Mental Health Association; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The North-Eastern Health Board is responsible for the provision of health services, including mental health services, in its catchment area. In line with a key recommendation of the report on the dev...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: his views on the situation whereby a full-time nursing student who has to repeat exams will forfeit the higher education grant and have to pay exam and tutorial fees; if this will accelerate turnover ...More Button

The Deputy will be interested to know that my Department recently issued a circular to all health agencies involved in the nursing registration-diploma programmes setting out revised arrangements for ...More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Incidence.

Was asked: the rates of suicide for the first six months of 1998.More Button

Data on mortality, published in the quarterly reports on vital statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office, show that there were 188 male deaths and 52 female deaths from suicide during the f...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Aid.

Was asked: if he will provide funding to an organisation (details supplied) in County Meath in view of the fact that it is a national organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In view of the complex nature of the issues addressed by the organisation concerned I feel it would be best if it were, in the first instance, to meet with officers of my Department. I have asked tha...More Button

Written Answers - Genetically Modified Organisms.

Was asked: the progress, if any, he has made in relation to the implementation of Regulations (EC) No. 258/97 and 1139/98 regarding labelling requirements for novel foods; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Written Answers - Independent Living.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made in implementing the recommendations contained in his Department's report on health and personal social services for persons with physical and sensory disabilities, Towards a...More Button

The report of the review group on health and personal social services for people with physical and sensory disabilities, Towards an Independent Future, published in December 1996, set out the requirem...More Button


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