Cowen, Brian

Wednesday, 23 June 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 506 No. 6

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Written Answers. - Phlebotomist Training.

Was asked: his views on the establishment of an adequate schooling system for phlebotonists; the definition of a trained phlebotomist eligible for employment in hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

At present, the training and definition of a phlebotomist is a matter for each individual employer. I acknowledge that this is not ideal and a working group has recently been established to examine th...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Services.

Was asked: if he will co-operate with Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association, by resourcing its clinics; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Epilepsy is treated at primary, secondary and tertiary care levels and a broad range of services exists to cater for persons with this condition. Highly specialised care is available in major acute ho...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.

Was asked: the number of hours per week worked by resident hostel supervisors in the Mid-Western Health Board region; the payment per hour; the situation in relation to the official dispute of the resident healt...More Button

Resident hostel supervisors employed by the Mid-Western Health Board are contracted for a 39 hour week. The rate payable per hour is from £6.19, at the first point on the scale, rising to £6.56. I hav...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: if psychologists will be appointed to Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, to deal with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.More Button

I have made inquiries of Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, in this matter and I understand that a post of psychologist was recently advertised. I further understand that the applications...More Button

Written Answers. - Pharmacy Services.

Was asked: his views on the need to grant a pharmacy contractor agreement to St. James's late night pharmacy; the likelihood of this being granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health (Community Pharmacy Contractor Agreement) Regulations, 1996, the determination of an application for a community pharmacy contractor agreement is a matter for the chief executive offi...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs Refund Scheme.

Was asked: the reason some health boards do not allow free medication for blood pressure and high cholesterol for diabetics; if he will ensure uniformity of provision; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Under the Health Act, 1970, a health board may make arrangements for the supply without charge of drugs, medicines or medical and surgical appliances to persons suffering from a prescribed disease or ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: when the project team for phase 2B of Mullingar General hospital will be put in place; the timescale involved for the team to complete its work; the approximate date for the commencement of the fittin...More Button

Membership of the project team for phase 2B of Longford-Westmeath General Hospital is currently being finalised and will be put in place as soon as possible. The project team will be asked to complete...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Equipment.

Was asked: the reason the CAT scan at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway, is not in use at weekends; the plans, if any, he has to rectify this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of Portiuncula Hospital. I have asked the chief executive officer of the hospital to investigate the position in relation to th...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to ensure that the national action plans for the years 2000 to 2006 will result in no diminution of services to people with disabilities.More Button

My Department's proposals in relation to the National Development Plan 2000-2006 take account of the needs of people with disabilities. A major feature of Government policy in relation to social inclu...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Practice.

Was asked: if medical practice conforms in full with the Oviedo convention on biomedicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical practice in Ireland accords in general with the principles contained in the convention. The detailed regulation of medical practice is of course the responsibility of the relevant professional...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs Refund Scheme.

Was asked: the manner in which the new drugs refund scheme will operate in the general medical services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The new drug payment scheme will replace the drug cost subsidisation scheme and the drug refund scheme, with effect from 1 July 1999. Services to medical card holders under the general medical service...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Report.

Was asked: if, further to his commitment in an Adjournment Debate of 13 May 1999, his officials have completed their examination of the Children in Hospital Ireland report, children being cared for in the adult ...More Button

The review being undertaken by my Department of the report referred to by the Deputy is under way but is not yet completed. The review includes a detailed consultative process with a paediatric profes...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the present availability of a doctor for one day per week and a counsellor for half a day per week in the community drug centre in Darndale, Dublin 17; and if he will ...More Button

The provision of drug services in the Dublin area is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Health Board in the first instance. However, I understand from the Eastern Health Board that it provide...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs Refund Scheme.

Was asked: if the new swipe cards will be issued in good time for the new drugs refund scheme due to commence on 1 July 1999; if he has cleared the arrangements with the pharmacists and unions involved; and if h...More Button

With effect from 1 July 1999 the existing drug cost subsidisation and drug refund schemes will be merged into one new drug payment scheme, with a threshold of £42 per month per family unit. Where expe...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: if he will consider establishing a residential drug treatment centre for Dublin's northside as a first phase of a process of rehabilitation from drug use; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The provision of drug treatment services in the Dublin area is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Health Board in the first instance.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if his Department will investigate the delay by the South-Eastern Health Board in going to tender for the construction of an acute psychiatric unit on the grounds of St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny; and...More Button

The proposed 45 bed psychiatric unit at St Luke's Hospital will provide the inpatient acute psychiatric service for the Carlow-Kilkenny catchment area. The South-Eastern Health Board has submitted rec...More Button


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