Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 22 February 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 514 No. 6

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Written Answers. - Food Poisoning.

Was asked: the reason for the increase in cases of food poisoning from 448 to 1,235 between 1997 and 1998; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the provisions of the Infectious Diseases Regulations, 1981, a number of categories of food poisoning are statutorily notifiable by medical practitioners to the health boards. The health boards ...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment in April 2000; and, if so, the date and time in this regard.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in County Mayo is the statutory responsibility of the Western Health Board I have asked the chief executive officer of that board to inves...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if he will investigate complaints being received by public representatives that the BCG vaccination is being given to children in County Kerry and not in County Cork in spite of the fact that all othe...More Button

The provision of BCG vaccination is a matter for individual health boards in the first instance. I have made inquiries of the Southern Health Board and the board has indicated that routine neonatal BC...More Button

Written Answers. - Day Care Centres.

Was asked: the funding, if any, his Department will provide in 2000 to a day care centre (details supplied) in County Kerry to allow for commencement of the building project.More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the average waiting time for orthodontic treatment for children in each of the health board regions; the plans, if any, he has to reduce this waiting time; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The provision of orthodontic treatment and the maintenance of waiting lists are the statutory responsibility of the health boards. I have had inquiries made of the health boards and the following is ...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: the scheme under which a person (details supplied) in County Mayo should apply to get a toilet installed in her home in view of the fact she has already applied under the special housing aid for the e...More Button

Written Answers. - Personal Assistance Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the number of persons with disabilities who are not able to get personal assistants; the moneys, if any, made available for this service in 2000 through the health b...More Button

The personal assistance service is part of a range of support services for people with physical and sensory disabilities designed to enable them to live in the community with the maximum possible degr...More Button

Written Answers. - Motorised Transport Grant.

Was asked: if he will recommend to the South Eastern Health Board the application by a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary for assistance towards the cost of a special car seat for her son.More Button

The assessment of entitlement to a motorised transport grant in any individual case is a matter for the relevant health board. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has been referred to the chief executi...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 209 of 23 November 1999, the progress, if any, made by the South Eastern Health Board to deal with the number of school children in Kilkenny city and county await...More Button

The provision of dental and orthodontic services in Kilkenny and the maintenance of waiting lists are the statutory responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board. I have had inquiries made of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Herbal Products.

Was asked: his views on whether there is no workable licensing system for herbal medicines; and the proposals, if any, he has in this regard.More Button

The pharmaceutical committee of the European Commission, at its 48th meeting on 27 and 28 September 1999, agreed to set up a working group to examine possible future legislative initiatives in relatio...More Button

Written Answers. - Coeliac Statistics.

Was asked: the number of coeliac sufferers in each health board area.More Button

As coeliac disease is not a notifiable disease, comprehensive information on the number of people suffering from the condition is not available. For those with the condition who require hospitalisatio...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Equipment.

Was asked: if a ventilator exists within the new Tallaght Hospital for the purposes of treating children with acute medical difficulties; if a policy exists within hospitals on the south side of Dublin to automa...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that the Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children's Hospital, has a ventilator for the purposes of treating children who require short-term ventilati...More Button

Written Answers. - Infertility Treatment Centres.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce an infertility treatment centre, IVF, in the Southern Health Board region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Southern Health Board, which is the body responsible for the provision of health services within the board's area, has advised me that while there are no plans at present to introduce an IVF treat...More Button

Written Answers. - Patients' Charter.

Was asked: if he will introduce a patients' charter for maternity patients; the reason this has not been done to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a charter of rights for hospital patients was introduced in August 1992. It provides guidelines for good standards of practice in acute hospitals, including maternity hos...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of civil servants appointed by him and his Ministers of State to look after constituency matters; the costs involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The number of civil servants looking after constituency matters in my office and in the offices of the two Ministers of State is eight at a cost of £121,608 per annum. This is within the guidelines on...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will be called for orthopaedic surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the plans to build a private hospital in the grounds of Beaumont Hospital; and the sources of funding in this regard.More Button

Beaumont Hospital board is currently considering proposals for building a private facility on the hospital campus. The hospital board is seeking approval in principle from my Department to proceed wit...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Was asked: the number of nursing posts vacant in acute public hospitals.More Button

The most recent survey of nursing vacancies, carried out by the Health Service Employers Agency – HSEA – related to the position at the end of September 1999. It found that the reported number of vaca...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his Depart ment's investigation into a situation where a toxic batch of the three-in-one vaccine was administered to at least 300 people 30 years ago; the steps, if any,...More Button

Following the receipt of information in 1997 and 1998 from Glaxo Wellcome concerning the lot numbers produced from batch 3741 Trivax vaccine, the vaccine batch at issue in the Kenneth Best case, my De...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Payment Scheme.

Was asked: the reason items such as gluten free pasta, cereals, bread, crackers and biscuits which were available under the drugs cost subsidisation scheme to coeliac patients are not available under the new sch...More Button

The new drug payment scheme, with a threshold of £42 per month per individual or family, was introduced on 1 July 1999 and replaced the drug cost subsidisation scheme – DCSS – and drug refund scheme –...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Staff.

Was asked: the number of full-time specialist physicians working in diabetes care in each health board area; the number of consultant physicians specially trained in diabetes working in this area; and the number...More Button

Comhairle na nOspidéal is the statutory body with responsibility to regulate the number and type of consultant appointments in hospitals providing services under the Health Act, 1970. The information ...More Button

Was asked: the number of diabetes nurse specialists working full-time and part-time in the area of diabetes care in each health board area.More Button

The category of nurse referred to by the Deputy is not one of the categories included in the Department's annual personnel census. Consequently, the Department does not have records of the number or l...More Button

Was asked: the number of dieticians working full-time and part-time in the area of diabetes in each health board area; the number of these who work solely in the area of juvenile paediatric diabetes; the number ...More Button

The staffing returns made by health agencies in the health service personnel census each year only identify numbers within a particular grade. The identification of staffing requirements and the deplo...More Button

Written Answers. - Day Care Centres.

Was asked: the number and location of diabetes clinics and day care centres in each health board area.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collected by my Department. However, I have asked the health boards and voluntary hospitals to investigate this matter and respond directly to...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: the provisions, if any, made for a pre-school child with autism from the date of diagnosis to its entry into the educational system including early information for parents on pre-school play group act...More Button

Was asked: the services, if any, provided for young adults with autism; the funding, if any, provided to voluntary organisations for training and employment opportunities for such people; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the services, if any, provided for young adults with autism; the funding, if any, provided to the National Rehabilitation Board for training and employment opportunities for such people; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the services, if any, provided for young adults with autism; the funding, if any, provided to health boards for training and employment opportunities for such people; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: the services, if any, provided for school going children with autism in the mainstream school special class option and in the special school option; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will give details of research publications or information available to the public concerning autism.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 to 221, inclusive, together. As the Deputy is aware, the provision of health related support services for children and young adults with autism is the responsibili...More Button

Written Answers. - Long-term Illness Scheme.

Was asked: if he will consider the addition of haemochromatosis to the list of conditions covered by the long-term illness scheme in view of the cost of drugs associated with this condition and the difficulties ...More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to haemochromatosis and I understand that the treatment of this condition is often hospital based. The long-term illness scheme entitles persons to free drugs and med...More Button


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