Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 6 November 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 543 No. 2

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Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if he will allocate lottery funding to the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre in Castlebar, County Mayo.More Button

Was asked: if he will allocate funding to the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre, Castlebar, County Mayo.More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 333 and 348 together. The allocation of resources for the provision of services for victims of sexual violence in the Western Health Board region is a matter, in the...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the position regarding a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow who is waiting for orthodontic treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in County Wicklow is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of tha...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will investigate the refusal by the Southern Health Board to provide a medical card to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The issue of the determination of the eligibility of persons for medical cards is, by legislation, a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health board. Accordingly, I have referred t...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: if he will consider a policy in the Western Health Board area to allow parents to have their children treated privately and to refund half the cost if the parents do not hold a medical card; if he wil...More Button

The provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons is the statutory responsibility of the health boards in the first instance. The terms of the grant in-aid scheme for orthodontic treatment de...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for orthodontic treatment by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in County Kildare is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of tha...More Button

Written Answers. - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if his Department has explicit legal authority for making a charge to persons who are involuntarily detained in the psychiatric services either on the basis of a committal order or a decision of the c...More Button

Persons who are ordinarily resident in Ireland but who do not qualify for a medical card automatically have category two eligibility. Persons in this category are subject to in-patient charges in a pu...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: if he will ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Galway Regional Hospital for orthodontic treatment.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services 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. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: the arrangements in place at a hospital (details supplied) for patients who have travelled long distances for cancer treatment but find a machine has broken down; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Services for eligible patients at St. Luke's Hospital are provided under an arrangement with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. I have asked the regional chief executive of the authority to invest...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the steps he will take to ensure an early appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford awaiting rheumatology services at Waterford Regional Hospital; if his attention has been drawn t...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the South-Eastern Health Board is responsible for the provision of services at Waterford Regional Hospital. The board has identified as a priority development the appointm...More Button

Written Answers. - Doctor-on-Call Scheme.

Was asked: the funding which has been provided for the doctor on call scheme in the North-Eastern Health Board area to date; if there will be an annual cost involved in running this scheme from his Department; a...More Button

To date my Department has provided funding in the region of £2.25 million for the doctor-on-call scheme in the North-Eastern Health Board. There will be ongoing costs involved in the implementation of...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will have a person (details supplied) in County Sligo called by St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin 4, for a pulmonary cardiac stress test; 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. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the boa...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: when the increase in subvention rates will be paid to people in the South-Eastern Health Board area.More Button

The Nursing Homes (Subvention) Regulations, 1993, are administered by the health boards and the Eastern Regional Health Authority. There are currently three maximum rates of subvention payable – £90, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of medical cards issued by the eight health boards for each of the past five years; the number of new cards issued to those over 70 years of age in 2001; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The number of persons covered by medical cards in the eight health board and health authority regions for each of the past five years, and the current position, are as detailed in the following table....More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of patients waiting for routine orthopaedic surgery at the South Infirmary Hospital in Cork; the longest and average waiting time for this surgery; the steps he is taking to improve the sit...More Button

Was asked: the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Cork will have to wait to receive orthopaedic surgery at the South Infirmary Hospital in Cork; if he will put resources in place to ensure the ...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 346 and 347 together. I have had inquiries made with the chief executive officer at the South Infirmary Victoria Hospital regarding the case to which the Deputy is r...More Button

Was asked: when bypass surgery will be received by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in re...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultant Appointments.

Was asked: if the post of consultant neurologist at University College Hospital, Galway has been filled; when the filling of this post was first requested; when the filling of this post was sanctioned; and if he...More Button

The provision of services at University College Hospital, Galway, including the appointment of medical staff, is the responsibility of the Western Health Board in this instance. Financial clearance fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Management.

Was asked: when the report on the management of University College Hospital, Galway was first sought; when a company (details supplied) was appointed to conduct this investigation; if the terms of reference of t...More Button

The report to which the Deputy refers was commissioned by the Western Health Board from the company named by the Deputy. Accordingly, I have asked the board to provide the Deputy with the information ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if there is a difference in choice of general practitioners between those over 70 years of age who have applied for a medical card under recent changes and those over 70 who were already qualified; if...More Button

There is no difference in choice of general prac titioners between those people aged 70 and over who became automatically entitled to medical cards on 1 July 2001, and those aged 70 and over who were ...More Button

Written Answers. - Smoking By-Laws.

Was asked: if, further to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 168 of 4 July 2001, he has received a response to his correspondence to the ERHA; and the further steps he proposes to take against a company (de...More Button

The Eastern Regional Health Authority has advised that it is prepared to investigate complaints regarding smoking on Dublin Bus services if the measures being taken by the company are not proving succ...More Button

Written Answers. - Patient Transfers.

Was asked: if arrangements can be made to transfer a person (details supplied) from St. Mary's, Baldoyle to St. Raphaels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Eastern Regional Health Authority that while it is aware that the parents of this individual wish to have the move to St. Raphael's, Celbridge arranged as soon as possible,...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the situation regarding the availability of enhanced subvention for nursing home patients in the Southern Health Board region.More Button

The Nursing Homes (Subvention) Regulations, 1993, are administered by the health boards and the Eastern Regional Health Authority. A health board may pay more than the maximum rate of subvention rela...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultant Appointments.

Was asked: if he will approve funding to allow for the appointment of a paediatrician at the County Hospital, Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to reply to the Deputy directly.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will ensure that an ophthalmic eye surgeon will attend a clinic at the County Hospital, Roscommon; the reason this service is not provided at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in re...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 632 to 635 of 3 October 2001, he will provide the updated information.More Button

The following table sets out the number of oral polio vaccine doses, based on the latest information received from the health boards, which were administered after the expiry date.More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Was asked: the number of vacancies for public health nurses within the Eastern Regional Health Authority area; and the community care areas in which there are vacancies for public health nurses.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not available in my Department. I have asked the chief executive of the Eastern Regional Health Authority to collate the information and to forward it direct...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.

Was asked: if he will approve funding for the appointment of a principal social worker to the County Roscommon community services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The appointment of social workers is a matter for the Western Health Board, in the first instance, within the context of its priority developments. I have therefore referred this matter to the chief e...More Button

Written Answers. - Rehabilitation Services.

Was asked: if he will establish a rehabilitation centre for brain damaged people in Castlerea, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The development of medical rehabilitation services for people with brain injuries is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accordingly, the De...More Button

Written Answers. - Respite Care Services.

Was asked: if he will provide additional funding for the Western Health Board for the provision of respite care for 26 children who are currently without a service in the Ballinasloe area of County Galway; and i...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide additional funding for the Western Health Board for the development of respite services for adults through the Brothers of Charity, Ballinasloe, County Galway; and if he will make a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 and 363 together. Additional funding amounting to £175,000, with a full year cost of £210,000 was provided for the Western Health Board in 2001. A further £200,000...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for the Brothers of Charity, Ballinasloe, County Galway for the provision of a high support service for four clients currently without any service; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Additional funding amounting to £2.895 million, with a full year cost of £3.260 million, has been allocated this year to the Western Health Board for the development of services for persons with intel...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Services.

Was asked: if he will ensure that funding is provided at the TOPE Centre, Ballinasloe, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Estimates discussions in relation to 2002 are still under way, I am not in a position to comment on any specific plans for the health services in that year. Decisions in relation to the precise...More Button

Written Answers. - Mental Handicap Services.

Was asked: the plans he has to introduce a multi-annual capital and current budget for services provided for people with a mental disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The national development plan already provides for a multi-annual capital budget for the period 2000-06. The possibility of multi-annual budgeting for current budgets is being considered in the contex...More Button

Was asked: the average financial cost of the provision of a residential bed for an individual with an intellectual disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the average financial cost for the provision of a respite bed for an individual with an intellectual disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 367 and 368 together.More Button

Written Answers. - National Physical and Sensory Disability Database.

Was asked: the conclusions drawn from the recent pilot survey carried out in the Western Health Board area on the introduction of a system of needs assessment; when he will introduce the needs assessment on a na...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the Western Health Board's participation in phase 1 implementation of the national physical and sensory disability database. The national physical and sensory ...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the report of the inspector of mental hospitals concerning the support services for 273 children with an intellectual disability which indicates that no occupational...More Button

Was asked: when construction will begin on the facility for 273 persons (details supplied) with an intellectual disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the plans he has to provide facilities for 273 people with intellectual disabilities resident in St. Ita's, Portrane; the reason a delay in providing these facilities has occurred; and if he will make...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 370, 376 and 387 together. I have been informed by the Eastern Regional Health Authority that in relation to the provision of multidisciplinary support services for th...More Button

Written Answers. - Marriage Statistics.

Was asked: the number of people per 100,000 who were married for each year from 1970 to 2001.More Button

Data on marriages are routinely published in the annual and quarterly reports on vital statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office. The most recent figures available refer to January to June...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Equipment.

Was asked: the reason a piece of equipment is missing from the laser angioplasty machine at St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8; if he will expedite a solution to this problem; and the reason back up parts are not av...More Button

Services for eligible patients at St James's Hospital are provided under an arrangement with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the regional chief executive of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will issue a medical card to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

The issue of the determination of the eligibility of persons for medical cards is, by legislation, a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health board. Accordingly, I have referred t...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will be offered a place on a drug treatment course; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of drug treatment services is the statutory responsibility of the health boards. I have asked the chief executive of the Eastern Regional Health Authority to look into the matter and rep...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he will increase the funding to the Western Health Board on behalf of the physically and mentally disabled services in County Galway; if his attention has been drawn to the problems in this particu...More Button

As the Estimates discussions in relation to 2002 are still under way, I am not in a position to comment on any specific plans for the health services in that year. Decisions on the precise details of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny has been waiting two years for an assessment at St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny; and if he will expedite the treatment required for this person.More Button

The South-Eastern Health Board is responsible for the provision of hospital services in the case to which the Deputy refers. I have, therefore, asked the chief executive of the board to look into the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Birth Statistics.

Was asked: the number of births to unmarried mothers in the years 1998, 1999 and 2000.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the following below. Number of Births Outside Marriage 1998 to 2000More Button

Written Answers. - Suicide Prevention.

Was asked: the expenditure from the Exchequer on suicide prevention programmes in 2000 and 2001 to date.More Button

Considerable progress has been made to date in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the national task force on suicide. Central to the report was the provision of a nat...More Button

Written Answers. - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: the position regarding control of the sale of paracetamol products.More Button

The Medicinal Products (Control of Paracetamol) Regulations, 2001, were made by me on 12 April 2001 and came into force on 1 October 2001. The regulations were made on the recommendations of the Natio...More Button

Written Answers. - Foreign Adoptions.

Was asked: the reason there is a waiting list within the South-Eastern Health Board area of 15 to 18 months for assessments for couples who wish to apply for foreign adoptions; the number of full-time social wor...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the reason a motorised wheelchair has not been granted to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will expedite a reply and take action in this case.More Button

The provision of technical aids and appliances, including electric wheelchairs, for people with physical and sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny has not been called for an angioplasty; the reason for the delay in treatment; if he will expedite the treatment required; and if he will make...More Button

The South-Eastern Health Board is responsible for the provision of hospital services in the case to which the Deputy is referring. I have, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: the steps he will take to ensure that persons caring for children (details supplied) will be entitled to foster care allowances.More Button

Written Answers. - Consultant Appointments.

Was asked: when he will approve an application by the South-Eastern Health Board for the third post of consultant obstetrician gynaecologist based at St. Joseph's Hospital, Clonmel.More Button

The level of additional funding that will be made available to this Department for service developments in 2002 has not yet been agreed. As soon as the level of funding is known, this post will be co...More Button

Written Answers. - Benchmarking Process.

Was asked: the grades or disciplines against which community welfare officers' salaries will be benchmarked in their salary restructure in April 2002.More Button

For the purposes of the benchmarking process, community welfare officers and superintendent community welfare officers will be linked to the Civil Service grades of higher executive officer and assist...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Was asked: the number of permanent nursing posts vacant at each of the hospitals under the aegis of the Western Health Board; the number of temporary nurses employed in each case; the number of posts required to...More Button

The Western Health Board does not have any staff nurse posts which it cannot fill due to lack of applicants. A total of 123 staff nurse posts at each of the hospitals under the aegis of the health boa...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the steps he will take to provide facilities, resources and essential services to children and adults with disabilities in the Ballinasloe area of County Mayo; if his attention has been drawn to inade...More Button

I am aware of the concerns expressed by the parents of persons with disabilities from the Ballinasloe area. As the Deputy is aware, the Government gave a commitment to a three year accelerated program...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in receipt of the orthodontic treatment by a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; if his attention has been drawn to the condition of the orthodontic service; and if ...More Button

The provision of orthodontic treatment is the statutory responsibility of the health boards in the first instance. I recognise that the waiting times for orthodontic treatment are unacceptably long. A...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Examinations.

Was asked: if the drivers licence medical examination for senior citizens is not covered by the medical card; if so, the reason it is not available; his views on future Government policy in this regard; and if h...More Button

Certificates required by employers to cover the absence of their employees due to illness are the only certificates covered under the medical card scheme. It is not my intention to extend the list of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a product (details supplied) is not included on the list of medicines available on the medical card; and his plans to have them included in the future.More Button

In order for any item of medicine to be included in the common list of items reimbursable under the community drug schemes it must comply with a list of criteria. These range from the uses for and lic...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: if an application under the housing aid for the elderly scheme will be approved for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a medical card has not been issued to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; if the inspectors' reports will now be examined; and if the issue of the medical care will be expedited.More Button

The issue of the determination of the eligibility of persons for medical cards is, by legislation, a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health board. Accordingly, I have referred t...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Traffic Accidents.

Was asked: the number of bed days taken up by people involved in road traffic accidents for each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of people attending accident and emergency departments and out-patient departments in each of the past three years; the number who attended as a result of road traffic accidents; and if he ...More Button

Was asked: the logistical problems caused for hospitals, both admission and accident and emergency, by the number of road traffic accidents and other violent incidents; the plans he has to address these issues; ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 395 to 397, inclusive, together. The number of people who attended accident and emergency departments and out-patient departments in each of the past three years is as...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the dumping of hospital waste and confidential health documents in County Wicklow by four separate hospitals in contravention of the law.More Button

In 1994 my Department produced a health services waste policy aimed at reducing the impact on the environment of waste production in hospitals and improving conditions for those handling the waste. Th...More Button

Written Answers. - Nicotine Replacement Therapies.

Was asked: the level of nicotine replacement therapy which has been prescribed since the therapy was included on the general medical scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nicotine replacement therapy was made available free of charge to medical card holders on prescription only with effect from April 2001. Since then, the level of prescribing has been as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse.

Was asked: when he will honour the Government's commitment to introduce mandatory reporting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government is committed to putting into place effective strategies and services to promote and protect the welfare of children. In addition to the development of a comprehensive national children'...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: his views on whether a child born with Down's Syndrome should be automatically entitled to a medical card; and if not, the reason therefor.More Button

Entitlement to health services in Ireland is primarily based on means. Under the Health Act, 1970, determination of eligibility for medical cards is the responsibility of the chief executive officer o...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the number of children in County Wicklow on the orthodontic waiting list; the reason children are being told that they will have to wait between two and four years for treatment at St. James's Hospita...More Button

The provision of orthodontic treatment to patients in County Wicklow is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority – ERHA – in the first instance. I recognise that the waiti...More Button

Was asked: if he will put in place a scheme whereby orthodontic patients can be treated privately and payment made by the health board.More Button

The provision of orthodontic treatment is a matter for the health boards in the first instance. Under the orthodontic initiative, my Department recently approved a proposed scheme from the Mid-Western...More Button

Was asked: the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow has been on the Eastern Health Board waiting list for orthodontic treatment; when he will receive this treatment; and if he will make a...More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in County Wicklow is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of th...More Button

Was asked: the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow has been on the Eastern Health Board waiting list for orthodontic treatment; when he will receive this treatment; and if he will make a...More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in County Wicklow is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of tha...More Button

Was asked: the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow has been on the Eastern Health Board waiting list for orthodontic treatment; when he will receive this treatment; and if he will make a...More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in County Wicklow is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of tha...More Button

Was asked: the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow will have to wait for orthodontic treatment; if she will be dealt with more quickly if she transfers to Loughlinstown; and if he will m...More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in County Wicklow is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of tha...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive maximum nursing home subvention; and if enhancement can also be arranged.More Button

Was asked: when enhanced nursing home subvention for a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be arranged.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: the reason the Western Health Board had on 13 March 2001 approved the installation of two storage heaters in a person's home (details supplied) in County Mayo; and the reason this has not yet been sen...More Button

Was asked: the reason work has not commenced under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme (details supplied) in County Mayo; and when this work will commence.More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff Statistics.

Was asked: the numbers serving in grade I and grade II in each of the health board-regional authority areas for each of the years 1995, 1997 and 1999; and the numbers serving in Grades I, II, III, IV, V and VI i...More Button

The details as requested by the Deputy are as set out below. It should be noted that no Grade 1s and-or Grade IIs were employed from 1996 onwards as these grades were amalgamated, together with Grade ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: his views on the fact that a person (details supplied) from County Mayo has to wait 18 months for an ENT appointment.More Button

The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in re...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for ophthalmic surgery.More Button

The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in re...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if those giving home help service through the health boards are entitled to holiday payments.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that home helps are entitled to holiday payments for annual leave and public holidays under the part-time home helps agreement, 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of children on the ophthalmology waiting list in the Children's Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin 1; the waiting time involved; the number of ophthalmists available; if his Department can ass...More Button

The number of children waiting for ophthalmology services as in-patients in the Children's Hospital, Temple Street, as at 30 June 2001, the latest date for which figures are available, was 61. Of thes...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting orthodontic assessment in each of the health board areas.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting orthodontic treatment in each of the health board areas.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 417 and 418 together. The provision of orthodontic treatment for eligible persons is the responsibility of the health boards and information regarding numbers placed o...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of persons awaiting cataract surgery in each of the health board areas.More Button

The total number of people waiting for ophthalmic procedures nationally as at 30 June 2001, the latest date for which figures are available, was 2,855. This figure is broken down as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Alzheimer's Disease.

Was asked: the facilities which are available for sufferers of Alzheimer's disease in the Southern Health Board region.More Button

The provision of health services in counties Cork and Kerry is a matter for the Southern Health Board. The board has advised that sufferers of Alzheimer's disease who are cared for in the community ha...More Button

Written Answers. - Physiotherapy Services.

Was asked: the reason the answer to Parliamentary Question No. 312 of 16 October 2001 has not been provided.More Button

As I informed the Deputy in my reply to his previous parliamentary question, the provision of physiotherapy services is a matter for the Southern Health Board. I have already asked the chief executive...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of persons in the Cork University Hospital who have had appointments cancelled due to equipment breakdown in 1999, 2000 and to date in 2001.More Button

The provision of services at Cork University Hospital is the responsibility, in the first instance, of the Southern Health Board. I have, therefore, asked the chief executive officer at the board to l...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Members.

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation or regulations to remove the anomaly whereby members of health boards, other than public representatives, are not obliged to return declarations of interest.More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation or regulations which will oblige members of health boards to make a declaration of interest.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 423 and 424 together. While the health board members and staff are not currently designated under the Ethics in Public Offices Act, the Second Schedule to the 1970 Hea...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the number of cases within the Southern Health Board area where families of nursing home residents past and present are claiming for enhanced nursing home subventions; the number seeking retrospective...More Button

Was asked: when he will answer a request from the Southern Health Board to meet them regarding nursing home subventions.More Button

I received a request for a meeting from the Southern Health Board in July 2001. A response issued from my office indicating my regret at my unavailability at that time but stating that officials from ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the hospitals in County Cork which provide children's eyesight testing; and the average waiting time for appointments in each hospital.More Button

The provision of the services to which the Deputy is referring is the responsibility of the Southern Health Board. I have, therefore, asked the chief executive officer at the board to look into the ma...More Button

Written Answers. - Legionnaire's Disease.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 165 of 25 October 2001, he will give details and locations of the nine legionnaire's disease cases notified in 2000, and the four cases notified to date in 20...More Button

Nine cases of legionnaire's disease were notified in Ireland in 2000. Seven cases were notified by the Eastern Regional Health authority, one by the Mid-Western Health Board and one by the Southern He...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

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

The provision of medical treatment for eligible persons in County Sligo is the statutory responsi bility of the North-Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the b...More Button

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

Was asked: the amount of money which has been allocated and spent to date by his Department in each county under the national development plan.More Button

Health boards have primary responsibility for the implementation of the health services element of the National Development Plan 2000-2006 within their own areas, including the prioritisation and deli...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychiatric Services.

Was asked: if he will investigate the shortage of acute psychiatric beds at Tallaght Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are 50 beds in the acute psychiatric unit, Tallaght General Hospital, serving a catchment area population of 260,000. I am aware that the inspector of mental hospitals, in his annual report for ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will appoint a senior official of his Department to liaise with a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services for residents of Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. Therefore, I have asked the regional chief executiv...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: his views on the delay being experienced by a person (details supplied) who is awaiting heart surgery in Beaumont Hospital; and when he can expect to be admitted.More Button

Responsibility for the funding of services at Beaumont Hospital rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore asked the regional chief executive of the authority to in...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services for 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 inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the cost of the annual flu vaccinations (details supplied).More Button

Medical card holders in the at risk group obtain influenza immunisation completely free of charge from their general practitioner. The at risk group include persons aged 65 years or older, those with ...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Was asked: the number of nurses in Tullamore General Hospital, Birr District Hospital, Edenderry District Hospital, Portlaoise General Hospital, Abbeyleix District Hospital and Mountmellick District Hospital; th...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy has been obtained from the Midland Health Board and is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for orthodontic treatment by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services for eligible persons in County Kildare is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of th...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for orthodontic treatment by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services for eligible persons in County Kildare is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of th...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he will have a number of services or facilities made available to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The provision of health related services, including physiotherapy and aids and appliances, to people with physical and sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and th...More Button

Written Answers. - General Practitioner Services.

Was asked: the amount of money allocated to the respective health boards in 2001 for the establishment of a general practitioner co-operative; the health boards which have recruited project managers to progress ...More Button

I am committed to addressing the need for an appropriate GP out-of-hours service. In that regard, I have already funded two major pilot GP out-of-hours co-operative projects in the SEHB and NEHB areas...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Insurance.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 124 of 12 April 2001, regulations have been made to enable persons aged 65 or over, who decide they wish to avail of private health insurance cover for the fi...More Button

The Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2001, was enacted on 27 June 2001. The Act includes provision to enable persons aged 65 or over, who decide that they wish to avail of private health insurance c...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cavan will be called for a hip replacement operation.More Button

The provision of medical treatment for eligible persons in County Cavan is the statutory responsibility of the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the bo...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will review the current income guidelines for medical cards; if he will consider reassessing the income guidelines for those old age pensioners who are currently not automatically entitled to a ...More Button

Entitlement to health services in Ireland is primarily based on means. Under the Health Act, 1970, determination of eligibility for medical cards is the responsibility of the chief executive officer o...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Correspondence.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 647 of 3 October 2001, he will indicate when he intends the Western Health Board to furnish a reply; his views on whether it is satisfactory that a Member of ...More Button

The provision and development of services is a matter for the Western Health Board. I understand from the board that a reply, dated 5 November 2001, has issued to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will provide a reply to a letter (details supplied) from Deputy Noonan of 19 July 2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This is a matter for the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland which has statutory responsibility for the registration of pharmacists. A copy of the letter has now been sent to the society for direct repl...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if he will conduct an investigation into the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; if a letter from a person (details supplied) can also be examined; the reason this information was wi...More Button

In November 1977 the then Minister for Health established the expert medical group on whooping cough vaccination to examine persons who, it was claimed, had been permanently damaged by whooping cough ...More Button

Written Answers. - Occupational Therapy Services.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the reply to a parliamentary question that still does not offer any timetable as to when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will be visited for an occupational t...More Button

As I have previously informed the Deputy, the administration of the disabled person's grant is entirely a matter for the Department of the Environment and Local Government and the local authorities. T...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: when speech therapy will be available for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of health related support services, including speech and language therapy, for people with physical and sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the...More Button

Written Answers. - Advertising Campaigns.

Was asked: the public relations or advertising campaigns which have been funded, or part funded by his Department since June 1997, which involve the personal appearance of the Minister or Ministers of State on t...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply on 31 May 2001 to a similar Parliamentary Question No. 107 tabled by Deputy Owen. The position outlined in that reply still obtains; it is equally applicable to public ...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline, in respect of the current radio advertising campaign featuring the Minister promoting awareness of asthma, the production costs involved in the advertisement; the number of occasio...More Button

On the invitation of the Asthma Society I undertook this campaign as asthma affects an estimated 275,000 people in Ireland and poor compliance with prescribed treatment is a major cause of the high le...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Services.

Was asked: if he has received proposals from the Northern Area Health Board through the Eastern Regional Health Authority for approval for expenditure for a primary care unit on the North Circular Road, Dublin 7...More Button

The provision of health centres to meet the needs of local communities within its functional area is a matter for each health board, including the Eastern Regional Health Authority. In the case of Dub...More Button

Written Answers. - Respite Care Places.

Was asked: the number of respite places available in the Eastern Regional Health Authority and in the South-Western Area Health Board; if he has satisfied himself with the number; the plans he has to increase th...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Was asked: the number of nursing post vacancies in the South West Health Board Area; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some services are being postponed due to nursing shortages; and if he will ma...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not available in my Department. I have asked the chief executive of the Eastern Regional Health Authority to collate the information and to forward it direct...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the problems a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is encountering in trying to get to a training centre; if so, the plans his Department has to rectify the ...More Button

The provision of transportation for trainees with a disability attending training centres is a matter for the relevant health board. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has been referred to the regiona...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when orthodontic treatment will be received by a person (details supplied) from County Kildare.More Button

As the provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons in County Kildare is the statutory responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, I have asked the chief executive officer of tha...More Button

Written Answers. - Ophthalmology Services.

Was asked: if a proposal has been received by his Department from the director of the National Children's Eye Centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Proposals for the development of services at the Children's Hospital, Temple Street, are a matter for consideration by the Eastern Regional Health Authority – ERHA – in the first instance. My Departme...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Services.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for the development of the Desmond Ability Resource complex at Newcastle West, County Limerick.More Button

The development of health related services, including day care, for people with disabilities and for older people is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the fir...More Button

Written Answers. - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: his views on the statement in a national newspaper (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The statement provided by the Deputy from a national newspaper is factually inaccurate in several key areas. The Government decided to extend full eligibility under the general medical services to all...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Abuse.

Was asked: the criteria laid down by his Department for the investigation of a case of physical child abuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Doctors.

Was asked: if he will investigate the circumstances whereby a person (details supplied) was able to successfully apply for employment with the South-Eastern Health Board; his views on the need for changes in rec...More Button

The South-Eastern Health Board has informed me that it employed the named doctor in a locum capacity from 17 April 2000 until 5 November 2000. He was employed at St. Luke's Psychiatric Hospital, Clonm...More Button

Written Answers. - Tobacco Control Agency.

Was asked: if one agency will deal with authorised officers in the context of the Public Health (Tobacco) Bill, 2001.More Button

The Public Health (Tobacco) Bill, 2001, provides for the appointment by the chief executive officer of a health board or by the chief executive of the Tobacco Control Agency of authorised officers for...More Button

Written Answers. - Tobacco Free Council.

Was asked: if it is proposed that representatives from the Irish Retail Newsagents Associations will be given seats on the proposed tobacco council.More Button

Decisions with regard to the appointment of members to the Tobacco Free Council from specific organisations or groups will not be made in advance of the enactment of the Public Health (Tobacco) Bill, ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Identity Card.

Was asked: the proposals in place for an age card that everyone must carry an identity card in the context of the Public Health (Tobacco) Bill, 2001.More Button

Within the context of the Public Health (Tobacco) Bill, 2001, I am not proposing to provide for the introduction of a national identity card with regard to age verification for the purchase of tobacco...More Button

Written Answers. - Physiotherapy Services.

Was asked: if there was an out-patient physiotherapy service previously in operation in Belmullet District Hospital; if this service was discontinued in September 2001; if so, the reason therefor; and when the s...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Health (Tobacco) Bill, 2001.

Was asked: if he will delete the section relating to the removal from register section 37(7) and (8), if product point of sale locations can remain, section 43(3)(a), and if the register of the tobacco retailers...More Button

Any proposed amendments by the Deputy to the Public Health (Tobacco) Bill, 2001, will be dealt with during the various stages of the Bill's progress through the Oireachtas.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will have an urgently needed double knee replacement operation.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has asked the regional chief executive...More Button


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