Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 26 March 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 551 No. 2

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Private Members' Business. - Public Services: Motion.

I welcome the opportunity to make a contribution to this debate. I would like, specifically, to address the part of the Fine Gael motion where the House is invited to condemn the Government in relati...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the funds which have been made available to Boys' Hope, Galway, for the purchase or refurbishment of a new building in Galway; the amount of funding involved; when was it made; and the purpose of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - General Practitioner Fees.

Was asked: his views on whether it is appropriate that a general practitioner should charge a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 a fee of ?25 for stamping an application form for a driving licence in view of ...More Button

Under the GMS contract general practitioners may charge their medical card holders for any certificates other than for the first and final certificates required in respect of absence from and fitness ...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Doctors.

Was asked: if he proposes to introduce new legislation which would allow non-EU doctors apply for full registration after two years of relevant work and training experience here; and if so, when this legislation...More Button

I have published the Medical Practitioners Amendment Bill, 2002, which will be presented to the Dáil this week. The Bill will address the issues relating to registration of doctors which have been rai...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Merlin Park Regional Hospital for a bone density x-ray.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. - Attention Deficit Disorder.

Was asked: the manner in which the £30,000 allocated to enable a national study on the prevalence of attention deficit disorder, as referred to in Seanad Éireann on 6 February 2000, was allocated; the person who...More Button

My Department commissioned the Mid-Western Health Board to undertake this prevalence study. It was agreed that funding would be provided from the board's 2000 revenue allocation. The report was prepar...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: his plans to introduce a top-up of the maintenance grant paid to student nurses, retrospectively, similar to the top-up grant paid through vocational education committees and county councils from the ...More Button

Nursing students on the pre-registration nursing diploma programmes receive an annual non-means tested maintenance grant of €4,533, as well as a range of other supports which are not available to othe...More Button

Written Answers. - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if a refund of medical fees payments made to the registered general practitioner while he had a medical card are made to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Officials from my Department have contacted the South-Western Area Health Board and understand that the person in question was allocated a medical card for the first time on 4 February 2002. Payment t...More Button

Written Answers. - Assault Incidents.

Was asked: the number of psychiatric nurses who have been forced to retire following an assault at work.More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the serious physical assault scheme rests with the individual health boards-ERHA. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officers to investigate...More Button

Was asked: his plans in place to provide compensation for psychiatric nurses, similar to the gardaí, who are assaulted in the course of their duties; and the compensation which is available when they are off wor...More Button

Was asked: when he proposes to set up a task force to research the factors which predispose to assaults on nurses and to recommend preventative measures.More Button

Was asked: his proposals to introduce an improved compensation package for psychiatric nurses (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his proposals to extend the compensation scheme for psychiatric nurses who suffer attack.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 244, 245, 259 and 260 together. I met with the Psychiatric Nurses' Association recently to discuss their proposals for the introduction of such a compensation scheme. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Centres.

Was asked: the amount of funding which has been made available from his Department towards a health centre (details supplied) in County Kildare.More Button

The provision of health centres and the maintenance and upkeep of such centres, to meet the needs of local communities within its functional area, is a matter for the relevant health board or the East...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Aids.

Was asked: if an evaluation can be made on an application made by a person (details supplied) in County Limerick, who is wheelchair bound, immobile and dependent for a ceiling track hoist; and if he will make a ...More Button

The provision of technical aids and appliances to people with physical and sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accor...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the plans his Department has to support a proposal from a group (details supplied); his plans to meet with this group; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Moffatt, met with the Irish Underwater Council on Wednesday, 27 February 2002. I am aware of proposals to upgrade the hyperbaric chamber at UCHG. The questi...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: if an annual respite grant is payable for children for whom the domiciliary care allowance is payable; the amount of this grant; when it was first introduced; the rate at which it was paid prior to Ma...More Button

In 1999, a respite care grant, RCG, of £200 was introduced for recipients of carer's allowance. In 2000, the RCG was increased to £300 and extended to recipients of domiciliary care allow ance, DCA. I...More Button

Written Answers. - Personal Assistance Services.

Was asked: if his Department conducted an assessment of the availability of respite breaks for the parents of children with serious physical disability; if his Department has carried out an assessment of the nee...More Button

My Department, in conjunction with the Health Research Board, the health boards and the voluntary sector service providers, is currently developing the national physical and sensory disability databas...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

Was asked: the solicitors or barristers who were appointed since 26 June 1997, as members or chairpersons of any board or committee or other body, advisers, consultants, or as holders of any other position or of...More Button

It is not possible in the time allowed to compile all of the information requested by the Deputy. The information is being collated by my Department and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy as soo...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Aids.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will have to wait for two years before this person can receive a bath chair from the health board following a fall in their home; and if he will mak...More Button

The provision of dressings and certain aids and appliances such as bath chairs to medical card holders is a matter for the relevant health board or hospital. My Department has therefore asked the chie...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for a unit at University College Hospital, Galway for adult persons with cystic fibrosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision and the development of services for adults with cystic fibrosis is a matter for the Western Health Board in the context of funding provided by me and the competing priorities for develop...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath is not being admitted for a hip operation at Tullamore General Hospital in May 2002 as promised; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services to persons living in County Westmeath rests with the Midland Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the boa...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath whose medical condition is critical, can be immediately admitted to St. Patrick's Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The decision as to whether a person should be admitted to hospital is a clinical matter. Responsibility for the provision of services to the person concerned rests with the Midland Health Board. My De...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: the funding available to assist persons (details supplied) in County Wicklow with problems regarding a family member; if every effort will be made to assist the family through whatever means available...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of the service referred to by the Deputy rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the regional chief executive to investigat...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will have work on a roof carried out under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme.More Button

Was asked: the steps he proposes to take to ensure that health boards do not keep elderly people waiting for unacceptable lengths of time to receive decisions on their applications for housing aid; the number of...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Property.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in issuing the final report of the working party on the future of the lands at Grangegorman, Dublin 7, currently in the ownership of the Eastern Regional Health Authority; whe...More Button

An interdepartmental ad hoc working group, chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach, was set up in May 2001, to examine and report on options for the future development of the Eastern Regional Healt...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 104 of 28 February 2002, his attention has been drawn to the medical difficulties, which a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim encountered since their...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware from my reply to him in this matter dated 28 February 2002, responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Leitrim rests with the North-Wester...More Button

Written Answers. - Maternal Deaths.

Was asked: if he has asked the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to investigate a new report from the UK which has found that suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in Britain.More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the report “Why Mothers Die 1997-1999”, published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in December 2001. This is one of an ongoing series o...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to deal with the Irish Medical Organisation's concern that, arising from recent social welfare increases, certain categories of social welfare recipients are no longer eligible ...More Button

My Department has written to the chief executive officers of health boards' group advising them that medical card holders and applicants should be made fully aware that the recent increases in social ...More Button

Written Answers. - Enterprise Liability Scheme.

Was asked: if he has made a decision to include private obstetrics in the enterprise liability scheme; and if so, the reasons for making the decision.More Button

I have not yet brought any proposal to Government in relation to the inclusion of private hospitals providing obstetric services or consultant obstetricians in private practice in the enterprise liabi...More Button

Written Answers. - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if he will investigate a situation as reported in a publication (details supplied) on 22 February 2002, where, due to a mismatch in data held by health boards and the General Medical Services (Payment...More Button

The Secretary General of my Department has written to all of the chief executives asking that a thorough investigation of data held by them in respect of medical cards take place as a matter of priori...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Advisers.

Was asked: the amount paid since 26 June 1997 to date in fees, salary, allowances including delegates' allowances, expenses and other payments to any person in or under the aegis of his Department who is or was ...More Button

Details of payments to officers since 26 June 1997 who are or were special advisers within the meaning of the Ethics in Public Act, 1995 are as follows. Also included are the dates of their appointmen...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount paid since 26 June 1997 to date in fees, salary, allowances, including delegates' allowances, expenses and other payments to any person including a body corporate or an unincorporated body ...More Button

It is not possible in the time allowed to compile all of the information requested by the Deputy. The information is being collated by my Department and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy as so...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be given an appointment in Galway.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. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: if he will provide funding in 2002 for the commencement of work on the Desmond Ability Resource Complex, Newcastle West, County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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. - Medical Procedures.

Was asked: his views on the impact of the practice of symphysiotomy on women's health in view of the difficulties being experienced by women upon whom this practice was performed; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Arising from concerns about the use of symphysiotomy in obstetrical practice in the past, the chief medical officer, CMO, at my Department asked the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for i...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Prescriptions.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on a recent study carried out entitled, Doctor Can I Have Some More, which showed that nearly 7,000 people had cheated the general medical services by receiving multiple pr...More Button

Normally medical card holders choose to attend a specific doctor and it is only in the case of emergency or unavailability of the doctor concerned that prescriptions should be issued by an alternative...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the steps he proposes to take to deal with hospital shortage of appropriately trained psychiatrists as proposed by the Irish Psychiatric Training Committee.More Button

The recruitment and retention of doctors is a matter in the first instance for the employers themselves. I am not aware of any particular difficulties regarding the filling of consultant psychiatrist ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Consultants.

Was asked: if he proposes to specify the teaching responsibility for consultants in teaching hospitals in a review of the common contract.More Button

Non-consultant hospital doctors are regarded as doctors in training and as such receive further education from the practical application of medicine in hospitals and also from teaching sessions provid...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Funding.

Was asked: if the health boards will receive the full allocation indicated in the national development plan for health; if the actual allocation will differ from the indicative allocations; and the difference in...More Button

At the commencement of the NDP, my Department notified indicative funding figures to the health boards for the years 2001-2006. Indicative figures were not given to the boards for 2000 as this was a t...More Button

Was asked: the steps he is proposing to take in view of the fact that the national development plan for health is facing a major crisis with one health board, that is, the Western Health Board, heading for ?54 m...More Button

Following the first two years of health capital investment under the national development plan, my Department has commenced an extensive review nationally of the plan for the years 2002-6. This proces...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on recent comments by a person (details supplied) who has called for a major review of a whole scheme to be undertaken due to the fact that the scheme has failed to reach a...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the article concerning the primary childhood immunisation programme which appeared in the Irish Medical News dated 25 February 2002. The operation of the programme ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: when a rheumatologist will be appointed in Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, County Mayo.More Button

The question of appointing a consultant rheuma tologist to Mayo General Hospital is a matter for the Western Health Board in the first instance. My Department has asked the Chief Executive Officer of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of people from County Mayo who are on a waiting list to see a rheumatologist.More Button

Data on waiting times for rheumatology services is not routinely collected by my Department. Therefore, my Department has asked the chief executive officer of the Western Health Board to look into the...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the percentage of patients attending the consultant rheumatologist in County Galway who are actually from County Mayo; and the average waiting list time to get an appointment.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the Western Health Board to investigate the information reques...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultant Appointments.

Was asked: if orthopaedic consultants have been appointed to Mayo General Hospital; if interviews have been held; and when the orthopaedic unit at Mayo General Hospital will open.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the Western Health Board to investigate the matter and to repl...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the level of funding given to Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, County Mayo, for the provision of orthopaedic services.More Button

As I stated in my reply to a question on 20 March 2002, I provided a non-capital determination of approximately €650 million to the Western Health Board in 2002. As part of this allocation I provided...More Button

Was asked: the timeframe intended for the commencement of orthopaedic services at Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, County Mayo.More Button

The question of developing orthopaedic services at Mayo General Hospital is a matter for the Western Health Board. Accordingly, my Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to prov...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Meath had to ensure that correct medication was provided, from stocks which they had at home, whilst this person was being treated in James Connolly Me...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Meath rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the boa...More Button

Written Answers. - Task Force on Medical Staffing.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on reports in a publication (details supplied) that the future of the task force on medical staffing is under threat after only one meeting of the body, following a major r...More Button

I understand that the work of the national task force on medical staffing is proceeding normally and that each body represented on the task force, including the Irish Medical Organisation, is particip...More Button

Was asked: if he will instruct the newly formed task force on medical staffing to deal with the urgent issue of general practitioner manpower planning in addition to hospital staffing.More Button

The document, Primary Care, A New Direction, published as part of the health strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System for You, indicates that a needs assessment of the composition and number o...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: to make a statement on a situation where western neurosurgery campaigners have expressed their concern that the ?4 million offered by an Irish-American group for equipment will be lost if the Governme...More Button

I acknowledge the need to expand neurosurgical capacity. One of the key questions is whether further development should occur at the current national centre in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin or at some oth...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: the stockpile of smallpox vaccine available here.More Button

There are 600,000 units of smallpox vaccine available for use in the event of a confirmed case of the disease. It is accepted that smallpox vaccines can be diluted by a factor of five or six and still...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if he will consider a suggestion by a person (details supplied) that a national cervical and breast screening programme could be delivered simultaneously from the same centres and this would increase ...More Button

Given the different policies regarding breast screening and cervical screening it is not considered feasible for both services to be delivered simultaneously at the same centres. For example, breast s...More Button

Was asked: when the national BreastCheck programme will be extended to the Southern Health Board area, in view of the fact that it is now two years since the pilot project was initiated.More Button

BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme, commenced in March 2000 with phase one of the programme covering the Eastern Regional Health Authority, Midland Health Board and North-Eastern Hea...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: his plans for the development of buildings and services at the Millbrook Health Centre, St. Dominic's Road, Tallaght; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of health centres and health services, including the prioritisation, planning and development of such centres and services to meet the needs of local communities within its functional ar...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Legal Fees.

Was asked: the amount paid in legal fees by his Department in 1999, 2000, 2001 and to date in 2002; to whom payment was made; and the amount of payment in each case.More Button

The amounts paid by my Department in the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and to date in 2002 in respect of legal fees and settlements are as follows: Payments in 1999More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Support Services.

Was asked: if he has raised the issue of the over-running of western EU health systems by people from Third World countries; if he has agreed a policy and health strategy on this; if his attention has been drawn...More Button

The organisation and delivery of health care services in the EU is the responsibility of each member state. I am not aware of an over-running of western EU health systems by people from Third World co...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Ambulance Service.

Was asked: the operational running costs for the operation of helicopter emergency medical support, as apply in other EU countries, on an annual basis; the extent and category of personnel involved in such opera...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is currently not available in my Department. However, the Deputy will be aware that one of the working groups established under the Good Friday Agreement to exa...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: his proposals to develop a major strategy to address the chronic deficiencies in the provision of neurology services which was highlighted in a report (details supplied).More Button

The report referred to by the Deputy, which I recently launched, was published by the Neurological Alliance and is the third and final report in their Standards of Care series. This series of publicat...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychiatric Services.

Was asked: his proposals to prepare a national strategy for psychiatry in view of comments made by a person (details supplied) that such a strategy would help to focus available health resources into the service...More Button

The recently published health strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System for You, includes a commitment to prepare a national policy framework for the further modernisation of the mental health ...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 is entitled to an MMR booster vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Booster immunisations are available under the childhood immunisation programme and are provided free of charge by the relevant health board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: if he or his Department has had meetings or any involvement in the assessment of the ?20 million development plan for Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital; and if he has imposed limits on the capital spending...More Button

Responsibility for progressing capital development proposals in the Dublin area is in the first instance a matter for agreement between the Eastern Regional Health Authority and each hospital or healt...More Button

Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the outcome of the referendum on the Twenty-Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.More Button

While I am disappointed at the outcome of the referendum, I do of course accept fully the democratic wishes of the people. The matter will be one for consideration by the incoming Government.More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the steps taken to engage a language therapist for Scoil Chiaráin, St. Canice's Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to children with an intellectual disability in the Dublin area is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked t...More Button

Written Answers. - Emergency Medical Services.

Was asked: if he will approve a helicopter emergency medical service for the western region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that under the Good Friday Agreement a number of areas were identified where North-South co-operation might be developed or enhanced. One of the working groups established to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: the number of heroin addicts in each of the years from 1997 to 2001 and to date in 2002; the locations of these addicts; the number currently attending treatment centres; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The covert nature of drug misuse means that it is difficult to know the number of people misusing drugs. Various estimates of the number of opiate misusers have been made and these range from 6,500 to...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the numbers on the waiting list for hip operations and other orthopaedic procedures at Tullamore General Hospital; and the numbers waiting up to three months, three to six months, six to nine months, ...More Button

Was asked: the numbers on the waiting list for ear nose and throat treatment at Tullamore General Hospital; the numbers waiting up to three months, three to six months, six to nine months, nine months to a year ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 304 and 305 together. The hospital in-patient waiting times and the numbers on waiting lists as at 31 December 2001 at Tullamore General Hospital, in the format collec...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for an operation in view of the fact that this person is in constant pain, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and his condition could not ...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: if his Department will expedite treatment for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who is waiting for a place in St. Patrick's Assessment Centre, Cashel, County Tipperary; and if he will mak...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: if he will implement the recommendations of the Bacon Report which examined the situation regarding speech and language therapists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In response to my concern regarding severe shortages of qualified therapy personnel, including speech and language therapists, that are seriously affecting the provision of key therapy services nation...More Button

Written Answers. - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to reports of abuse of the elderly; the steps he has taken to address the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22, who has been on the waiting list for six years, will be provided with orthodontic treatment.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in Dublin 22 rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Was asked: when orthodontic treatment will be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 who has been on the list for treatment for five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in Dublin 22 rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: if his Department will approve the provision of a cancer radiotherapy unit and support staff based in Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I established an expert working group on radiotherapy services to examine the appropriate further development of radiotherapy services. The provision of additional services for...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the plans for a new unit for psychiatric services in St. Conal's Hospital, Letterkenny; the planned schedule for its construction; the plans to close or transfer the admission unit attached to Letterk...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of this service rests with the North-Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by the Depu...More Button

Was asked: the revenue and capital funding allocated to Monaghan General Hospital in each of the years from 1994 to 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the funding of services at Monaghan General Hospital rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the North-Eastern ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 will be given an appointment for an ECHO test.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in providing an occupational therapist's report in relation to an application for a disabled person's grant for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if the appl...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: if his Department will arrange care for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if their general practitioner request for this type of care for this person will be examined immediately.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if an application for a medi cal card for persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny can be expedited.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of a medical card in this case rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter rai...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be called for orthodontic treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in County Kerry rests with the Southern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to investigate t...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: his proposals to establish a pre-employment consultancy service similar to that established by DHSSPS in Northern Ireland which has responsibility for approving the suitability of persons wishing to w...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Care.

Was asked: the number of personal assistants employed to assist independent living in the community in each community care area in each health board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collected by my Department. Therefore, my Department has asked the chief executive officers of the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the he...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the progress which has been made since his visit to Monaghan in addressing the needs of the general hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware when I visited Monaghan General Hospital recently I met hospital management and staff and representatives of local groups. I was happy to be in a position to allay any concerns ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will consider the inclusion of polio in the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Persons suffering from any of the following conditions, who are not already medical card holders, may obtain without charge drugs and medicines for the treatment of that condition under the long-term...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to be called for treatment in Monaghan General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore asked the chief executive officer of the b...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to be called for a hip operation in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore asked the chief executive officer of the b...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to be called for an operation in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the ...More Button

Was asked: when a person in County Monaghan can expect to be called for an operation in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to be called for treatment in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore asked the chief executive officer of the b...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to be called for an operation in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore asked the chief executive officer of the b...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to be called for an operation in Our Lady's Hospital, Navan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Louth rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore asked the chief executive officer of the boar...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding waiting lists at the orthopaedic unit, Our Lady's Hospital, Navan; if the unit will be closed in summer 2002 in spite of the fact that it has already been closed for a period i...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services, including orthopaedic services, at Our Lady's Hospital, Navan, rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore asked the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if he will review the allocation of sheltered accommodation for mentally ill homeless people, given that this is almost impossible to access; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the large...More Button

I am aware that the homeless are a high risk group in relation to a number of health conditions, including mental illness. The main difficulty in relation to adult homelessness has been in the Dublin...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if a home help can be put in place immediately for persons (details supplied) in County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Alternative Medicines.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) can be granted financial assistance to cover the cost of chiropractic treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At present the costs of alternative medicines and therapies such as chiropractic treatment are not allowed under the medical card scheme and I do not have any plans at present to further extend medica...More Button


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