Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 9 October 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 554 No. 5

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Adjournment Debate. - Hospital Services.

I thank Deputies Crawford and Connolly for their contributions. The fundamental responsibility for the provision of services at Monaghan General Hospital rests with the North-Eastern Health Board as i...More Button

There was a proposal on the table which may not have given everybody what they wanted but it would certainly have brought back 70% of the surgical activity to the hospital straight away if it was acce...More Button

I do not see why it cannot be used with a bit of common sense all around if people come out of their entrenched positions. The main projects completed included the refurbishment of the female medical ...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Road Traffic Offences.

I thank Deputy Upton for raising the issue and I will give the reply on behalf of the Minister for Transport, Deputy Brennan. It gives me the opportunity to state in the House the Government's commitm...More Button

Written Answers. - Tribunals of Inquiry.

Was asked: if he will report on the findings of the review by the Attorney General of the impact of the Abbeylara judgment and on possible future inquiries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he expects the chairperson of the post mortem inquiry to present her report, as outlined in the terms of reference; the rationale behind the confidentiality undertaking which relatives are being ...More Button

Was asked: the rationale behind the confidentiality undertaking which relatives are being asked to sign with regard to the post mortem inquiry; and if those who refuse to sign any such undertaking will be exclud...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 888, 905 and 943 together. The work of the post mortem inquiry commenced in March 2001 under the chairmanship of Ms Anne Dunne, SC. It was envisaged at that time that ...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: his views on whether it is acceptable that children attending special schools are left without any speech and language therapy services; his plans to address this problem; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Additional funding has been made available annually in recent years to the health boards in respect of the provision of health-related support services, including speech and language therapy services,...More Button

Was asked: when the full complement of speech therapists will be appointed to St. Mark's junior school, Springfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Motor Neurone Disease.

Was asked: the level of funding being given to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association; and his plans to increase this level of funding as requested by the association.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: his plans to improve facilities in a hospital (details supplied) in view of the fact that additional places are urgently required for the prison service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to improve or rebuild a hospital (details supplied) to improve facilities for its patients, in view of the fact that his Department gave an undertaking two years ago to have this hospital re...More Button

Written Answers. - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: his views on the concerns expressed by members of the public at the denial of access to vitamins and herbal treatments due to restrictions applied by the Irish Medicines Board.More Button

Was asked: if he will allow natural healthcare products continue to be used without a prescription; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 893 and 926 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: his policy in regard to the systematic testing of children who have given indications of autistic tendencies for mineral imbalances in their systems, which could, if remedied, inhibit the development ...More Button

There is no universally accepted policy for screening children with autism for a variety of hypothetical disorders. The quality standards sub-committee of the American Academy of Neurology – approved...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Responsibilities.

Was asked: the statutory powers devolved to the Ministers of State at his Department.More Button

Delegation of ministerial functions orders are being prepared at present and will go to Government in the next two weeks. These orders will devolve the statutory powers for child care services to the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if he will intervene in a situation where the daughter of a person (details supplied) in County Cork has applied for a nursing home subvention and has been told that she will have to wait for about a ...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 –€114.3...More Button

Written Answers. - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the prominent report, now overdue, on the need for an all-Ireland helicopter emergency medical service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the consultants appointed to evaluate the helicopter emergency medical service will report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 897 and 1132 together. My Department and the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety have commissioned a feasibility study and report ...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if funding will be made available to purchase a house to facilitate the pre-school and crèche which are present located at Roseville House which has to be demolished to make way for the construction o...More Button

I am pleased that my Department has recently given funding approval to the Southern Health Board for the purchase of the house in question. The Valuation Office has been asked to value the property an...More Button

Written Answers. - Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: the amount of the treatment purchase fund which is being allocated to the East Coast Area Health Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Arising from the health strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System For You, one of the key actions for dealing with the public hospital waiting lists was the establishment of the national treatm...More Button

Written Answers. - Mental Handicap Services.

Was asked: if he will assist Down Syndrome Ireland with funding for future projects; and if his attention has been drawn to the valuable work done by this organisation for children and adults with Down Syndrome.More Button

I am aware of the excellent work undertaken by Down Syndrome Ireland. I met with representatives from the association in April 2002. A further meeting recently took place with a senior official from m...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will assist the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland in its efforts for a transplant unit in Dublin; and if this service will be provided urgently.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a heart and lung transplant facility here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he expects that the first lung transplant operation can be scheduled here.More Button

Was asked: the amount it will cost to establish a lung transplant unit here; the details of any feasibility reports or studies carried out on the possibility of setting up such a unit; the plans the Government h...More Button

Was asked: when a lung transplant unit will be established here; and the progress which has been made since the last question placed on this topic earlier in 2002.More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure the establishment of a heart and lung transplant unit at the Mater Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 902, 924, 996, 997, 999 and 1149 together. The provision of a lung transplant unit at the Mater Hospital forms part of a major capital development approved for the hos...More Button

Written Answers. - Learning Disabilities.

Was asked: if residential places for the learning disability sector in St. Michael's House fell from 71 in 2001 to 11 in 2002.More Button

Additional funding amounting to €19.82 million was allocated to the Eastern Regional Health Authority in 2001 for the enhancement of a range of services for persons with an intellectual disability and...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he will consider creating a post of assistant psychologist to improve the services for children and adults with a disability.More Button

On foot of a recommendation contained in the report of the joint review group on psychological services in the health services, published in March 2002, the Health Services Employers Agency has undert...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: when he plans to implement the recommendations of the report of the joint review group on psychological services in the health services.More Button

Was asked: when he plans to implement the recommendations of the report of the joint review group on psychological services in the health sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 906 and 914 together. The report of the joint review group on psychological services in the health services was published in March 2002. I understand that following a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Disability Allowances.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 will be assisted in their efforts to get adequate financial assistance and tax allowances with their disability; and if the local health auth orities will co...More Button

Written Answers. - Suicide Incidence.

Was asked: the number of deaths by suicide per 100,000 of the population for each year from 1997 to 2001 inclusive.More Button

Was asked: the number of deaths from suicide by age group for each year from 1997 to 2001 inclusive.More Button

Was asked: the number of deaths by suicide by health board area and county for each year from 1997 to 2001 inclusive.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 908 to 910, inclusive, together. The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the following tables: Table 1 Deaths from Suicide: Crude Death Rates per 100,0...More Button

Written Answers. - General Practitioner Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the dramatic reduction in doctors taking up general practitioner practice; his plans to counteract this major problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Demand for places on the general practice training scheme for 2002 once again exceeded the number of places available. A total of 192 applications were received for 79 places. This indicates that gene...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that families who are medical card holders cannot get a general practitioner to include them on their lists; the action he intends to take to rectify this s...More Button

The GMS contract, which is signed by all participating general practitioners, allows the relevant health board to assign an eligible person to be included on the list of a participating medical practi...More Button

Was asked: if an application by a person (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 raise...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the decision taken by the South-Eastern Health Board not to renew the medical card of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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 raise...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the role the mammography unit, which is currently located in a specially prepared room in Cavan General Hospital, will have in relation to future mammography services at Cavan Hospital.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, responsibility for the provision of services at Cavan General Hospital is a matter for the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the Chief Executive Off...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Services.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 133 of 6 February 2002, he will outline the progress which has been made in the case.More Button

Further to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 133 of 6 February 2002, my Department has made further inquiries with the South-Eastern Health Board in relation to this case. I understand that the b...More Button

Written Answers. - Respite Care Services.

Was asked: the arrangements being put in place to provide respite care in the Carlow area; and if an application for funding for such a project by the Holy Angels Day Care Centre is being considered.More Button

Decisions in relation to the precise details of the services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism to be put in place from any additional funding which may be provided by my...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: the reasons for the unacceptable delay in providing a wheelchair for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if a medical card will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow.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 ra...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he will make the necessary funds available to the Western Health Board to enable the Brothers of Charity to maintain the level of services they supply to people of intellectual and physical disabil...More Button

Was asked: the reason the services provided by the Brothers of Charity, Galway, which was funded from the Western Health Board, are not adequately financed; and if he will make more funds available for these ser...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 921 and 922 together. Additional funding amounting to €635,000 was provided for the Brothers of Charity Services in the Western region over the last two years to speci...More Button

Written Answers. - Tobacco Products

Was asked: when he will be signing the commencement order for the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002, in respect to the parts of the Act dealing with the sale and display of tobacco products in retail grocery out...More Button

The Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002 (No. 6 of 2002) was signed into law by the President on 27 March 2002. Part 2 of the Act, which provides for the establishment of the Office of Tobacco Control on...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if manual lymphatic drainage-combined decongestive therapy will be provided to medical card holders; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: where manual lymphatic drainage combined decongestive therapy services are provided here for the treatment of lymphoedema; if there is a clinic in St. James's Hospital, Dublin which can be availed of ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 925 and 1177 together. The GMS scheme is a treatment based scheme which provides a range of services free of charge to medical card holders. In instances where, as par...More Button

Written Answers. - Eating Disorders.

Was asked: if he will consider introduc ing measures to help prevent eating disorders, including preventative programmes in schools and public information measures such as an eating distress awareness week, in o...More Button

The Department of Health and Children recognises the importance of introducing measures to prevent eating disorders. In relation to public information measures, the health promotion unit of my Departm...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if a place can be secured for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 before September 2002.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Dublin region rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has t...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Care Workers.

Was asked: the number of professionally qualified social workers employed by health boards and voluntary organisations who are caring for children, the mentally ill, the disabled and the elderly; and if he will ...More Button

The number of professionally qualified social workers employed in the health service in health boards, voluntary hospitals and the intellectual disability sector are as follows. Information is not col...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Services.

Was asked: when the report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for the year ended 31 December 2001 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the work programme of the Mental Health Commission for 2002-2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the misplacement of people with learning disabilities will be phased out; the targets of each health board to have people placed in accommodation more appropriate to their needs; and if he will m...More Button

I am assuming that the Deputy is referring to the programme to transfer persons with an intellectual disability or autism from psychiatric hospitals to more appropriate care settings which is an integ...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Services Inspectorate.

Was asked: if he will make a comprehensive review of the success of the independent Social Services Inspectorate's work; his views on the lessons which have been learned; his plans to extend its work to all chil...More Button

The Social Services Inspectorate was established in April 1999, initially on an administrative basis but it is proposed to establish it on a statutory basis. The main function of the inspectorate is t...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Insurance Costs.

Was asked: his views, in detail, on correspondence (details supplied); and his further views on whether the 53% increase over five years is totally unjustified.More Button

The position is that the setting of premium charges is the responsibility of the VHI board. The legislation requires the board to set premiums at a level sufficient to cover costs and make allowance f...More Button

Was asked: if he is considering preparing the VHI for privatisation; and if he has con sidered the implications for the 1.5 million subscribers.More Button

The White Paper on Private Health Insurance, published in 1999, set out the Government's proposals regarding the corporate status of the Voluntary Health Insurance Board. The White Paper provided for ...More Button

Written Answers. - Radiotherapy Services.

Was asked: if he has received a report from the review group in respect of the provision of radiotherapy services; when such a service will be established at Waterford Regional Hospital; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: when he intends to publish the report of the expert group on the development of radiotherapy services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a radiotherapy unit in the south east; if the report which was being prepared some time ago is now complete; if the report draws any conclusions relative to the location of such uni...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 936, 1082 and 1154 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if it is official Government policy to penalise sick persons for using the health services; and his views on whether there is a need for urgently needed investment in the health services.More Button

Currently, there is a statutory charge of €40 for attendance at accident and emergency departments. This charge is levied only on persons who attend accident and emergency departments without a referr...More Button

Written Answers. - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some general practitioners in the Dublin area are now operating, in effect, a two tier system for medical card holders over 70 years and discriminating...More Button

I have not been made aware of any doctor operating any form of two tier system for medical card holders over 70. However, any attempt to operate such a system would be at variance with the principles ...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he will examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if this person will receive the help of a personal assistant.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Funding.

Was asked: the position regarding the ?2 million he promised for the orthopaedic hospital in Clontarf before the general election; and his views on whether this ?2 million extension project might now fail to hap...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital, Clontarf, Dublin 3, could save the State ?19 million per year, if he granted the finance to fund the planned ext...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 940 and 1020 together. As the Deputy is aware services at the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital, Clontarf are provided under an arrangement with the Eastern Regional H...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for the Elderly.

Was asked: the concrete proposals he has received for the elderly of the areas of Dublin 3, 5 and 9; and the practical measures he has to assist people in these areas.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services for the elderly in the areas of Dublin 3, 5 and 9 rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority in the first instance. I am advised by the authority tha...More Button

Written Answers. - Family Support Services.

Was asked: if he will consider the empanelling of a child death review committee to examine the circumstances surrounding child deaths resulting from violent assaults, with a view to making recommendations for p...More Button

An issue which has received considerable publicity recently is the deaths of children in circumstances of huge family turmoil, where separation seems to be one of a number of distressing factors. At t...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: the proposals his Department intends to introduce in view of the controversy and growing anxiety surrounding MMR injections and its possible links to autism and bowel disease; and if this includes the...More Button

MMR vaccine is available under the childhood immunisation programme and I have no plans to introduce any change to the programme in relation to this vaccine. The childhood immunisation programme provi...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if he will assist the parent of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick with a specific speech and learning disorder.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Limerick region rests with the Mid- Western Health Board. My Department has therefo...More Button

Written Answers. - Diabetes Services.

Was asked: if he will support the 200,000 people with diabetes here by implementing the action plan for implementation of the St. Vincent declaration diabetes care; and his plans to commence this excellent docum...More Button

Following receipt of the report, Diabetes: Securing the Future earlier this year, a meeting was arranged between officials of my Department and the Diabetes Federation of Ireland. That meeting took pl...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if he will assist a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 who is on a long-term waiting list.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. I have had inquiries made of the authority and I hav...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether it is good enough for a person (details supplied) to have to wait for an ENT appointment until 25 February, 2004; and the reason neither his Department or the relevant health boar...More Button

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

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: if he supports a situation where an applicant for a disabled person's grant has to wait almost a year for their application to be processed due to a nine month wait for the occupational therapy sectio...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Health.

Was asked: his views regarding the public health aspects of a dance performance brought to his attention by a letter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Correspondence from the person referred to by the Deputy was forwarded by my Department to the Eastern Regional Health Authority for attention and for whatever action, if any, considered necessary. My...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when orthodontic treatment will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who is in considerable pain at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in County Kildare rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has asked the regional chief executive t...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultant Appointments.

Was asked: his views on the recommendations made by the Council for Children's Hospital Care for new ENT consultant appoint ments in view of the need for additional ENT resources at the children's hospitals in D...More Button

Services for eligible patients at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Temple Street Children's Hospital and The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin Incorporating the National Children's Ho...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the number of primary school children awaiting speech therapy in County Wicklow; the average waiting period for therapy to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of secondary school children awaiting speech therapy in County Wicklow; the average waiting time for therapy to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of adults awaiting speech therapy in County Wicklow; the average waiting period for therapy to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: if hospitals dispose of crutches and walking aids after one use only; his views on whether this is value for money, in view of the fact each item costs in the region of ?40; if he will investigate oth...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collected by my Department and is an issue for management at health board level. Accordingly, my Department has asked the chief executive offic...More Button

Was asked: the total cost per annum for the purchase of walking aids and crutches; his plans to only purchase reusable equipment; 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 and is an issue for management at health board level. Accordingly, my Department has asked the chief executive offic...More Button

Was asked: if adequate equipment and medical appliances for physiotherapy purposes will be made available at a centre (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The provision of physiotherapy services, and any matters relating to such provision, within its functional area, is a matter for the relevant health board or the Eastern Regional Health Authority, ERH...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 225 of 26 June 2002, he will introduce legislation to clarify the position regarding eligibility and entitlement to the nursing home subvention; and if he wil...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Ombudsman, in his report on the nursing home subvention scheme, asserted that, under the Health Act, 1970, any person in need of nursing home care has a statutory entitleme...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Was asked: if he has received documentation from the Irish Medical Organisation in relation to its concerns regarding the EU directive which will restrict doctors', rights to move freely and work within the EU; ...More Button

Was asked: if he will seek the amendment of the EU Commission proposed directive, COM (2002) 119 final, in line with the concerns expressed by the IMO and other European doctor organisations.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Irish Medical Organisation has expressed many doubts and reservations about the proposed directive COM (2002) 119 final; if he agrees with the view...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 960, 1017 and 1048 together. I am aware of the EU Commission's proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the recognition of professional q...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the progress made to date in advancing the proposed paediatric accident and emergency unit at St. Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, County Dublin; and if he will make a commitment on the provision...More Button

I would like to inform the Deputy that approval has issued under the national development plan for a programme of capital works at St. Columcille's Hospital. This programme of work includes an extensi...More Button

Written Answers. - Financial Assistance.

Was asked: if he will consider assistance towards modification costs of guardianship responsibilities in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has two of their late sisters' children; and ...More Button

Responsibility in relation to the matter referred to by the Deputy rests with the South Western Area Health Board. I understand from the Eastern Regional Health Authority that the matter is currently ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will investigate the case where a person (details supplied) in County Cork was refused renewal of their medical card, and where this person is a severe diabetic with many diabetic related illnes...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of a medical card in this case rests with the Southern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by ...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

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

Responsibility for the administration of the special housing aid scheme for the elderly in Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date he was placed on the waiting list; and the current placement number of this person on the list.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the position regarding the public-private partnership for the community hospital-nursing unit for Ballinrobe, County Mayo; if the site purchase has been finalised; if this has been included in the Wes...More Button

In July of this year, I announced my Department's plans to pilot a public private partnership initiative in the health sector which will initially focus mainly on the provision of community nursing un...More Button

Written Answers. - GMS Scheme.

Was asked: the payments made to each doctor under the GMS scheme for 2001; when this information will be made available; and the nature of the information not being given.More Button

On 17 September 2002, I sent the Deputy details of payments made to doctors participating in the GMS scheme during 2001 and of the health boards with which they held a GMS contract. Details of the add...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Assessment.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was medically assessed in Galway on 11 July 2002, in view of the number of his prior appointments that were cancelled; and the reason the Western Health B...More Button

The provision of services to the person named in County Mayo is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. I understand from the board that a reply to a previous question on this matter has been ...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Care Assistants.

Was asked: the number of health care assistants who have been trained; and the number who have trained in the GMIT, Castlebar, County Mayo.More Button

In line with recommendation 4:55 of the Commission on Nursing a national pilot programme for the formal training of health care assistants commenced in November 2001 and was successfully completed in ...More Button

The number of health care assistants employed by the health boards nationwide and by the Western Health Board are as set out in the following tabular statement. These are broken down into the followin...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; and the position this person is placed on the list.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to the person concerned rests with the Western Health Board in the first instance. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to the Cappagh Hospital for a hip operation.More Button

The provision of medical services in the case of the person named from County Mayo is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board t...More Button

Written Answers. - Ophthalmic Service.

Was asked: when the fee of ?27 for new lenses of glasses for pensioners, now in operation by the Western Health Board, was first introduced; if all other health boards or regional authorities charge similar fees...More Button

The ophthalmic service schemes operated by the health boards entitle all adult medical card holders to sight tests and appliances, where appropriate, free of charge. I have been advised by the Western...More Button

Written Answers. - General Practitioner Co-operatives.

Was asked: the reason the development of general practitioner co-operatives in Cork city and county are in a state of limbo despite the fact that all details of plans and costings have been submitted to his Depa...More Button

Applications for funding for general practitioner out of hours co-operatives are made to my Department by the health boards in the context of their overall service plans for a given year. A total of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Practitioners Regulations.

Was asked: the reason for the long delay between the date of enactment of the emergency amendment to the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act, 2002 in May 2002 and the introduction of regulations arising from t...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the position regarding the implementation of legislation on the rules for non-EU doctors applying for full registration; and the discussions he has had with the Medical ...More Button

The Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act, 2002, was enacted on 1 May 2002. This Act required the Medical Council to draft new rules governing applications for full registration on the general registe...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the situation where women who have smear tests can wait anything between four and five months to have the results of that test made known to them while at the same time,...More Button

I am concerned by the long delays experienced by some women waiting for a routine smear test result. I am advised that current waiting times for such results vary depending on the laboratory and can r...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will commence treatment in St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the provision of services to individual patients is a matter for the health board in which the individual resides. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to St. Luke's for the commencement of treatment.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the provision of services to individual patients is a matter for the health board in which the individual resides. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer...More Button

Written Answers. - Youth Projects.

Was asked: if funding will be provided to the Western Health Board to establish a neighbourhood youth project in Monksland, Athlone, County Roscommon in line with its service plan commitment; and if he will make...More Button

I understand from the Western Health Board that, in preparation for the full implementation of the Children Act, 2002, additional community support services for young people between the ages of 11 and...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will be called for a hip operation.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: the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been on a waiting list for a vascular operation; and when this person will be called for surgery at Mayo General Hospital.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 Services.

Was asked: the amount of funding granted by each health board to the Motor Neuron Disease Association; if his Department has given funding direct to the association; if not, his plans to do so; if an application...More Button

The Motor Neurone Disease Association received funding of £98,999 from the Northern Area Health Board in 2001, as per the association's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2001. The as...More Button

Written Answers. - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: the progress in providing a home for the elderly at St. Canice's Hospital, Kilkenny; if the SEHB has a plan for such a project; if so, the cost of the plan; if the funding is available; and if he will...More Button

The provision of health services in Kilkenny is a matter for the South Eastern Health Board in the first instance. It is understood from the South Eastern Health Board that it is in the process of com...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in providing a hospital bed for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if extra home help can be provided in this case.More Button

The provision of services in the case of the person named from County Kilkenny is the responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in providing an operation for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if this person will be provided with the medical services they require without delay.More Button

The provision of services in the case of the person named from County Kilkenny is the responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Written Answers. - General Practitioner Co-operatives.

Was asked: if he will investigate a complaint made by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 which was submitted to the South Eastern Health Board on 22 June 2002 raising questions regarding the Caredoc service...More Button

The complaint referred to by the Deputy has been thoroughly investigated by the South Eastern Health Board which has issued a detailed response to the complainant. I have been advised by the health bo...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if he will grant home help to persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if the application can be expedited.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Kilkenny area rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the mat...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Services.

Was asked: if arrangements can be made to provide the services of a chiropodist to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if special footwear will be provided; and if he will make a statement outlining ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of chiropody services to the person concerned rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if a medical card will be issued to persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny for their son; and if the SEHB will meet the applicants and consider the medical reports relative to their son.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 raise...More Button

Written Answers. - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if he has released funding to health boards in order to provide free incontinence wear for medical card patients in private nursing homes, in accordance with a Government decision made more than one a...More Button

My Department is in ongoing contact with the ERHA and the health boards in relation to the funding of services generally, including the provision of incontinence wear to medical card holders in privat...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when his Department will release funding to the Mid-Western Health Board to open the 17 new beds in the Regional Orthopaedic Hospital, Croom, County Limerick which were included in his announcement of...More Button

Was asked: when a ward at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, Limerick, which has been closed since the early 1990's, will be re-opened; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 991 and 1054 together. On 16 January 2002 I approved proposals to provide an additional 78 acute hospital beds in the Mid-Western Health Board area, including 17 new b...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Services Investment.

Was asked: if he will send guidelines to health boards on priorities for cost cutting; his views on whether spending on items such as in-house magazines, for example the Eastern Regional Health Authority Times, ...More Button

This year, investment in our health services is almost €8.2 billion, an increase of more than €1.1 billion over 2001 and an overall increase of nearly €4.7 billion or 134% since 1997.More Button

Written Answers. - Cross-Border Health Services.

Was asked: the proposals there are to increase cross-Border co-operation in the provision of health services, particularly in view of the review of services in the North and the proposed developments under the n...More Button

The North/South Regional Hospital Services Group, NSRHSG, was established on foot of the Good Friday Agreement. The group has identified two broad areas of co-operation: local cross-Border collaborati...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the number of people currently placed on waiting lists for assessment or treatment for orthodontics in the Western Health Board area; the current length of time a person must spend on each list before...More Button

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that I have taken a number of measures to improve orthodontic services on a national basis, including those services provided in the Western Health Board area. The gr...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date they were placed on the waiting list; and the current position of this person on the list.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Lung Transplant Waiting List.

Was asked: the number of people currently waiting on lung transplants; and the number of people who died from fatal lung disease since July 1997, giving details on a yearly basis.More Button

Pending the establishment of lung transplantation in this country, an agreement is in place with the Freeman Hospital in the UK for the treatment of Irish patients. My Department is advised by the Mat...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will make funding available to provide an operation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if his Department will contact a person (details supplied) at Waterford Reg...More Button

The provision of services in the case of the person named from County Kilkenny is the responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Was asked: if an appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny can be expedited; and his views on the delay in providing this procedure in view of the urgency of this case.More Button

The provision of services in the case of the person named from County Kilkenny is the responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Was asked: the reasons a case (details supplied) deemed to be urgent by a consultant and general practitioner has to date not been dealt with by Tallaght Hospital; if a video telemetry will be arranged for the p...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services for persons living in County Kilkenny rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if home help can be arranged in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Kilkenny area rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the ma...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in providing an operation for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the reason this person was told by Tallaght Hospital that it would take over one year for the op...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services for persons living in County Kilkenny rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Written Answers. - Occupational Therapy Service.

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in providing an occupational therapist report in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if there is a waiting list of nine to 12 months in the SEHB area ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Kilkenny area rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the mat...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if home help will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if this person's application can be expedited; and his views on the delay in dealing with this issue.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Kilkenny area rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the mat...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be offered hip replacement surgery in view of the fact that this person is in considerable pain and is in urgent need of same; and if he will ma...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services to persons living in County Kildare rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the regional chief executive...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon has not been called for an MRI scan and lumbar puncture at Temple Street Hospital, Dublin even though they were put on the waiting list in Ju...More Button

The provision of medical services in the case of the person named from County Roscommon is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the bo...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to provide full speech therapy for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the services which are available to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who attended the special language unit, Presentation Convent, Kilkenny, for two years and now requires ongoing, one-t...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Services.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on correspondence from persons (details supplied) in County Sligo.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the provision of services to individual patients is a matter for the health board in which the individual resides. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Dental Service.

Was asked: the reason the free dental service for children aged 12 to 16 years in the Western Health Board area has been suspended; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if free dental service is still available in all health board regions and authority areas for children aged from 12 to 16 years, whose parents hold medical cards.More Button

Was asked: if he will address the current anomaly in the dental care schemes whereby a child between the age of 13 and 16 is not eligible for free dental treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there are dental services available for children aged between 12 and 16 years in the Western Health Board region.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1011, 1012, 1040 and 1065 together. As the Deputy is aware, statutory responsibility for the provision of dental treatment to eligible persons rests with the health bo...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: when persons (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved for a heating grant under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme.More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the special housing aid scheme for the elderly in Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Sligo applied for home help for their children; the plans in place to set up a database for children with attenti...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on correspondence (details supplied) in relation to a person diagnosed with lung cancer.More Button

The provision of health services in the Sligo area 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

Written Answers. - Medical Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be given an appointment to see a urologist.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: the steps his Department has taken to reassure parents and the general public that a situation will not recur whereby more than 4,000 children in the South Western Health Board region may not have rec...More Button

The Bacillus Calmette-Guerin, BCG, vaccine is given by injection to protect against tuberculosis. In early July 2002, I was advised by the Irish Medicines Board, IMB, that a single batch of BCG vaccin...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Schemes.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the significant decline in market sales due mainly to the way funds are distributed under the health board schemes called technical aids and appliances; and if there...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

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

Responsibility for the provision of health services to persons living in County Sligo rests with the North Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the bo...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if a place can be found for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 in a pre-school.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Dublin region rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the difference in waiting lists for Mayo General Hospital for all the procedures to be carried out; the number of people on each list; and the details of the waiting length for assessment and treatmen...More Button

Details of the waiting time for assessment and treatment in each specialty at Mayo General Hospital is not routinely collected by my Department. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive o...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs Payment Scheme.

Was asked: his plans to refund moneys withheld from claimants during the period which the then Minister, Deputy Cowen, had failed to sign the appropriate order; when the appropriate refunds promised to claimants...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding refunds to people in relation to the increase in the drugs refund scheme to ?42 per month; if he has been advised by the Attorney General in relation to this matter; if so, if h...More Button

Was asked: if, in relation to the drugs refund scheme, interest will be added to refunds which are to be paid to people who were overcharged.More Button

Was asked: if the order increasing the amount payable under the refund of drugs scheme, from ?38.09 to ?53.33 per month, will be backdated to 1 July 1999, from 28 January 2001; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: in relation to the drugs refund scheme, his plans to make refunds to individuals who were overcharged for drugs when the thresholds for the scheme were increased without the regulatory requirements be...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1024, 1073, 1075, 1115, and 1141 together. I presume the Deputies are referring to the drugs payment scheme, DPS, introduced on 1 July 1999. The DPS replaced both the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Mayo General Hospital for a surgical procedure.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 a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will be called for a hip operation in Sligo General Hospital in view of the fact that their condition has deteriorated; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services to the individual concerned in this case rests with the North Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if his Department will assist a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath to get a transfer from St. Peters, Castlepollard, County Westmeath, to a service in the Dublin region in order to facilita...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to per sons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Dublin region rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of children on public waiting lists for hospital treatment for more than six months in each of the health board regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of adults on public patient waiting lists for hospital treatment for more than one year in each of the health board regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1028 and 1029 together. The number of adults on public hospital waiting lists for more than 12 months and the number of children on public hospital waiting lists for m...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the reasons a person (details supplied) in County Galway was refused completion of orthodontic treatment after some initial treatment had already been carried out by a consultant orthodontist in Galwa...More Button

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

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if the planning brief for the Tuam Health Campus, incorporating the upgrading of the Tuam Hospital, has been received by his Department; if he will allocate resources to enable detailed design work to...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the new community hospital for Tuam, County Galway; if there are plans available for the new project; and when the building is expected to commence.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1031 and 1039 together. A 150 page project planning brief for Tuam Health Campus was received in my Department yesterday, 8 October. Proposals for a community hospital...More Button

Written Answers. - Primary Care Services.

Was asked: if he has received a proposal from the Western Health Board for the provision of a primary care unit on Western Health Board lands in Tuam, County Galway; the estimated cost of same; the facilities pr...More Button

Earlier this year I established within my Department the primary care task force, whose remit is to drive forward the implementation of the primary care strategy, Primary Care – A New Direction. One o...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Expenditure Cutbacks.

Was asked: if staff reductions in the Western Health Board area will involve a reduction in the number of people providing home help.More Button

Was asked: if he will intervene to find a solution to the difference of opinion between officials in the Western Health Board and officials in his Department regarding the number of staff reductions to be implem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1033 and 1034 together. In mid-July last my Department advised each health board of a range of measures to be taken to ensure that health expenditure in 2002 remained ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person with a mild intellectual disability, working in a hotel for 13 and a half hours per week, has been obliged to receive a letter from their empl...More Button

The responsibility for the provision of medical cards and for all matters relating to the necessary documentation required for an assessment of eligibility for a medical card is, by legislation, a mat...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: the reason residents in long-stay institutions were not given part of the pension increase, money which other pensioners received earlier in 2002 with budget changes; if his attention has been drawn t...More Button

Increases payable under social welfare provisions announced in the last budget were applied to all pensions, irrespective of where the pensioner was living. Charges for long stay care are covered by ...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if an income on the market value of the principal home of an application should be assessed as means for subvention purposes when there is no actual income from the house.More Button

The Second Schedule to the Nursing Homes (Subvention) Regulations, 1993, sets out the general rules for the assessment of means in respect of an application for a nursing home subvention. “Means” for ...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was refused home help.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter ...More Button

Written Answers. - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: if funding will be approved for the development of an ambulance service in the west Roscommon-east Mayo area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of ambulance services in the Roscommon-Mayo region rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Occupational Therapy Service.

Was asked: if he will examine the considerable delays in the provision of occupational therapy at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and if suggested reforms (details supplied) could be made to improve ...More Button

The provision of occupational therapy services to meet the needs of local communities within its functional area is a matter for the relevant health board or the Eastern Regional Health Authority. In ...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Funding.

Was asked: the amount of the allocation in the case of each health board for 2002; the amount, in the case of each health board, of all subsequent allocations for the first six months of 2002, including allocati...More Button

The latest notified adjustment to the health boards allocations was made on 31 July 2002 and resulted in a total increase of €159.439 million to the health boards allocations. The breakdown of this in...More Button

Was asked: the amounts paid to each health board in 2002 out of moneys voted in subhead B5 of his departmental vote; the corresponding amounts for the same period in 2001; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Payments in respect of balances due for years prior to the current year are paid from subhead B5 of the health and children Vote. The amount paid from subhead B5 to each health board in 2002 to date, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he supports the planned downgrading of paediatric services available at the Children's Hospital in Temple Street and the decision that certain paediatric and neo-natal procedures should only be car...More Button

Was asked: his plans to prevent the closure of the major part of the new-born and young infant surgery services in Temple Street Children's Hospital; and if he will direct Comhairle na nOspidéal to change their ...More Button

Was asked: if, in relation to the Review of Paediatric Surgery Services, December 1998 and April 1999, his Department and Comhairle na nOspidéal will withdraw a sentence (details supplied) from the deal; and if ...More Button

Was asked: the specialities which are being moved from Temple Street Hospital to Crumlin Hospital; and if he has satisfied himself that patients who are being treated for spina bifida and hydrocephalus will be a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1046, 1060, 1076 and 1175 together. As the Deputies will be aware, Comhairle na nOspidéal is the statutory body set up under the Health Act, 1970, to regulate the appo...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

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

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo on the urgent waiting list for Beaumont Hospital will be admitted.More Button

The provision of medical services in the case of the person named from County Mayo is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board t...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: when home help hours will be restored to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the number of quotations obtained relative to the mechanical and electrical service provided at St. Joseph's Ward, Kilcreene, Kilkenny; the names of the contractors asked to tender; the final cost of ...More Button

Responsibility for the tendering process for this capital project rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate t...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if a medical card will issue to persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of their medical and financial circumstances.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 raise...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the number of oxygen points and vacuum points provided in St. Joseph's Ward, Kilcreene Hospital, Kilkenny; if this number complies with protocol; the person or company who specified this number in the...More Button

Responsibility for the design of this project rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter raised by ...More Button

Written Answers. - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: the bodies in or under the aegis of his Department which have not to date been made subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 1997; if consideration has been given to making each of these bodies subj...More Button

The bodies under the aegis of my Department that have not to date been made subject to the Freedom of Information Act, FOI, are: The National Cancer Registry The Health Research Board GMS (Payments) B...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if medical card holders are liable for hospital stay charges as it is the understanding of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 11, that these charges should only apply to people who do not have full ...More Button

Under arrangements for public hospital services introduced in 1991, everyone, regardless of income, is entitled to public hospital and public consultant services subject only to modest statutory charg...More Button

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

Responsibility for 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 raised by the Deputy a...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he will examine the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if an appointment can be arranged for this person.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. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an arrears payment of blind welfare allowance.More Button

Was asked: when funding will be provided to the Western Health Board to pay out arrears of the blind welfare allowance scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will review the medical card guidelines in view of the fact that families on farm assist are losing the medical card as this payment is considered an income; and if he will make a statement on t...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. - Hospital Services.

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

The provision of medical services in the case of the person named from County Mayo is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board t...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if his Department will intervene with the Western Health Board on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon and have their medical card reinstated in view of the extenuating medical ci...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of a medical card in this case rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if his Department will intervene on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo and have this person called for a hip operation in view of the fact that their condition has deteriorated; and...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services to persons residing in County Sligo rests with the North-Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the ...More Button

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in arranging an operation for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny at Kilcreens Hospital, Kilkenny; and if his Department will expedite an appointment in this case.More Button

The provision of services in the case of the person named from County Kilkenny is the responsibility of the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Written Answers. - Ophthalmic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a refund for the cost of their glasses.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of ophthalmic services in County Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of that board to investigate the matter ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: when the national cancer screening programme, BreastCheck, will be extended nationwide to the remaining health board areas, in particular the Western Health Board region; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide funding to the Western Health Board for breast screening in County Roscommon; the reason this service is not currently provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1070 and 1181 together. As the Deputies are aware, BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme, commenced in March 2000 with phase one of the programme coveri...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be entitled to a domiciliary care allowance in view of the fact that their child has been diagnosed with dyslexia; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Longford on a medical card has been refused a nursing home subvention for approximately 12 weeks by the Midland H...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Longford area rests with the Midlands Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter r...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs Payment.

Was asked: when the drugs refund scheme was first introduced; the amount payable monthly at that time by individuals who availed of the scheme; the cost to his Department of this scheme on an annual basis since ...More Button

My Department is currently obtaining this information and will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible. Question No. 1075 answered with Question No. 1024. Question No. 1076 answered with Question...More Button

Written Answers. - Mobile Phone Statistics.

Was asked: the number of mobile phones in use by the South-Eastern Health Board in each of the years 2000 to 2002; the number of companies who tendered for the provision of the phone units and service; the last ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collected by my Department and is an issue for management at health board level. Accordingly, my Department has asked the chief executive offic...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the reason the occupational therapist's report relative to an application under the disabled persons grant scheme in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny, did not specify a full ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cannabis Use.

Was asked: his views on calls for legislation on the use of cannabis for medical purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cannabis is a schedule 1 controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Acts, 1977 and 1984. It is also one of the controlled drugs which has been designated for the purposes of section 13 of the Misuse of...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Courses.

Was asked: if there are changes in grant assistance to students attending nursing courses in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The UK Department of Health has notified my Department of a number of changes made to the NHS bursary eligibility rules for overseas applicants to diploma level nursing and midwifery courses. The UK a...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if there is a waiting list for people seeking home help in the Western Health Board area; his views on whether this is reasonable in view of the age of almost all of those home help recipients; and wh...More Button

My Department has made inquiries of the Western Health Board on the matters raised by the Deputy and has been informed that a waiting list does exist in respect of people wishing to avail themselves o...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are 345 people on a residential waiting list at St. Michael's House Ballymun, Dublin 11, and nine of these have parents that are terminally ill; ...More Button

Additional funding has been made available to the Eastern Regional Health Authority in the past two years to put in place more than 240 new residential places for persons with an intellectual disabili...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the future of Temple Street, Children's Hospital (details supplied).More Button

As the Deputies will be aware, Comhairle na nOspidéal is the statutory body set up under the Health Act, 1970, to regulate the appointment of consultant medical staff in hospitals, to specify the qual...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.

Was asked: the numbers of personal assistants, per health board, employed by his Department to provide care and assistance to persons who are wheelchair bound and who previously had the care of persons on commun...More Button

Written Answers. - Ophthalmic Service

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who is the holder of a medical card, had to pay ?40 for an eye test in April 2002; if this person is entitled to get this money back; and if so, t...More Button

The ophthalmic service schemes operated by the health boards entitle all adult medical card holders to sight tests and appliances, where appropriate, free of charge. I have been advised by the Western...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: the reason the home help hours for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo were cut, on review, to ten hours per week given that this person needs the maximum hours of help that are available; and ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cardiac Services.

Was asked: the position with the cardiac unit in Galway; if the construction of the unit has commenced; when cardiac operations in Merlin Park Hospital will commence; and when the recruitment of staff for the un...More Button

The development of cardiac services in Galway is a matter for the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to write directly to the Deputy with the inform...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be given an appointment with a consultant surgeon regarding the trapped nerve in their hand.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. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and the position this person currently holds on that list...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to the person concerned rests with the Western Health Board in the first instance. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: the reason home help was reduced for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who lives alone; the hours this person had been getting prior to the reduction; the hours this person is getting now; an...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: the action he has taken to ensure a comprehensive gene testing regime can be put in place here for breast cancer; if all existing gene testing facilities for this ailment currently take place in Switz...More Button

The National Centre for Medical Genetics based at Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin, was set up in 1995, following the Report of the Department of Health Committee to examine Medical Genetics Services – t...More Button

Written Answers. - Postgraduate Courses.

Was asked: if an application has been submitted to his Department by the Northern Area Health Board in respect of funding for the salaries and fees of students which the board wishes to sponsor on the doctoral p...More Button

In June 2000, in response to the work of the joint review group on psychological services in the health services, which highlighted acute shortages of trained psychology personnel, my Department indic...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be provided with home help.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and this person's current placement number on the list.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to the person concerned rests with the Western Health Board in the first instance. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the facilities which are available for children with speech and language disorders in the Mid-Western Health Board region; the improvements his Department plans to make; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will have work carried out under the essential repairs scheme by the Southern Health Board, who sanctioned the installation of two windows for this pers...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the special housing aid scheme for the elderly in Cork rests with the Southern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of...More Button

Written Answers. - Domestic Violence.

Was asked: when he will publish the report of research carried out for his Department on the incidence of domestic violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if and when he will publish the research which his Department completed in October 2000 into domestic violence perpetrated against men; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason his Department is withholding the publication of a report which they commissioned in March 2000 on the issue of male victims of domestic abuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: if he will publish the report on his Department's research into male victims of domestic violence which was completed in October 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1098, 1107, 1113 and 1214 together. I presume the Deputy refers to the draft report “Men and Domestic Violence: What Research Tells Us” which was commissioned from ext...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if an application for funding has been received from an organisation (details supplied) to enable them to continue their work with male victims of domestic violence; the reason this group has not rece...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the submission to his Department by an organisation (details supplied) for funding, he will give a commitment to support this organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: if funding will be provided to support the services of an organisation (details supplied) to support male victims of domestic violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide resources to assist male victims of violence (details supplied).More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1099, 1103, 1106 and 1178 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Was asked: the proposals within his Department that will change the requirement that public health nurses have midwifery qualifications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the Government's commitment to the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Nursing. The Commission recommended that in “light of s...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Galway for laser eye treatment.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 r...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.

Was asked: the number employed in the office of the appeals officer of the Western Health Board; and the details of their relevant job category.More Button

Was asked: the name of the new appeals officer for the Western Health Board; if this job was advertised; the number of people who applied for same; if the successful applicant had any connection with the health ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1102 and 1104 together. Responsibility for the recruitment of staff lies with the employing agency, in this case the Western Health Board. My Department has therefore ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare can obtain an earlier appointment than 2 May 2003 in James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services to persons residing in Counties Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a medical card was refused to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if his Department will review the case and grant a medical card on medical grounds.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 raise...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in providing treatment for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who was referred through school for orthodontic treatment; if the treatment recommended following x-...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in County Kilkenny rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inves...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the amount of money set aside by his Department for capital development at Waterford Regional Hospital over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The prioritisation and delivery of health capital developments at Waterford Regional Hospital are in the first instance, a matter for the South Eastern Health Board under the national development plan...More Button

Written Answers. - Primary Medical Certificates.

Was asked: the number of primary medical certificates which were issued to people with dwarfism in the South Eastern Health Board area; the reason a certificate was not issued in the case of a person (details su...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if his Department will give urgent financial assistance to the Kildare branch of Enable Ireland with particular reference to the need to provide a purpose built treatment centre of excellence to cater...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be called to Cork University Hospital for a knee replacement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of services in the case of the person named from County Kerry is the responsibility of the Southern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to inve...More Button

Was asked: the number of people who are awaiting cataract surgery nationally; and the numbers in each health board area.More Button

The total number of adults and children on public hospital in-patient waiting lists for ophthalmology procedures, as reported by the health agencies at 31 March 2002, the latest date for which figures...More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Wheelchair Association.

Was asked: if funding has been allocated to the Irish Wheelchair Association to provide respite care units on a site secured by the organisation in Belmullet, County Mayo; and if so, the amount of funding which ...More Button

Written Answers. - Chiropodist Fees.

Was asked: if he will provide records of fees paid to chiropodists by his Department for the past 15 years.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy concerning fees paid to chiropodists is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8, who has applied for a handrail to be installed in their home, will have this necessary aid installed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Dublin rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the authority's chief executive officer to investi g...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and the person's position on the list.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to the person concerned rests with the Western Health Board in the first instance. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: his plans to facilitate medical card holders who are handicapped or who have a lifelong illness to provide a long-term medical card in order that they can avoid the trouble of applying each year to ha...More Button

I have no plans to introduce arrangements along the lines suggested by the Deputy. The proper administration of the GMS scheme requires health boards to carry out periodic reviews of all medical card ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that laser treatment of a patient's eyes which serves to rectify false vision is not currently available to public patients who hold the medical card; if he...More Button

The GMS scheme is a treatment based scheme which provides a range of services to medical card holders. In instances where, as part of a prescribed treatment protocol, referral to specialist services i...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: if he has conducted any review of the adequacy of the services, and in particular occupational therapy, for children with dyspraxia; the findings of any such review in relation to the adequacy of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: his plans to tackle overpricing by pharmacies under the general medical scheme; and if alternative generic medicines can be sourced for use by hospitals.More Button

The price of drugs and medicines, ex-manufacture, in Ireland has been subject to control since 1972 through formal multi-annual agreements with the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, IPHA, f...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and the number this person is currently placed on the lis...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to the person concerned rests with the Western Health Board in the first instance. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if his Department will perform research into the possible side effects of the MMR vaccine to allay the fears of many parents and ensure confidence in the vaccination pro gramme; and if he will make a ...More Button

The Irish Medicines Board, IMB, is responsible for the monitoring and safety of all pharmaceutical products in Ireland. The monitoring of vaccine safety is ensured through clinical trials prior to lic...More Button

Was asked: the number of children who have been revaccinated and those who remain to be vaccinated due to the administration of out of date polio vaccine and an ineffective batch of BCG vaccine; if he will give ...More Button

In early July 2002, I was advised by the Irish Medicines Board, IMB, that a single batch of BCG vaccine, batch number 761641, manufactured by Evans Vaccines Limited was being recalled due to the possi...More Button

Written Answers. - Polio Survivors.

Was asked: the additional measures which he intends to put in place for the survivors of polio who are debilitated by the onset of the late effects of polio; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 226 of 26 June 2002, the reason applicants for subvention under article 82 were treated differently by the Western Health Board regarding arrears due, based o...More Button

Article 8.2 of the Nursing Home (Subvention) Regulations, 1993, allows health boards disregard a sum equivalent to one fifth of the old age non-contributory pension when assessing means and calculatin...More Button

Written Answers. - Long-Term Illness Scheme.

Was asked: if his Department will include the late effects of polio on the long-term illness scheme; if he will ensure that such individuals are eligible regardless of means to a medical card; and if he will mak...More Button

Provision of health services to people with physical and sensory disabilities, including those with post-polio syndrome, is a matter for the health boards. The boards provide a range of support servic...More Button

Written Answers. - Fluoridation Levels.

Was asked: the action he intends to take following the publication of the report on fluoride; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The use of fluoride technology is known to manifest a positive oral health outcome. Local and national surveys and studies conducted since the introduction of fluoridation in this country attest to th...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 564 of 18 June 2002, he has received the relevant information from the health boards; when this information will be made available; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I would like to apologise to the Deputy for the delay in getting the requested information for him. I have asked my officials to ensure that it be forwarded directly to him within the next two days.More Button

Written Answers. - General Register Office.

Was asked: when he intends to introduce legislation to allow for the transfer of the General Register Office to Roscommon town; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Civil Registration Bill, which is currently being drafted, will facilitate the transfer of the General Register Office to Roscommon.More Button

Written Answers. - Funding of NGOs.

Non-governmental organisations may apply to my Department for a grant from the health and children allocation of national lottery funds. The amount allocated to each organisation in 2001, the last ful...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Support Services.

Was asked: if, in line with the Government White Paper Supporting Voluntary Activity, he has appointed a voluntary activity unit responsible for his Department's co-operation with voluntary and community organis...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychology Service.

Was asked: if his Department will immediately restore the clerical support for the AD-HD psychology service in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Mental Handicap Services.

Was asked: the amount of EU money that was granted to Downs Syndrome Ireland and the National Association for the Mentally Handicapped of Ireland over the past 12 months.More Button

My Department has not allocated any EU funding to either of the agencies mentioned by the Deputy in the past 12 months.More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the reason the enhanced nursing home subvention has not been approved for a person (details supplied) in County Cork so that this person can move to a nursing home.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Cork area rests with the Southern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate thi...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason an application made some months ago for a medical card in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny has not been dealt with; if the financial information submitted in 2002 ...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 raise...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if his Department has imposed a restriction on the Midland Health Board in relation to the filling of certain additional posts; if so, the posts in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

In mid-July last my Department advised each health board of a range of measures to be taken to ensure that health spending in 2002, including adjustments approved by Government, remained consistent wi...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the funds allocated in 2002 towards progressing Phase 2B of Mullingar General Hospital; if the amount of those funds has been spent to date; and his plans and projected timeframe for the provision of ...More Button

Approval of the appointment of a design team for the preparation of a development control plan for the whole hospital development was granted in August 2001. As the approval increased the scope of the...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if his Department will arrange extra hours of home help in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny, in view of their age and medical circumstances.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Kilkenny rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate t...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if his Department will examine the file relating to a claim for subvention in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Killkenny to determine the reason the outstanding payment is not being m...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, responsibility for the provision of health services in the Kilkenny area rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive office...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason there is such a delay in paying a motorised transport grant to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if his Department will review their case and issue payment immediately.More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the planned legislation in his Department; the timescale for publishing the legislation; the status of such legislation; the changes proposed by it; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his Department's legislative programme for the remainder of 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1147 and 1194 together. My Department's proposed legislative programme for the remainder of 2002 and beyond is set out in the following schedule: Bills expected to be...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: if he will ensure that speech therapy services are provided to St. Hilda's special school, Athlone and St. Michael's special school, Castlerea; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Athlone region rests with the Midland Health Board and in the Castlerea region rest...More Button

Written Answers. - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: if the necessary funding will be provided to the Eastern Regional Health Authority to meet treatment needs as outlined in the national drugs strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health boards have received significant additional funding for drug treatment and rehabilitation services in recent years. In 2002, the Eastern Regional Health Authority received an additional €5.378 ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cystic Fibrosis Services.

Was asked: his response to the funding needs identified for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for eligible patients at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Temple Street Children's Hospital are provided under an arrangement with the Eastern Regional Health Authority and any proposal to devel...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties in Cavan General Hospital which have resulted in the termination of the out-patient colposcopy clinic, that there is a waiting list of more than one...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services at the acute hospitals referred to by the Deputy rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore requested the chief executive offic...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will receive 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 Dublin 12 rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has asked the regional chief executive to inv...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Entitlement.

Was asked: the entitlements due to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if this person is entitled to some form of pension or once off payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility in this case for granting a pension entitlement or once off payment under the local government superannuation scheme rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefo...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if his Department will grant a medical card to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny on medical grounds as that person is diabetic and requires constant medical attention; and if the applicat...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 raise...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Funding.

Was asked: the reason he has failed to provide any funding for AMEN.More Button

In recent years my Department has made funding available to the organisation AMEN which provides services to male victims of domestic violence. My Department has also funded independent research, in c...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if his Department will ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Sligo is granted the maximum subvention rate in view of their circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Sligo area rests with the North-Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to investiga...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: his plans to enhance facilities in the children's ward of Sligo General Hospital to provide amenities for parents or mothers to stop over to be with a sick child; if he will provide funding for a mini...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in Sligo General Hospital rests with the North-Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to i...More Button

Written Answers. - Birth Certificates.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon has not received their birth certificate from the Western Health Board in view of the fact that it is required for his passport; if he will e...More Button

The administration of the registration system is a matter for An tArd-Chláraitheoir, the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and for local registrars who operate under his general direc...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the reason the vacancy for a speech and language therapist at a school (details provided) in Dublin 24 is not being filled; if it is proposed to make any provision for these services in view of the ac...More Button

The provision of health-related services, including speech and language therapy, is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accordingly, the Dep...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: when persons (details supplied) in County Monaghan who work as home carers with the North-Eastern Health Board can expect to receive their travelling expenses which are due from December 2001; and if ...More Button

Responsibility for the payment of travelling expenses to home carers in this case rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investigat...More Button

Was asked: when persons who work as home carers with the North-Eastern Health Board can expect to receive their holiday payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the payment of holiday entitlements to home carers rests in this case with the North-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer to investiga...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: if there is a designated cancer ward in Waterford Regional Hospital; the number of cancer patients being treated in the south east; the level of funding given to this service in 2000, 2001 and 2003; t...More Button

There are 12 designated beds in Waterford Regional Hospital for haematology and oncology. There is also an area designated as a day ward. The funding allocated specifically for the development of onco...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny was informed some time ago that they would be called for a heart operation in six weeks and now a number of months later they are still on the...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services for persons living in County Kilkenny rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer at the boar...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if all reports of children presenting with chronic anti-social behaviour and associated parental neglect by statutory authorities in 2002 to the South-Eastern Health Board in the Waterford community c...More Button

It is the policy of the South-Eastern Health Board's child care and family services to respond to all referrals to it of children who are in need of care and/or protection under the terms of the Child...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 is being denied a place in Edenmore playgroup Dublin 5, due to the fact that the ?20,000 is not available to the health board.More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken to provide a health centred service for the profoundly disabled children at St. Vincent's Navan Road Day Care Centre, Dublin 7.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concern of parents of children at a centre (details supplied) in Dublin 7; if he has met representatives of the parents association and management; the discussio...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1168 and 1187 together. The policy in relation to the delivery of educational and health related services to children such as those attending St. Vincent's centre is t...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: the hospitals where special ist treatment centres for breast cancer patients have been established; the number of consultants and other specialist staff attached to each unit; the expenditure to date ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the report of the sub-group of the National Cancer Forum, Development of Services for Symptomatic Breast Disease, the O'Higgins report, was published in March 2000 and contains...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the numbers on the waiting list for hip operations in the Midland Health Board area; the numbers waiting up to three months, three to six months, six to nine months, nine to 12 months and over 12 mont...More Button

Details of the waiting times for patients before they are put on in-patient waiting lists in the Midland Health Board are not routinely collected by my Department. Therefore, my Department has asked t...More Button

Was asked: the numbers of adults and children on the waiting list for ear, nose and throat treatment in the Midland Health Board; and the numbers waiting up to three months, three to six months, six to nine mont...More Button

Details of the waiting times for patients before they are put on in-patient waiting lists in the Midland Health Board are not routinely collected by my Department. Therefore, my Department has asked t...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: when he made a decision to end back payment of domiciliary care allowance to the time of diagnosis; his views on the fact that many carers are not aware of their eligibility to claim and as such many ...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: the reason there is such a delay in providing a wheelchair and other aids for the home of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if there is a waiting list for the provision of wheelchairs in...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when rheumatology services will be available to the mid-west regional hospital.More Button

Financial clearance for the appointment of a consultant rheumatologist at Limerick Regional Hospital has been issued to the Mid-Western Health Board by my Department. I understand from the board that ...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been waiting over 12 months to have a shower and windows installed by the Southern Health Board under the essential repairs for the elderly sc...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the special housing aid scheme for the elderly in Cork is a matter for the Southern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive offic...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: when a group (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for national lottery funding submitted in February 2002.More Button

My Department received an application for a grant from the 2002 health and children allocation of national lottery funds on 22 February 2002 from the organisation referred to by the Deputy. As the Dep...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will review an anomaly (details supplied) regarding medical card entitlements.More Button

Responsibility for the determination of eligibility to a medical card is, by legislation, a matter for the chief executive officer of the relevant health board. My Department has written to health boa...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: when arrears of domiciliary care allowance payment will be made in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Domestic and Inter-country Adoptions.

Was asked: the number of applicants in County Kerry awaiting assessment for domestic adoption and inter-country adoption; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been advised by the Southern Health Board that there are currently 19 applications on the waiting list for inter-country adoption assessment and three applications on the waiting list for domes...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if funding will be made available to the Southern Health Board for the provision of enhanced nursing home subvention; if his attention has been drawn to the waiting list and the hardship being experie...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, sections 22.3 and 22.4 of the Nursing Home (Subvention) Regulations, 1993, allow health boards the discretion to contract beds in private nursing homes and to pay more than the...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made by the Southern Health Board on an application for enhanced nursing home subvention for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the nursing home subvention scheme in Kerry is a matter for the Southern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the b...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made by the Southern Health Board on an application for enhanced nursing home subvention for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Responsibility for the administration of the nursing home subvention scheme in Kerry is a matter for the Southern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the b...More Button

Was asked: in view of the Government's decision to give free medical cards to all persons over 70 years of age regardless of their income, the original estimate of the numbers that would qualify for medical card...More Button

The Government decision to extend automatic medical card eligibility to all persons aged 70 and over with effect from 1 July 2000 was announced on budget day in December 2000. The measure was subseque...More Button

Written Answers. - Dental Service.

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

The statutory background governing the entitlement of children to dental treatment under the health board dental service is section 67 of the Health Act, 1970. Under this section, the children eligibl...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 is entitled to orthodontic treatment having been five years on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the provision of orthodontic treatment in this case is the responsibility of the Eastern Regional Health Authority in the first instance. Therefore, the regional chief execu ti...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Incidence.

Was asked: the situation regarding cancer and asthma rates in the lower harbour area in Cork; the way in which such rates compare with the national average; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, cancer statistics are collated by the National Cancer Registry Board, NCRI. I have been informed by the NCRI that it currently does not have sufficient information to analyse c...More Button

Written Answers. - e-Health Strategy.

Was asked: his plans to formulate and implement a comprehensive e-health care strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the current year, I have allocated a sum of €4 million for e-government developments within the health services and a number of very worthwhile projects are being progressed. These include the deve...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the way in which spending in the first nine months of 2002 compares to the budgeted profile for spending for each major programme of his Department's spending; and his forecast for year-end overruns.More Button

Information is not currently available in relation to the first nine months of the year. The reporting arrangements for the health boards requires them to submit integrated management reports on a mon...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount of funding for consultant and related study contracts which has been approved as part of the 2002 departmental Estimates and the budgets in each organisation and agency falling within his D...More Button

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

Written Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

Was asked: the appointments made by him to boards, agencies or committees operating under the aegis of his Department from 17 April 2002 to dateMore Button

The process of collating the information requested by the Deputy is nearing completion in my Department and the completed information will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: if an investigation independent of the Mid-Western Health Board will be arranged into the death of a person (details supplied) while in the care of the health board.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the waiting times applicable to each speciality by hospital in respect of the hospital waiting list figures at 30 June 2002.More Button

Was asked: the hospital waiting list figures at 30 June 2002 in respect of each hospital and in respect of each speciality at each hospital.More Button

Was asked: the figures for each speciality in respect of the hospital waiting lists at 30 June 2002.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1198 to 1200, inclusive, together. The hospital in-patient waiting times and the numbers on waiting lists as at 30 June 2002 are being collated by my Department. The i...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of bed closures to date in 2002 in each of the hospitals in each health board area and in the Eastern Regional Health Authority; the reason for the closures; and the number of bed days whic...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is collected on a quarterly basis by my Department. Figures are available for the first quarter of 2002. It is a feature of all acute hospital systems that some be...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Vacancies.

Was asked: the number of nursing and midwife vacancies at each hospital from 1 January 2002 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Service Employers Agency, HSEA, undertook a survey of nursing vacancies at 30 April 2002. A copy of this survey will be forwarded directly to the Deputy. The main points of the survey are: ...More Button

Was asked: the number of vacant NCHD posts at each hospital from 1 July 2002 to date in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not normally compiled within my Department. A report has been requested from the Health Service Employers Agency, which periodically monitors NCHD vacancies,...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the waiting list for orthodontic treatment in each health board area; the waiting times for assessment and treatment applicable in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons is the statutory responsibility of the health boards in the first instance. I am pleased to advise the Deputy that I have taken a number of m...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the number of vacant radiographer posts at each hospital at 30 June 2002; if delays in extending the BreastCheck screening programme are caused by radiographer shortages; the number of radiographers w...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 He...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the progress to date in respect of the ?40.36 million winter initiative announced by him in November 2000; the number of additional accident and emergency consultants appointed to date; the number of ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I announced a €40.63 million investment package aimed at alleviating service pressures and maintaining services to patients, particularly in the acute hospital sector, ov...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: the date of receipt by his Department of a review by the Mid-Western Health Board of the death of a person (details supplied) while in the care of the health board.More Button

I understand that the Mid-Western Health Board expects to be in a position to issue the final report in respect of this case within the next few weeks. The report will be forwarded to my Department on...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: if orthodontic treatment will be arranged in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in County Kilkenny rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inves...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

Was asked: the solicitors or barristers who were appointed since July 1997 as members or chairpersons of any board or committee or other body, advisers, consultants, or as holders of any other position or office...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. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount paid since July 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 a s...More Button

Set out below are details of payments to officers since July 1997 who are or were special advisers within the meaning of the Ethics in Public Office Act, 1995. Also included are the dates of their app...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount paid since July 1997 to date in 2002 in fees, salary, allowances including delegates' allowances, expenses and other payments to any person including a body corporate or an un-incorporated ...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. - Legal Fees.

Was asked: the amount paid in legal fees by his Department in 1999, 2000, 2001 and to date in 2002; the person 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. - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to ensure that a drug (details supplied) which has recently been withdrawn from the market is made available for an alternative source and made eligible for inclusion under the ...More Button

The product referred to by the Deputy was removed from the common list of reimbursable medicines at the request of the company that marketed it. Accordingly, the question of its reinstatement does not...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the statutory vetting procedures for persons wishing to work in a voluntary capacity with children.More Button

There is no provision for statutory vetting procedures. I understand from my colleague Deputy McDowell, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, that as a result of a review by the Garda Com...More Button

Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: if he will amend the Registration of Births Act, 1996, to include a number of provisions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the amendments to the Registration of Births Act, 1996, which were set out in Part 6 of the Schedule to the Social Welfare Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 2002, made provisio...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if arrangements will be made whereby pensioners who are on the medical card and who need a medical certificate to allow them continue to drive, can obtain this certificate of medical competence withou...More Button

Medical card holders are eligible for a range of treatments and services without charge under the GMS scheme. However, the issue of certificates to any medical card holder, regardless of age, except i...More Button

Written Answers. - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the delay in opening the new long-term care facility for the elderly in Maynooth, County Kildare; if the problem in staffing the facility is not as a result of cutba...More Button

The provision of health services in County Kildare is a matter for the South-Western Area Health Board operating under the aegis of the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has made enquir...More Button

Written Answers. - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: the assistance which can be given by his Department by way of support or information to those who suffer with a medical condition (details supplied); if a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny ...More Button

The provision of services in the case of the person named from County Kilkenny is the responsibility of the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Written Answers. - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: the charges applied by health boards for Freedom of Information requests; if the charges are the same in every health board area; if the South-Eastern Health Board compares favourably in this regard; ...More Button

All health boards are required to charge fees in accordance with section 47 of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997. Fees are based on estimated costs of search, retrieval and record copying and the r...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: the degree to which the Naas Hospital project has advanced; the current total accommodation likely to emerge; the total costs as estimated in 1996; the current projected total costs; and if he will ma...More Button

A major investment programme comprising of phases 2 and 3A has been approved and is under way at Naas General Hospital. Construction of phase 2 commenced on site in November 1999. Phase 3A which inclu...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was not called to Merlin Park Regional Hospital for a bone density X-ray in August 2002 as promised; and when this person will be called for her a...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. - Foreign Adoptions.

Was asked: the waiting times for applicants for foreign adoptions in each health board area; the strategy he has in plan to deal with the waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Difficulties have arisen in inter-country adoption assessment waiting times due to increased demand for assessment combined with problems in recruiting social workers. Efforts are being made to deal w...More Button


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