Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 5 November 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 556 No. 3

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Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: whether a custom-built day programme area constructed on the John Paul Campus in Galway has not been opened and remains closed due to lack of funds in the Western Health Board to furnish or staff the ...More Button

Additional revenue funding amounting to €4.79 million was provided to the Western Health Board in 2001 with a further €2.119million in 2002, to provide a range of services including residential, respi...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the future of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board.More Button

The Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board is established under the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978. I am currently considering nominations for appointment to the Board. The Postgraduate Medical and De...More Button

Written Answers. - Suicide Incidence.

Was asked: if, in view of the major problem of suicide here, he will make a statement on the result of a study carried out by a person (details supplied) with a special interest in suicidology, as reported in a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a new breast cancer diag nosis is made every five hours here and Irish women have a one in 13 chance of developing this disease; his plans to extend im...More Button

The most recent report of the National Cancer Registry, Cancer in Ireland: 1994 to 1998, Incidence, Mortality, Treatment and Survival, indicates there is evidence of a divergence between female incide...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if a Western Health Board official will call out to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo and carry out an immediate reassessment of their home help needs.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: if he will retain the right of consumers to use safe and effective natural healthcare products which are available here for many years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the availability of traditional, alternative and herbal medicinal products. I would like to inform the Deputy that my Department is not seeking to restrict ava...More Button

Written Answers. - Smoking Regulations.

Was asked: his plans to ban smoking in public houses; the discussions he has had with the licensed trade with regard to this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to ensure the development of no smoking zones in licensed premises; his views on such initiatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there will be a ban on smoking in public houses and intercity trains; and if so, the timeframe for when it will take place.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 483, 538 and 573 together. Section 47 of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002, empowers the Minister for Health and Children to prohibit or restrict the smoking of to...More Button

Written Answers. - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the specific regulations in place or contemplated by his Department to ensure that public health is protected in all live stage performances in view of the apparent absence of any boundaries on human ...More Button

I am not aware of any risks to public health from live stage performances and I have no plans to introduce specific regulations in that regard. Under the Infectious Diseases Regulations, 1981, health...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the care arrangements for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the reason neither hospital seemed to take responsibility for this patient's care; the protocols in place for the care of patients wi...More Button

Written Answers. - National Play Policy.

Was asked: when a national play recreation policy will be introduced under the national children's strategy.More Button

The National Children's Office is currently preparing a play policy addressing the play needs of children under 12. It is hoped to submit the policy to Government within three months. An extensive con...More Button

Written Answers. - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: the details of a case where a person (details supplied) in County Meath attending accident and emergency department in an Eastern Regional Health Authority hospital, had to wait for over seven hours, ...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 therefore requested the chief executive officer of...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: when he will allocate sufficient funding to the Southern Health Board for enhanced subvention in order that a person (details supplied) in County Cork can get the enhanced subvention which they are en...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

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: his proposals to send cervical smear tests for women in the Southern Health Board area for assessment; the resources he is putting in place to allow this to occur; the funding which has been invested ...More Button

The issue of the assessment of cervical smear tests in the Southern Health Board is a matter for that board. I have asked the board to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to the options of havi...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the lengthy waiting lists for the results of cervical smear test results in Cork University Hospital and the much shorter waiting lists in the Mercy Hospital, Cork, the reason he will n...More Button

The issue of the assessment of cervical smear tests in the Southern Health Board is a matter for that board. I have asked the board to respond direct to the Deputy in relation to the options of having...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: his views on the use of methadone in the treatment of heroin addicts, particularly for addicts under 21 years of age.More Button

The overall objective of the Government's strategy in relation to drug misuse is to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: when the complete roll-out of the vital national breast screening programme will be fully completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme, commenced in March 2000 with phase one of the programme covering the Eastern Regional Health Authority, Midland Health Boa...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was placed on the waiting list for orthodontics; when they will be called for orthodontic treatment; and the expected time frame.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if he will provide the finance to the Western Health Board for the setting up of a high support unit to cater for mild learning disorders and challenging behaviour; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Galway region rests with the Western Health Board. This would include decisions in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if all health boards recognise the condition attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; the services and strategies in place in each health board to meet the needs of children who suffer from attention...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when the adoption contract register legislation will be introduced; and the way in which a person (details supplied) who has been trying to trace their brother can be facilitated.More Button

The Adoption Information, Post Adoption Contact and Associated Issues Bill, of which the voluntary contact register is part, is currently with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for drafting. Wit...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if an appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath in Crumlin Hospital can be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the position regarding patients in a nursing home in receipt of a nursing home sub vention who do not receive incontinence wear on their medical card.More Button

My Department is in ongoing contact with the ERHA and the health boards in relation to the issue raised by the Deputy and I am confident that difficulties which have arisen in particular areas can be ...More Button

Written Answers. - Suicide Prevention Programmes.

Was asked: the expenditure on suicide prevention programmes in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: the development plans which he is preparing for the provision of suitable education and support services for persons aged 18 and over with autism; the extent of the additional provision which is neces...More Button

Children with autism are entitled to participate in the school system until the end of the school year in which they reach their 18th birthday. Within the school system, such children are generally ca...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the number of speech and language therapists there were in County Mayo for 2001; if any of them have gone on maternity leave; if they have been replaced; the number who have been given leave of absenc...More Button

Was asked: the number of speech and language therapists there are in County Mayo, giving details for each of the past five years.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 and 502 together. Responsibility for the employment of speech and language therapists in the public health sector in County Mayo rests with the Western Health Boar...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Appeals.

Was asked: the number of cases which have been dealt with by the current appeals officer in the Western Health Board since his appointment; the number of appeals which were disallowed; and the number which were ...More Button

Was asked: the length of time the appeals officer in the Western Health Board has worked for the health board; and the positions this person worked within the health board since their recruitment.More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the appeals officer appointed by the Western Health Board; if he has satisfied himself with the procedures carried out in the appointment; if this post was advertised;...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 503 to 505, inclusive, together. Responsibility for the appointment of an appeals officer and related matters in this case rests with the Western Health Board. My Depa...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if titles such as physical therapist will not be protected under any proposed legislation to regulate and register the physical therapy profession; his plans in this regard; when it is intended to pub...More Button

The general scheme of a Bill establishing a system of statutory registration for health and social care professionals has been approved by Government and submitted to the Office of the Parliamentary C...More Button

Written Answers. - Client Eligibility List.

Was asked: his plans to introduce the national client eligibility index in the North-Western Health Board; the criteria and the benefits of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The general medical services payments board is progressing the development of the central client eligibility index as part of the wider e-Government programme. Initially the system is being piloted in...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

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

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

Written Answers. - Tribunals of Inquiry.

Was asked: the areas in which the ?5.3 million allocated to the Dunne inquiry into organ retention has been spent.More Button

Legal fees, salaries and administration costs of the post mortem inquiry team to mid 2002 are approximately €4.3 million. In addition, grants paid to Parents for Justice and approved estimates for the...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the scarcity of medical resources here requires some of those in need of heart and lung operations to travel to Britain for those operations; the resou...More Button

The provision of a lung transplant unit at the Mater Hospital forms part of a major capital development approved for the hospital. Considerable preparatory work has already been completed ahead of the...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if he has been assured by the Western Health Board that all front line staff have protection against hepatitis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand from the Western Health Board that it is the policy to offer vaccination to all staff at risk from hepatitis A and B where it is recognised as an occupational hazard. An educational progr...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Staff.

Was asked: the training, re-skilling and back up provided to newly appointed clinical nurse managers appointed from front line staff in each health board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of training, re-skilling and back up to newly appointed clinical nurse managers, rests with the health boards and the ERHA. My Department has therefore, requested the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Bullying in the Workplace.

Was asked: the procedures employed by each health board to deal with complaints by its staff of bullying by other personnel employed by a board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A national anti-bullying policy for the health service was agreed in 1999 as a partnership initiative involving health service employers and staff representative bodies. It details the procedures, bot...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in providing treatment for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if the concern expressed by this person's general practitioner will be considered; and if he will m...More Button

The provision of services for people living in County Kilkenny is a matter, in the first instance, for the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board ...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychology Course.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the course which was to commence on 7 October 2002 for a doctorate in clinical psychology has been deferred due to a lack of funding; if his attention ...More Button

Was asked: the reason for withdrawing funding for the course of doctorate in clinical psychology in Trinity College Dublin; and if he will reinstate funding in order that these courses can continue.More Button

Was asked: if his Department has withdrawn funding from universities to train clinical psychologists, which will result in just one person graduating in that area in 2005.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 515, 531 and 569 together. In September 2000, a bidding process involving health agencies was initiated by my Department for the provision of increased psychology trai...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway is still waiting for a wheelchair which was assessed and passed for in June 2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: if his Department has at any time since June 1997, used the services of a company (details supplied); if so, the reason such a company was used; if this followed public procurement procedures; and if ...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to companies within the Marlborough Group. As a number of companies are involved my Department is currently examining our records to collate a response which will issu...More Button

Was asked: if his Department or agencies under the aegis of his Department have at any stage used the consultancy services of companies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has no record of having used the services of Berraway Limited or Willdover Limited. With regard to other agencies which my Department funds, my Department has asked these agencies to res...More Button

Was asked: if his Department or agencies under the aegis of his Department have at any stage used the consulting services of companies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following open competitions Arks Advertising were engaged by the health promotion unit in my Department to conduct the following anti-smoking public advertising campaigns: I'm One Less campaign – 29 J...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: if access to cancer services, quality of cancer services and clinical outcome are decided on the basis of equality of right to people in the different regions of the country; if so, if he will allocat...More Button

One of the key goals of the health strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System for You, is concerned with making sure that equal access for equal need is a care value for the delivering of public...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the number of fully qualified orthodontists who are not consultants and who are employed by the respective health boards; his plans to sanction further posts; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The provision of orthodontic services to eligible persons is the responsibility of the health boards-authority in the first instance. The chief executive officers of the health boards-authority have i...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Inquiries.

Was asked: if all the files sought by the Birmingham investigation in the Ferns inquiry were made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

During the course of Mr. Birmingham's work in relation to the proposed inquiry concerning the handling of allegations of child sex abuse in the diocese of Ferns the co-operation of the church, the Gar...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: if he will seek to increase the number of urologists in the health service to assist in the treatment of prostate disease; if he has plans for increasing awareness of prostate disease particularly amo...More Button

Since 1997, over €103 million euro has been invested directly in the development of cancer services under the national cancer strategy. In recognition of the need to further develop cancer services, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will be called for a hip operation urgently in view of their extreme pain and in view of the fact that a full response has not issued to Parliamentar...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 offficer of the board to investigate the position rais...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the survival rate for cancer in the UK will soon compete with the best in Europe following a decision to target resources of ?110,579,046 million per y...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, since the implementation of the national cancer strategy, over €103 million has been invested in the development of appropriate treatment and care services for people with canc...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties created for many cancer patients as a result of having to travel long distances to Cork or Dublin for radiotherapy; if he will consider the establis...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I established an expert working group on radiotherapy services to examine the further development of radiotherapy services in this country. The work of the expert group will be...More Button

Written Answers. - Cystic Fibrosis Services.

Was asked: the services, medical and surgical, which have been identified as required for the treatment of cystic fibrosis; his plans to provide necessary treatments; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The availability of a lung transplantation service has been identified as a key priority for persons with cystic fibrosis. The Government is committed to supporting the development of such a programme...More Button

Written Answers. - Long-Term Illness Scheme.

Was asked: if he will consider amending the Health Act, 1970, to include inflammatory bowel diseases under the list of long-term illnesses eligible for support from the State.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Patient Statistics.

Was asked: the breakdown by age and hospital of the number of children diagnosed with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in 2001.More Button

As neither Crohn's disease nor ulcerative colitis are notifiable diseases, comprehensive information on the number of people diagnosed with these conditions is not available. For those with the condit...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will have roof repairs approved 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 th...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the details of the provision for smear testing in the Western Health Board region and specifically in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Western Health Board that a public health nurse is responsible for the taking of cervical smear tests in health centres in Galway. In addition, a “walk-in” clinic, run by public h...More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation to date of the national cancer strategy and subsequent initiatives in cancer care; his plans for the provision of cancer services nationally and regionally; and...More Button

The organisation of cancer services is informed by the recommendations contained in a number of reports, including the national cancer strategy 1996 and the report of the sub-group of the National Can...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that women in County Monaghan are at a severe disadvantage in attempting to access colposcopy services speedily in view of the fact that this service is no ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of colposcopy services at Cavan General Hospital, Monaghan General Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, rests with the North-Eastern Health Board. My D...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if he will offer assistance to help resolve a dispute between the South-Western Area Health Board and Menni services, Islandbridge, as this dispute is preventing the delivery of vital services to 20 c...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Dublin region is a matter in the first instance for the Eastern Regional Health Aut...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 will have to wait two years for an urgent knee replacement operation; and if this person can avail of the national treatment purchase fund.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. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the reason he has not given support or assistance to the Irish Survivors of Institutional Abuse International, 375 High Street, Rochester, Kent MEI IDA, England.More Button

Officials of my Department have had a number of meetings with the Irish Survivors of Institutional Abuse International. At the most recent meeting on 8 October 2002 my officials requested that the gro...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the outcome of the working group of health board representatives which was established in 2001 to review the operation of the mobility allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: his plans to establish a State funded guardian ad litem service in accordance with the recommendations set out in the report by the guardian ad litem group of May 2001, entitled Giving Children a Voic...More Button

I am aware of the recommendations in the report of the guardian ad litem group and of the difficulties identified by the group with the operation of the existing system, and I am conscious of the posi...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: his proposals to provide a speech and language therapist for the special language class at the Presentation Primary School, Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the length of time it is taking to provide a speech and language therapy service for children needing such a service in Waterford City and County; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cavan, from a low income family and still at college in Galway, should be excluded from their family's drug card simply because they are over 23 years ...More Button

Under the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2001 a “dependent member of the family” in relation to a person means any child who is under the age of 18 years and is not a person with full eligibil...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo, who was to be admitted to Galway Regional Hospital on 24 October 2002, was not admitted; the reason surgery planned for 25 October 2002 was cance...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 matter raised ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: his proposals to increase the number of consultant surgeons and consultant cardiologists serving the Munster area; and if his attention has been drawn to the huge demand on the existing cardiology dep...More Button

The advisory forum on cardiovascular health recommended that a working group be set up and chaired by Comhairle na nOspidéal with representatives from the Department of Health and Children and the adv...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the number of children who are awaiting orthodontic treatment and assessment in each of the health board areas; and the waiting time for assessment and treatment in respect of each health board area.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. - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the number of psychiatric units which have been opened, attached to general hospitals; the number of day centres and hostels which have been opened since the recommendations of the Planning for the Fu...More Button

Written Answers. - General Registry Office.

Was asked: when he intends to relocate the General Registry Office to Roscommon town; the number of civil servants currently on the transfer list for a position in those offices; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

It is intended to relocate the General Register Office as soon as the planned new Government office in Roscommon town becomes available. I understand that the planning process for this new building, w...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: the reason the health authorities will not continue to provide incontinence pads when elderly people enter nursing homes; and if he will issue a directive changing this policy.More Button

My Department is in ongoing contact with the ERHA and the health boards in relation to the issue raised by the Deputy and I am confident that difficulties which have arisen in particular areas can be ...More Button

Written Answers. - Strategic Management Initiative.

Was asked: the key performance indicators being used by his Department; the performance in respect of these for the past five years; and if a commentary is published on these performance indicators linking them ...More Button

Was asked: the key performance indicators of the agencies which his Department funds; the performance in respect of these for the past five years; and if these agencies publish a commentary on these performance ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 549 and 550 together. My Department is committed to the use of performance indicators as a means of managing its work. The health strategy “Quality and Fairness” outli...More Button

Written Answers. - Suicide Incidence.

Was asked: the exact age of children under 14 years who died by suicide in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 inclusive.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the following table. Deaths from Suicide Under 14 Years of Age, 1997 to 2001More Button

Written Answers. - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of an acute child and adolescent psychiatric unit in the Mid-Western Health Board area.More Button

Written Answers. - Diseases Incidence.

Was asked: the levels of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B among expectant mothers at Waterford Regional Hospital to date in 2002 and for each of the previous five years; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The provision of services at Waterford Regional Hospital is, in the first instance, a matter for the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to inv...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: the various payments made to expectant and post-natal mothers by health boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In accordance with section 64 of the Health Act, 1970, a maternity cash grant of €10.16 is payable in respect of each confinement to women with full eligibility, i.e. medical card holders. In addition...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: his proposals in regard to the crisis in the Waterford community care area of the South-Eastern Health Board in relation to chronic shortages of speech and language therapists and occupational therapi...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of speech and language therapy services in the Waterford community care area rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief exe...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of the speech and language therapy assistant grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The proposed introduction of a grade of therapy assistant into the health service was among a number of recommendations contained in the report of the expert group on various health professionals publ...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: if he will examine the situation of a person (details supplied) in County Cork who is waiting two years to have a facia board repaired by the Southern Health Board under the essential repairs for the ...More Button

The provision of health services in Cork is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the Southern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of the approximately 1,000 patients treated under the NTPF to date, who have been treated in the Six Counties.More Button

Was asked: the county of origin of those treated in the Six Counties under the NTPF.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 559 and 560 together. The North West Independent Hospital, Ballykelly, County Derry has treated 49 patients under the national treatment purchase fund, NTPF, to date. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.

Was asked: the reason experience as a clerical officer, grade 3, in the Mercy Hospital, Cork, is not recognised for a Southern Health Board job.More Button

The recruitment of clerical-administrative staff at grade IV to grade VII level posts in health boards, including the Southern Health Board, is governed by the union-management agreement relating to t...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount which has been spent by his Department on management consultants in the past three years; the projected expenditure in this area for the remainder of 2002; the value of this expenditure by ...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 and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: the amount which has been spent by each health board on management consultants in the past three years; the projected expenditure in this area for the remainder of 2002; the value of this expenditure ...More Button

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

Written Answers. - Departmental Committees.

Was asked: the number of committees or review groups currently set up under the auspices of his Department at present; the length of time each of these committees have been in place; when they are due to report;...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. - Patient Information.

Was asked: the reason information requested by persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny regarding the treatment of and circumstances of death of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny has not been g...More Button

The provision of services for people living in County Kilkenny is a matter, in the first instance, for the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if his Department is involved in an exercise which is likely to see the tens of thousands of medical cards for the over 70s removed from the scheme; and the way in which this will impact on GMS doctor...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on a recent article in a journal (details supplied) of 11 October 2002 that, as a result of an examination by his Department, it was found that 14,100 medical cards out of ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 566 and 568 together. The Government decision to extend automatic medical card eligibility to all persons aged 70 and over with effect from 1 July 2001 was announced o...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Inquiries.

Was asked: if he has received the report of the Dunne inquiry into the retention of children's organs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The post mortem inquiry commenced work in March 2001 at which time it was envisaged that it would take approximately 18 months to complete its task i.e. by September 2002. I met the chairman, Anne Dun...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if he proposes to set up an inspectorate of general hospitals, public and private, similar to the inspectorate that exists for mental hospitals.More Button

Quality is one of the four main principles underlying the strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System for You. To facilitate the promotion of quality nationally, my Department is currently examin...More Button

Was asked: if his Department's target for the creation of additional acute hospital beds will be met for 2002.More Button

The health strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System for You, outlines a programme of investment and reform of the health services up to 2011. As part of the preparatory work for the strategy m...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Doctors.

Was asked: if he will investigate a situation where asylum seeking doctors cannot work due to verification snags and difficulties with the Medical Council; if he will further investigate allegations contained in...More Button

The question asked by the Deputy relates to two distinctly separate issues. Under the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978, the Medical Council is the body statutorily charged with the registration of medi...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has not received a domiciliary care allowance in respect of their son; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The assessment of entitlement to and payment of the domiciliary care allowance in any individual case is a matter for the relevant health board. My Department has therefore asked the regional chief ex...More Button


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