Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 26 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 601 No. 2

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Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: when approval will be given to appoint the design team to a project (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, established on 1 January 2005, to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will meet a deputation from a centre (details supplied) in County Clare to discuss its application for funding for a dementia unit; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Civil Registration Service.

Was asked: if her Department intends to increase the amount per application that it is paying to officers who provide the extremely vital service of registration of births, deaths and marriages; if her attention...More Button

The appointment of registrars within the civil registration service is primarily a matter for the Health Service Executive, HSE. With regard to fees, I have no plans to increase the level of fees per ...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Education.

Was asked: if she will change a new provision (details supplied) brought in under the Nurses Rules 2004.More Button

Was asked: if she will change amendments to the Nurses Rules 2004 (details supplied).More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 161 and 162 together. The issues raised by the Deputy are a matter for An Bord Altranais. Regulation of the nursing and midwifery professions, including the setting of...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason a new state of the art orthopaedic unit at Mayo General Hospital, which was opened on 1 September 2004, ceased elective orthopaedic operations on 26 January 2005; when elective operations w...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Was asked: the reason management at Mayo General Hospital is refusing to provide the extra X-ray staff, clerical staff and computer equipment necessary to enable all elective orthopaedic operations to be resumed...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) had to spend his birthday on a trolley in the accident and emergency department of Mayo General Hospital with 14 other people; the reason a person lost all their...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if refunds under the new scheme due to patients in psychiatric care have already been made; if statements regarding the repayment have been issued to the persons concerned or to family members; if sta...More Button

A special Cabinet sub-committee, comprising the Taoiseach, Deputy Bertie Ahern, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Cowen, the Attorney General, Mr. Brady, and myself has been established to consider the...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if an eye operation will be expedited at Waterford Regional Hospital for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the reason for the delay in dealing with the matter.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Was asked: further to Question No. 243 of 2 November 2004, and the subsequent meeting arranged with the regional chief executive of the ERHA, the reason for the refusal of treatment on two separate occasions and...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason the number of staff for frontline therapy services in Kildare delivered through the Eastern Regional Health Authority has not been increased since 1996; and if they are subject to an embarg...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, HSE which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be ...More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: if the operation of the national treatment purchase fund is under the control of her Department or the HSE; if she will report on procedures done, the cost of same to date, the impact on waiting lists...More Button

The national treatment purchase fund, NTPF, is a statutory body funded directly by my Department. The health strategy envisaged that the fund would be used to purchase treatment from private hospitals...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if, with regard to University College Hospital, Galway, she will commission the approximately 50 whole-time equivalent staff necessary to allow wards and beds to be opened; and if she will make a stat...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if early treatment for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17 will be secured.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the cost for 2004 of placing persons with dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and a psychiatric condition in institutions outside the country for services; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: the cost for 2004 of placing persons with dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and a psychiatric condition in unsuitable hospital settings; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons with dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and a psychiatric condition who have been placed in institutions outside the country for services; and if she will make a statement...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons with dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and a psychiatric condition who have been placed in unsuitable hospital settings in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: if it is intended to upgrade and expand accident and emergency services at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, HSE, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath has had an important operative procedure cancelled on two occasions and will not be seen in the foreseeable future; the further reason this p...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Labour Court Recommendation.

Was asked: further to Questions Nos. 85 and 101 of 22 March 2005, if the HSE has set up a meeting with the Irish Nurses Organisation to agree arrangements on the way in which the court’s recommendations will be ...More Button

Was asked: if she will make funding available to pay and honour Labour Court Recommendation No. 18030; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 179 and 185 together. The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, HSE which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the ...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: when BreastCheck will be made available to the residents on the mid-western region; the reasons for the delay in rolling out the programme to the region; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: if the BreastCheck programme will be rolled out immediately in the mid-western region; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 180 and 181 together. The roll-out of the national breast screening programme to the remaining counties is a major priority in the development of cancer services. This...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive in the mid-western region has contracted any beds from private nursing homes in County Tipperary.More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: if patients in long-stay care in private nursing homes will be eligible for similar repayments to those in public long-stay care.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: if she will report on the level of overcrowding in a hospital (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and the measures she has taken to address the overcrowding of the accident and emergency departmen...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deli...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if he will address the concerns raised by a person (details supplied) regarding the medical card guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter.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 of...More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: the number of patients who have presented at the accident and emergency department at Tallaght Hospital on each of the past 21 days; and the effect these patients have had on the normal admissions at ...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will investigate the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the position in relation to the extension and new building for the psychiatric section of the hospital in Letterkenny, County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if urgent assistance and the maximum support and advice will be given to the family of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 with regard to their domiciliary care grant.More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: if she will take steps to ensure the publication of the second value for money report by a company (details supplied) on the verification of compliance with the EU expenditure supports programme 2004-...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the human resources operational programme 1994-1999 on the vocational training infrastructure, measure — improvement of the quality of training provision of th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: her Department’s guidelines regarding the number of visits a new mother and baby can expect from a public health nurse in their home; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The maternity and infant care scheme provides an agreed programme of care free of charge to an expectant mother arising out of her pregnancy and to her new born baby for six weeks after birth. All exp...More Button

Was asked: the cover which has been made available to the patients of the public health nurse at a location (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, HSE which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be ...More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for the 12-month development check on children at a location (details supplied) in County Wexford; the action being taken to reduce the waiting time; the nature of the reassur...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: the way in which the appropriate recipient of a refund under the national repayments scheme is to be determined in the case of a deceased nursing home resident who would have been eligible for a refun...More Button

A special Cabinet sub-committee comprising the Taoiseach, Deputy Bertie Ahern, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Cowen, the Attorney General, Mr. Brady, and myself has been established to consider the ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if capital funding is available to a community centre (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, HSE, established on 1 January 2005, to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services....More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the ongoing crisis in public hospital accident and emergency departments as highlighted by the series of protests by the Irish Nurses Organisation, including the tot...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: the measure she has in place to address the situations in which estates of deceased persons have been finalised with regard to the forthcoming legislation on charges for nursing care; and if she will ...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the national repayment scheme in this instance. A special Cabinet sub-committee comprising the Taoiseach, Deputy Bertie Ahern, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Cowe...More Button

Was asked: if forms are available to patients or their relatives to claim back their rights, as decided by the Supreme Court for payments for nursing home charges; if they are not available, when she expects the...More Button

A national repayment scheme inquiry details form is available on the Health Service Executive, HSE, website, www.hse.ie, which enables persons who believe they are due a repayment to register their in...More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care.

Was asked: if her attention has been brought to the case of a person (details supplied); if she will meet with the family of this person; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if patients with a valid general medical card who were treated for psychiatric illnesses in the Mater public psychiatric hospital had the cost of their treatment deducted from their disability or othe...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, HSE, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under this Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to b...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 has had a valid general medical card since 1992.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: the timescale for the commissioning of an additional 12 beds for Monaghan General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the timescale for the upgrading of two wards at Monaghan General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the undercapacity of beds in the surgical department of Monaghan General Hospital will be used to relieve the overcrowding at Cavan General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204, 205 and 207 together. The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, HSE, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive ha...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the commissioning of an additional 23 beds (details supplied) for Cavan General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if a medical card will issue to persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if a decision will be expedited.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that all elective surgery has been cancelled at Tallaght Hospital since 10 April 2005; the number of procedures and patients so postponed or cancelled; if s...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be admitted for surgery; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive failed to give an adequate response in the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if this matter will soon be resolved in order to prevent legal pr...More Button

Was asked: if she will compensate persons (details supplied) for the amount of money spent on dealing with noise and disruption from the Health Service Executive; and if assistance will be given to these persons...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 211 and 212 together. The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the respo...More Button

Written Answers - Disabled Drivers.

Was asked: if an application for a primary medical certificate in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be expedited.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason an operation at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny was cancelled on five occasions; the further reason operations of this kind are not co-ordina...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be deliv...More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Incidence.

Was asked: the plan of action or awareness campaign being undertaken by the HSE in the south east relative to the high level of suicides; the number of reported suicides in this region on a county basis each yea...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: when funding will be released for a company (details supplied) in County Wexford; the reason for the delay in the funding; the action she will take to speed up the building; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: when phase 2 will begin at a hospital (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a bed crisis in Wexford General Hospital, that the accident and emergency department is not able to cope with the number of patients that are ...More Button

Was asked: if she will visit Wexford General Hospital or meet a delegation comprising the Wexford Oireachtas members and a number of consultants and representatives from Wexford General Hospital; and if she will...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that Wexford General Hospital has been promised a 19-bed unit since 2002; when this promise will be delivered upon; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Was asked: if the new Health Service Executive has outlined the crisis in Wexford General Hospital since 1 January 2005; if so, when and the action she will take; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 218 to 221, inclusive, together. I am aware of the difficulties being experienced at Wexford General Hospital. The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Exec...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if non-EU and non-EEA doctors are allowed to participate in the general medical scheme here; the conditions that apply to such participation; the number of non-EU doctors recognised as general practit...More Button

Vacancies for GMS posts are advertised in the national and medical newspapers and applications invited from suitably qualified persons. Applicants, whether from this or another jurisdiction, must sati...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if hospitals record alcohol related admissions; if her Department has statistics available; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Statistics in regard to activity within the mental health services is contained in the Health Research Board publication Activities of Irish Psychiatric Services. It contains data on admissions to psy...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Charges.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork who paid maintenance charges at a geriatric type hospital while in continuing care for a period of six months is entitled to a refund of all or part of th...More Button

The details of a repayment scheme to address the situation following the Supreme Court decision are currently being finalised and it is only following this that it would be possible to calculate accur...More Button


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