Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 603 No. 6

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Written Answers - Helpline Service.

Was asked: if a grant of €30,000 will be approved in respect of a helpline service (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: if recommendation 1117 (1989) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has been implemented; if not, the steps which are being taken to implement it; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may also have a contribution to make on this matter. I understand that recommendation 1117 (1989) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was made to th...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: when the funding package submitted for approval from the indicative funding available to the intellectual disability services in the south east will be approved; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: the average cost for a plastic surgery operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for cardiac surgery under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a prostate operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a tonsils operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a cataracts operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a varicose veins operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a hernia operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a gall bladder operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a hip operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

Was asked: the average cost for a knee operation under the national treatment purchase fund when compared to the cost of the operation under the standard Health Service Executive route.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 157 to 164, inclusive, and Questions Nos. 167 and 168 together. My Department does not maintain data on the average cost of the specific operations arranged by the nat...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if the maximum assistance and support will be given to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 in relation to orthodontic treatment.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: the annual budget for the national treatment purchase fund since it was established in 2002; the number of persons treated per HSE region; the number of persons who had to travel to the UK for treatme...More Button

The funding allocated to the national treatment purchase fund since it was established in 2002 is as follows: My Department has asked the chief executive of the NTPF to reply directly to the Deputy in...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: if capital funding will be provided for a proposed day care project for the elderly (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. This includ...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: her plans to re-examine the grant available through subvention for nursing homes in view of the serious increase in energy and other running costs of the nursing homes, which are now being passed on t...More Button

Written Answers - Genetically Modified Organisms.

Was asked: the procedures in place to test imported foodstuffs for genetically modified content.More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if certain anti-sickness drugs used by cancer patients including a medication (details supplied) have been removed from cover under the GMS system; the reason this change has been made; and her assess...More Button

There is a common list of reimbursable medicines for the general medical services and drug payment schemes. This list ensures equity between the schemes in relation to the range of medicines paid for ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: if she has issued instructions in regard to the provision of extra beds in Naas 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 deli...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: when a nursing home subvention or home help will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the current entitlement a 14 year old medical card holder has in terms of orthodontic treatment; if it is the policy of her Department not to treat medical card holders in the area of orthodontics if ...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that if a person’s income exceeds the non-contributory old age pension by a margin of 20% plus the current maximum subvention level of €190, he or she is de...More Button

Was asked: when the three different levels of maximum nursing home subvention were first set; her estimate of the inflation in the cost of private nursing home care in the intervening period; and the present val...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Charges.

Was asked: the status of the refund of the hospital charge for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when payment will be made further to Parliamentary Question No. 180 of 26 January 2005; and if she wi...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive, HSE, and I understand that the HSE re...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive has not replied to Parliamentary Question No. 203 of 12 April 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Promotion.

Was asked: further to current media and television adverts on the benefits of folic acid by the health promotion unit of her Department, the way in which a person can make a submission or offer an opinion on th...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: when she will provide the necessary finance for the appointment of a psychologist for County Carlow in view of the proposed autism centre in Myshall, County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Statistics.

Was asked: the number of patients admitted to each psychiatric admission unit nationally between 2000 and 2005 on a yearly basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the percentage of involuntary patients admitted to each psychiatric admission unit nationally between 2000 and 2005 on a yearly basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the extent of hospital waiting lists for patients throughout the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the collection and reporting of waiting lists and waiting times now falls within the remit of the national treatment purchase fund, NTPF. A new on-line national patient treatment re...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if medical card holders will have cervical smears for no charge; and if she will review the current practise where general practitioners now charge medical card holders for such smears.More Button

Was asked: if cervical screening is free of charge for women in possession of a medical card; if this is uniform in each Health Service Executive area; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 207 together. Cervical smear testing is not currently provided by GPs or family planning clinics under the scheme for medical card holders. However, where cerv...More Button

Written Answers - Water Fluoridation.

Was asked: when the forum on fluoridation will be wound up; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the annual cost to her Department of the forum on fluoridation since 2000; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 190 together. The forum on fluoridation was established in May 2000 and held its first meeting in September 2000. The forum on fluoridation concluded in Septem...More Button

Was asked: when legislation reducing the amount of fluoride in public water supplies will be introduced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, a forum on fluoridation was established to review the fluoridation of public piped water supplies in Ireland. The forum report’s main conclusion was that the fluoridation of pu...More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Statistics.

Was asked: the number of deaths by suicide of persons under 25 between 1997 and 2004 in counties Clare, Limerick, north Tipperary and nationally; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the amount made available for 2005 under the special disability multi-annual funding package; the way in which this money is to be spent; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: if her Department is in a position to make a determination regarding an application for national lottery funding by a resource centre (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The organisation referred to, which is a family resource centre, applied to my Department for a grant from the Health and Children allocation of national lottery funds in April 2004. The organisation ...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Allowances.

Was asked: the reason student nurses attending Trinity and affiliated to St. James’s Hospital have not been awarded their travel allowances; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The travel allowance to which the Deputy refers is the external clinical placement allowance, which was introduced to assist undergraduate nursing students undertaking external clinical placements. Nu...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Education.

Was asked: if the rostered placement will be reduced to 34 weeks, excluding leave for the 2005 intake onwards, in view of the proposed changes to the structure of the rostered year for B.Sc. nursing students; if...More Button

The Government has invested heavily in the new four-year undergraduate nursing degree programme which started in 2002. The total capital investment in building 13 new nursing schools around the countr...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Records.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 387 of 5 October 2004, the progress that has been made to correct the inaccuracies in the medical record referred to; and if she will make a statement on the mat...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 - National Children’s Strategy.

Was asked: the progress that has been made on the implementation of the national children’s strategy; the amount of the strategy that has not yet been implemented; when this will be implemented; and if she will ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the most up-to-date information on her travels abroad for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; the persons who travelled with her in her official party; the duration of the visit; and the total cost.More Button

I travelled to Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to undertake a number of duties in relation to St. Patrick’s Day. I travelled with my husband, Mr. Brian Geoghegan, the deputy Government pr...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Inspections.

Was asked: the reason 83 private nursing homes were inspected only once in 2004; if this is a satisfactory inspection regime; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: if she will investigate the situation which occurred at Louth County Hospital in Dundalk on 30 May 2005; and the reason efforts were not made to accommodate those patients in beds.More Button

Was asked: if she will investigate the situation which occurred at Louth County Hospital in Dundalk on 31 May 2005 whereby five female patients had to spend the night on trolleys while there were five empty beds...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 200 and 201 together. The Deputy’s questions relate to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health S...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: if persons who are in receipt of a disability allowance and resident of a residential home are entitled to a refund of the portion of their payment retained by the residential home in view of the fact...More Button

The Government has agreed the key elements of a scheme for the repayment of long-stay charges. All those who were illegally charged for publicly funded long-term residential care and are alive and the...More Button

Written Answers - Health Insurance.

Was asked: her proposals to alter the regulations pertaining to the health insurance sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Insurance Acts, regulations shall not be made until a resolution approving of the regulations in draft has been passed by each House of the Oireachtas. It is my intention to present s...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will expedite an occupational therapist’s report in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny whose spouse has applied for a grant under the disabled person’s grant scheme; and...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 280 of 12 April 2005, when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated with a bed in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire; and...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide a long-term stay bed in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if a decision in the case will be expedited.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive will sanction a motorised transport grant for a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim.More Button

Was asked: the action she proposes to take with regards to the decision of the Health Service Executive to refuse motorised transport grants to persons over 65 years in view of the fact that they are in breach o...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the steps she has taken and the representations she has made to the Health Service Executive to ensure that the post of consultant haematologist with an interest in child haematology for the Cork Univ...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: when work will be completed to a house under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the situation in relation to the requirements for and the availability of speech and language therapists between now and 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy may wish to note that three new speech and language therapy courses commenced in the 2003-04 academic year, one of which is a two-year postgraduate course, at the University of Limerick. In...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the discussions which have taken place within the Health Service Executive to ensure that chiropody services, at a reasonable cost and without a top-up charge, are available to medical card holders; a...More Button

The provision of chiropody services is a matter for the local area of the Health Service Executive. This is a service which the HSE is not statutorily obliged to provide but a variety of arrangements ...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the procedure for the Inspector of Mental Hospitals to arrange visits to hospitals; if these take place without the prior knowledge of the hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: further to previous Government commitments in this regard, if she has succeeded in making one of the two radiation oncologists to have been appointed in Cork available on an outpatient basis to the p...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when the sub-committee on radiotherapy will address the issue of designated transport with a view to providing the persons of the south east with adequate services in this regard; and if she will make...More Button

As I previously indicated to the House, I consider that appropriate transport arrangements for patients requiring radiotherapy should be made available, where necessary, by the Health Service Executiv...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that home care attendants in the south east are being informed by the Health Service Executive that they cannot work before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. due to in...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 within the re...More Button

Was asked: if she will ensure that there will be no cut in the hours allocated for the home care attendant in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in arranging an appointment at Waterford Regional Hospital for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of the fact that they were referred by their general prac...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes.

Was asked: the number of public nursing home beds each year for each of the past 20 years.More Button

Was asked: the number of privately owned and operated nursing home beds for each of the past ten years.More Button

Was asked: the number of private nursing home patients for whom a nursing home subvention was payable in 2004 or later.More Button

Was asked: the number of private nursing home beds which were contracted out to the local health board or Health Service Executive equivalent during 2004 or later.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was not called for their operation on the 1 June 2005.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if her Department will arrange for the North Western Health Executive to provide orthodontic treatment for a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim who has been waiting four years.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the reason for the unacceptable delay in organising an angiogram for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the position in relation to the general practitioner only medical cards scheme; 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 deli...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: if she will re-examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and the gratuity this person would be entitled to if she were to accept.More Button

As set out in my reply to Question No. 39 dated 17 February 2005, an ex-gratia retirement benefit is payable to qualifying non-pensionable staff under the terms of the voluntary hospital superannuatio...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes.

Was asked: if her Department has received complaints regarding a nursing home (details supplied); if so, if they have been investigated; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was refused sanction by the HSE for the purchase of certain medical material which was recommended to treat his condition; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a home care grant will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if she will provide information on the financial allocations made by her to each of the learning disability service providers in each of the past five years; the number of day places, residential plac...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 175 of 11 May 2005, the reason no reply has yet issued to this Deputy; her views on whether it is acceptable that Members of Dáil Éireann go to these lengths to ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Health Service Executive came into being on 1 January, 2005. My Department has made inquiries with the HSE and was told that, on foot of the referral to the HSE of her Ques...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to a general practitioners crisis in Beara in west Cork (details supplied); if support will be provided for them by way of weekend cover or the equivalent; and if she w...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Public Private Partnership.

Was asked: when she intends to publish the conditions pertaining to public private partnerships in the health sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has been examining Public Private Partnerships, PPPs, and other procurement options in line with Government policy with a view to finding the approach that will deliver additional long s...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the progress which has been made in the discussions between the HSE north western area regarding north west residents accessing radiotherapy services in Belfast; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Patients in the north west are currently being referred for radiation oncology treatment to the recently commissioned radiation oncology department at University College Hospital Galway, UCHG, and als...More Button

Written Answers - Disability Bill 2004.

Was asked: her proposals to meet the concerns of a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive an earlier appointment date to attend the consultant neurologist at Beaumont Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Health Funding.

Was asked: if adequate funding will be made available to a centre (details supplied) by the HSE in order that the centre can run to full capacity; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Foster Care.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the insecurity of children who are fostered under family arrangements whereby even quite settled and successful arrangements can be brought abruptly to an end by the...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason only children from fifth and sixth class at a school (details supplied) in County Galway are examined for orthodontic needs; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Hanly Report.

Was asked: if it remains the policy of her Department to implement in full the Hanly report; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the policy implications of the Hanly report (details supplied); the services that will be relocated out of the hospital; if the report is implemented; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 242 and 243 together. The report of the National Task Force on Medical Staffing — Hanly report — makes important proposals for reducing the working hours of non-consul...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Executive.

Was asked: the steps she intends to take to find a replacement CEO for the HSE; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Health Act 2004 the statutory responsibility for recruiting the first chief executive officer of the Health Service Executive rests with the board of the executive. My function in the matter...More Button

Written Answers - Rehabilitation Services.

Was asked: the supports available to assist stroke victims and their families during rehabilitation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason for the proposed move of a service (details supplied); if this move represents a further downgrading of the organisation involved; the steps she intends to take to ensure no further downgra...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Benchmarking Awards.

Was asked: the legal basis for withholding a benchmarking award to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; if this is the case; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Human resource management issues relating to Health Service Executive employees are a matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly my Department has requested the parliamentary affairs divisio...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Funding.

Was asked: when funding will be provided to a group (details supplied).More Button

Written Answers - Health Act 1970.

Was asked: her plans to bring forward legislation to amend the Health Act 1970; the timetable for publication of the legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a decision has been made regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that plans are in place to close Caltragh House, the mental health services unit in Sligo; if her attention has further been drawn to the growing concern re...More Button

Written Answers - Voluntary Sector Funding.

Was asked: if multi-annual funding for the voluntary sector such as the Carmichael Centre is absolutely vital; if she intends to introduce funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if she will intervene with a hospital (details supplied) on a person’s behalf; if he will be called for treatment in view of the major need following an accident; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in providing a new wheelchair to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if she will expedite the request; the level of funding being provided in this area; and if she...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when she intends to meet a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: when she proposes to make an announcement in respect of capital funding for a new hospital in Dingle, County Kerry; the reason there has been no announcement of the 2005 capital programme to date; and...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. This includ...More Button

Written Answers - Tobacco Controls.

Was asked: the reason Ireland has not yet ratified the WHO framework convention on tobacco control; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if public health and community medicine doctors are discriminated against in interviews for promotion; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Appointments to Health Service Executive posts in public health medicine are made through the Public Appointments Service. The Public Appointments Service was established in October 2004. The Public A...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: when a 24 hour ambulance will be located in areas of Mayo (details supplied) in view of the fact that this has been a priority of the HSE West for some time and there is no ambulance base within the n...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason a report of an MRI scan of a person (details supplied) cannot be found; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the position in relation to permanent registration for section 7.6 doctors; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials from my Department and from the Medical Council recently met a delegation of the doctors concerned. This issue relates to a sponsorship scheme, the timescale for which has now elapsed. The o...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the financial help which is available to a person for medical treatment in England when that treatment is not available here; and the way in which this funding is assessed.More Button

Where an individual requires specific treatment which is necessary and which cannot be provided in Ireland, the Health Service Executive may refer the person to another member state for treatment. Und...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: when BreastCheck will be extended to the Waterford constituency; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

New facilities for the national expansion of BreastCheck are included in the Health Capital Investment Framework 2005-2009. My Department recently gave approval to BreastCheck to advertise for the app...More Button

Written Answers - Community Care.

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

Written Answers - Adoption Services.

Was asked: when an adoption assessment (details supplied) is likely to commence.More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: her plans to appoint specialist psychiatric posts for persons suffering from chronic eating disorders.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the procedures available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare for a hearing test and hearing aid.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Was asked: when a medical card will be renewed for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

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

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the number of respite beds occupied in County Monaghan; the number required; if she proposes to further develop this service; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of respite beds occupied in County Cavan; the number required; if she proposes to further develop this service; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number and details of reports into acute hospital services commissioned by the former North Eastern Health Board; the action taken on foot of any report’s recommendations; and if she will make a s...More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Iodine Tablets.

Was asked: her views on whether the €2.2 million cost of distributing iodine tablets to households here was justified; the length of time the tablets will maintain their efficiency; if she proposes to repeat the...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Acquired Infections.

Was asked: if she has noted the results of an international survey which placed Ireland, with 119 cases of MRSA per million of population, highest in Europe for hospital acquired infections; if she proposes to h...More Button

My Department is aware of the recent report published by the Irish Patient’s Association on hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs. Effective infection control measures, including environmental cleanli...More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Prevention.

Was asked: if she plans to set up a national co-ordinating authority to develop guidelines and strategies in the area of suicide prevention; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if the remuneration, allowance, superannuation and additional advisers package proposed by Professor Drumm as a prerequisite for his appointment as chief executive officer of the HSE was submitted to ...More Button

My approval to the remuneration package negotiated between the Health Service Executive, HSE, and Professor Drumm was given with the consent of the Minister for Finance, in accordance with the provisi...More Button

Written Answers - Rights of the Child.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) has been the subject of administrative proceedings over the past year or more which come under the ambit of Article 12 of the UN Convention on the rights of the child; i...More Button


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