Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 607 No. 59

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Leaders’ Questions.

I am aware of the e-portal and work on it was suspended by the HSE last February.More Button

The technology may not have been compatible with what was intended. It was originally scoped by Accenture. Incredible as it may seem, surveys in the United States show that only 28% of the technology ...More Button

The scope for the exercise was completed as part of the information society initiative, which recommended to the Government that services be provided on a single website so that people could learn the...More Button

I suspect that the people who were in contact with Deputy Kenny have also been in contact with me. As a result of that, I have ordered that the HSE must get the approval of the Departments of Finance ...More Button

To answer Deputy Rabbitte’s first point in regard to my colleague, Deputy Martin, my predecessor as Minister for Health and Children, a hospital information system was being rolled out in a number of ...More Button

It is a lot better. I told the House last week when I became aware there were issues around the PPARS system. Obviously, it did not go to Cabinet. Every matter——More Button

The Estimates go to Cabinet. The Deputy knows that, he has been at the Cabinet table. The health boards made the application for the money to put in a payroll system.More Button

They were given the money. An evaluation is being done both by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Health Service Executive and the HSE will decide at its board meeting in December whether to ...More Button

That would be normal and it should be the case. I am not aware of the number of individuals from this consulting firm who worked on this project but I do know that the amount of money spent on consult...More Button

Hay Management Consultants carried out a review of this matter in 2002 and said at the time, as the Deputy is aware, that what was envisaged in 1998 and 1999 at £9 million would not be sufficient to d...More Button

The regime that was responsible, the health boards structure, has been abolished and Deputy Gormley opposed its abolition.More Button

Deputy Rabbitte may have been aware of all the practices but very few other people knew that we have 25,000 different work rosters. In some areas in the country, people doing the same job work a diffe...More Button

In some areas in the country a holy day of obligation was a bank holiday and bank holiday rates were paid and so on. To expect a computer code to reconcile all of that was expecting too much.More Button

Regarding consultancies, it is the case that as Minister for Health and Children I am accountable to this House for policy, legislative matters and so on in the Department of Health and Children, and ...More Button

Deputy Sargent is correct. Alcohol consumption is a serious problem. The issues, however, are wider than banning alcohol advertising.More Button

In many other countries where alcohol is widely advertised, perhaps even more than here, drinking patterns are very different. Therefore we must deal with many of the cultural and educational aspects ...More Button

The Government has decided to deal with the advertising of alcohol products by way of a voluntary code. If that does not work we will introduce legislation.More Button

Let us give it a chance and see. We should not be negative. It will work but if it does not we will bring in legislation.More Button

My colleague, the Minister for Transport, is responsible for random testing but he must resolve legal issues first. Subject to those issues being resolved I strongly support this approach.More Button

Other countries do not have our Constitution.More Button

Deputy Sargent makes a strong case for the greater programme in schools in regard to alcohol. The new social and personal health programme aims to help young people develop self-esteem, be more confid...More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 15, Railway Safety Bill 2001 — Report Stage (resumed) and Final Stage. Private Members’ business shall be No. 42, motion re Irish Ferries.More Button

I join Deputy Kenny in expressing my sympathy and that of the Government to the families of the young people who were so tragically killed over the weekend. It was an awful tragedy indeed. The broadca...More Button

I join Deputy Rabbitte in congratulating John Banville on his fantastic achievement. I am not aware of the specific complaint and whether legislation is necessary if someone double-charges for the sam...More Button

It will be introduced this session.More Button

The answer remains the same.More Button

We are working hard on that legislation, which is a priority. Money will be provided in the Estimates to be published next month to make the payments next year. We hope to publish it later this year.More Button

They have already processed 15,000 applications.More Button

I am doing that on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture and Food and it is expected to be brought before the Government before Christmas.More Button

I believe it will be introduced under the medicines board legislation.More Button

The Minister for Transport informs me there are complex reasons for the difficulties in this matter.More Button

I must return to the Deputy on this as I am not familiar with the matter.More Button

The information the Deputy seeks will be conveyed to him as soon as possible.More Button

The two are not related. That legislation will be enacted next year.More Button

I am struggling to live, never mind work, until I am 85 years of age. We will all do well to live to the age of 85. I assure the Deputy that the Progressive Democrats Party has no influence whatsoever...More Button

That Bill will be published during this session.More Button

That legislation will be brought forward next year.More Button

That legislation will be brought forward next year.More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: if a delegation from the Irish Adoption Board has travelled to Belarus to meet authorities there; and the position regarding adoptions from Belarus.More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the commitments she has made in the completion of phase 2B of Mullingar General Hospital; the timeframe for these works; 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 inclu...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will make emergency funding available to address the €400,000 shortfall in funding facing the Rape Crisis Centre.More Button

Was asked: if she will increase funding to frontline services dealing with violence against women as their core operational funding remained fixed at the 2003 level of €12 million.More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the briefing note on funding to voluntary dedicated frontline service responses to violence against women, in which frontline services described their current level of funding as severe...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the need to increase funding for organisations involved in the issue of violence against women; her plans to increase the funding available for such groups in the bu...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the funding issue for a refuge (details supplied) in County Tipperary.More Button

Written Answers - Tax Yield.

Was asked: the funds which are collected annually through the 50 cent additional tax imposed on a box of cigarettes; the way these funds are directed to health matters; if this fund is audited on a yearly basis;...More Button

In the budget for 2000, the Minister for Finance introduced an increase in the excise duty of just over 63 cent or 50p on a packet of 20 cigarettes, raising €167.605 million or £132 million for the Ex...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Hygiene.

Was asked: the reason it is not possible to have on-the-spot cleanliness checks in the medicinal areas of hospitals in the same way that on-the-spot fines are carried out in kitchens, in view of the danger which...More Button

The national hygiene audit, arranged by the Health Service Executive and the national hospitals office was completed on schedule at the end of August. This involved visits to each of the 54 acute hosp...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the steps a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10 must take to have their children reunited with them in Dublin.More Button

Was asked: the steps a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10 will take to have greater access to their children.More Button

Was asked: if she will release €400,000 necessary funds to advance a nursing home in Ballinrobe, County Mayo to the design and planning stage in view of the fact that development of such a project has been under...More Button

Was asked: the number of patients waiting for outpatients services at each hospital clinic in the Mid-Western Area; the length of time each patient has been waiting for an appointment; and if she will make a sta...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: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Beaumont Hospital for an operation to his back; and if this person will be operated on under the national treatment purchase fund.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: the number of times her Department has met with the social services inspectorate since May 2005 in relation to the extension of the social services inspectorate remit to include residential homes for ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if her Department has submitted to the Department of Finance a declaration that the levels of expenditure planned for the PPARS system for the rest of 2005 are necessary to deliver the project; and if...More Button

Was asked: her views on the nature and cost of the support services being provided to the PPARS project by Deloitte and Touche; if she has satisfied herself that the day rate charged by the firm is appropriate; ...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that the PPARS system will result in a reduction of the cost base in human resources with the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the person who is the senior officer responsible for the PPARS system; her views on the composition of the national team; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the person who is responsible and accountable for the overrun of €150 million on the payroll system in her Department.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 to 131, inclusive, and 152 together. Prior to the establishment on 1 January 2005 of the Health Service Executive with its own Vote, health services were delivered...More Button

Written Answers - General Practitioners.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the continuing significant increase in general practitioner fees; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that some general practitioners in Dublin recen...More Button

Consultation fees charged to private patients by general practitioners are a matter of private contract between the two parties, the doctor as the service provider and the patient as the user. I have ...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the latest information she has regarding the incidence of tuberculosis in each county; 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

Was asked: if an investigation will be carried out into the death of a person (details supplied) in County Louth from haemophilus influenza.More Button

The Health Service Executive which has statutory responsibility for the management and delivery of the health and personal social services, has provided the following information regarding the death o...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.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 Service Staff.

Was asked: with regard to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20, the reason a decision letter from An Bord Altranais issued on 6 November 2003 setting out that they must undertake an adaptation period in midw...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20 has been waiting since 26 April 2004 for a response to their appeal to a decision by An Bord Altranais not to grant them recognition for general nur...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20 has not received a decision letter from An Bord Altranais.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 139, inclusive, together. An Bord Altranais has statutory authority for the registration of nurses under the Nurses Act, 1985. I am sure that the Deputy will ap...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the length of time the audiology clinic was open in Drogheda; the number of staff employed and the cost per annum of running same; the number of persons treated by the clinic for each month; the arran...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 Statistics.

Was asked: the breakdown by county or region of the number of persons here being treated for B12 deficiency; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As vitamin B12 deficiency is not a notifiable disease and the majority of persons with this condition are treated at GP level, information on the number of persons being treated is not available.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if waiting areas will be made more patient friendly where patients do not feel intimidated; 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 - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: her plans to introduce a screening programme for bowel cancer for 60-69 year olds; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A new national cancer strategy is currently being finalised by the national cancer forum, a multi-disciplinary group of experts in oncology. I expect the strategy to be completed by the end of the yea...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if she will consider a submission (details supplied) on the Health and Social Care Professionals Bill and address the concerns raised; her plans to amend the Bill; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: her views regarding correspondence (details supplied); the action she will take to resolve the concerns expressed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her views on the submission from the Psychological Society of Ireland on the Health and Social Care Professionals Bill 2004.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 144, 157 and 173 together. The Health and Social Care Professionals Bill 2004 provides for the establishment of a system of statutory registration for certain health a...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if medical cards will issue to all victims of the MRSA superbug; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Entitlement to health services in Ireland is primarily based on residency and means. Any person, regardless of nationality, who is accepted by the Health Service Executive as being ordinarily resident...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes.

Was asked: if there has been any fundamental change to the vetting process for nursing homes since the Leas Cross nursing incident; and if so, the details of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is an average of four years waiting time for a routine appointment in Beaumont Hospital ENT Department; and if she will make a statement on the m...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 - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: the policy initiatives taken by her for implementation by the Health Service Executive to ease the situation in accident and emergency departments; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The measures identified in the ten point plan to improve the delivery of accident and emergency services take a wide ranging approach and are aimed at improving access to accident and emergency servic...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Property.

Was asked: if, in regard to the removal of asbestos from Hawkins House during 2001, asbestos was detected in and removed from foyer area of the building; if staff working in the foyer area were notified of any s...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to concerns expressed by staff who worked in the foyer area of Hawkins House that they may have been exposed to asbestos during the removal of this substance from the b...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to concerns expressed by staff who worked in the foyer area of Hawkins House that they may have been exposed to asbestos during the removal of this substance from the b...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 to 151, inclusive, together. Hawkins House is owned by the Office of Public Works and they are responsible for maintenance and ancillary works required to be carri...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the procedures that the Health Service Executive follows for informing parents and specialists as required of the results of routine eye tests taken in schools; her views on the fact that contrary to ...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 - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: when she will be in a position to provide the necessary funding for the next phase of the Naas Hospital development plan; if she will make the necessary provision within the context of the Estimates f...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: the position regarding the transport sub-committee established as a result of the report on radiotherapy services; if the report has been completed three years on; the recommendations of the report; w...More Button

As I have 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 Exe...More Button

Written Answers - Sudden Death Syndrome.

Was asked: if, in view of the growing number of deaths from sudden death syndrome of young persons, she will make it a requirement that before these persons are allowed to participate in sport they should have a...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason all 50 beds at Maynooth Community Hospital are not available for patients; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason medical card holders in County Mayo have to wait up to five months for a basic eye test; 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 - Assisted Human Reproduction.

Was asked: if funds provided by the Irish taxpayer are used as part of EU funding for projects involving the derivation and use of human embryonic stem cells in other EU member states.More Button

My colleague the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Deputy Martin, has lead responsibility for the EU Seventh Research Framework Programme under which the issue of funding for research of ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the measures which are being taken to make capital investment available in the Health Service Executive northern area in order that appropriate community facilities will be provided for patients as re...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 136, 137 and 138 of 29 June 2005 (details supplied) on Leas Cross Nursing Home, the reason no reply has issued from the Health Service Executive; the position r...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the measures which are being taken to develop a dedicated acute unit to cater for persons with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour in the HSE northern area as recommended in the Mental H...More Button

Written Answers - State Property.

Was asked: the measures she is taking on the sale of land at St. Ita’s Hospital and St. Brendan’s Hospital.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 measures she is taking on the urgent requirements for the development of an acute inpatient unit at Beaumont Hospital as outlined in the 2004 annual report of the Mental Health Commission.More Button

Written Answers - Violence Against Women.

Was asked: her plans to provide a women’s refuge in Carlow; the services funded by her Department in County Carlow relative to the needs of women who are suffering violence in the home; and if she will make a st...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of persons availing of the over 70s medical card that was introduced in 2001; the number of persons aged over 70 who are on the traditional medical card; and if she will make a statement on...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: the reason for the delay in obtaining an angiogram for a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and when the person can expect to be called for same.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 - Violence Against Women.

Was asked: the position on the need for increased Government funding for frontline services for women who have suffered violence with particular reference to a refuge (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if, in...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of NowDoc services which are in operation throughout the country; the guidelines which are used for determining the location of NowDoc centres in a county; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: if it is Health Service Executive policy that doctors on duty in a NowDoc centre remain in the centre for the duration of the duty unless called out to visit a patient; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 170 and 171 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 - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of medical cards in place at 1 October 2005 on a county basis; when the 30,000 full medical cards will be allocated; when application forms and relevant details of application criteria will...More Button

The latest information for the number of persons covered by a medical card on a county basis is September 2005. The information is set out in the following table: The income assessment guidelines used...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will report on new action plans to end the issue of patients on trolleys in hospitals.More Button

The measures identified in the ten point plan to improve the delivery of accident and emergency services take a wide ranging approach and are aimed at improving access to accident and emergency servic...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if she will report on speech and occupational therapy services for children on the north side of Dublin and provide a detailed list of new services.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if discussions will be held with the Health Service Executive regarding the need to accelerate the redevelopment of Millbrook Lawns Health Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement...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: is discussions will be held with the Health Service Executive regarding the clear need for a health centre in Fettercairn Estate, Tallaght; 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 - Telecommunications Masts.

Was asked: if an investigation will be carried out conveying the health concerns of the local community in respect of the masts erected in Whitestown Industrial Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if she will make ...More Button

My Department has made inquiries of the HSE on the issue raised by the Deputy and has been advised that the HSE is not aware of any risk to public health from mobile phone masts in the Whitestown indu...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the budget for home help services in the south east and the amount allocated to County Kilkenny; if there is a manager dedicated to the scheme or if it is part of a number of schemes managed by the sa...More Button

Was asked: the aims and objectives of the national hospitals office; if hospital networks have been determined; the networks in place in the Dublin area; 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 Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive an appointment for the community paediatrician; 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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive a hearing aid; 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 Services.

Was asked: her proposals for St. Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, County Dublin and Naas General Hospital County Kildare; 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 - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the number of women who have benefited from BreastCheck in Clondalkin and Lucan during the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button

Was asked: the number of BreastCheck services made available to women in Clondalkin and Lucan over the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 184 and 185 together. The information requested by the Deputy is not collated by my Department. My Department has requested the director of BreastCheck to examine the ...More Button

Was asked: her plans to extend the service of cervical screening to medical card holders free of charge under the equal opportunities childcare programme.More Button

Cervical smear testing is not currently provided by GPs or family planning clinics under the scheme for medical card holders. However, where cervical smears form part of recognised protocols for the o...More Button


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