Harney, Mary

Wednesday, 19 October 2005

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 608 No. 68

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Written Answers - Computerisation Programme.

Was asked: her views on the approach to project governance and project management by health sector staff; the concerns raised regarding health sector staff by a private consultant (details supplied); and if she ...More Button

Was asked: her views regarding the approach to project governance and project management by health sector staff; her further views on the circumstance in which claims were made by a private consultant to her Dep...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 167 and 192 together. The Secretary General of my Department has brought to the attention of the chief executive officer of the HSE the concerns that he shares with th...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if she has sanctioned atypical travel and subsistence expenditures relating to the PPARS or FISP projects; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she has approved or if her attention has been drawn to the atypical travel and subsistence travel expenditures related to the PPARS or FISP projects; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 and 195 together. I have been advised of the following by the Health Service Executive: regarding PPARS, travel and subsistence arrangements-expenditure are in acc...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position regarding funds granted to the National Federation of Arch Clubs; and if she will give it maximum support in 2005 and 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if she still plans to move the Central Mental Hospital to the new Mountjoy Prison site in view of the fact that there is strong opposition among hospital staff and the Irish College of Psychiatrists t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the total amount paid to a consultancy company (details supplied) since 1997; the details of each of the contracts and services provided; the nature of controls applied in the procurement process; and...More Button

My Department has only been involved in a small number of contracts for which payments have been made since 1997. Details of two of these — both since 2000 — were included in a reply to Parliamentary ...More Button

Was asked: the total amount paid to a consultancy company (details supplied) since 1997; the details of each of the contracts and services provided; the nature of controls applied in the procurement process; and...More Button

Payments made by my Department to the firm in question during the period 1997 to date, relate solely to work undertaken by the firm in regard to the civil registration modernisation programme. The wor...More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: the number of persons in Dublin Mid-West constituency who have been treated under the national treatment purchase fund in recent years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy’s question relates to the operation of the national treatment purchase fund, my Department has asked the chief executive of the fund to respond to the Deputy in regard to the information...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if she will report on the policy of relocation of persons with intellectual disabilities from mental hospitals to more appropriate locations; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in refunding persons for illegal nursing home charges under the national repayment scheme; and when all outstanding moneys will be refunded.More Button

The Government has agreed the key elements of a scheme for the repayment of long stay charges for publicly funded residential care. However, full details of the scheme have yet to be finalised. The He...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the position regarding an operation for a person (details supplied) in County Louth; 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: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been told that they will have to wait two and a half to three years for an outpatient’s appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon at Cork Univer...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, the health service area and St. Ita’s Hospital will work together in order to assist a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse.

Was asked: the number of complaints received regarding child abuse in the years 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the discussions, advice or information she has had on the establishment of private hospitals in the grounds of public hospitals in the past 12 months; the number of occasions on which she and her advi...More Button

Was asked: the persons she has met in the past 12 months in regard to the development of private hospitals on public hospital sites; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 180 and 182 together. In the last year, I have had numerous meetings with many people in my office in Dublin and throughout the country where the development of privat...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the grave situation which continues to obtain at the cystic fibrosis centre of St. Vincent’s Hospital (details supplied); if, in view of this, the long needed recomm...More Button

The Deputy is aware that, following the publication of the Pollock report, commissioned by the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, the Health Service Executive established a multi-disciplinary wor...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason for the drastic cutback in the medical screen programme in national schools at which examinations were carried out on pupils in junior and senior infants, and second class and sixth class; ...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: why BreastCheck is not available in counties Cork and Kerry; and when she proposes to extend this vital service to these counties.More Button

BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme, commenced in 2000 and covers the eastern, north-eastern, midland and part of the south-eastern regions of the country. The roll out of the nationa...More Button

Written Answers - Disabled Drivers.

Was asked: the funding that has been allocated to the Disabled Drivers Association for each of the past five years; the details of the category such as capital, staffing, administration and so on.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if consideration has been given to the pre-budget submission 2006 launched by the Disability Federation of Ireland; the actions open to her Department in response to the submission in consultation wit...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the proposed cost of the new hospital at Eccles Street adjacent to the Mater Hospital; the amount already spent on the project since the Government approval in 1999; the reason for the delay in starti...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 - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the situation in which bureaucratic interference in an essential medical care case nearly cost an elderly person their leg, if not their life; her views on whether d...More Button

I am not aware of the case mentioned by the Deputy. The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Serv...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if arrangements will be made for a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim to remain in their current nursing home.More Button

Was asked: the number of hours provided by the home help service by county for the period 1 January 2005 to 30 June 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she will report on the provision of a primary health care centre in Mulhuddart; the way in which the new private health centre in Mulhuddart village will impact on same; and if she will make a stat...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 - Capital Programme.

Was asked: the dates in 2002, 2003 and 2004 on which the capital programme for the health services was discussed with her; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, since I took up office in late September 2004, I have had numerous discussions, both formal and informal, within and outside my Department about the capital programme fo...More Button

Was asked: the dates in 2002, 2003 and 2004 on which management advisory committee-chief executive officer meetings were held; and the capital programme for the health service which was discussed at those meetin...More Button

A total of 11 management advisory committee-chief executive officer group meetings were held over the three year period 2002 to 2004 inclusive. In 2002, management advisory committee — chief executive...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the extent to which back-filling of staff occurred in respect of the PPARS and FISP projects; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I asked the Health Service Executive to gather the required information for me but it was not possible to do so in the time available. I will provide the information to the Deputy in the next day or s...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount spent to date on FISP; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following is the information I have received from the Health Service Executive.More Button

Was asked: if she has provided financial support for the development of a website (details supplied); the amount involved and the source of the finance; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In recent years, provision has been made under the indicative drugs target savings scheme for the development of a primary care website, myGP.ie, which is operated by the Irish Medical Organisation, I...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will make a statement on the status of the initiative relating to the north Tipperary early intervention project and the unresolved staffing issues previously brought to her attention (details ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Education.

Was asked: her proposals to tackle the serious problem of smoking among young people; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: in view of the DHSSPS report on the costs and benefits associated with the introduction of a dedicated HEMS that the priority is the need for further investment to improve the ground ambulance servic...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


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