Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 31 January 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 613 No. 13

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Priority Questions - Health Services.

Was asked: if suitably trained home help staff and adequate home help hours will be provided at community care level in 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Priority Questions - Pharmacy Regulations.

Was asked: if a submission has been received on the extent of the current risk to patients in view of the fact that for animals there is full protection from malpractice in the pharmaceutical sector while for hu...More Button

The practice of pharmacy is governed by the Pharmacy Acts 1875 to 1962. I am aware that the current fitness to practise provisions in these Acts are inadequate for the modern practice of pharmacy. On ...More Button

I accept that the legislation governing the regulation of pharmacy is unsatisfactory. It dates back to 1962 and much has changed in the intervening period. At a recent event I was told by the incoming...More Button

Priority Questions - Court Cases.

Was asked: the number of court actions regarding the provision of resources such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, psychological services and multi-disciplinary teams for children with specia...More Button

Priority Questions - Hospital Services.

Was asked: her plans to prevent the cancellation of elective operations and procedures; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is regrettable that some patients have their operations postponed and I recognise that this can cause inconvenience and stress for them and their families. Every effort continues to be made by the ...More Button

It is always unacceptable when somebody has elective surgery cancelled. To put the matter in perspective, the percentage of cancellations is between 2% and 3% per annum, although that is still too man...More Button

These difficulties do not arise in the private system which, to be fair, does not deal with trauma and accident and emergency cases, which cause many of the difficulties in the public system. I acknow...More Button

Priority Questions - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: further to a promise made on 26 January 2005 to deliver real and measurable improvements to the accident and emergency crisis within months, her views on the fact that one year later, with reports of...More Button

I do not accept that the accident and emergency action plan has failed. On the contrary, a wide-ranging approach has been adopted by the Health Service Executive to improve access to accident and emer...More Button

I was abroad when the Taoiseach gave the interview. To be fair to the Deputy, I do not know whether she is quoting him out of context. However, the Taoiseach is more than aware of the difficulties and...More Button

Absolutely. With regard to acute medical units, AMUs, to which the Deputy referred, a number of hospitals, including St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, have them. A number of other hospitals sought to co...More Button

Other Questions - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the purpose of a contribution of €30,000 made to the Irish Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society from lottery funds; and the purpose of a separate payment of €30,000 to ISANDS by the Health Service Ex...More Button

The Irish Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society, ISANDS, provides support services to parents and families of babies who are stillborn or who die around the time of birth. The society has been funded ...More Button

I strongly support ISANDS, which I met in Glasnevin a few months ago. Like Deputy Gormley, I know of many people affected by stillbirth who receive considerable consolation and support from ISANDS. Ac...More Button

ISANDS is more than aware of my support for it. The Madden report recommended the establishment of a working group to examine how its findings in respect of organ retention could be applied to stillbo...More Button

Other Questions - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the person who is in charge of the implementation of her plan to build private hospitals on the sites of public hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if it is her view that the issue of whether private beds are built on public hospital sites is a matter for the Health Service Executive (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: the number of proposals the Health Service Executive has received to build private hospitals on public grounds to date in 2006; the location of same; the number which have been accepted; and if she wi...More Button

Was asked: the role of her Department and the Health Service Executive in her plan to build private hospitals on the sites of public hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if it is her view that what the private sector does with developments in terms of its hospital structure is very much between Government and the private sector (details supplied); and if she will make...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 133, 135, 140, 199 and 207 together. The Government is committed to exploring fully the scope for the private sector to provide additional capacity in the health syste...More Button

The HSE is responsible for hiring consultants and Comhairle na nOspidéal has been subsumed into the HSE since the end of December last, which makes sense. Consultants are currently contractors in the ...More Button

The Deputy appears to misunderstand what is happening. Everybody is entitled to access our public hospital system and I wish to see that continue. However, I wish to see patients selected into a publi...More Button

If I take 1,000 private beds out of the public hospital system and convert them to public use that would be a major achievement. Deputies opposite seem to suggest I leave it as it is.More Button

Every party supports tax relief for films and other things such as urban renewal which have all been worthy schemes that have achieved fantastic results. We do not, however, seem to be capable of supp...More Button

Converting private beds to public beds is nothing to do with the American system. The Deputy does not know what he is talking about.More Button

He was a big investor in a private hospital, or am I wrong?More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the funding provided by the Health Service Executive for radiotherapy services in the south east; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cancer patients in the south east who require radiotherapy are referred to St. Luke’s Hospital Dublin and Cork University Hospital. Two radiation oncologists, one from each hospital, have sessional co...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if she is committed to the transfer of the children’s hospital, Temple Street, Dublin 1 to a modern hospital on the Mater site in line with the agreed timescale; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: if her Department has given sanction for the redevelopment of the Children’s University Hospital in a joint development on the campus of the Mater hospital; if her attention has been drawn to the fact...More Button

Was asked: her views on concerns from the boards of Temple Street and Mater hospitals over the decision by the Health Service Executive to delay the proposed redevelopment of the two hospitals; her further views...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be taken on the proposal to build a replacement for Temple Street children’s hospital on a site at the Mater hospital.More Button

Was asked: the situation and progress report on the Mater and children’s hospital development; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 136, 137, 174, 203 and 316 together. The Mater and children’s hospital development is the largest single capital development project in the HSE capital programme. It i...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of medical cards promised and delivered, in view of recent announced figures; her views on the fact that despite promises in November 2004 for 30,000 extra full medical cards, recent figure...More Button

I am informed by the Health Service Executive that in January 2006, 1,155,727 people had medical cards, which is 10,644 more than the corresponding figure, 1,145,083, for January 2005. I made a number...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the steps she has taken to date in 2006 to deal with the possibility of an outbreak of bird flu, or worse, a flu pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if her Department is co-operating with the Department of Agriculture and Food on the question of bird flu; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her views on the recent reports regarding the effectiveness of Tamiflu; the reserves of Tamiflu here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 139, 144 and 157 together. Avian influenza, bird flu, is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The Department of Agriculture ...More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: in view of the accident and emergency crisis and the record number of patients on trolleys, the steps she will take to tackle same; her views on whether the ten-point plan for the accident and emerge...More Button

Was asked: if she will report on the results of her ten-point plan to address the crisis in accident and emergency units in hospitals here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 141 and 244 together. A wide-ranging approach has been adopted by the Health Service Executive to improve access to accident and emergency services, improve patient fl...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the discrepancy between the figures of people waiting on trolleys in accident and emergency departments from the Irish Nurses Organisation and those from the Health Service Executive; t...More Button

My Department is advised by the Health Service Executive that the reason for the discrepancy between the INO figures and the HSE figures for the numbers of people waiting on trolleys in accident and e...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of speech therapists per Health Service Executive area and per community care area in Dublin; and the waiting list in each area.More Button

As the Deputy’s question in regard to waiting lists relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that stroke is the third leading cause of death here; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that same accounts for almost 10% of accident and ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Procedures.

Was asked: her views on the casemix system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her plans to review the casemix system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 146 and 241 together. In an era of evidence based medicine, we must also have evidence based management. It is widely agreed that the most developed system for assessi...More Button

Written Answers - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: her views on the delays patients are experiencing in receiving essential medicines; her further views on the fact that people are having to use unlicensed products in the absence of the licensed versi...More Button

Supply shortages of particular drugs usually arise from regulatory or manufacturing difficulties. These shortages are usually unforeseeable and of short duration. In many cases, there are already reim...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she is satisfied that appropriate funding and services are being provided by the Health Service Executive for palliative care services in the health care system here; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Inquiries.

Was asked: if she has received the report of the investigation into practices at the obstetrics and gynaecology unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following the Medical Council’s investigation into the conduct of Dr. Michael Neary which found him guilty of professional misconduct in relation to ten patients, the Government decided in April 2004 ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that sleep apnoea is a huge concern of morbidity in our health services; the steps her Department is taking to improve diagnosis and treatment of this condi...More Button

Sleep apnoea is a condition that interrupts breathing while asleep. This is usually caused by an obstruction blocking the back of the throat so that the air cannot reach the patient’s lungs. The cessa...More Button

Written Answers - Health Promotion.

Was asked: if she will support the establishment of young gardeners' clubs and healthy eating garden projects as part of a programme to promote healthy eating; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Organ Retention.

Was asked: the steps she intends to take on implementing the human tissues legislation which has been long promised in view of the recent publication of the Madden report on organ retention; and if she will make...More Button

Was asked: the reason there will be no report on the information collected by the Dunne inquiry in relation to stillbirths and maternity hospitals.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 and 221 together. The Madden report on post mortem practice and procedure, which I published recently, contains some 50 recommendations. Some of the recommendation...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if her proposal to build private hospitals on the grounds of public hospitals will be continued if public only contracts for consultants are introduced.More Button

Was asked: if her plan to employ new hospital consultants on public only contracts will affect her proposal to build private hospitals on the grounds of public hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 and 177 together. The new consultant’s contract will set out in detail formal employment arrangements for consultants practising exclusively in the public sector. ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if special unique difficulties of service withdrawal and surgical off-call status were taken into account in her Department’s penalising of Monaghan General Hospital to the extent of €257,217 under th...More Button

All the hospitals who participate in the national casemix programme are actively encouraged to make submission on issues of concern to them to the casemix technical group in my Department, who are res...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Hygiene.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the criticisms from the vice president of the Irish medical organisations in relation to the second forthcoming hygiene audit of hospitals, which included concerns t...More Button

Robust infection control measures and improved hospital hygiene have been identified as key actions required to control the spread of health care associated infections, HCAIs. To assess the extent of ...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if she is satisfied herself that BreastCheck is to be rolled out within the target set out; if she is further satisfied that BreastCheck will meet the full population of women eligible; and if she wil...More Button

Was asked: if the short listing, fee negotiations, interviews and completion date are available for the BreastCheck extension; the discussions which have taken place regarding staffing requirements; the date on ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 and 162 together. My Department has made additional revenue funding of €2.3 million available to BreastCheck this year to, inter alia, provide for the recruitment ...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the steps which have been taken to address the ongoing issue of MRSA infections; when she expects to have the matter under control; the instructions given in this regard; and if she will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of confirmed cases of MRSA to date in 2006; the hospitals in which same have occurred; the action which was taken to prevent a recurrence; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the steps which have been taken on her instructions to combat the incidents of MRSA; if the results have been monitored in any or all cases; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 158, 343 and 345 together. For the purposes of the surveillance, prevention and control of this infection the Health Protection Surveillance Centre collects data on MR...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Inquiries.

Was asked: her views on the delays in publishing the report into the death of a person (details supplied) in Monaghan Hospital in October 2005; the reason for the delay; the further reason the deadline was not m...More Button

Was asked: when the report of the independent external inquiry into the death of a person (details supplied) at Monaghan General Hospital will be released; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 and 327 together. Following the death of Mr. Patrick Walsh in Monaghan Hospital on 14 October 2005 the Health Service Executive commissioned Mr. Patrick Declan Car...More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive terms of reference of the inquiry into the death of a person (details supplied) in county Wexford will include the role of the community care services; and if she will ...More Button

Was asked: when she expects the Health Service Executive report on the death of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford to be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 and 211 together. The Health Service Executive has established an investigation team to comprehensively review services provided by the executive to Ms Evelyn Joel...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if, in view of the warning from St. Columcille’s Hospital, Ireland’s only obesity clinic, that there are currently 500 people on waiting lists and that it is estimated that 30 people will die while on...More Button

Written Answers - Homeless Persons.

Was asked: the programmes and supports in place by the child care policy unit of her Department to tackle youth homelessness; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the child care policy unit of her Department has undertaken research into the causes of child homelessness here in view of the fact that a total of 492 children were deemed homeless in 2004; and if...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if her proposals for the new consultants’ contract will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is my intention that all members of the public should be aware of management’s proposals regarding the new contract. This will help to ensure that the public understands the rationale behind these ...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Payment Scheme.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that enteric coated steroids used for a variety of medical conditions are not available on the medical card scheme; her views on whether it is costly and th...More Button

There is a common list of reimbursable medicines for the general medical services and drug payment schemes, which is reviewed and amended monthly as new products become available and deletions are not...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason there is still no out of hours emergency general practitioner co-op for the north side of Dublin six months after the tendering for this service was announced; and if she will make a statem...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 number of patients who have been discharged from acute hospitals to intermediate care beds under the ten point plan to deal with the accident and emergency crisis; the average length of stay for t...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 - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the protocols for care of vulnerable persons (details supplied) that are in place for professionals working in the community; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: when she expects Kerry General Hospital to receive the full-time consultant cardiologist it has long been promised.More Button

Was asked: if a request will be made to the Health Service Executive to appoint a full time cardiologist at Kerry General Hospital in view of the fact that County Kerry has the highest incidence of cardiac relat...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the large variation in subvention payments in different Health Service Executive regions; if she expects this to continue; her plans to regularise these payments; an...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: her views on the 1,100 nursing vacancies in hospitals and health care facilities here; the figures on the costs involved in filling these vacancies day to day by agency staff and staff nurses working ...More Button

According to the most recent Health Service Executive-employers agency survey of nursing resources, recruitment remains ahead of resignations and retirements. Employers reported that 1,131 vacancies e...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Inquiries.

Was asked: in view of the report by a person into the death of a person (details supplied) in Leas Cross Nursing Home, the recommendations which will be followed; the lessons which have been learned; the steps ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if she will report on progress in the negotiations on the new contract for hospital consultants; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when negotiations will be completed for a new consultants’ contract; when she last met representatives of the consultants to discuss this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 and 184 together. Management met the Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Hospital Consultants Association on 24 November 2005, 7 December 2005 and 26 January ...More Button

Written Answers - Water Fluoridation.

Was asked: if her Department has referred an article published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (details supplied) to the Irish expert body on fluorides; if the Irish expert body of fluorides h...More Button

The Department of Health and Children referred the article referred to by the Deputy to the Irish expert body on fluorides and health in November last. The Irish expert body on fluorides and health wa...More Button

Written Answers - Abuse Inquiry.

Was asked: when the proposed review into the inquiry process into alleged abuse at Brothers of Charity in Kilcornan, County Galway will be completed; the steps being taken to review this inquiry process; and whe...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of people covered by medical cards in 1997; the costs of providing medical cards to that number of people today; the costs of providing medical cards to all children under five; the costs o...More Button

Based on information supplied by the Health Service Executive, HSE, the number of persons covered for services under the general medical services, GMS, scheme in 1997 was 1,292,852. The cost of provid...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: her views on reports that money for cancer care at Beaumont Hospital was used to make up for funding shortfalls in other services; her further views on whether this money was urgently needed for cance...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 - Children in Care.

Was asked: if she intends to introduce new support services to address the reasons behind the latest figures on the number of children in care here.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a urology department will be established at Mayo General Hospital in view of the fact that there is currently a seven year waiting list in Mayo for a urology appointment; 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 - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the salaries, bonuses and expenses paid in 2005 to the directors of the different units set up under the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the management of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the parliamentary affairs division of the executive ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of public home stay beds which have been opened in the Dublin area since October 2004; 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 Services.

Was asked: her views on reports from the Irish Medical Organisation that up to 27,000 children are losing out on vital checks for potentially serious medical conditions due to a shortage of public health doctors...More Button

The 2003 public health doctors agreement was negotiated between my Department, the Health Service Executive, HSE, and the Irish Medical Organisation, IMO, the representative body of public health doct...More Button

Was asked: the contingency plans she has in place to respond to a major emergency in the general Monaghan area in view of the continuing surgical off-call status of Monaghan General Hospital and the consequent r...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 - Food Safety.

Was asked: her views on the conditions and requirements set down for country markets with regard to food safety; the way in which these compare with conditions in other European countries; and if she will make a...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that Health Service Executive funding to Peamount Hospital is sufficient and that beds at Peamount Hospital are fully utilised; if she has further satisfied herself that 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 Service Staff.

Was asked: her views on whether a statement she made in on the work ethic of nurses in Limerick Hospital may have been incorrect; if the nurses in question will receive an apology; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to comments I recently made in respect of reported work practices, as distinct from the work ethic, of some nursing staff in Limerick Regional Hospital. My comments a...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when Louth County Hospital will receive the promised CT scanner; and when breast surgery services will be restored.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 - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: further to Question No. 99 of 18 October 2005, if she has received the report of the working group chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach; if this report will be published in view of the fact tha...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the private fees earned by consultants in different specialties and in different regions here; her views on whether this will impact on her plans to renegotiate the ...More Button

I am aware of the potential that exists for some consultants to earn substantial amounts of money through private work. This has been taken into account by the management team when producing its propo...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if, in view of the recent resignation of an accident and emergency consultant at Tralee General Hospital due to the apparent lack of appropriate number and experienced accident and emergency junior ho...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 reason public-only contracts were refused to serving consultants in 1997 by the then Minister for Health and Children; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I take it the Deputy is referring to the geographical whole-time without fees contract, which was introduced in 1991. I have been informed that the parties to the 1997 consultants’ contract negotiatio...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: her views on the campaign by the Irish Cancer Society for the provision of free cervical screening for women aged 25 and over; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her views on the fact that despite Ireland having one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in Europe that there is no national screening programme; her plans for a free nationwide cervical cancer s...More Button

Was asked: when the Irish cervical screening programme will be rolled out nationally; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 195, 212 and 245 together. Incidence and mortality rates for cervical cancer in Ireland are in the mid-range of rates observed across Europe. Data supplied by the nati...More Button

Written Answers - National Cancer Strategy.

Was asked: when the new cancer strategy will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the expected date for the publication of the national cancer strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 196 and 290 together. The chairman of the national cancer forum recently submitted to me a publication, entitled A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland 2006. My Depa...More Button

Written Answers - Asthma Incidence.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that 12% of the population suffers from asthma and that there have been calls for a nationwide asthma strategy that does not exist at present; if her attent...More Button

While Ireland has experienced an increase in the incidence of asthma, I would point out to the Deputy that the incidence in Ireland is similar to that in other developed countries. A number of initiat...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: her views on the cost of drugs in the general medical scheme; if she intends to encourage the use of prescribing generic drugs; when the negotiations with the pharmaceutical industry will begin; when ...More Button

I have previously expressed concern regarding the increasing cost of the State drug schemes and the need to ensure better value for money for this expenditure. All aspects of the drug delivery system,...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: her views on the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children being told that the increase in type 2 diabetes has reached crisis levels; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that people ar...More Button

Written Answers - Prescription Drugs.

Was asked: the reason an expert report launched by her Department on benzodiazepine prescribing in 2002 recommended that private and medical card patients for these drugs should be monitored by her Department vi...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 the Health Service Executive will be asked for the present geographical distribution of health services; the massive regional deficits in some consultants’ specialties that they have identified 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

Was asked: if she will address the continuing waiting time for access to speech and language therapy and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the terms of reference, the cost and the deadline for conclusion of the consultancy report on hospital services in the north-east region commissioned by the Health Service Executive.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: her proposals which are being put to consultants in negotiations to revise the common contract; the proposals for public-only contracts; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if her proposals for the new consultants’ contract will include clinical accountability; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 and 217 together. The new contract will set out in detail formal employment arrangements for consultants practicing exclusively in the public sector. Its key featu...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the timescale for the opening of the Ballymun primary care project; the initial proposed budget for the project; the budget spent so far and the remaining costs that the project faces; and if she will...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 the problem of access to hospitals has not been solved with particular reference to bed availability and the use of trolleys in lieu of beds, in view of the fact that the problem has been e...More Button

There are increasing demands on the acute hospital system to provide more treatments and to provide more advanced and specialised procedures. The capacity of the acute hospital system continues to inc...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the way in which funding for an additional 20 new general practitioner training posts will be spent in 2006 when a recent advertisement for such training posts included only two extra places than 2005...More Button

The Health Service Executive’s Vote for 2006 includes an additional €4 million to allow a further increase of 22 in the number of general practitioner training places. This represents a significant co...More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to any response from the bishops following a letter from Minister of State, Deputy Brian Lenihan, sent in October 2005 inquiring into whether the recommendations from t...More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Review.

Was asked: her views on the decision by the all-party Oireachtas committee that the Constitution should be amended to give regard to the best interests of the child, rather than toprovide that the best interests...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the Health Service Executive is demanding that patients provide a list of medication that they are using when applying for a renewal of their medical c...More Button

The issue raised in 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 A...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that general practitioners have been stopped from using patients’ PPS numbers as a means to identify same; if her attention has further been drawn to the fa...More Button

The personal public service number is used by the Health Service Executive as a unique identifier for people who are entitled to publicly provided general practitioner services under the General Medic...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a working group has been set up with regard to the social services inspectorate taking over responsibility for the inspection of nursing homes; the terms of reference and the members of the working...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that there are enough public health nurses in the Health Service Executive primary and community care sector to maintain levels of care in the community now and to deal wi...More Button

At the end of September 2005 there were a total of 1,578 whole-time equivalent public health nurses or 1,905 individual public health nurses, employed by the Health Service Executive. The HSE sponsors...More Button

Written Answers - Task Force on Obesity.

Was asked: the progress to date on the implementation of the recommendations of the task force on obesity; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of recommendations of the national task force on obesity that have been implemented; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if, in view of the unfortunate departure of the director of the National Hospitals Office, the timescale and details of when and how the position will be filled; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Responsibility for staff recruitment within the Health Service Executive rests with the HSE. I am advised by the HSE that it has initiated the process to fill the vacancy arising of National Hospitals...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the number of delayed discharges in the major Dublin hospitals; if she will provide a breakdown for each hospital; if these patients are under the direct care of a geriatrician; and if she will make a...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 - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: the reason no reply has been received from the parliamentary affairs division of the Health Service Executive for Question No. 163 of 18 October 2005 in view of the important financial and delivery of...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to comments made at the 36th annual conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland that more resources are required to develop drug treatment programmes tailored 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 - Health Services.

Was asked: if she has received the residential and non-acute care accreditation scheme from the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board; the action she will take regarding the proposed scheme; and if she will ...More Button

My Department has had discussions with the Irish Health Services Accreditation Board about the development and operation of accreditation schemes for residential care and primary care services. The bo...More Button

Was asked: the reason adequate resources are not given to the Health Service Executive to provide an appropriate out-of-hours CAT scanning service to the Health Service Executive south-east region where three of...More Button

The management and delivery of health and personal services are now the responsibility of the Health Service Executive. This includes responsibility for the provision of CAT scanning services at hospi...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Reform.

Was asked: her views on the penalty and rewards system to encourage efficiency in hospitals here and that hospitals offering excellent care are being penalised; her further views on whether the criteria for judg...More Button

All the international data suggests that good hospital management usually results in both effective financial control and high quality patient care. There is no evidence that poor patient care has res...More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse.

Was asked: if she will make a statement on the outcome of her meeting with representatives of the One in Four Group on 17 November 2005.More Button

Written Answers - Clinical Indemnity Scheme.

Was asked: if her decision not to extend the clinical indemnity scheme to the consultants working in the private hospitals on the grounds of public hospitals will make the possibility of the consultants agreeing...More Button

The clinical indemnity scheme, CIS, has been established on the principle of enterprise liability. As such, the scheme covers institutions such as the Health Service Executive, voluntary hospitals, ag...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: her response to the recent report of the Pensions Ombudsman, which included particular criticism of employers in the health sector; the action she intends to take arising from the report; and if she w...More Button

My Department administers two superannuation schemes for public health sector employees, the nominated health agencies superannuation scheme and the voluntary hospitals superannuation scheme. The Heal...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the steps she intends to take to improve mental health services for children and adolescents, following reports that up to 26% of teenagers have mental health issues; if her attention has been drawn t...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the steps she plans to take with regard to funding for designated transport for cancer patients trying to access radiotherapy treatment in Dublin, Cork or Galway; when a decision will be made and fund...More Button

The national service plan 2006 of the Health Service Executive provides a commitment to develop proposals to support patients who have to travel long distances to access specialist services, with part...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the reason final proposals for a new consultants' contract have not been presented to the consultants' organisations before she gave her ultimatum to the consultants to fulfil her threat to start impl...More Button

Since 2003, management has attempted to commence substantive negotiations on a new contract with the medical organisations. For a number of reasons, including the organisations’ opposition to the exte...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the approximate annual cost for the introduction of doctor-only medical cards for those under 16; the cost for a full medical card for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On the basis of the figures contained in the 2004 annual report of the Health Service Executive, shared services, primary care reimbursement service, it is estimated that the additional cost involved ...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if her Department has mental health programmes in place targeted specifically at young males in the 15 to 35 age group, in view of the fact that males represented 78% of suicides here in 2004; and if ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Care Costs.

Was asked: her views on the variations in charges for private consultations; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that charges for a ear, nose and throat specialist in Dublin can be as high as €250 while ...More Button

As Minister for Health and Children I have no function regarding the setting of charges by consultants in respect of their private practice. This is a matter for individual consultants. In common with...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Reform.

Was asked: the reason it cost €200 million to establish the Health Service Executive which included paying off debts of the former 11 health boards; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It should be noted from the outset that the establishment of the Health Service Executive did not cost €200 million. Owing to the creation of the HSE’s Vote and the consequent introduction of vote acc...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the breakdown of the numbers of MRSA cases per hospital; if same are not available when she expects them to become available; her plans to combat the spread of MRSA with regard to screening, isolation...More Button

For the purposes of the surveillance, prevention and control of MRSA the health protection surveillance centre collects data on MRSA bacteraemia, also known as bloodstream infection or blood poisoning...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the discussions she has had concerning the future of Crumlin children’s hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It has been accepted that the current infrastructure at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children does not generally meet the standards required for a modern paediatric hospital. The available facilities ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Council.

Was asked: her views on the proposal to have a majority layperson representation on the Medical Council; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Medical Practitioners Act 1978, the Medical Council was established as the body with the responsibility for the registration of medical practitioners and the regulation of their activities. ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: her views on Coovagh House in Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Birth-Related Injury Claims.

Was asked: further to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 104 of 18 October 2005 if a process will be reviewed with regard to a no fault compensation for babies who are brain damaged at birth; if the reply t...More Button

The position on the introduction of a no fault compensation scheme for infants who suffer brain damage at or close to birth remains unchanged. The Attorney General has raised serious concerns about th...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: her views on the fact that Ireland has one of the lowest ratios of acute beds to population in Europe where the EU average is 4.4 beds per 1,000 of population; the action she intends to take to correc...More Button

The World Health Organisation’s European Health for All database of June 2005 shows that the number of acute care beds in Ireland in 2003 was three per 1,000 population and that the EU average for the...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Services.

Was asked: if it is her view that the sparse population of the north-west region presents obstacles to the establishing of a quality service to meet the needs of cancer patients in Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim; an...More Button

I am fully committed to the development of high quality and quality assured cancer care for all patients regardless of geography. This objective is shared by the chief executive officer of the Health ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if there are social workers with responsibility for the elderly; if so the breakdown of the number involved per county or per region; and the exact functions of same.More Button

Employment information collected by my Department relates to grades and employing authority rather than to specific areas of responsibility for individual staff. The most recent information shows that...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: when she intends to implement the legislation on the liberalisation of marriage venues and have the licence in the person of the registrar perform the ceremony in a venue other than the registrar’s of...More Button

An tArd-Chláraitheoir, the Registrar General, is the person with statutory responsibility for the administration of the civil registration system, including civil marriages. I have made inquiries with...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the services available to a person (details supplied) in Dublin who has suffered from mental illness since early teens in view of the fact that psychiatric care and follow up remedial treatment were f...More Button

Was asked: the proposals her Department has to improve the interface between the prison services and the health services with particular regard to mental and psychiatric services where a person (details supplied...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if special consideration will be given in the application of the casemix incentivisation scheme to hospitals experiencing unique service difficulties when funding is being allocated based on previous ...More Button

All the hospitals which participate in the national casemix programme are actively encouraged to make submissions on issues of concern to them to the casemix technical group in my Department, which is...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the type of problems that are being identified in respect of the inspection of private nursing homes; the action that is being taken to address these problems; the number of court actions pending; and...More Button

Was asked: if the hospice beds in a hospital (details supplied) in County Mayo will be reopened and the plans of the Health Service Executive to advertise for medical officers for the hospice unit.More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the funding requirement for the Mayo centre for independent living for 2006 of approximately €950,000; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that of th...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of medical cards which were available to persons in each county here on 1 January 2006 or the nearest date possible; the number of doctor only medical cards that have been issued on a count...More Button

The statistics for national coverage of medical cards as supplied to my Department by the HSE’s primary care reimbursement services are set out in tabular form: More than 5,000 GP visit cards have bee...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a health centre in Dunleer, 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 status of a request to obtain land at Thomastown, County Kilkenny, to extend the local health centre; if the proposal will be fast-tracked by the Health Service Executive in order that the project...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. Accordingl...More Button

Was asked: if a review of a file can be undertaken in relation to a refund to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; 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: her plans to open the Cootehill day care centre for the elderly on a five day a week basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if special unique difficulties of suspensions of consultant surgeons and severe overcrowding were taken into account in her Department’s penalising of Cavan General Hospital to the extent of €220,563 ...More Button

All the hospitals which participate in the national casemix programme are actively encouraged to make submission on issues of concern to them to the casemix technical group in my Department, which is ...More Button

Written Answers - Alcohol Labelling.

Was asked: if she intends to change the law to require that labels be placed on alcoholic beverages warning of the risks of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders; the steps she is taking to prevent FASD; and if she ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive will restore a medical card to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.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 the Health Service Executive will financially support persons (details supplied) in Dublin 10.More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive is considering erecting a portacabin on the grounds of Letterkenny General Hospital which will act as an extension to accident and emergency to ease the overcrowding si...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 extent of the waiting list for orthodontic treatment; her plans to reduce and eliminate this list; 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: her views on the shortage of radiographers here; her plans to address same; 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 - Organ Donation.

Was asked: her policy in relation to encouraging people to participate in organ donation programmes; if a system will be introduced whereby there will be a national opt-out scheme on the assumption that a person...More Button

Was asked: if, to get more people into the present organ donation programme, she will arrange to have a question in the forthcoming census asking people to tick a box if they agree to be an organ donor and, from...More Button

Was asked: if the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be asked to encourage its clients to complete organ donation cards on the basis that if they are prepared to donate their blood and are of a giving nature t...More Button

Was asked: her views on making the necessary changes in legislation obliging doctors to ask family members in a manner (details supplied) about organ donation in the event of an untimely death on the basis that ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 274 to 277, inclusive, together. The annual organ donor awareness campaign, which is organised by the Irish Donor Network and administered by the Irish Kidney Associat...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if the Hanly report otherwise known as the Report of the National Task Force on Medical Staffing is Government policy.More Button

Was asked: if Ennis General Hospital will retain 24 hour, seven day consultant-led accident and emergency services.More Button

Was asked: if Ennis General Hospital will have full acute medical and acute surgery services on site.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 to 280, inclusive, together. The Report of the National Task Force on Medical Staffing, Hanly report, made a series of important recommendations about the developm...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the year in which she envisages the proposed Ennis General Hospital development central plan will be completed and operational.More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to the implementation of the capital programme for the health services, which is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly...More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: the number of children who received out-of-date polio vaccine between January 1998 and December 2000 and who have now been revaccinated; 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 revised systems and protocols that were put in place post 2000 by the health boards to prevent the administration of out-of-date vaccine in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matt...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 the national immunisation steering committee has made recommendations safeguarding against the use of out-of-date vaccines; if same has been implemented; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

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

Written Answers - Cancer Incidence.

Was asked: the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year from 1995 to date in 2006; the number of women who have died from breast cancer each year from 1995 to date in 2006; and if she will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer from 1995 to date in 2006; the number of men who have died from prostate cancer each year from 1995 to date in 2006; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 285 and 286 together. Statistics on the incidence of cancer and the number of deaths from cancer, including breast and prostate cancers, are collated by the National C...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Research.

Was asked: the funding allocated by her Department for research into breast cancer in each year from 1995 to date in 2006; the funding allocated for research into prostate cancer each year from 1995 to date in 2...More Button

Was asked: the breakdown of the €3.6 million in awards made to the Ireland-Northern Ireland National Cancer Institute Consortium; the amount of this funding spent on research for prostate cancer; and if she will...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 287 and 288 together. The Deputy’s questions relate to the statutory functions of the Health Research Board which are to promote, conduct, fund and commission medical,...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the funding allocated by her Department to the BreastCheck programme in 2005; the amount earmarked for allocation in 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme is currently available to women in the 50 to 64 age group in the eastern, north-eastern, south-eastern and midland regions. My Department made reve...More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce a national prostate cancer screening programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The chairman of the National Cancer Forum recently submitted a report entitled A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland, 2006. As part of the development of this strategy, the forum, a multi-disciplin...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare has been refused dental treatment; 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 - Foreign Adoptions.

Was asked: the aspects of the draft protocol on adoption between Ireland and Belarus which have been found to be incompatible with Irish law; the further steps she has taken and which steps she intends to take t...More Button

Representatives of the Adoption Board travelled to Belarus in October 2005. They met with officials of the national adoption centre and the Ministry of Justice. During the visit the Belarusian officia...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the current spend or allocation to the various bodies dealing with the Traveller community; the amount of the overall spend or allocation in each of the years from 2000 to date in 2006 in funding all ...More Button

Part of the Deputy’s question regarding the current allocations to various bodies dealing with the Traveller community relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, wh...More Button

Written Answers - Post-Mortem Results.

Was asked: the average time for the results of post-mortem to be available in each of the Health Service Executive areas; 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. Accordingl...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Expenses.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has not had their expenses awarded by the Health Service Executive; 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 Projects.

Was asked: further to correspondence (details supplied), when a decision to approve a project will be made by the national hospital office of her Department.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 - Health Services.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive has initiated a review of the fee arrangements in place for the provision of chiropody services; if not, when such a review will be initiated and when such a review, wh...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. There is no...More Button

Written Answers - Community Care.

Was asked: the care programme envisaged for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; 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 - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the avenues persons (details supplied) have to pursue to get clearance for the operation of their crèche and Montessori; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Garda vetting is currently not generally available in respect of child care services. In respect of the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme 2000-2006, where that makes a contribution towards the s...More Button

Written Answers - Foster Care.

Was asked: if social worker support for foster parents is available on weekends or after 5.30 p.m. on weekdays and if not, her plans to change this.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 - Community Care.

Was asked: if continued respite care can or will be offered to a person (details supplied) who currently receives four night respite care associated with the school; and if she will make a statement on the matte...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: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4 can accept secondment to a hospital in the west of Ireland to cover maternity leave; 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 - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: the reason nurses affected by the abatement of pensions for employed pensioners have not received repayment of deducted pensions during the period 1 May 2005 to 20 October 2005; and if she will make a...More Button

The Pensions (Abatement) Act 1965 provides the legislative basis for the suspension or reduction of an allowance or pension where, after retirement, a scheme pensioner is employed in an agency or orga...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the number of neuro-radiologists here; the areas in which they are based; 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 - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive southern region has received funding to use the Atlantic Lodge to provide mental health services at community level in County Kerry; 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 - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the way in which the former North Western Health Board built its new headquarters at Manorhamilton; if such funding was approved by her Department; the services which were not delivered in the North ...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 - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 410 of 28 September 2005, the progress which has been made by the working group on cystic fibrosis since November 2005; when the recommendations will be published...More Button

As part of the overall funding for health services in 2006, additional revenue funding of €4.78 million has been allocated specifically for the development of cystic fibrosis services. I wish to see s...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the steps being taken to provide a pre-residential stabilisation unit for cocaine addicts.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, in view of the fact that persons using cocaine are presenting themselves as poly-substance abusers with heroin being their main problem drug, this reflects a problem with regard to an incentive 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

Was asked: when she envisages the provision of a specialist stimulant treatment service; and if she accepts the need 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 - Health Services.

Was asked: the status of an application to develop a new health centre in Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon; her plans to progress the application; 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 - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the number of court actions regarding the provision of resources such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and psychological services relating to primary school students with special n...More Button

Was asked: the number of court actions regarding the provision of resources such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and psychological services relating to secondary school students with special...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the number of people who have been deemed as qualifying applicants for nursing homes in the southern health service region on 31 December 2005; if these people had qualified prior to any changes in bu...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: when persons (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive refunds of nursing home charges.More Button

The general rules and policy relating to the national repayment scheme have been set out in previous parliamentary questions. These can be made available to the Deputy should he require them. As the H...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if, in view of the crisis situation in the national neurosurgery centre at Beaumont Hospital, she will provide for the immediate appointment of the additional neurosurgeons required and for increased ...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: the reason there are no statistics available on the number of children effected by autism here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the research which has been undertaken in regard to the high incidence of autism here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Grants.

Was asked: the funding which has been made available to the Health Services Executive southern area to enable curam grants which have been approved in 2005 but to date in 2006 have not been awarded to applicants...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: further to Questions Nos. 218 and 238 of 22 November 2005, if all organs, and specifically lungs, donated here are first made available to the Mater transplant unit for the transplantation programme ...More Button

Was asked: if Irish patients suffering from cystic fibrosis who are on the transplant list are disadvantaged since the new formal arrangements for organ donations have been put in place between the Mater and New...More Button

Was asked: the number of lung transplants for Irish patients which were carried out in Newcastle Hospital in 2003, 2004 and 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the parties which are involved in the formal arrangement that is in place between the UK transplant programme and the Mater Hospital organ retrieval team; if the formal arrangement involves her Depart...More Button

Was asked: if the formal arrangement between the UK transplant programme and the Mater Hospital retrieval team is a written agreement; if the agreement is open to viewing by the public or interested and concerne...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 to 326, inclusive, together. The Deputy’s questions relate to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of t...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: her plans to increase nursing home subvention (details supplied).More Button

Written Answers - Compensation Claims.

Was asked: the reason the once off ex gratia payment of €2,000 in respect of nursing home fees has not been awarded to a person (details supplied).More Button

The general rules and policy relating to the ex gratia payment scheme have been set out in previous parliamentary questions. These can be made available to the Deputy should he require them. As the He...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 was discharged early from hospital without proper supports; and if this person will receive the maximum support and assistance.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 ratio of doctors to beds available for patients in Kerry General Hospital and in Cork Regional 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

Was asked: the ratio of nurses to beds available for patients in Kerry General Hospital and in Cork Regional 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

Was asked: the number of places available in hospitals in County Kerry for children and adolescents under 16 who are mental health patients; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of respite care for parents and carers of children and adults with special needs; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the areas in which the facilities for tuberculosis and respiratory care previously available at Peamount Hospital are located; the extent and availability of such facilities; and if she will make a st...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 she has satisfied herself regarding the adequacy of the community care facilities in the event of recent announcements on the closure of psychiatric hospitals; if the sale of the hospital will have...More Button

Was asked: if, in the event of the proposed closure of the psychiatric hospitals, a guarantee will be given that all of the proceeds from any sale will go directly to the provision of community care services for...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the areas within the health service most deficient in terms of staff numbers at present; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons employed directly or indirectly in the delivery of the entire health services; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 339 and 342 together. Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive has responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, healt...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Incidence.

Was asked: if studies have been carried out on the incidence of the various forms of cancer here; if this indicates any particular trend in any area; if the cause or causes of such trends have been examined; and...More Button

The National Cancer Registry has routinely collected data on county of residence for all incidences of cancer since 1994. These data have been published in a number of reports, including Cancer in Ire...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the extent to which she has ordered improved entitlements in respect of medical cards with particular reference to the raising of income guidelines for eligibility; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

I have made significant improvements to the way in which an applicant’s eligibility for medical cards and GP visit cards is assessed. In January 2005, I increased the income guidelines used in the ass...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Hygiene.

Was asked: the cost of hospital hygiene audits to date in 2006; 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 - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: when the next phase of the Naas Hospital development plan will be sent to tender in view of the fact that the project has reached that stage; if approval for tender is issued by her or the Health Serv...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 extent to which she has examined the cause or causes of the prolonged use of trolleys in lieu of beds in various hospitals here; 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 - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the programmes and supports in place to promote positive mental health among young people, in particular the 15 to 24 age group; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices.

Was asked: if the National Office for Suicide Prevention has been established; if not, when she expects same to be established; the functions of the National Office for Suicide Prevention; when the National Offi...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: further to Question No. 369 of 28 September 2005, if her Department’s consultation process with the Department of Education and Science on the commencement of the provisions of Part 2 of the Disabilit...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: her plans regarding the compensation of patients who were forced to pay for private nursing home care due to a lack of public places and who now find themselves doubly disadvantaged by the offer of co...More Button

The Government has agreed the key elements of a scheme for the repayment of long stay charges for publicly funded residential care. All those fully eligible persons who were wrongly charged and are al...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be reassessed for 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 - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the overspend by her Department and the health boards for the years 1998 to 2005 inclusive; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department of Health and Children Vote surrendered a surplus to the Exchequer for each of the years 1998 to 2005. The following table sets out the amounts surrendered in each year. Under public fi...More Button


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