Harney, Mary

Wednesday, 22 February 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 615 No. 76

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 14 be agreed.”
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Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: her views on financial assistance for a group (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Food Labelling.

Was asked: the number of breaches of food labelling and traceability regulations detected in the food processing, retailing and catering sectors since 1 January 2004; the number of prosecutions undertaken as a r...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo must pay €110 weekly towards nursing home charges for an aunt; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: the estimated cost per year of provision of an acute hospital bed for a public patient in the private system under the National Treatment Purchase Fund.More Button

My Department has asked the chief executive of the National Treatment Purchase Fund to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the process underway in the Health Service Executive with regard to the future development of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; the process of consultation regarding the general study of health ...More Button

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

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if an application for nursing home subvention will be expedited and approved in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if the maximum subvention will be approved.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if an application for a medical card in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be expedited.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 there is a nurse to patient ratio in operation in public hospitals; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nurse to patient ratios in public hospitals are currently determined locally by such factors as staffing, historical establishment, the professional judgement of the director of nursing and his or her...More Button

Written Answers - Community Care.

Was asked: if progress has been made on the community nursing units which were due to be rolled out in several locations in Dublin.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if more nurses’ aids could be employed to release nurses from labour intensive duties; and if equal pay issues would arise in those circumstances where nurses’ aids were doing work that nurses previou...More Button

Nursing is a regulated profession. While health care assistants make a very valuable contribution to the care of patients, their position is quite different to that of the nurse and there is a clear d...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: her views on providing ileostomy bags free of charge to persons who need them; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that users need these for their lifetime; if her attention has further been d...More Button

Under the 1970 Health Act, the Health Service Executive may arrange for the supply, without charge, of drugs, medicines and medical and surgical appliances to people with a specified condition, for th...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: if she has produced a circular on the distribution of revenue funding for sheltered housing of €928,000 which she allocated in December 2005; the specific allocations which are being made for each sep...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: if funding will be given for another ambulance or refurbishment of the old ambulance that serviced Caherciveen, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if funding will be expedited for the much needed extension to Kenmare Hospital, Kenmare, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: when the VFM report 52: Provision of Disability Services by Non-profit Organisations submitted to her on 16 December 2005 will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if she views as an anomaly which needs to be addressed a situation where a student over 18 years of age and working part-time is eligible for a medical card while another student over 18 years of age ...More Button

Under current legislation, persons aged between 16 and 25 years are considered financially independent of their parents or guardians if they are maintaining themselves. Their eligibility for a medical...More Button

Written Answers - Avian Flu.

Was asked: the actions being taken to counter the threat of avian flu; her plans for a public awareness campaign particularly in respect of foreign travel; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Avian influenza, or bird flu, is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The Department of Agriculture and Food is responsible for controlling avian influenza i...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if the delay in issuing payment of a grant which has been approved in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Cork will be investigated.More Button

Written Answers - Pharmacy Regulations.

Was asked: the position regarding the report of the pharmacy review group in respect of beneficial ownership of a community pharmacy by local general practitioners; and her views on the establishment of same.More Button

Was asked: if the construction and placement of pharmacies within and adjacent to surgeries, by local general practitioners or groups of general practitioners here is in breach of clause 21(1) of the Health (Com...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 and 210 together. The opening or establishment of all new pharmacies is governed by the Pharmacy Acts, subject to restrictions imposed by non-pharmacy legislation ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if assistance will be given in having an occupational therapist visit persons (details supplied) in County Cork who have applied to Cork County Council for a disabled persons grant and who have been w...More Button

Written Answers - Death Certificates.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in having a death certificate made available in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The administration of the civil registration system is statutorily a matter for an tArd-Chláraitheoir, the Registrar General, and for registrars of births, deaths and marriages who operate under his g...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the reason, in view of commitments to the Irish Wheelchair Association among others, the process of core funding for community employment positions, currently supporting personal and social services f...More Button

Written Answers - Organ Donation.

Was asked: the steps she is taking to raise awareness of transplantation issues here and to promote the awareness and necessity for donor cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The annual organ donor awareness campaign, which is organised by the Irish Donor Network and administered by the Irish Kidney Association, highlights the necessity for organ donation generally. The ca...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a medical card in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) will be seen by a speech therapist as a matter of urgency; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if funding will be provided for the retention of a personal assistant to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be given an appointment as a matter of grave urgency with the early intervention team; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if her Department or the health service executive received an application for or granted a nursing home subvention payment to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the difficulties a group (details supplied) in Dublin 7 are encountering due to lack of funds; if funding will be allocated to the group; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a speech therapist will be replaced at a medical centre (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the amount of funding provided by her Department in the health budget for each year from 1998 to date in 2006; the number employed in the health services throughout the same period; and if she will ma...More Button

The amount of gross funding provided for the health Vote from 1998 to 2006 is detailed in the following table. The Deputy should note that figures for 2005 and 2006 relate to the Votes for the Departm...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if the claims of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow in a nursing home will be investigated.More Button

Written Answers - General Practitioner Co-operatives.

Was asked: if she will report on progress regarding efforts to set up a general practitioner co-operative in the Tallaght area; the contacts and discussions she has had in the matter; 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 - State Property.

Was asked: if there are proposals to transfer land at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, to a private developer, or otherwise to make land available to a private developer for the purposes of developing a privat...More Button

In July 2005, I made a policy direction to the board of the Health Service Executive in regard to private hospital developments that would free up new public beds. Attached to the policy direction was...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that under the initiative to move patients in hospital to step down facilities suitable to their needs, that a promise that wheelchairs would be provided 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. Accordingly...More Button


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