Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 619 No. 20

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Written Answers - Drugs Awareness Programme.

Was asked: the efforts which have been made to ensure that information on drug abuse is made available in a range of languages to cater for Ireland’s multi-cultural society.More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the Ombudsman for Children has raised a number of concerns regarding child and adolescent mental health services, including the placing of Irish childr...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that children and adolescents are being placed in adult psychiatric wards; her views on whether this is the correct location for the treatment of children; ...More Button

Written Answers - Alzheimer’s Disease Incidence.

Was asked: the number of persons here who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease respectively; the breakdown by county on such figures; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: if she has discussed with local authorities the possibility of providing an air ambulance that would be of particular assistance in dealing with serious road traffic accidents; and if she will make a ...More Button

Was asked: if she will examine the feasibility of a helicopter emergency medical service in view of the fact that the two parts of this island are the only areas in Europe which do not have a service; if such a ...More Button

Was asked: if she plans to provide a helicopter air ambulance that would be of particular assistance in dealing with serious road traffic accidents.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 138, 139 and 194 together. A consultancy study jointly commissioned by my Department and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Belfast (DHSSPS) ...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Payment Scheme.

Was asked: if she will examine the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10 to ascertain if the substance Elemental 028 will be supplied on the GMS as required.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 - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if the board of the Health Service Executive has invited expressions of interest from private health companies to develop a private hospital on the site of Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown; the size ...More Button

On foot of a policy direction which I issued to the Health Service Executive (HSE) last summer, the Board will shortly be inviting expressions of interest for the development of private hospital facil...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the reason she has not implemented her promise given to the Irish Haemophilia Society to introduce the necessary legislation to provide an insurance scheme for persons infected with HIV or Hepatitis C...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide a statutory insurance scheme for persons infected by contaminated blood products due to State negligence; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason there is a nine year delay on implementation of an insurance scheme for persons infected with HIV or Hepatitis C through provision of contaminated blood or blood products by the State.More Button

Was asked: when a scheme will be put in place to enable persons infected with HIV or Hepatitis C through the provision of contaminated blood or blood products to take out insurance; and if she will make a statem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 142, 152, 154 and 161 together. I wish to assure the Deputies that I am committed to ensuring that an insurance scheme for persons infected with Hepatitis C and HIV th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position regarding a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; the supports and services they are receiving; if the maximum support and advice will be given in finding a long-term care package; ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the steps she will take to have a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath admitted to the Meath Hospital for an urgent procedure; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: her views on whether it is demoralising for carers to have to fight for minimal respite opportunities for their loved ones in view of the fact that people suffering from chronic conditions are looked ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if a decision has been made in relation to the location of a new children’s hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 3rd February last, the Health Service Executive published a report which was prepared by McKinsey & Co., on the delivery of tertiary paediatric services in this country. This report was commissione...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if in view of the circumstances this decision will be re-examined; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if the funding required has been given to St. James's Hospital to purchase the necessary equipment to carry out a procedure entailing bone anchoring of hearing aids; and when the patients awaiting thi...More Button

Was asked: if the hospital plan 2006 submitted by St. James's Hospital included details of the funding required to purchase the necessary equipment to carry out a procedure entailing bone anchoring of hearing ai...More Button

Was asked: the reason beds in St. James's Hospital, Dublin were booked for patients requiring bone anchoring of hearing aids despite the fact that the hospital did not have the equipment required for the medical...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 148, 149 and 150 together. The Deputy’s questions relate to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Hea...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated with home help; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 can receive a full free eye test and a pair of reading glasses under their medical card; and if they will be given the maximum support on this matter.More Button

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

Was asked: if the home care package that was announced has been suspended; if the funding has been used; if more funding will be made available to same; the position regarding the home care package; the number o...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the reason there are not sufficient vascular neurosurgeons here; the further reason no extra neurosurgeons have been provided in nearly thirty years, despite the increase in population here; and if sh...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 citizens of this State, if they cannot receive appropriate medical treatment here, cannot be funded for this treatment to be carried out in another EU Member State if they have private heal...More Button

Where a person requires specific necessary treatment which is not available in Ireland, the Health Service Executive may make arrangements to send the patient to another EU member state for treatment ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of people who are on a waiting list for neurosurgery in Beaumont Hospital from the west of Ireland; the average waiting time; the number of people from the west who travelled to Dublin for ...More Button

Responsibility for the collection and reporting of waiting lists and waiting times for in-patient hospital treatment falls within the remit of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF). My Departmen...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the advice which is given to the Health Service Executive in relation to assistance with charges in relation to provision of a CPAP device (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

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

Was asked: the reason an Alzheimer’s unit (details supplied) in County Donegal has not been opened and staffed in view of the fact that the building is complete and there was an understanding it would receive it...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the number of subvention payments per month in each county since 2004; the levels at which payments were made; the number of patients in receipt of top-up subvention payments in this period; and if sh...More Button

Was asked: if she will increase nursing home subvention payments to meet at least 80 per cent of the cost of nursing homes; the cost of such an increase; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the public physiotherapy rehabilitation services available in a clinical setting in Newcastle West, County Limerick; and if she will request the Health Service Executive to respond to correspondence (...More Button

Was asked: if her Department has a protocol for dealing with cases where the assets of a person who is a ward of court become exhausted but the person has continuing need for nursing home care.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2 was forcibly removed against their will, from St. James's Hospital and misled into thinking they were going to another location within the hospital c...More Button

Written Answers - Tobacco-Related Diseases.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the link between smoking and blindness is as robust as that between smoking and lung cancer; and her plans to raise awareness of same through anti-smok...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: if craft butchers will be exempted from hygiene two; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if the planned capital funding of €4.4 million for a day hospital facility in Beaumont Hospital remains committed to this project; the facilities which will be provided and if she will ensure that thi...More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: further to a previous a parliamentary question if she will expedite a response from the Health Service Executive regarding the provision of a long stay bed for a person (details supplied) in County Ki...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 305 of 25 January 2006 regarding the appropriate assessment and treatment needed in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow, she will request an ...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 will fund two places at the Irish Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, County Wicklow, for persons (details supplied) in County Carlow; if the Health Service Executive south east will proactivel...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if the plan for the roll-out of BreastCheck to the south and west are proceeding according to the expected timeframe; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have met with representatives of BreastCheck and they are fully aware of my wish to have the programme rolled out nationally as quickly as possible. For this to happen, essential elements of the rol...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if in accordance with an EU agreement persons in receipt of UK social welfare pensions are entitled to medical cards here if they are resident and that these cards are awarded without a means test; an...More Button

Regulation (EC) 1408/71 deals with the coordination of social security schemes, including healthcare, for those moving within the European Union. Under its provisions, persons who are affiliated to th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the number of EMTs who are currently employed in 2006; the number employed in the years 2004 and 2005; and when the cap on staffing of ambulances will be lifted.More Button

There is no embargo on recruitment to the ambulance service or elsewhere in the public health service. It is a matter for the Health Service Executive, as part of its responsibility for the management...More Button

Was asked: to justify her claim that 60 per cent of the health budget goes on wages and salaries within the health service; the breakdown of the difference in terms of salary and wages costs between administrati...More Button

The Revised Estimates for Public Services 2006 provides €6.85 billion (or 58% of the Vote total) for gross Exchequer Pay and Pensions for the Health Service Executive (HSE). In addition, when account ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who was approved for orthodontic treatment in the UK before their family relocated here was approved by the principal dentist in Mayo and was subs...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 amount which was spent for the hire of private ambulances in the mid west Health Service Executive region for 2004, 2005 and to date in 2006.More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: her role in dealing with complaints against private hospitals and that of the Health Service Executive.More Button

Part 9 of the Health Act 2004 provides for the establishment of a statutory complaints framework which will apply to the Health Service Executive (HSE) or to service providers providing services on be...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a complaint by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3 will be investigated.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 - Insurance Industry.

Was asked: if she or the Health Service Executive has a role in monitoring BUPA and their patients especially in relation to overcharging or making mistakes with payments.More Button

My position is that, as Minister for Health and Children, I do not have either a statutory or administrative role in commercial arrangements between insurers and their subscribers where health insuran...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 was charged an extra €10 for chiropodist service in July 2005; and if this person will be given the maximum advice and support.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 way in which she reconciles her statements to Dáil Éireann that there are no cutbacks and no lack of resources for home support and respite with the Health Service Executive assertion that cut bac...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if an increase in nursing home subvention will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the average waiting time in the accident and emergency department of Naas General Hospital; the number of patients attending the accident and emergency department over the past five years; and if she ...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 number of dentists employed within the health service in the Kildare region; the number of dentists employed at each health centre; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if, in view of the issue of the Tribal Secta Report on accident and emergency units in six hospitals to a national newspaper under a Freedom of Information request she will arrange to lay these report...More Button

The National Hospitals Office of the Health Service Executive commissioned Tribal Secta to undertake a process mapping exercise across 10 acute hospitals. The project focussed on the maximum utilisati...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if alternative accommodation will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if assistance will be given to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3 who is on a waiting list for surgery; if the maximum support will be given; and if he will make this a priority issue.More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway is not entitled to free dentures on their medical card; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a full time urology department will be established at Mayo General Hospital; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is an eight year waiting list in County Mayo for initial referr...More Button

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

Was asked: when a rheumatology department will be established at Mayo General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: when an ambulance base will be established in the Mulranny, Achill and Ballycroy areas of County Mayo in view of the proven need as prioritised by her Department; and if she will make a statement on 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. This includ...More Button

Was asked: her plans to provide defibrillators in all ambulances; if she will ensure that staff are fully trained in their use; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the percentage increase in funding allocated to the Health Service Executive southern area for the provision of enhanced nursing home subvention; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Education.

Was asked: when the decision was taken by her Department to locate the proposed school of podiatry in a large centre of population; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the establishment of a school of podiatry, including its location, will be a matter, in the final instance, for the Department of Education and Science. However, as the Deputy may b...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the number and location of PCCC’s which do not have either a dementia or Alzheimer’s unit; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 339 of 21 March 2006, if assurance will be offered by her that the outstanding information will be provided by the hospital at this late stage; and if an explanat...More Button

The Deputy is referring to a previous Parliamentary Question tabled in March, 2006 and answered by my colleague the Minister for Finance, Deputy Cowen. The request for access to information in this ca...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the European Directives that have to be implemented by her Department; when these directives were first issued; the timeframe for their implementation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will find the latest position on Directives awaiting transposition by the Department of Health and Children set out in the following table. I, and my colleagues in Government, are very cons...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the funding available to enable her to carry out her various functions; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Revised Estimates Volume was published in February of this year and outlines the estimated funding of each Government Department/Office for the current year. The Health Group is covered by three V...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: her plans to house the Desca scan unit at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny; the timeframe involved to have the service fully operational; 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 - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: if she will expedite an application under the housing aid for the elderly scheme in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if she will ensure that the occupational therapist repor...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a grant for a hearing aid will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; 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 Staff.

Was asked: the name and role of advisers, assistants or other staff employed by her since January 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Set out in the following table are details of the Special Advisers, Personal Assistants, Personal Secretary and Press Officer employed in my Office in the Department of Health and Children since Janua...More Button


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