Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 640 No. 1

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Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy.

I also express my sympathy to Ita and her five children on John’s sad passing, to her son, John, and her daughters, Claire, Siobhán, Lucy and Maria, to his brothers, sisters and grandchildren and to h...More Button

He certainly was a great teacher, a great university lecturer and, as we know, a great sportsperson. The last time I saw him was in his role as head of the Independent Commission for the Location of ...More Button

Written Answers - Education Services.

Was asked: the steps she has taken to implement Recommendation No. 5 of the Joint Committee on Education and Science second report on the provision of education services in a multi ethnic/multi cultural society...More Button

Written Answers - Violence Against Women.

Was asked: the plans she has to provide additional funding for groups that front-line violence against women; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Provision.

Was asked: the measures in place to track the average cost of childcare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the measures in place to track the average cost of childcare here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 183 together. There is a variety of childcare services in Ireland including centre-based and home-based care. The fees in the latter sector are harder to gaug...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if the domiciliary care allowance is available to children who have been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum; the criteria required to qualify; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Provision.

Was asked: the reason the Government has proposed a new approach to funding for playschools; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the playschool movement has been extremely successful, both in big u...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if, with regard to the concern expressed by pharmacists throughout Limerick west in relation to proposed reduction in the wholesale margin, she will desist from introducing her proposals until an ind...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the hardship being caused to many people as a result of the decision by some pharmacists to cease to operate the drug purchase scheme; the plans the Health Service ...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the breakdown in negotiations with the pharmacists here regarding the introduction of the new reimbursement scheme. More Button

Was asked: the action she is taking to communicate and negotiate with the pharmacists over the issue of reimbursement. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 185, 253, 262 and 263 together. Pharmacists have not withdrawn from the GMS and community drug schemes and I would not accept that there is any basis for community pha...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of children awaiting assessment for speech and language therapy in the Health Service Executive west; the number of children awaiting such services in HSE west following assessment of need...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the proposed recruitment of two psychologists for a service (details supplied) in County Dublin has been blocked by the Health Service Executive ban o...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: when the ambulance section of the Health Service Executive will fill in a form for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to a human resource issue within the Health Service Executive. As this is a matter for the Executive under the Health Act, 2004, my Department has requested the Parliame...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if patient transport will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo for their hospital appointment on 24 October 2007. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of people whose medical cards were replaced with general practitioner visit cards since December 2006 with a breakdown of this information on a Health Service Executive regional basis in t...More Button

Medical cards are made available to persons and their dependants who would otherwise experience undue hardship in meeting the cost of General Practitioner (GP) services. In 2005 the GP visit card was ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the number of people admitted to the hospital services for drink related emergency cases for each of the years 2002 to date in 2007 with a breakdown for each Health Service Executive region in tabula...More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health serv...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in a neurological appointment being provided for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Policy.

Was asked: if an inter Departmental working group will be established to co-ordinate action by all Government Departments in respect of the vision for change dealing with national mental health policy framework...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the number of persons who have graduated through hospital attendants positions to qualified carers in hospital situations; when it is intended to remunerate these persons at their new level; and if s...More Button

Nearly 130,000 people work full-time or part-time in our public health services. In recent years, the Government’s ongoing high level of investment in health has achieved and maintained significant i...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: if her output statement has been published on her Department’s website; and the date on which it was put up on the website. More Button

The Department of Health and Children’s Annual Output Statement was finalised and published on the departmental website, www.dohc.ie, in March 2007.More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Provision.

Was asked: if she will reconsider her decision to introduce a new scheme for funding community childcare facilities as in its present form the new scheme will lead to the closure of many community childcare fac...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the recent changed guidelines on childcare funding which have issued have led to widespread disquiet and concern; if she will rethink these guidelines...More Button

Written Answers - Community Pharmacy Services.

Was asked: the way community pharmacists are remunerated for the methadone maintenance scheme; the amount of money paid to pharmacists participating in the scheme; the number of pharmacies involved in the schem...More Button

The 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, my Dep...More Button

Was asked: the amount of money paid to pharmacists in professional fees for each of the past five years; the international comparisons available to the public; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health serv...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath who has had a medical card since 1999 has lost same despite ongoing health problems; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Medical cards are made available to persons and their dependants who would otherwise experience undue hardship in meeting the cost of General Practitioner (GP) services. In 2005 the GP visit card was ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: her views on whether the relocation of female psychiatric patients currently on St. Bernadette’s ward in St. Conall’s Hospital in Letterkenny to the male St. Kieran’s ward is appropriate and that hav...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: when the new ambulance base will be in operation at Maynooth, County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Misuse of Drugs Act.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a young woman collapsed and was hospitalised during the summer 2007 having consumed pills containing the substance benzlpiperazine, a substance recent...More Button

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and the Regulations made thereunder regulate and control the import, export, production, supply and possession of a range of named narcotic drugs and psychotropic substanc...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: her views on funding a dedicated nursing service to respond to cardiac patients who need advice, a service which was previously funded by a private source; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health serv...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: when the plan to transfer a number of patients in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Limerick to Ashley Lodge will be implemented; if and the reason patients have instead been transferred from unit three to unit...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the percentage of people employed by all the health boards who were solely providing an administrative role; the number of people employed by the Health Service Executive at present; the percentage o...More Button

Almost 130,000 people work full-time or part-time in our public health services. Under Part 10 of the Health Act 2004, the health boards were dissolved and their functions and employees transferred t...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the enhanced facilities that Naas Hospital will have after completion of phase three; when the project is set for completion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the way cutbacks will affect the cardiac rehabilitation services in Sligo General Hospital in relation to County Leitrim; if she will ensure that the service is maintained; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will have a hip replacement operation carried out; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for an appointment. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Food Safety Regulations.

Was asked: the level of compliance in the restaurant and catering sector regarding beef labelling; the number of inspections that have been carried out; the number of staff dedicated to this purpose; and if she...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Transport.

Was asked: if her Department has a policy with regard to frequent flyer points accrued by Ministers or civil servants; if these must be signed over to her Department or if they can be retained by the individual...More Button

This matter is governed by the Department of Finance foreign travel rules.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when speech therapy services will be made available for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if funding is in place in respect of the recently announced cancer control programme; the amount of funding available in 2007 and 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if the decision to have eight cancer centres here is Government policy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 213 and 236 together. The implementation of the National Cancer Control Programme is a major priority for me and for this Government. I fully support the appointment ...More Button

Written Answers - Adoption Services.

Was asked: the position in relation to delays and waiting lists for assessments regarding inter country adoptions; if her attention has been drawn the hardship caused by the delay to those who are waiting to ad...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a shortage of gynaecological consultants in Cork and that this is causing serious difficulties for expectant mothers in the south west; and t...More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Adoption Services.

Was asked: the reasons for the suspension of inter country adoptions from certain countries; the countries on the suspension list; and the reason therefore in each case. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when an ultra sound or scan will be carried out for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: when funding approved for a group (details supplied) in County Mayo will issue to them. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the progress which has been made in resolving the dispute which has seen dentists withdrawing from the dental service treatment scheme; the contingencies that have been put in place to ensure that me...More Button

The Dental Treatment Service Scheme (DTSS) provides for a range of dental services for adult medical card holders from participating dentists holding contracts with the Health Service Executive (HSE)....More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the progress made in the provision of the proposed regional hospital for the north east. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will increase the funding available to the Health Service Executive north eastern region in order to prioritise autism assessments for pre-school children in County Meath; the numbers waiting ...More Button

Was asked: the number of clients in each Health Service Executive area waiting for methadone treatment for each clinic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The 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, my Dep...More Button

Was asked: the number of clients in each Health Service Executive area being treated at each methadone clinic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The 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, my Dep...More Button

Was asked: the best advice in order to assist a group (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if she will address an issue (details supplied). More Button

At present, medical cards are granted primarily on the basis of means and individual circumstances. Under the Health Act, 2004, determination of eligibility for medical cards is the responsibility of...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 will be assisted. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health serv...More Button

Written Answers - Courts Service.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the Registrar of Wards of Court is unable to apply for redress for these wards of court and that no claims can be processed due to the prohibitive cla...More Button

The Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006 provides that applications for repayments to Wards of Court can be made by the Registrar of the Wards of Court or the relevant County Registrar as the Circuit Co...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if she read the Health Service Executive publication, Health Matters; how often this magazine is published; the cost of each edition; the persons who receive it; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Health Matters is the national staff magazine of the Health Service Executive. It is issued on a quarterly basis and to date there have been eight issues. I have requested the HSE to respond directly...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the progress of the roll out of the sexual assault treatment units; the status on the units; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 259 of 26 September 2007, the factors that inform a cost benefit analysis in the context of facilities for patients with terminal illnesses whose life expectancy...More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of money spent on paper and stationery in 2007: the amount of this money spent on recycled paper; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has spent € 57,757 (VAT included ) on paper and stationery to date in 2007. All the paper and stationery purchased was recycled material.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will intervene on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Therefore, the Executive is th...More Button

Was asked: if she will intervene on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin. More Button

Was asked: if she will investigate the circumstances of the death of a person (details supplied) and in particular the delays caused by technical problems with the ambulance; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

My Dept has been advised that, in accordance with the statutory complaints procedure, the National Ambulance Service of the Health Service Executive (HSE) has commenced an investigation into the circu...More Button

Was asked: the plans in place with regard to oncology services in Sligo General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the plans in place with regard to chemotherapy services in Sligo General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the plans in place for radiation oncology services in Sligo General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 239, inclusive, together. The implementation of the National Cancer Control Programme is a major priority for me and for this Government. I fully support the a...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if the agreements and regulations will allow the collocated private hospital to provide oncology services and in particular breast care oncology services; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The collocation initiative is designed to ensure that private beds in public hospitals are freed up for the use of public patients by having collocated private hospital beds built on public hospital s...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive have plans to fund the life-start programme in Milford, County Donegal which is currently in a disadvantaged area and would have very low spend per head of capita; and...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the expected time-frame for the full roll out of BreastCheck on a nationwide basis and its availability to women over 65; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am committed to ensuring that the BreastCheck service is rolled out to the remaining regions in the country as quickly as possible. I have allocated additional revenue funding of €8 million to the ...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: if she will investigate a situation where the health repayment scheme in Tralee is sending letters to applicants under the certificate of entitlement to extract a grant of representation without sign...More Button

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the Repayment Scheme and the information sought by the Deputy relates to matters within the area of responsibility of the Executive. M...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: if she will confirm that all arrangements are in place to introduce the new uniform nursing home support scheme as promised on 1 January 2008 despite newspaper reports to the contrary; and the way as...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: when she will ensure that the salaries and allowance of Health Service Executive management teams be made available in the same way as the HSE have published the payments to chemists and general prac...More Button

Nearly 130,000 people work full-time or part-time in our public health services. In recent years, the Government’s ongoing high level of investment in health has achieved and maintained significant i...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) are being refused payment under the nursing home repayment scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the Repayment Scheme and the information sought by the Deputy relates to matters within the area of responsibility of the Executive. M...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare was refused a grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive (HSE) under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all healt...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the waiting list in the Dunboyne area, County Meath for young people who are waiting access to speech therapy and that the Health Service Executive in May 2007 comm...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Galway was deemed to be an employee of the Western Health Board from 1990 to 2002 in their role as supervisor over a community employment scheme at Toghermore...More Button

Under Part 10 of the Health Act 2004, the health boards were dissolved and their functions and employees transferred to the Health Service Executive. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason the domiciliary care allowance has been withdrawn from a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that three other brothers of the applicant ...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if a site will be made available for the supply of services to the mentally handicapped at St. Bridget’s Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway in the event that the property is sold; and if she will m...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the plans in place for the use of the hydrotherapy pool at Our Lady’s Hospital Manorhamilton, County Leitrim in view of the relocation of rheumatology services to Sligo General Hospital; and if she w...More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their payment under the health repayment scheme. More Button

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the Repayment Scheme and the information sought by the Deputy relates to matters within the area of responsibility of the Executive. M...More Button

Was asked: the reason a full reply has not issued in respect of Parliamentary Question No. 317 of 26 September 2007 for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the Repayment Scheme and the information sought by the Deputy relates to matters within the area of responsibility of the Executive. T...More Button

Was asked: the reason a full reply has not issued in respect of Parliamentary Question No. 319 of 26 September 2007 for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the Repayment Scheme and the information sought by the Deputy relates to matters within the area of responsibility of the Executive. T...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive payment on their claim under the health repayment scheme. More Button

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the Repayment Scheme and the information sought by the Deputy relates to matters within the area of responsibility of the Executive. M...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: the number of personnel in the ambulance services; the number on leave; and the number of vacancies. More Button

Nearly 130,000 people work full-time or part-time in our public health services. In recent years, the Government’s ongoing high level of investment in health has achieved and maintained significant i...More Button

Written Answers - Infection Control.

Was asked: the number of patients in St. Colmcille’s Hospital who have contracted MRSA or C. difficile each year since 1997 to date in 2007. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the HSE under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provide...More Button

Was asked: if budget cutbacks have affected the infection control service in St. Columcille’s Hospital. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the plans in place to redevelop St. Columcille’s Hospital as was the case in Naas General and James Connolly Memorial Hospitals during the ERHA area board management structure. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if funding will be provided for an increase in occupational therapy services in County Wexford. More Button

Was asked: if funding will be provided for an increase in speech therapy services in County Wexford. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if a review of staff security will be undertaken in psychiatric units. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Provision.

Was asked: if she will examine the concerns of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the cuts being planned for services in Kerry General Hospital; the cuts in services already in place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button

Was asked: the precise health facilities and ancillary health developments that will be put in place at Loosan, Athlone, County Westmeath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government’s sustained high level of investment in healthcare has enabled the completion and commissioning of numerous new facilities in both the acute and the non-acute sectors. This year, over...More Button

Was asked: the range and level of services provided through home care packages; and the application procedure and qualifying criteria. More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: when an application under the housing aid for the elderly will be processed for a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive (HSE) under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all healt...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: the funding supports available in his Department for community groups wishing to build a children’s playground. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: if her Department has a grant scheme or funding source to which an adoption support group (details supplied) may apply for financial assistance. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if they will be seen as a matter of urgency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as ...More Button


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