Harney, Mary

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 666 No. 1

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Charities Bill 2007: Report Stage (Resumed).

Amendment put.
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Training Programmes: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
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Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the final savings expected in budget 2009 by the decision to withdraw universal access to medical cards for over 70s and the renegotiation of the doctors’ contracts; the amount it would cost to exten...More Button

Following the recent Government decision to withdraw automatic entitlement to a medical card for persons aged 70 and over and to raise the means assessment threshold for persons in that age cohort, it...More Button

Written Answers - Health Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive will accept a duplicate health repayment scheme claim form in respect of a deceased person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that the HSE states th...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 - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if the waiting list for an adult outpatient seeking a dermatology appointment in Tallaght Hospital is over five years long; if, in the interest of patient safety, they are currently not accepting ref...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 Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive payment in respect of a claim made under the nursing home repayments 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 - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason persons who have an over 70s medical card and VHI cover are not entitled to convalescent care in a public bed following discharge from hospital; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: the reason a private patient is not entitled to convalescent care in a public bed following discharge from hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a person with a pre-booked admission for surgery has to make their own arrangements for convalescent care following discharge. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 207 to 209, inclusive, together. Entitlement to health services in Ireland is primarily based on residency and means. Any person, regardless of nationality, who is acc...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when she will introduce the appropriate legislation banning the availability and sale of the herbal drug benzylpiperazine here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position in relation to funding for the provision of a primary care centre in Castlerea, County Roscommon, which has been announced recently; and when it is envisaged this centre will be function...More Button

Under the Health Act 2004, the management and delivery of health and personal social services is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive. This includes operational responsibility for the e...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if she will explain her decision to cut undergraduate nurse training places by 17% in budget 2009; the amount she estimates will be saved by this measure; her reasoning behind the curtailment of spec...More Button

The O.E.C.D. Public Management Reviews: Ireland — Towards an Integrated Public Service (2008) in its case study “Reconfiguration of the Health Services” notes: “One statistical characteristic of Irela...More Button

Written Answers - Drug-Related Deaths.

Was asked: the status of the drug related death index; the number of drug-related deaths here to date in 2008, and each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In 2005 the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform jointly requested the Health Research Board to establish the National Drug Related Deaths Index (ND...More Button

Written Answers - Health Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive payment under the health repayment scheme; and the stage their claim is at in view of the fact that they were told several months ago that...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 - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the action she will take to deal with the issue of €83 million being diverted from disability services by the Health Service Executive since January 2008; if this money will be allocated to disabilit...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the locations at which the money allocated in the Health Service Executive budget for 2008 in respect of the roll out of the national screening programme for infants to detect cystic fibrosis was spe...More Button

My Department has been advised by the Health Service Executive that it will not be possible to commence the programme of screening of newborns for cystic fibrosis as planned in 2008 and that the posit...More Button

Written Answers - Parliamentary Questions.

Was asked: the reason for the continuing failure of the Health Service Executive to reply to Parliamentary Question No. 387 of 17 June 2008. More Button

My Department has been informed by the Health Service Executive that a reply was issued yesterday to the Deputy setting out the details requested for the HSE North West region. Having regard to the D...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the continuing failure of the Health Service Executive to reply to Parliamentary Question No. 188 of 10 July 2008. More Button

My Department has been informed by the Health Service Executive that the compilation of the information sought by the Deputy is being finalised and that it will be forwarded to him shortly. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if the Clonmel mental health care and day care unit is still planned for opening in February 2009; if staff have been recruited for this service; and if it will continue in view of budget constraints...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: her plans in relation to those people over 70 years who will lose their medical cards due to being over the income levels; if an arrangement will be made with health insurance companies to get cover ...More Button

Following the recent Government decision to withdraw automatic entitlement to a medical card for persons aged 70 and over and to raise the means assessment threshold for persons in that age cohort, it...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the location of the 125 additional therapy posts in the disability and mental health services for which €10 million was provided in budget 2009; when she will begin recruitment for these posts; the n...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff employed in her Department’s press office; if he will outline the role and function of her Department’s press office and its relationship with his own press office; and if he will...More Button

There are 6 Civil Servants (5.6 WTE) assigned to the Department’s Communications Unit, which incorporates a Press Office, as well as an internal communications function. The Unit is headed by an: 1 A...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will support a matter (details supplied). 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 - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: her estimate of the take-up of the fair deal scheme in each of the next five years; the funding shortfall from direct contributions by patients which will be carried by the State in each year; the fu...More Button

Was asked: the distribution by the projected length of stay in nursing homes of persons to be admitted under the fair deal nursing home scheme which underpins the cost estimates in each of the next five years. More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the current and capital expenditure which has been incurred to date in respect of the decentralisation projects which have been deferred until a further review occurs in 2011. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have been relocated to each of the decentralised locations established by units or agencies under her Department; the floor areas and occupancy capacity of each of the facil...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff moves that have been necessitated by the decentralisation programme in units or agencies in her Department distinguishing the moves at managerial or technical level. More Button

Was asked: the facilities in Dublin which units or agencies under her Department, plan to vacate as a result of the decentralisation programme; the floor areas involved; and when it is planned that they will be...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 to 229, inclusive, together. As the Deputy will be aware my Department is not one of the Departments scheduled for decentralisation under the Government’s Decentra...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if she will confirm that EU nationals over the age of 70 years resident here who are entitled to medical cards under Regulation (EC) 1408/71 will continue to be entitled to medical cards irrespective...More Button

Regulation (EC) 1408/71 coordinates health and social security arrangements among EU member states (it also applies in the remaining EEA member states and Switzerland). Under these provisions, people...More Button

Written Answers - National Disability Strategy.

Was asked: the yearly expenditure to date on the National Disability Strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button


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