Harney, Mary

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 681 No. 4

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Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: when the bilateral agreement with Vietnam on adoption will expire; if she is negotiating a new agreement with the Vietnamese authorities; if so, when this agreement will be complete; if special tempo...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the renewal of the five year bilateral agreement between Ireland and Vietnam which ends on 1 May 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 165 of the 18 February 2009, if she will report on the ongoing negotiations regarding the bilateral agreement between Ireland and Vietnam; if she will clarify if...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in signing a bilateral agreement with the Republic of Vietnam regarding inter-country adoption; when she expects a treaty to be signed; if her attention has been drawn to the...More Button

Was asked: the actions she will take to resolve the issue of inter-country adoption with Vietnam; her views on visiting the country herself to resolve issues which remain outstanding. More Button

Was asked: if she will make a statement on the bilateral agreement between Ireland and Vietnam; if she will travel to Vietnam to sign the new agreement; the timeframe for negotiations; the steps she is taking a...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the visit by the Irish delegation to Vietnam to discuss the provisions of the renewal of the bilateral agreement regarding adoptions between the two countries; and if she will ...More Button

Was asked: if she will renew the bilateral adoption agreement between Ireland and Vietnam before the Adoption Bill 2009 is passed; the position regarding inter-country adoption, in particular such adoptions bet...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding applications to adopt being processed in view of the 1 May 2009 deadline; when the negotiations will be finalised; the reason the delegation from Ireland did not travel to Viet...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if Health Service Executive employees are entitled to apply for the early retirement scheme outlined in the 7 April 2009 budget; the way this scheme will operate; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Health Service Executive employees will be entitled to apply for the early retirement scheme outlined in the 7 April, 2009 Budget. The scheme is being finalised at present and a copy of the circular,...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the steps being taken at airports, ports and all other points of entry into the State in relation to screening for the swine flu influenza; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The issue of screening at airports has been considered by the National Public Health Emergency Team on the basis of advice provided to it by the Pandemic Influenza Expert Group and has decided not to ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Longford is not being given the required three home help visits per day as advised by the public health nurse in respect of their mother; and if she w...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if she will reverse her decision to extend the grant aid of €150,000.00 to a centre (details supplied) in order to maintain the current staff and services for the year 2009/10. More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: if she will ensure that a project (details supplied) in Dublin 8 will be supported; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the steps she proposes to take to alleviate the pressures on private pre-school operators when they are forced by the budget proposals to suffer a serious drop in income (details supplied); and if sh...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: when an application for domiciliary care allowance will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the reason for the delay in processing this application; and if she will m...More Button

Was asked: when an application for domiciliary care allowance will issue for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the reason for the delay in processing this application; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: her proposals to improve the length of time it is taking to process nursing home subvention applications in Waterford city and county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the progress of the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Health and Children on the orthodontic services published in 2005. More Button

The Health Service Executive (HSE) established an Orthodontic Review Group in 2006. One of the terms of reference for the group was to review the recommendations contained in the Joint Oireachtas Comm...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Longford has had their medical card rescinded, despite no change of circumstances; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when St. Joseph’s ward in Crumlin children’s hospital, Dublin, will re-open. More Button

Was asked: when the outpatients’ department in Crumlin children’s hospital will begin working at 100% capacity again. More Button

Was asked: when the newly opened theatre in Crumlin children’s hospital, Dublin, which is proposed to be closed from July 2009 will re-open; the length of time this theatre was in operation; the type of operati...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 210 to 212, inclusive, together. As the matters raised by the Deputy relate to service issues they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the plans to replace the contract and agency nursing staff in Crumlin children’s hospital, Dublin, with permanent staff in view of the announcement recently that the agency and contract staff were no...More Button

In order to implement savings measures on public service numbers, the Government has decided that, with effect from 27 March 2009 to end 2010, no post in the public sector, however arising, may be fil...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has been refused a renewal of their medical card and if she will reinstate same. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive an orthopaedic outpatient clinic appointment at Cork University Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The management of out-patient waiting lists is a matter for the HSE and the individual hospitals concerned. I have, therefore, referred the Deputy’s question to the Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: her views on the long-term charges that are appropriate for persons with a disability who are in long-term care, bearing in mind that the charges in these cases were recently increased by more than 2...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to persons with an intellectual disability who are in residential care and the contributions which they are required to make towards their care; the manner in which this cont...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 and 285 together. The Health (Amendment) Act 2005 and the subsequent Health (Charges for In-Patient Services) Regulations 2005 and the (Health Charges for In-patie...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

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

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive a psychological assessment or electroencephalography; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if or when she will review the refusal of a medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Charges.

Was asked: the expected cost in the event of long-term admission to Maynooth Community Hospital in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be offered urgent psychiatric services at St. John of God Brothers, Stillorgan, County Dublin in view of their increased level of anxiety, depres...More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: the number of children on waiting lists for the BCG vaccination in each primary community and continuing care area; the steps which are being taken to ensure that every child is covered; and if she w...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will respond to a query (details supplied). More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if she will respond to a query (details supplied). More Button

Automatic entitlement to a medical card for persons aged 70 and over ceased under the Health Act 2008 which came into effect on 1st January 2009. In response to the query posed by the Deputy, I have ...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 355 of 22 April 2009 regarding the national review of autism services, if she will provide the terms of reference of the review; if it excludes education service...More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive is in a position to provide funding for second level students with autism and other special needs or disabilities who are due to leave special schools in summer 2009 a...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: the position regarding the development of a new national positive ageing strategy, which was committed to in the programme for Government; the voluntary groups she has met with on this issue; and if ...More Button

Was asked: if she has worked with other Government Departments to develop operational plans clearly setting out objectives relating to older people; if so, the Departments with which she has worked; the progres...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: if she will ascertain from the Health Service Executive the criteria for the allocation of calls to private ambulances for patients who have private medical insurance and are located in HSE facilitie...More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: if she will ascertain from the Health Service Executive the directions given by the director of the National Hospitals Office in relation to the allocation of work to private ambulance services for t...More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the number of people on maternity leave from the Health Service Executive; the numbers expected to take maternity leave in 2009; if the people on maternity leave will be substituted; and if she will ...More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will get an MRI scan and appointment for an ongoing medical condition; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Health Research.

Was asked: if the action plan for health research will meet its upcoming deadline; and the main conclusions. More Button

The Action Plan for Health Research is currently being prepared to meet the June 2009 deadline specified in Building Ireland’s Smart Economy: A Framework for Economic Renewal launched by the Taoiseach...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of an Alzheimer care centre, respite and long-stay and in-home facility for a group (details supplied) at a site which is provided to it on the grounds of Merlin ...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if she will fund the provision of a bus service for women in County Donegal to travel to Belfast for BreastCheck programme services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is not intended to fund a bus service to transport women from Donegal to Belfast for breast screening. The National Cancer Screening Service has indicated that the BreastCheck programme will comme...More Button

Was asked: the reason the roll out of BreastCheck in County Donegal will not happen in 2009; when this life saving service will be made available to the women of Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: if she will clarify the position regarding the roll out of BreastCheck to County Clare; if she will report on whether the moratorium on employment in the public service will affect the roll out to Cl...More Button

Was asked: if she will seek an exemption from the public service recruitment embargo in order to facilitate the roll out of the BreastCheck programme to County Clare in 2009; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 237, 242 and 256 together. BreastCheck will be extended as planned to Donegal, Leitrim and Clare. I have been informed by the National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS)...More Button

Written Answers - Disability Statistics.

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that, as per the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 183 of 28 January 2009, it is planned to include a question on the number of persons with a disability in the 2011 census ...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the qualifications necessary for providers to be eligible under the new pre-school programme; her views on the difference between pre-school providers and child minders in this regard; and if she wil...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: when she will publish the report of the inquiry into the deaths of persons (details supplied) in view of the fact that it has been finished since October 2008 at considerable cost to the taxpayer, an...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the circumstances in which it is envisaged that a private operator in receipt of the capitation grant would be entitled to levy parents with an additional charge under the free preschool and early ch...More Button

Written Answers - Voluntary Sector Funding.

Was asked: the amount of funding her Department or the Health Service Executive made available to an organisation (details supplied); if this money has been reduced in 2009; if there are plans to do so; and if ...More Button

Was asked: if, with regard to funding from her Department or the Health Service Executive to an organisation (details supplied), this funding has been reduced; if there are plans to do so; if this will impact o...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Longford, who had a serious car crash resulting in severe brain injury, should have to wait for urgently needed assessment at the National Rehabilitat...More Button

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the action she proposes to take to support the call by a group (details supplied) for a national bowel cancer screening programme; her views on the success of the Tallaght Hospital project, Dublin; a...More Button

The National Cancer Screening Service Board submitted the Expert Report on Colorectal Cancer Screening to me on 3 December 2008. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) was also commissio...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: when the five vacancies for speech and language therapists in County Mayo will be filled; if she will confirm that speech and language therapy and occupational therapy are exempt from the moratorium;...More Button

There has been a growing demand for, and investment in, speech and language therapy services over the last number of years. A particular priority for my Department and the Department of Education and...More Button

Was asked: if her Department or the Health Service Executive will ensure that the position of full-time dermatologist will be filled immediately following the resignation of the dermatologists from that positio...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the reason commitments and timelines given by her Department and the Health Service Executive are not being adhered to and are constantly extended; if in the context of the commitment to complete pha...More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to the Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar. The Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar forms part of the Dublin/Midlands Hospital Group and provides an ex...More Button

Written Answers - Patient Transport.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 407 of 8 July 2008, if she will provide the corresponding figure in respect of 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: the latest available figures for ambulance turnaround times at each acute hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason she is requiring the transfer of breast cancer patients from an actual centre of excellence, albeit non-designated, at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin to other centres (details supplied); and if...More Button

Under the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), there are four managed cancer control networks and eight cancer centres. These centres were designated by the HSE following a recommendation from t...More Button

Was asked: her views on a report in the media of 24 April 2009 stating that the eight designated cancer centres would not meet standards of excellence ensuring the best care for patients until the end of 2009 (...More Button

Was asked: if, further to a newspaper report (details supplied), the Health Information and Quality Authority quality review of the remaining seven cancer centres has been completed; if she has received a copy ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 253 and 262 together. It is important to set the recent media reports referred to by the Deputies in context. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) init...More Button

Written Answers - Patient Transport.

Was asked: the amount of money spent by the Health Service Executive on taxis for transporting patients in County Louth for each year since 2005 to date in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cavan, whose medical card is due to expire at the end of April 2009, is entitled to a renewal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the reason quinine sulphate tablets have not been approved for inclusion under the medical card scheme; and her views on extending the scheme to include this course of medication. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. More Button

Was asked: when a medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a paediatric and occupational therapist assessment will be undertaken at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the annual expenditure on external legal costs by her Department in each of the past five years; the annual expenditure on external legal costs by each of the agencies under her aegis in each of the ...More Button

The information the Deputy is seeking is not readily available. The expenditure on external legal costs by my Department and agencies under the aegis of my Department, other than the HSE, in each of ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if, in the context of a growing need for Alzheimer care in Galway city and county, including respite, long-stay and in-home provision, and that a group (details supplied) is the only organisation pro...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will explain the situation whereby the Health Service Executive is moving patients from a six-week period for chiropody services in the north Lee area of Cork to a ten-week period due to cutba...More Button

As the Deputy’s question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: if she will examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if she will establish a paediatric unit at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if a medical card will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Clare on medical grounds; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: if she will ascertain the reason an allowance payment to a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been reduced. More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: if she will refer a person (details supplied) in County Cork for surgery under the National Treatment Purchase Fund. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. The National Treatment Purchase Fund arranges treatment for patients who have been on a surgical waiting list for more tha...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will review the access of out-of-hours general practitioner services to patients’ critical medical histories in view of the sudden death on 14 February 2009 of a person (details supplied). More Button

As the Health Service Executive has operational responsibility for the GP out-of-hours service, it is appropriate for the Executive to provide the information sought by the Deputy. My Department has ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the status of a medical card application by a person (details supplied) in County Louth. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if she will investigate a situation whereby children attending Cork University Hospital are to be left without a paediatric dietician due to the fact that the current dietician will be going on mater...More Button

In order to implement savings measures on public service numbers, the Government has decided that, with effect from 27 March 2009 to end 2010, no post in the public sector, however arising, may be fil...More Button

Was asked: if she will ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Cork is provided with hospital services for an appropriate period following a forthcoming operation. More Button

As the Deputy’s question relates to the operation of the National Treatment Purchase Fund, my Department has asked the Chief Executive of the Fund to reply directly to the Deputy in relation to the in...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be called for an orthopaedic surgery appointment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be given an appointment with a consultant at Tullamore Hospital, County Offaly; and if this will be expedited. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the level of funding provided in 2008 and allocated for 2009 to every service provider in the country involved in providing intervention and therapy services; and the amount in each case of the fundi...More Button

Was asked: her plans to review the provision of intervention services to special needs children by service providers throughout the country. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the level of nursing support provided by the Health Service Executive to a centre (details supplied) in County Laois for 2009; if this is agreed with the board of the centre as being adequate for its...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the position in relation to the early childhood care and education scheme (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Charges.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3 has been asked to pay the €100 hospital charge by two hospitals; if this is the normal procedure; and if she will m...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will receive an appointment. More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Parliamentary Questions.

Was asked: when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 211 of 31 March 2009. More Button

The HSE has advised that a reply has been issued to Parliamentary Question No. 211 of 31 March 2009.More Button

Written Answers - Patient Transport.

Was asked: the position with regard to the taxi service for Mater Hospital, Dublin, outpatient appointments; the reason this service has been scaled back; and the alternative measures put in place to assist pat...More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: when the tender documents for St. Vincent’s cystic fibrosis unit, Dublin, will be published; when she expects the work to start and be completed; if she will confirm that the new unit will have 34 in...More Button

The next stage in the development of St. Vincent’s Hospital will involve the building of a new ward block to replace existing accommodation. The new facility will include appropriate isolation facilit...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the services and facilities currently available for people with severe eating disorders; if she will provide funding for persons (details supplied) in Dublin 11 for intensive therapy in a private fac...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if she will confirm having received correspondence from an organisation (details supplied); her views on whether the inclusion of community facilities is very important in the overall regeneration an...More Button


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