Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 682 No. 2

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Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: the reason persons who are employed as home helps with the Health Service Executive are being deducted the pension levy when they will not benefit from a pension on reaching retirement; if she will e...More Button

All Health Service Executive employees, including full time and part time employees on the payroll, who are, or are entitled to be members of a public service occupational pension scheme or pension ar...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the anomaly where workers in a hospital (details supplied) who will not get a public service pension are paying the pension levy; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

This hospital, is deemed to be a public sector employer under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009 (Sections 1(i), 2(1)(b)(i) and 2(1)(b)(iii) refer). Employees at the h...More Button

Written Answers - Early Childhood Education.

Was asked: the requirements, arising from the budgetary announcement that free pre-school places would be provided for one year for all children under four years of age, she is placing on private sector pre-sch...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the provision she will make following the non-availability of a community welfare service due to the absence of a community welfare officer in an area (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she wi...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 - Early Childhood Education.

Was asked: if she will provide further clarification on the early childhood and education scheme; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that some providers operate for 41 weeks of the year and require ext...More Button

Was asked: the reason a childcare facility (details supplied) in Dublin 17 did not qualify for the grant for which they applied in 2008; and if a similar grant opportunity will be available in 2009. More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: if the bilateral agreement on inter-country adoption between this State and Russia has collapsed; the reason for this collapse; when it will be restored; the measures she is taking to ensure the Heal...More Button

Was asked: the status regarding the bilateral agreement relating to inter-country adoption between Ireland and Russia; if a copy of the agreement will be provided to parents in order that all parties are fully ...More Button

Was asked: if she will examine the inter-country adoptive system whereby the Health Service Executive have been lax in passing on post placement reports to the adoptive board and onwards to the foreign country;...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the bilateral agreement with Russia; if same will be dealt with; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: why, with regard to inter-country adoption with Russia, many post-placement reports are outstanding; the length of time they are outstanding; the action being taken to ensure they are followed up by t...More Button

Was asked: the number of post-placement adoption reports by region for children adopted from the Russian Federation which are outstanding; the length of time they have been outstanding; and the action being tak...More Button

Was asked: when and by whom her attention was drawn to the fact there was a problem with the authorities of the Russian Federation regarding post-placement reports. More Button

Was asked: if a copy of the agreement with the Russian Federation will be made publicly available to ensure all parties are fully aware of their rights and duties. More Button

Was asked: the status discussions regarding a bilateral agreement between Ireland and the Russian Federation have reached; the level at which these discussions are being held; and the timeframe envisaged for re...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if she will take steps to have a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath admitted to Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, for an urgent procedure; 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

Was asked: the position in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if they will be seen; 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 - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: the average waiting times by region for assessment of prospective adoptive parents; her views on whether it is acceptable that the waiting period has been so high for such a long period of time; the ...More Button

Was asked: her views on proposing reforms to the inter-country adoption assessment process. More Button

Was asked: the status of the inter-country adoption arrangements with Russia; if she will confirm if she places more importance on securing an agreement with the Republic of Vietnam rather than the Russian Fede...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: her plans to extend the special Civil Service incentive career break scheme to staff within the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm that it is intended to extend the special incentive career break scheme to staff within the public health sector, including the Health Service Executive. This will form part of a suite ...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if she will relax the conditions whereby doctors are required to have been in general practice here for five years before they can qualify for inclusion on the list of general practitioner for the pu...More Button

The HSE is working closely with the Irish Medical Organisation on GP Workforce Planning and a joint working group to examine this area has been established in this regard. In addition, an extensive m...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: the position in relation to agreements (details supplied); if same will be dealt with; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason, with regard to inter-country adoption with Vietnam, the Minister of State with responsibility for children has not travelled to Vietnam to demonstrate the commitment at the highest level ...More Button

Was asked: her views on the Minister of State with responsibility for children travelling to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to progress discussions, demonstrate commitment and reach agreement on bilateral in...More Button

Was asked: her views, in view of the lapse in securing a continued bilateral inter-country adoption agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on the Adoption Board allowing parents facing a second declar...More Button

Was asked: if she has advice for parents who have been caught by the lapse in securing the continuation of the inter-country adoption agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam yet are still seeking to ad...More Button

Was asked: the expiration of the current bilateral international adoption agreement between Ireland and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, negotiations on a new agreement are progressing; when such new agreemen...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will support the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the accounting systems and the financial arrangements in the National Rehabilitation Hospitals, Dublin, both at Clontarf and in Dun Laoghaire, in view of a communication (det...More Button

The agency referred to by the Deputy is a voluntary body, therefore, it is a matter in the first instance for the Board of the agency to ensure that it complies with proper standards of governance, in...More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care.

Was asked: when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 432 of 27 January 2009. More Button

Was asked: when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 433 of 27 January 2009. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of persons from the 26 counties being treated for intractable epilepsy in Chicago, USA, or other international centres. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the number of heart, and single and double lung transplants carried out in the Mater heart-lung unit and in the Freeman Hospital cardio transplant unit in the year ending March 2008; the number of co...More Button

The 2008 Annual Report of the Organ Procurement Service from Beaumont Hospital outlines activity data for organ donation and organ transplantation in Ireland for 2008 for all solid organs, including h...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will ensure that funding will be in place to continue the support training and education service for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the status of nurses who were working at Cashel Hospital, County Tipperary, prior to the transfer of surgical services to Clonmel; if these nurses are still employed at Cashel; the areas to which the...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 funding has been allocated for the district midwife service to continue its services; if, in particular, the Domino service based at the Mid-Western Regional Maternity Hospital, Limerick, has secu...More Button

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

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the number of people affected by tuberculosis here; the level of care available; the way the figure compares with previous years; the measures in place to prevent further infections; and if she will ...More Button

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) of the HSE monitors rates of TB in Ireland on an ongoing basis. According to data provided by the HPSC, TB notifications in Ireland between 2004 and 2...More Button

Written Answers - Assisted Human Reproduction.

Was asked: her views on funding fertility treatment for 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 - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the status of Crumlin Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin, and its future development; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Services at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital will transfer to the new National Paediatric Hospital. ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be called for an MRI scan; 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 - Health Services.

Was asked: if a medical device will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Cork as soon as possible. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if it is her intention to centralise the assessment of medical card applications to one facility in Dublin; and if she has carried out an assessment on the way in which this move will affect patient ...More Button

Under the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) 2009 Service Plan it has been agreed that the processing of medical card applications will be centralised and will transfer to the Executive’s Primary Care R...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the position with regard to the fair deal scheme; and the status or the legislation which will provide for this scheme to take effect. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason the HPV vaccine that is being paid for by the parents of young girls getting a series of injections over six months cannot be given at a centre (details supplied); and if she will make a s...More Button

The centre referred to by the Deputy that is providing the HPV vaccine is a GP practice where a private arrangement is in place for their own patients. Neither my Department nor the HSE has any role i...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the number of institutions that provide psychiatric care in the country; the number of patients in each institution; the age of each institution; the future plans for each institution; and if she wil...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will ensure that a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1 is provided with nursing home care; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her intentions to deal with a situation in Limerick in which children have to wait up to three years to receive orthodontic treatment. More Button

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

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been refused transport to attend a hospital 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: if she will make a statement on the case of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

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

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: if she has employed consultants or lobbyists to act for her Department outside the State in the past five years; the nature of the work; the cost of the work undertaken; the outcome of such action; a...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that no consultants or lobbyists have been employed to act for my Department outside the State in the past five years.More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: her views on inter-country adoption. More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive’s post-placement reporting practices are in line with best international practice; if the HSE’s practices are in line with the current agreement with the Russian Feder...More Button

Was asked: if an interim agreement has been reached with Russia, Vietnam and China until a bilateral agreement has been agreed with each country in order that long-awaited adoptions are not being further delaye...More Button

Was asked: the length of time it will take to agree bilateral agreements with Russia, Vietnam and China; the number of children’s adoptions which are normally processed from these countries a month; and if she ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 223 together. The Russian Federation, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China are, respectively, the first, third and fourth mos...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a medical card and SWA payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

As the medical card application process is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. My Department has no function in the other issue raise...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: if she will supply the information being requested by a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; if the HSE is in discussion with the other service providers or caring organisation to attach pa...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 - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been placed on a waiting list; and if so, when they can expect to be called for a procedure. More Button

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

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the percentage of women here, aged between 50 and 65 years, who had been routinely screened by BreastCheck by 31 January 2009. More Button

The matter raised by the Deputy is the responsibility of the National Cancer Screening Service. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Chief Executive Officer of the Service to respond directly...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: if the French arrangements with Vietnam regarding adoption will be considered to resolve the lapse of the bilateral agreement between Ireland and Vietnam. More Button

The entering into agreements by other sovereign States does not determine the stance or standards required by Ireland in entering into similar agreements. This must be determined by Irish policy and ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a potential entitlement to an inheritance of approximately three acres of unzoned agricultural land that is unlikely to become otherwise is deemed to be fundamental to disallowance for med...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 Properties.

Was asked: if in view of recent reductions in rent for both residential and commercial properties across the country she has directed the Health Service Executive to seek rent reductions on properties that they...More Button

In the context of the current exceptional financial circumstances and with a view achieving financial savings, my Department has written to the Health Service Executive and requested a critical review...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will arrange for the Health Service Executive to review the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath. 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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Laois will receive orthodontic treatment. More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.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. 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 clarify whether refunds in respect of long stay patients apply in respect of persons who were admitted to specialist long stay residences for persons with a disability, who on their admis...More Button

The Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006 provides a clear legal framework to repay recoverable health charges for publicly funded long term residential care including contract beds in private institutio...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: if she will investigate the reason for the delay in having a medical aid made available to 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 - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: the title of each Bill sponsored by her which was passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas and subsequently signed into law in respect of each of the years 2004 to 2008 and to date in 2009; if, in each...More Button

The Acts sponsored by the Minister for Health and Children which were passed since 2004 are set out below. Any Act which included provisions meeting or reflecting European Union (EU) requirements are...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the position regarding a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if in view of the fact that they pay maintenance this will be taken into consideration and a card awarded; and if she will make a...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 she will provide personal assistance hours to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare seeking to be discharged from the National Rehabilitation Hospital; the other home supports which will b...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

Was asked: her views on an e-mail (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The matters raised in the email have been examined and a reply has been issued to the sender of the email referred to by the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: her views on the proposed closure of St. Brigid’s Ward, St. Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Dublin; the position for existing patients of that ward; the effects into the future of the closure of...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: the estimated number of visits to general practitioners in 2008 that arose from the administrative function of rewriting prescriptions issued to both medical card patients on their discharge from hos...More Button

Was asked: the reason general practitioners have to carry out the administrative function of rewriting prescriptions issued to both medical card patients on their discharge from hospital and holders of the long...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 240 and 241 together. As hospital doctors do not have General Medical Services (GMS) contracts, prescriptions written by them for medical card holders are not reimburs...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if she will ensure that the number of training places for courses in clinical psychology are maintained in view of the need for clinical psychologists to implement the recommendations of A Vision for...More Button

To qualify as a clinical psychologist, a post-graduate qualification in clinical psychology must be completed after an initial undergraduate degree in psychology. Students are sponsored by health age...More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if and when she will publish the vaccine damage compensation report; if not, the reason for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have recently received the report of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group and I am currently considering its recommendations. It is my intention to publish the report when I have completed my delibera...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if she will ensure that self-funding organisations such as An Bord Altranais are exempt from the moratorium on recruitment and promotions in the public services in view of the fact that including the...More Button

Organisations such as An Bord Altranais are established under statute. In the case of An Bord Altranais (The Nursing Board), it was established under the Nurses Act, 1985, and is the statutory regula...More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: if she will examine the reason for the delay in having an operation carried out for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath which cannot be carried out by the National Treatment Purchase Fund...More Button

The management of waiting lists generally 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. The Nati...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the position regarding a date for an appointment at the Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dublin, in respect 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.More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: the number of GMS patients nationally who were sent review forms in 2007 and 2008; the number of these forms that were returned; the number of patients who were deleted from the GMS list in 2007 and ...More Button

As the information requested by the Deputy is not provided by the HSE to my Department as a matter of routine, the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive has been requested to arrange to addr...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: if she has received a copy of the Health Information and Quality Authority report on the eight designated cancer centres, part of which, in relation to Waterford Regional Hospital, was the subject of...More Button

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) initiated a quality review of symptomatic breast cancer services in 2008. The overall objective of the review was to assess the performance of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 113 of 7 April 2009. More Button

My Department has made inquiries of the Health Service Executive regarding the status of its reply to the Deputy’s Parliamentary Question No. 113 of 7th April 2009 and the Executive has indicated that...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if she will confirm that the Naas General Hospital development plan will proceed in full as originally set out; that the full scale of services envisaged will be provided and that there will be no di...More Button

The project is being considered in the context of revisions by the Health Service Executive to its draft Capital Plan 2009-2013, taking account of the approved level of Capital Funding available follo...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: her views on the revised criteria for assessment of the over 70s medical cards (details supplied); and her proposals to alleviate this procedure for such people. More Button

The Health Service Executive (HSE) reports that all medical cards have an expiry date and are subject to review. The review is carried out prior to expiry to determine the card holder’s current eligi...More Button


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