Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 683 No. 3

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 23 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill 2008: Report Stage.

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill 2008: Report Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages.

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if she will address the concerns of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 whose child will not benefit from the new child care grant but who will commence school in September 2010; and if she will...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that persons (details supplied) wanting to make an application under the incentivised scheme for early retirement not being able to do so despite the openi...More Button

The incentivised scheme of early retirement for the public health sector is effective from 18th May 2009 and the final date for receipt of applications is the 18th September 2009. The relevant circula...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: when an application for a person (details supplied) in County Meath for the domiciliary care allowance will be decided on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Positive Ageing Strategy.

Was asked: the progress made in implementing the objectives of the national positive ageing strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if she has received correspondence from persons involved in the ECCE scheme; the views expressed in this regard that the proposed operation of this scheme will be inoperable; and if she will make a s...More Button

Was asked: if, with regard to the proposed ECCE scheme, she agrees with persons working in the area who feel that fixing the fee at €64.50 per child per week is equivalent to price fixing in the industry and in...More Button

Was asked: if she will explain the way the fee of €64.50 was reached in regard to the ECCE scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the ECCE scheme, in its attempt to extend the preschool year by two weeks beyond that required by primary schools, is unacceptable for two reasons, namely as discrimination to re...More Button

Was asked: the qualifications that will be required of teachers and carers in the schools operating the new preschool child care scheme; the location at which a person (details supplied) can obtain the necessar...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 203 of 6 May 2009, if there has been further progress in resolving the issue of inter-country adoption with Vietnam; if she remains committed to her Minister of ...More Button

Was asked: if in view of the trauma caused to people arising from the indefinite postponement of adoptions of Vietnamese children and further in view of the issues arising in regard to the Hague Convention, she...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason full medical cards were refused to persons (details supplied) in County Cork on income grounds when the cards were originally provided on health grounds and when their asthmatic condition ...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 Staff.

Was asked: the reason she is suppressing a nursing post (details supplied) at Killarney Community Hospital, County Kerry; 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: the position regarding temporary health workers at a hospital (details supplied) in County Donegal; 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 attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: her Department’s annual spend on tackling problematic alcohol and illegal drug use respectively for each of the past three years. More Button

In relation to tackling problematic alcohol and illegal drug use the provision of treatment and related services is a service matter primarily for the Health Service Executive. In relation to alcoho...More Button

Was asked: the Health Service Executive’s annual spend on tackling problematic alcohol and illegal drug use respectively for each of the past three years. More Button

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

Written Answers - Food Safety.

Was asked: if bottled water is being tested for fluoride. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if a medical card will be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 on the grounds of undue financial hardship; 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: the therapeutic programmes and supervision arrangements in place and the staffing level at Grove Lodge, Portrane, County Dublin; the arrangements currently in place for the supervision of clients the...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the personnel among the 113,000 or so employees on the management administrative side who are responsible for paediatric care, that is the person who is in charge of paediatric care in the Health Ser...More Button

I wish to advise that the Health Service Personnel Census indicates that, as at March 2009, there were 111,770 wholetime equivalents employed in the public health service, of which 17,954 were in the ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: if she will ensure that a piece of medical equipment is provided for a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Written Answers - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: if there has been guidance issued to the Health Service Executive in relation to the provision of the drug Tysabri to multiple sclerosis sufferers here; if the cost of provision of this drug has been...More Button

The Summary of Product Characteristics for Tysabri, which was approved as part of the procedure for its product authorisation, contains specific information regarding the safe and effective use of the...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 has been told they have to pay for their own orthodontic braces despite the fact that they qualify and fulfil all the criteria for free ones. More Button

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

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 130 of 7 April 2009, when a reply will be furnished from the Primary, Community and Continuing Care outside the southern areas; the reason a simple answer cannot...More Button

I understand that a full response to the Deputy’s question issued yesterday and that supplementary information will be sent to him today.More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; 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. 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 a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 will be supported. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the recently announced free pre-school year; when the scheme will commence; if it will be open to all pre-schools to apply; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason an application for capital grant aid to build a pre-school facility by a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan was unsuccessful; the financial supports that may be available to this...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if persons (details supplied) will be supported. More Button

Written Answers - Organ Retention.

Was asked: the position with regarding the report by a person (details supplied) of the independent review of the national audit of human organs stored in hospitals and institutions here; when this report will ...More Button

Dr Deirdre Madden’s report on Post Mortem Practice and Procedures recommended that “an independent audit must be carried out of currently retained organs in all hospitals in the State”. To implement ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will receive an appointment for an assessment in respect of a hip replacement; 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: when a decision will be made on a medical card application by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; 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 a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be called for an assessment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of treatments and operations carried out in the soon to be closed theatre in Crumlin children’s hospital, Dublin; the type of procedure for each year since it was opened in 2004 and the sy...More Button

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

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: the number of operations or procedures on children which were sub-contracted out to private hospitals directly or via the National Treatment Purchase Fund scheme in each of the past five years; and t...More Button

My Department has requested material in respect of the information sought by the Deputy from both the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund. I will be in contact with the Deputy in this regard...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the position in relation to the closure of wards in Crumlin children’s hospital, Dublin; if, in view of the consequences that this closure will cause, the distress that the prospective closure is cau...More Button

Was asked: if she will instruct the Health Service Executive not to close any services provided at Crumlin children’s hospital as part of their response to budgetary changes; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 179 and 196 together. In common with all hospitals, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is addressing the challenge of delivering a high quality service to its pat...More Button

Was asked: if she will not to allow closure of beds in a hospital (details supplied) in County Galway. 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 report on the type, cost and commissioning date of a CAT scanner for Ennis General Hospital, County Clare; 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 - Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: her views on correspondence in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has submitted an appeal in respect of the health repayment scheme; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

The Health Repayment Scheme Appeals Office is an independent office established to provide an appeals service to those who wish to appeal the decision of the Scheme Administrator under the Health (Rep...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: her views on correspondence in relation to surgical intervention in respect of a child (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 - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Dublin will be given access to services at Cheeverstown. More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the position regarding the construction of the replacement of the Central Mental Hospital. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a section of the Health Service Executive (details supplied) will not respond to queries which this Deputy has sent to them. 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 a person (details supplied) has spent 18 months in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, after their treatment was complete; her proposals for providing care for them in the community; and if she wi...More Button

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

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a laundry service provided by the Health Service Executive for the past 19 years for vulnerable elderly people in the Manorcunningham area in County D...More Button

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

Was asked: the position in relation to a person (details supplied); if she will have this matter examined; 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 provide funding to an organisation (details supplied) in County Cork to provide day services for new individuals in 2009. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the position regarding the reduction of payments to health professionals as outlined in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009; and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

On 29 April 2009, I announced reductions in fees payable to certain health professionals in accordance with the provisions of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009. The prof...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the progress she has made in putting together a plan for the provision of additional cystic fibrosis beds; the timelines for this development; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Refurbishment work took place last year in St Vincent’s University Hospital to provide eight single en-suite rooms for the exclusive use of people with cystic fibrosis. The next stage in the developme...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the situation on children awaiting orthodontic treatment here; if she will introduce a waiting list initiative for orthodontics similar to that provided in 2001 and 2002; and if she will make a sta...More Button

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

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: the number of crutches or pairs of crutches purchased by the Health Service Executive in the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; the cost to the HSE for such crutches over the four year period; the nu...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will confirm that funding for an organisation (details supplied) in Dublin 8 has been cut; the amount by which it was cut; if this will result in services, including a bus service for adults...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the cutbacks that are imminent in the services of an organisation (details supplied), particularly in relation to respite care services and the anxiety expressed ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the position regarding an over 70 years medical card review in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; 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: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has had their medical card renewed; and the reason no response to this query was forthcoming. 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 Waiting Lists.

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

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in dealing with an issue of arrears of domiciliary care allowance for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the strategy and timetable for the implementation of the new national policy framework for mental health, A Vision for Change; the way she proposes to ensure that all Government Departments will be i...More Button

Was asked: the way she plans to ensure that their policy on mental health as expressed in A Vision for Change is fully implemented; the way she will ensure that all Departments implement the recommendations rel...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: the annual cost to the health services of the five most prescribed drugs including their individual annual cost; her plans to reduce such costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Health Service Executive (HSE) that the five products/product categories of highest cost under the GMS scheme in 2008 are as follows: Public expenditure on prescribed drugs was €2....More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will confirm that funding will be in place after December 2009 for a person (details supplied) in County Sligo who is in their final year of rehabilitative training in order that they can comp...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: the reason, when an ambulance is called to a town (details supplied) in County Carlow, the patient does not have a choice as to which of two hospitals that are taken to; and if she will make a statem...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 reason a doctor against whom a claim of negligence has been made is allowed to continue to practice while that complaint is under investigation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

If the case referred to by the Deputy relates to a civil action I would have no involvement in the matter. The procedure for making a complaint to the Medical Council concerning a registered medical ...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: if she will set out the actual bed complement that will exist within the Killarney area for the care of the elderly services in the context of the proposed amalgamation of St. Columbanus Home and Kil...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that, due to cutbacks, a phlebotomy service will no longer be available in a hospital (details supplied) in County Limerick; if she will ensure that this s...More Button

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

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: if she will include haemochromatosis as a life long chronic illness to be covered by the GMS; the reason for not including this to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. 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 - Child Care Services.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 169 of 13 May 2009, if she will furnish the facility from which each child has disappeared in each year in question; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Written Answers - Medicinal Products.

Was asked: the reason the drug sodium amytal was withdrawn from the market here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Irish Medicines Board is the competent authority for the regulation of medicinal products in Ireland. I am advised by the Board that the drug sodium amytal was licenced in 1977. There are a number...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in putting in place a plan for the care of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if an early appointment either public or private will be arranged for them with the...More Button

Was asked: if orthodontic treatment will be arranged as a matter of urgency for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will investigate the matter and expedite a positive response. More Button

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

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the situation in relation to funding for persons with an intellectual disability; if all existing funding schemes are being maintained; the reason persons (details supplied) in Dublin 9 are being tol...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the entitlements to a medical card, dental and optical benefits and so on for a 26 year old full-time university student living at home; the regulations regarding same; if family income is still the ...More Button

The assessment of eligibility for medical cards and GP visit cards is a statutory function of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and eligibility is determined following the examination of the means of...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for a medical card by a person (details supplied) in County Cork; 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 - Cancer Treatment Services.

Was asked: the position in regard to the future of St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin 6; the extent of negotiations that have taken place with any body or bodies expected to have a bearing on the future use of the hos...More Button

Radiotherapy services will transfer from St. Luke’s to St James’s as part of the implementation of the National Plan for Radiation Oncology. The decision is based on expert advice and is designed to ...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: when a permanent public bed will be made available to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 in a nursing care facility of their family’s choice; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 will be transferred from the Mater Private Hospital Dublin to St. Mary’s; when the person will be transferred to new wing or section of St. Mary’s Hospita...More Button


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