Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 684 No. 1

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Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a psychology service is being withdrawn from a group (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: when payment for the free pre-school year will be granted to service providers; in particular, if someone commences their pre-school year in September 2009 and if the funding is introduced in January...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: if she will provide a wheelchair for a child (details supplied), who suffers from cerebral palsy and has grown out of their primary chair and needs a larger one; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care.

Was asked: if an application for the fostering payment will be processed as soon as possible for a person (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Pension Levy.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork is obliged to pay the pension levy despite the fact that they have a private pension. More Button

All 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 arrangement are subject to t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff allocated to process the back to school clothing and footwear allowance; the number of staff allocated to process this scheme in 2008; the funding spent on that scheme to date in ...More Button

In 2009 a total of 200,246 children at a cost of €47.6 million benefited from the BSCFA scheme. No figures are yet available for 2009 as the scheme commenced on 1 June and will run to 30 September 2...More Button

Written Answers - Water Quality.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the public concern in relation to fluoride concentration in drinking water; if she is proposing the monitoring of this fluoride concentration; the equipment that is...More Button

All fluoridated public water supplies are monitored on a monthly basis by the Environment Health Officers (EHOs) and an analysis of the water samples is undertaken by the Public Analyst laboratories. ...More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care.

Was asked: her views on whether the Health Service Executive’s child protection services are properly resourced to carry out all their competing functions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: the extent of the backlog in post-adoption placement assessment reports from before 2008; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that this backlog has caused the Russian Federation to suspend in...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the lapse of the inter-country adoption agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the suspension of inter-country adoptions from the Russian Federation are no fault of...More Button

Was asked: the progress made in dealing with the problems that have arisen with regard to inter-country adoptions between Ireland and Vietnam and Ireland and Russia; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: if she will ascertain from the Health Service Executive the reason the private ambulance service-level agreement has been extended from December 2009 to December 2010 without allowing new providers t...More Button

Was asked: if she will ascertain from the Health Service Executive the reason the national ambulance service is not supporting the allocation to specific private ambulance services citing that they are un-inspe...More Button

I propose to takes Questions Nos. 139 and 251 together. As these are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of hours of home help provided in County Donegal for the month of April 2009; and the projected figure for May and June 2009. More Button

Was asked: the position with regard to a clinic (details supplied) at Merlin Park Hospital, 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 HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services.

Was asked: the amount of money owed to the various accident and emergency departments here by persons who have used same in the past two years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the facilities available for a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the steps she will take to address the unresolved issue of a €9.9 million deficit in the 2007 budget for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, which was promised to the hospital but never materialis...More Button

Was asked: if she will commit to retaining vital services at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin; if she will stop further ward closures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if she will engage with the management of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin and the Health Service Executive in order to identify funding that will enable the hospital to keep wa...More Button

Was asked: if she will call on the Health Service Executive to meet the board of management of Crumlin children’s hospital with a view to securing savings without affecting front-line services; and if she will ...More Button

I propose to takes Questions Nos. 144, 145, 179 and 276 together. In common with all hospitals, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is addressing the challenge of delivering a high quality service...More Button

Was asked: if she will ensure the retention of scoliosis treatment and surgery in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if she will award a doctor-only medical card to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12. 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 was seen as an emergency case in a dental clinic in Athy and advised that they required treatment; the reason their treatment was not provided at this...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 an application for a medical card by persons (details supplied) in County Cork is being expedited; 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 she will expedite a decision 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 - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if she will report on the discharge policy and procedures and its implementation for geriatric patients from Mid-West Regional Hospital Limerick subsequent and previous to the adopting of the Teamwor...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 timeframe for implementation of outstanding elements in relation to medical services as outlined in the Teamwork report on the reconfiguration of acute services in the mid-w...More Button

Was asked: when all beds, paramedics, emergency department consultants and ambulances promised for a hospital (details supplied) in County Limerick in the Teamwork report commissioned by the Health Service Exec...More Button

Was asked: if, in advance of an estimated extra 3000 surgical cases being transferred from Nenagh, Ennis and St. John’s to the Mid-West Regional Hospital, Limerick in July 2009, she will ensure that recommendat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 152, 201 and 205 together. The fundamental objective of Government health policy is to achieve the best possible health status for the population. The Government is c...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Dublin will obtain a psychological assessment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a medical card was refused in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if the application will be reviewed; and if a full medical card will be issued for 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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of children awaiting hearing tests in the Health Service Executive south and the average waiting period for these tests; 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 Staff.

Was asked: the status regarding the appointment of a paediatric orthopaedic consultant to Cork University Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand that, following interviews held last December for posts of permanent Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, two applicants were offered posts; one appointee took up duty last month. The HSE pl...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of people on the hip replacement waiting list in the Health Service Executive south; and the average waiting period; 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.More Button

Was asked: if she will arrange for the admission of a child (details supplied) in County Laois to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin; if they will be considered under the National Treatment Purchase...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. The National Treatment Purchase Fund arranges treatment for patients who have been on a surgical wai...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if she will provide assistance to blind people here by insisting that braille is put on food products and on medicines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the practice of general practitioners charging patients supplementary fees for blood tests, or other treatments or services, to make up for the reduction in the amo...More Button

Under the General Medical Services (GMS) contract, either capitation or fee-per-item, the general practitioner (GP) undertakes to provide all proper and necessary treatment of a kind generally underta...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a medical card will issue 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: the reason for the delay in orthodontic treatment for a child (details supplied) in Dublin 9 who was previously assessed by an orthodontist and placed on the category V listing; and in view of their ...More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry was refused mobility allowance and their diabetic and rent allowances were taken from them. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will provide a date for a speech therapy and psychological assessment in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a centre (details supplied) has been closed for the week commencing 24 May 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive their appointment for a hip operation 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 - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a medical card will issue 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 property (details supplied) in Dublin 8 is owned and operated by the Health Service Executive; if there is a manager or supervisor on site; the number of people who avail of this facility on a d...More Button

I understand that this facility is owned by Dublin City Council and that services at the facility are jointly funded by Dublin City Council and the HSE. I have asked the HSE to reply directly to you ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the position in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow who is waiting for a hip replacement; if they will be admitted; 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: the number of medical card applications received in relation to people over 70 years; the number granted; the number refused; the number of discretionary cards granted; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Details of the number of medical card holders are provided to my Department each month by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The figures are provided on a net basis, showing the balance after new car...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff who have been allocated to the over 70 years medical card service in the primary care reimbursement service; the number of these who are permanent Health Service Executive staff; ...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 - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: if she will expedite a decision on an application for a new wheelchair in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason for a situation (details supplied); 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 - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: if she has received a copy of the final report of the Health Service Executive-funded adult day services review; if she will publish the report; if she will outline the recommendations in this report...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the occupational therapy available through the Health Service Executive to a child with dyspraxia in Dublin 17. More Button

Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No: 212 of 26 May 2009, if she will include haemochromatosis under the long-term illness scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the 1970 Health Act, the Health Service Executive may arrange for the supply, without charge, of medicines and medical and surgical appliances to people with specified conditions, for the treatm...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: if she will ensure that a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will have their application for the health repayment scheme addressed and responded to promptly and in detail; and if she will make a ...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: the action she will take in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16; if she will expedite their request; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16 will be issued with a medical card as a matter of urgency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 178 and 182 together. 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 a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for an appointment at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, sooner than has been arranged in view of the worry and distress which is being caused. More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. Question No. 182 answered with Question No. 178.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a medical card will issue in the case of 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 - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for a digital hearing aid; the cost involved to the individual; 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 Research Funding.

Was asked: the funding provided for research into Friedreich’s ataxia; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Research Board (HRB) is the statutory agency with responsibility for funding health research in Ireland with a view to improving health and health outcomes. In line with best practice, all ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason a home care package has been withdrawn from a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that this person was making good progress with the hel...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the position with respect to the medical card application for a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; 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 person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive an MRI scan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: if scoliosis screening was carried out in a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12 in the academic year 2004/2005; if not, the reason for same; 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 Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the position of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 on the waiting list for spine corrective surgery; if she will provide a date for this operation; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will have their operation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if the breast cancer services in Tallaght, Dublin, are to be moved; if the alternative locations have the capacity to deal properly with the waiting lists; and if she will make a statement on the mat...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 th...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: when she will publish the report of the cardiovascular health policy group which she established in September 2007 to draw up a new policy framework for all aspects of cardiovascular health, includin...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the percentage of the Health Service Executive budget spent on wages and administration when it commenced its operation; and the percentage spent on wages and administration as of 1 May 2009. More Button

The HSE Annual Financial Statements indicate that the HSE spent €4.546b on pay and administration in 2005. This pay figure relates to all staff including front line personnel. This represents 41% of t...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Cork 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 - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: if her Department has received a report, leaked this week in the national media, on the reconfiguration of hospital services in the south east; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the re...More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to the Teamwork Review of Acute Hospital Services in the HSE South. The Teamwork Review was concerned primarily with acute hospital services in Cork and Ker...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if complaints have been received by the Health Service Executive from former employees regarding the treatment of residents of a nursing home (details supplied) in County Offaly; the action that has ...More Button

Was asked: if she will intervene in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and ensure that an adult day care place is provided by an appropriate service provider for the person. More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: if she has finalised details of the public consultation process on the national positive aging strategy; if so, if she will outline the process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: the reason it takes up to five years in some parts of the country to assess couples for adoption from overseas; if she expects that this timeframe will be shortened when the Adoption Bill 2009 is imp...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the status of plans for the development of the mental health day hospital in Roscommon town; the capital allocation for 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will ensure that the maximum possible home help support is provided to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to an application for respite on behalf of a child (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the number of permanent nursing posts and temporary posts in each of the Health Service Executive acute public hospitals; if she will ensure that the restrictions on renewing temporary contracts do n...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 fi...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Charges.

Was asked: the reason for the recent 33% increase in car parking charges at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the amount of money raised in parking charges at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, County Meath, for each of the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009 in tabular readable form. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 207 and 208 together. As these are service issues, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: when an application for a Montessori school will be finalised and funding advanced to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will qualify for assistance towards a hearing aid; 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 - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if she will ensure that a child (details supplied) in County Cork who has recently been diagnosed as autistic will have access to all of the required therapy supports as outlined in the child’s asses...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: if she has requested input from the professionally trained nutritional therapists and dieticians on the implementation of the food supplements directive (2002/46/EC); and if she will make a statement...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Was asked: if community welfare officers are compiling data on the numbers of self-employed people applying to community welfare officers for emergency social welfare payments; and if she will make a statement ...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: if she will take steps to ensure a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath is admitted to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive a date for an operation at Portlaoise General Hospital, County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: if she will grant an increase in the home help service hours for a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

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

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if the early childhood care and education scheme will, when fully established after August 2010, still allow care services to accommodate children on a pro rata basis and not have their capitation gr...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 199 of 28 April 2009. More Button

My Department has been informed by the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Health Service Executive that a reply has issued to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the action she plans to take to deal with the sale of potentially dangerous stimulant substitutes for a drug substance (details supplied) banned under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1984; and if she will ma...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 - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: the grounds upon which a general practitioner can exclude patients from their GMS panel; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the terms of the General Medical Services (GMS) contract which general practitioners (GPs) hold with the Health Service Executive (HSE), a GP shall ordinarily accept all eligible persons, who so...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: when three community houses (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be fully staffed, in order to allow them to accommodate persons with intellectual disabilities who wish to move in there; and i...More Button

Was asked: if funding will be made available to enable a person (details supplied) in County Kerry to continue their education. More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the planning status of the proposed co-located hospital on the grounds of Cork University Hospital; when it will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Board of the HSE has approved preferred bidder status for the development of a co-located project at Cork University Hospital and a Project Agreement has also been signed. Planning permission fo...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the status of 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 - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the number of psychologists working in the public sector for the Dublin north area; if she will increase this number to address the waiting times for children in need of a psychology service; and if ...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: when the advanced paramedic scheme will come into operation in the Dublin area in view of the substantial population in this area; 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 - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the funding available under the remit of disability services in south Tipperary; the amount that has been planned in respect of south Tipperary for 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if pre-school providers will be able to qualify for the new free pre-school education year programme if they open four days a week but are willing to work the 15 hours allocated to pre-school care ov...More Button

Was asked: if pre-school providers will be allowed to share places between families under the new free pre-school year in view of the fact that, if this is not allowed, and the number of places are full with pe...More Button

Written Answers - Health Insurance.

Was asked: the progress made to date on the new risk equalisation scheme in view of the fact that it is ten months since the Supreme Court struck down her original scheme; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Since the Supreme Court Decision of July 2008 that found the previous risk equalisation scheme to be ultra vires, my Department, the Health Insurance Authority and other interests in the Irish private...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the situation regarding Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the number of adult psychologists and child psychologists currently employed by the Health Service Executive in Kildare and west Wicklow; the number of positions required to meet existing demands; th...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: the reason for the delay in finalising two medical card application forms which were submitted at end January 2009 in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Cork. 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 - Care of the Elderly.

Was asked: her policy for the provision of emergency respite care for persons whose carer and family member has to undergo surgery for cancer, as in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the application by a person (details supplied) in County Cork for domiciliary care allowance. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: if she will expedite a date for an operation at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; 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 Repayment Scheme.

Was asked: the amount paid by the Exchequer to a firm of solicitors (details supplied) in Dublin 2 since the health repayment scheme 2006 was enacted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the amount paid to the scheme administrator (details supplied) since the enactment of the health repayment scheme 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the amount paid out under the health repayment scheme since the enactment of the scheme in 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 238 to 240, inclusive, together. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has responsibility for administering the health repayment scheme in conjunction with the appointed ...More Button

Was asked: the number of appeals currently being considered with regard to the health repayment scheme 2006; the number of administrators appointed to deal with these appeals; the number of successful appeals s...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

Was asked: the policy in relation to dealing with representations made by Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas in relation to applicants under the health repayment scheme; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has responsibility for administering the Health Repayment Scheme. Accordingly representations made by members of the Houses of the Oireachtas in relation to individ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if Health Service Executive approval will be given for a package of care in respect of a patient (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of persons currently on waiting lists for admission to the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire; the estimated number or proportion of these in acute hospital beds; and if she w...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: her plans to open a rheumatology unit in County Mayo; 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 number of rheumatology units in the Health Service Executive west area and HSE north-west area; the location of same; 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 - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount her Department and its agencies spent on the use of taxis in 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The amounts spent by the Department of Health and Children on taxis for the years 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009 are €21,280, €15,238 and €5,425 respectively. The expenditure on taxis by bodies under...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: when international standards of Duchenne muscular dystrophy care and research will be introduced here in view of the recent commitments (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: the occupational therapists available to children who are dyslexic and attending primary or secondary school in the Kildare-west Wicklow areas of the Health Service Executive; the mechanism available...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the concerns of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will contact the family to discuss the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

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

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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if the discretionary payment awarded by the appeals officer on 7 May 2009 in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be awarded; if she will provide the funding required to co...More Button

Was asked: when the report of the Health Service Executive working group on arthritis and allied conditions will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The position in relation to this matter remains as indicated in my reply to Questions Nos. 8 and 94 on 21 May 2009.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the status of the stroke unit at Sligo General Hospital; the plans for the future development of this unit; the number of patients treated in the unit in the past 12 months; and if she will make a st...More Button

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

Written Answers - Pharmacy Services.

Was asked: when sections of an Act (details supplied) will be brought before Dáil Éireann. More Button

The sections of the Act which the Deputy refers to are included in the third, and final, stage of the implementation process for the Pharmacy Act 2007. This final stage deals with the introduction of...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the breakdown on a yearly basis for the past ten years, in tabular form, of the number of the administrative staff at a location (details supplied) in County Mayo. 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 breakdown on a yearly basis for the past ten years, in tabular form, of the number of ambulances and ambulance crew at a location (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: the amount in relation to a section (details supplied) in County Mayo; and the cost to put it there and to relocate it. More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding supplied by the Health Service Executive to a programme (details supplied). More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding supplied by the Health Service Executive to a programme (details supplied); and the amount of funding provided annually. More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive is using a service (details supplied); and the areas covered by this service. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 258 to 262, inclusive, together. As these are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Cork will receive an appointment for assessment at a hospital in Cork city. 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.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of banking charges paid by her Department over the past three years; the breakdown of these charges; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The amount of bank charges paid by my Department for the three years 2006 to 2008 amounted to €3,519. This includes annual fees for credit cards of €730, late payment charges of €216 and foreign curr...More Button

Was asked: the amount spent by her Department each year for the past three years on bottled water; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The cost of bottled water purchased by my Department each year for the past three years is detailed as follows: These figures include the cost of bottled water and the cost of water coolers. During ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is awaiting orthodontic assessment at the Dublin Dental Hospital; if their case will be prioritised due to the long delay; and if she will make...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 her Department provides funding through any of the agencies for which it has responsibility for persons who have to travel to have dialysis treatment as in the case of a person (details supplied) ...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 number of beds allocated under the delayed discharge initiative to St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, St. Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, and St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, ...More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of providers of refuge and support services for victims of domestic violence who are given funding by the Health Service Executive; the funding given to each of the providers for each of t...More Button

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

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a service (details supplied) in County Meath has provided crisis refuge accommodation to 1,377 women and 2,343 children during the time of its operati...More Button

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

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive have cut funding to a service (details supplied) in County Meath by 30% when the average cut to other similar service providers in the HSE region is between 3%...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of people over 18 years of age and the number of children under 18 years of age who availed of refuge services and supports in each of the Health Service Executive regions for each of the ...More Button

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

Was asked: if she has had meetings with representatives from the Department of Finance or other relevant Departments to discuss funding for refuges and other support services during the past year; the outcome o...More Button

My Department deals directly with the Department of Finance in regard to the Vote of the Department of Health and Children, the Vote of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and th...More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to home support hours for children with special needs in County Kilkenny; if children currently receiving home support hours will continue to receive their agreed hours for thi...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22, who is waiting for the past two months for heart surgery in St. James’s Hospital in Dublin can expect to have this surgery take place; and if she will m...More Button

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

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: if she will provide a definitive date for the release of the report of the vaccine damage steering group; 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 Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Meath can expect to receive an 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 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 who has been referred to Waterford General Hospital can expect to have the procedure carried out; 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 Nat...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the waiting time for access to a speech and language therapist in County Roscommon; the number of children currently awaiting a service and those that are receiving a service; the steps that are bein...More Button

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Cork will be assessed for Asperger’s syndrome. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when persons (details supplied) in County Mayo can expect a decision in relation to their over 70s medical card application. 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 Facilities.

Was asked: if she will re-designate a sheltered smoking area in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, as a non-smoking area for patients to use in order that they can receive fresh air to assist in the recovery process; a...More Button

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

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing the medical card application by a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will ensure that it is processed. 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 - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be offered urgent psychiatric services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 209 of 24 February 2009, if the figures provided include children who went missing from State care; if so, the categories provided which include these children; ...More Button

Written Answers - Foster Care.

Was asked: if children have been transferred abroad by the Health Service Executive to foster care rather than to a residential care institution; if so, the number of children for each of the past five years wh...More Button

Was asked: if she will clarify what will happen to children who are referred to a foster family under the Health Service Executive emergency place of safety service if the intended foster family is at full capa...More Button

Was asked: the reason only ten families were selected as part of the emergency place of safety service; the estimated cost of this programme to the Health Service Executive on annual basis; and if she will make...More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse.

Was asked: the average length of time between when a child protection report is made to the Health Service Executive and the report is dealt with; 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 - Social Services.

Was asked: if she has begun a process of ensuring that the Health Service Executive allocates social workers to areas in which they are most needed; if so, the details of this process; and when it will be compl...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there has been a 10.6% rise in reports to social work departments; the number of full-time and part-time social workers employed by her Department and...More Button

Was asked: her plans to address the fact that there are 900 children here who are in need of a social worker but have not been allocated one; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care.

Was asked: if there is a legal definition for a children’s home; the number of children who must be fostered in a home before it is deemed to be a children’s home or residential institution; and if she will mak...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the children’s services which are outsourced to private companies by the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the date on which the child service task force will publish its recommendations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse.

Was asked: the definitions of child abuse and child welfare used by social workers within the Health Service Executive; if different HSE branches use differing definitions; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Written Answers - Social Services.

Was asked: the number of social workers or other Health Service Executive staff dealing with migrant families who have reported difficulties in managing their workloads as a result of difficulties in accessing ...More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive has sought extra resources in order to provide training to staff working with international families; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that one of the predominant reasons children are admitted to care is family difficulties in terms of accessing housing and finance; and if she has approach...More Button

Written Answers - Social Services.

Was asked: the family support services that are not directly provided by the Health Service Executive but are either wholly or partially funded by the HSE. More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse.

Was asked: the number of children who were admitted to care for each of the past five years as a result of sexual abuse; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Social Services.

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive has developed a strategy to better co-ordinate the work of the various early intervention teams; the details of this strategy; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the date on which the Health Service Executive will publish guidelines for hospitals on recognising gay and lesbian relationships and the partners of patients during their treatment; and if she will ...More Button

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

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the number of children admitted specifically to aftercare for each of the past four years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: if she will undertake to complete a new SAVI report in conjunction with the relevant organisations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care.

Was asked: if she will introduce independent inspections for children’s care facilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: her plans to facilitate children suffering from mental illness within the health system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that, in the aftermath of the publication of the Ryan report, there has been an increase in the number people contacting advocacy groups for abuse survivor...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to the standards advisory group under the Health Information and Quality Authority; if any of this funding has been cut; the level of funding that would be required to...More Button

Was asked: when further discussions will take place with the Health Information and Quality Authority standards advisory group regarding external validation of the relevant settings; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse.

Was asked: her plans to provide survivors of abuse with well resourced counselling, support and advocacy services as a right. More Button

Was asked: if she will introduce legislation to put the guidelines on child protection on a statutory footing and to establish an implementation body to provide for the outworking of the guidelines; and if she ...More Button

Was asked: if she will establish a national therapy and assessment service for children who are currently suffering abuse, and national treatment facilities for children, teenagers and adults who have exhibited...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: her views on a submission by a school (details supplied) in County Cork in relation to the operation of the new free pre-school year in early childhood care and education. More Button


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