Reilly, Dr James

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 687 No. 5

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. b1 be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 1 be agreed to.”
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Is legislation planned to address the issue of medical indemnity insurance in Ireland, given that more than 50% of claims now are consumed by legal fees and settlements?More Button

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2009: From the Seanad.

The concerns about this Bill revolve around the new section which has been added. When the House last discussed it, we raised our concerns about the manner in which this was included and the Minister...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for his helpful and useful reply. He has addressed all the concerns save one, which I am sure he also can address. He has assured Members that the standards of training...More Button

What about monitoring? Administration services were supposed to be monitored but were not.More Button

Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Amendment put.
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Amendment put.
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Written Answers - Tax Yield.

Asked the minister: the number of people who have benefited from health expenses relief per annum since 2002; the cost of same; the estimated number who will benefit from health expenses relief in 2009; the cost of same...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Asked the minister: the amount of money raised from the sale of psychiatric hospital lands and buildings since January 2006; the amount of same which was retained by her Department ; the amount that was reinvested into ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the savings and the changes made to the 2009 Health Service Executive budget in the four regional administrative areas of the HSE, namelly, Dublin north east, Dublin mid Leinster, south and west on a...More Button

Asked the minister: the savings and the changes made to the 2009 Health Service Executive budget in respect of each hospital and each hospital Department in the four regional administrative areas of the HSE Dublin, name...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of staff in the four regional administrative areas of the Health Service Executive, namely, Dublin north east, Dublin mid Leinster, south and west on maternity leave whose positions have n...More Button

Asked the minister: the contracts which have not been renewed in the Health Service Executive in the four regional administrative areas of the HSE, namely, Dublin north east, Dublin mid Leinster, south and west since 1 ...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of staff on sick leave in the four regional administrative areas of the Health Service Executive, namely, Dublin north east, Dublin mid Leinster, south and west of more than one weeks dura...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Asked the minister: the number of beds in each hospital and nursing unit of all types (details supplied) in the four regional administrative areas of the Health Service Executive, namely, Dublin north east, Dublin mid L...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of beds closed nationally; the breakdown of these beds per hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the service reviews currently being carried out by the Health Service Executive in the four regional administrative areas of the HSE, namely, Dublin north east, Dublin mid Leinster, south and west; t...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of speech and language therapists who were to be employed under the Dublin north east, Dublin mid Leinster, south and west service plan; the number in place; the number whose contracts hav...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of hours of speech and language therapy delivered in the four regional administrative areas of the Health Service Executive, namely, Dublin north east, Dublin Mid Leinster, south and west,...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the number of people waiting to receive a service or therapy under each category of service in the community care section of the Health Service Executive in the four regional administrative areas of ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: the number of people waiting to receive a service or therapy under each category of service in the hospital in-patient and out-patient section of the Health Service Executive in the four regional adm...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances.

Asked the minister: the amount of money she or Government agencies have spent on hearing aids by way of subsidisation; the manufacture cost of these hearing aids; the mark up on these aids; and if she will make a statem...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Asked the minister: the number of claims lodged with the State Claims Agency per year for compensation as a result of patients acquiring hospital infections since 2001; the number of cases settled to date in 2009; the s...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to significantly reduce hospital acquired infections in our hospitals and the need to guard against infection in the refurbishment of exis...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to establish a specific financial incentive which will reward hospitals that achieve excellence in hygiene standards; and if she will make...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to continue to carry out regular hygiene audits without notice, at minimum annually, and publish the results; and if she will make a state...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to introduce measures to help reduce the prescribing of antibiotics; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the date the nursing home support scheme will become operational; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the assistance which will be provided by way of allocation of a home care package to a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; when a suitable package will be put in place; and if she will make a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties.

Asked the minister: the buildings in her Department’s or the Health Service Executive’s control currently occupied; the space currently unoccupied in buildings under the control or ownership of her Department or the HSE...More Button

Asked the minister: the properties and land, including size vested in the Health Service Executive and her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Asked the minister: if she will list the mental health institutions and lands here in her Departments ownership, Health Service Executive ownership or other ownership which the State has effective ownership of including...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Services.

Asked the minister: if she will report on the ambulance service in the Swords, County Dublin; if the Health Service Executive will fund the ambulance at Swords fire station; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Asked the minister: the number of day cases and in-patient procedures cancelled per hospital as at end of June 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Asked the minister: the on-call rates for staff at public hospital labs and radiography; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Adoption Services.

Asked the minister: the waiting times for persons waiting to be assessed by the Health Service Executive for assessment for suitability to be adoptive parents; the provisions in place to deal with those waiting for thes...More Button

Written Answers - Medicinal Products.

Asked the minister: the pricing for the medications of Prozac, Losec and Risperidal and their generic equivalents here; if she will confirm that the generic equivalents in the UK and Northern Ireland are cheaper than he...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: if correspondence from a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been responded to; if the children first guidelines are being applied in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Asked the minister: the number of bed days lost at each hospital as at the end June 2009 due to delayed discharges; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medicinal Products.

Asked the minister: her plans to introduce reference pricing on the pricing of medicines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Asked the minister: if she has made inquiries from the Health Service Executive, or the major hospitals, regarding the extent to which existing day beds are being used for inpatients; if she has sought information on th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of health professionals who are currently on paid leave for more than six months; the date on which each of them was placed on paid leave; the amounts paid to each of them since they were ...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Asked the minister: the number of applications received under the nursing home repayment scheme; the number of applicants issued offers to date in 2009; the number of appeals made against offers; the number of appeals d...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: if she will arrange for the Health Service Executive to collect national data on waiting times for hospice services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: when the Health Service Executive national action plan for palliative care services 2009 to 2013, which was recently submitted to her Department, will be published; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress that has been made on the programme for Government commitment to allow orthodontic cases to be referred to the National Treatment Purchase Funds by creating an orthodontic fund to treat ...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress that has been made on the programme for Government commitment to ensure that any child under five waiting more than three months for occupational or speech and language therapy, will be ...More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Asked the minister: the annual budget made available to the National Treatment Purchase Fund since its inception; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of staff employed in the Health Service Executive by grade category for the past six years to date; the numbers employed per HSE area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the job description of each Health Service Executive national director and each assistant national director; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: if she will publish the Health Service Executive prospectus report on the needs assessment of bed capacity requirements in the areas of long stay, dementia specific and respite care beds for the peri...More Button

Asked the minister: her plans to deliver 860 long stay beds; the number that were built in 2007 and 2008; the location of these beds by county and Health Service Executive area; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

Asked the minister: her plans to deliver 860 long stay beds; the number delivered to date in 2009; the location of these beds by county and Health Service Executive area; if contracts have been signed and construction b...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Asked the minister: the details on the capital budget made available to the Health Service Executive per year since 2004 to 2008; the amount spent per year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: if she has received the revised Health Service Executive capital plan for the period 2009 to 2013; when her Department’s review of the capital plan will be completed; the date she will publish the re...More Button

Asked the minister: the impact plans to put all new capital projects on hold, due to reduced financial allocation, will have on Health Service Executive capital plans; the number of developments affected by this per cou...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the Programme for Government commitment to implement the €2.4 billion acute hospital capital programme outlined in the National Development Plan; and if she will make a statement...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the number and percentage of permanent and temporary posts per grade category as at December 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Asked the minister: the amount her Department and the Health Service Executive spent on the use of taxis in 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the amount her Department and the Health Service spent on legal fees in 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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Asked the minister: the amount spent by the Health Service Executive on the hospitality budget in 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Asked the minister: the number of full medical cards issued as at 30 June 2009; the number of GP cards issues as at 30 June 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of the 52 infection-control staff announced by her in 2006 that have been recruited to date; the details of the category of staff to be recruited; when this recruitment process will be com...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the average waiting time for a speech and language assessment for children per Health Service Executive area; the average waiting time per county; the minimum and maximum waiting time per county; and...More Button

Asked the minister: the average waiting time for access to speech and language therapy after assessment for children per Health Service Executive area; the average waiting time per county; the minimum and maximum waitin...More Button

Asked the minister: the average waiting time for orthodontic assessment for children per Health Service Executive area; the average waiting time per county; the minimum and maximum waiting time per county; and if she wi...More Button

Asked the minister: the average waiting time for orthodontic treatment for children per Health Service Executive Area; the average waiting time per county; the minimum and maximum waiting time per county; and if she wil...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the levels of absenteeism in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date 2009; the breakdown of absenteeism among staffing categories; the associated cost of agency staff as a result of this absenteeism; the ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Asked the minister: the number of hospital beds in each hospital from 2000 to 2008 and to date 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the progress in regard to the commitment given in the Programme for Government to increase the number of dedicated public only hospital beds by 1,500; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the Programme for Government commitment to carry out an independent review of the co-location policy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the cost of co-located private hospitals to the Exchequer with a breakdown of the cost for each of these hospitals; the amount of tax relief involved with these hospitals; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Asked the minister: the Vision for Change strategy, the number of catchment area teams that have been established; the number that are fully staffed; the geographic area covered by these catchment areas; the population ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of consultant posts approved since April to December 2008; the number of consultant posts approved to date in 2009; the number of consultants posts that are new and the number that are rep...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of existing hospital consultants as per speciality and location; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Asked the minister: the number of child and adolescent community mental health teams that have been established in relation to the Vision for Change strategy per location in tabular form; the breakdown of the number and...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of adult community mental health teams that have been established in relation to the Vision for Change strategy per location in tabular form; the breakdown of the number and speciality of ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the number of planned primary care centres; the proposed location for these centres; the number that are operational; the number that have contracts for construction signed; the number that are in pl...More Button

Asked the minister: if she will provide in tabular form the number of primary care teams that have been established to date per location in tabular form; the number and speciality of staff employed in each team; the det...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to improve general practitioner cover by developing primary health centres in socially deprived areas; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Charges.

Asked the minister: the amount of hospital fees collected and the corresponding amount which remains uncollected for 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date 2009; the steps she will take to recover these moneys; and if she will ma...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Asked the minister: if her attention has been drawn to the reduced BreastCheck mammography screening services at Waterford Regional Hospital; if her further attention has been drawn to the fact that women are not being ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the implementation of the programme for Government commitment to develop a freely available and personalised national programme to provide for the prevention and early detection ...More Button

Written Answers - Patients’ Rights.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the implementation of the programme for Government commitment to implementing an advisory charter of patients rights similar to the European charter of patient rights; and if she...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the implementation of the programme for Government commitment to extend the general practitioner out of hours service nationwide to ensure that patients can be seen within one ho...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to index the income thresholds for medical cards to increases in the average industrial wage; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to double the income limit eligibility of parents of children under six years of age and treble them for parents of children with an intel...More Button

Written Answers - Patient Treatment Register.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to ensure that the patient treatment register is operated for all in and out patient referrals; and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to further increase the number of accident and emergency consultants available round the clock in accident and emergency departments; and ...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to further develop chest pain and respiratory clinics to ease pressure on accident and emergency departments; and if she will make a state...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to establish a national network of local injury clinics; the number and location of those that are operational; the number and location of...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the Programme for Government commitment to implement the key recommendations of the National Cancer Strategy and prioritise development of hospice services; and if she will make ...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the Programme for Government commitment to complete the national roll out of BreastCheck; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the Programme for Government commitment to extend BreastCheck to women not covered at present; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Control Strategy.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to progress a national network for radiation oncology services over the past five years; the progress of same; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to introduce screening for prostate and other cancers as recommended by experts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to invest in and fully implement the Vision for Change strategy; if she will provide further additional funding to support the recovery mo...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to ringfence funds from the sale of existing mental hospitals, estimated to be approximately €800 million, to fund community based service...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to ensure that multidisciplinary community mental health teams provide services based on need in the community, the home and through asser...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Training.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to increase the number of postgraduate training places for clinical psychologists; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to provide community alternatives to psychiatric inpatient care for young people with special education needs; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Prevention.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to implement the recommendations of reach out — the national strategy for action for suicide prevention — and the recommendations of the O...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to adopt a target of reducing the rate of suicide by 20% by 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to develop initiatives to target those most at risk of suicide, to promote well being, raise awareness and reduce stigma; and if she will ...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to increase the range of supports to families and communities affected by suicide and bereavement; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to collate accurate data on suicide and conduct and fund research on prevention methods; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to improve services and supports for marginalised groups, particularly those with mental health difficulties; and if she will make a state...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to implement measures to ensure the availability of real alternatives to hospital for those who require lengthy convalescence; and if she ...More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment that all older people have the opportunity to stay in their home for as long as possible; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to increase funding to the National Treatment Purchase Fund on an annual basis over the lifetime of the Government to secure long-term car...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to provide ten new 50 bed community nursing units in the next five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Palliative Care.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to ensure that the needs of all people who require palliative care are met whether at home, in the community of in a specialised hospice; ...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Profession.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to see the further development of the nursing profession; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to see a significant increase in doctor numbers in all parts of the system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made on the programme for Government commitment to increase the supply of professionals needed to meet the plans to develop new services for persons with disabilities; if she will improv...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the number of home care packages delivered in 2006, 2007 and 2008 on a Health Service Executive area and per county basis; the funding provided per annum for same; the number of home care packages ap...More Button

Written Answers - Eating Disorders.

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Taskforce on Obesity, the steps the health services will take to promote a change in emphasis from the primacy of individual responsib...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Taskforce on Obesity, the steps the health services and health care providers will take in supporting the population in healthy eating...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Taskforce on Obesity, the health services will introduce a measurement of height, weight, waist circumference and calculation of body ...More Button

Asked the minister: the steps that will be taken by the Population Health Directorate to develop a national database of growth measurements for children and adults in view of the recommendations of the report of the Nat...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Taskforce on Obesity, an education and training programme for health professionals in the appropriate and sensitive management of over...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, detection, prevention and treatment programmes have been evaluated and implemented; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, the curriculum for undergraduates and postgraduates in the relevant health sciences provide training in appropr...More Button

Asked the minister: the procedures which have been put in place by appropriate experts and relevant support groups to assess persons at risk of developing an eating disorder in view of the recommendations of the report ...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, the north and south communication and public awareness programme on overweight persons and obesity has been dev...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, the Population Health Directorate has reviewed guidelines to physical activity, food and nutrition gender. More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, guidelines for physical activity, food and nutrition have been developed according to age and gender; if these ...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, all overweight and obesity prevention and management strategies have been coordinated and reviewed by the Popul...More Button

Asked the minister: the steps taken, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, to support parents attending ante-natal visits in developing skills which encourage healthy eating...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, the proposed growth assessment for underweight or overweight children has been introduced nationally; the regul...More Button

Asked the minister: if, in view of the recommendations of the report of the National Task Force on Obesity, she has carried out formative research to ensure programmes are being implemented as planned; if this included ...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Asked the minister: the number of applicants at the end of June 2009 on the social housing lists and affordable housing lists in each local authority area in tabular form; the total of each category nationwide; and if h...More Button

Asked the minister: the building plans and quantity of social houses and affordable houses for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 by local authority area; the funding set aside for such plans; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of social houses provided in the past five years; the number of affordable houses provided over the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Asked the minister: his plans for sewage waste water treatment plants in the Fingal County Council area; the amount of funding that will be set aside for the proposed plant at an area (details supplied) in County Dublin...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the school building programme for north Dublin in the next three to five years; the number of secondary schools that are planned and the areas; the expected build cost; if sites have been acquired; i...More Button


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