Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 697 No. 2

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Ceisteanna — Questions - Consultancy Reports.

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Priority Questions - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the hospitals that are cutting back on services ahead of Christmas 2009 to balance the books; the nature of those services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Overall clinical activity in our acute hospitals is ahead of target by 3.4% and this pattern is likely to continue until the end of the year. When inpatient and day cases are combined, acute hospital...More Button

When Deputy Reilly was in Tallaght yesterday, I do not know whether he met the incoming chief executive officer designate, Professor Conlon. If he did, I am sure Professor Conlon made him aware of hi...More Button

They are not massaging the figures. They are accurate verifiable figures and I invite the Deputy to meet representatives of the National Treatment Purchase Fund or invite representatives to come befo...More Button

I invite the Deputy to read the OECD publication today which shows the significant improvements we have made in Ireland in health, life expectancy and cancer treatment. It is an independent analysis ...More Button

Priority Questions -

Was asked: her views on the reported advertising of a private clinic offering oncology services in Sligo while the public cancer services in Sligo are being moved to Galway due to the size of the population in ...More Button

The Deputy may be referring to recent media reports regarding an application before Sligo County Council to rezone land which would permit a planning application to be made in respect of a private hea...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, patient safety is a priority for me and that is why I established the patient safety commission. All the reform taking place in acute hospitals is with a view to their meeting...More Button

As I stated on previous occasions, I can only do so when we have a legislative way of doing so and we cannot do that in advance of having licensing, authorisation or accreditation. Some of the misdia...More Button

The question relates to Sligo and I presume it arose on foot of Fintan O’Toole’s article in respect of a meeting of Sligo County Council. It is my view that people would be extremely foolish to inves...More Button

Was asked: the number of contracts or leases that have been signed by the Health Service Executive with general practitioners in respect of primary care centres; the location of these centres; and if she will m...More Button

The HSE sought expressions of interest in December 2007 and July 2008 for the provision of primary care centres for primary care teams. Negotiations with interested parties proceeded in respect of 16...More Button

The significance of primary care teams has nothing to do with buildings or new facilities, even though there are many of both. These teams involve health care professionals working differently togeth...More Button

No, we have not been negotiating——More Button

There are some people who are not happy with the terms that have been put to them. These individuals have come to see me and they have probably also visited the Deputy. Some arrangements have not be...More Button

Perhaps the Deputy does not understand the law.More Button

Letters of intent have issued in respect of 80 different centres. That is a considerable number.More Button

Many contracts have been signed.More Button

Several contracts have been signed. I informed the Deputy that 80 centres will open next year. Is he of the view that contracts were not signed in respect of these?More Button

Priority Questions - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the inpatient services for children and young adults; her views on whether it is unacceptable that 247 children were admitted to adults centres in 2008; if the dedicated 80 b...More Button

Priority Questions - Children in Care.

Was asked: the number of separated migrant children who have disappeared from Health Service Executive accommodation in each of the years 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Other Questions - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: her plans to change the governance of the Health Service Executive on the retirement of the chief executive officer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress made in the restructuring of the Health Service Executive providing regional structures and interaction between acute services and primary, community and continuing care services; and if...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 37 and 47 together. The recruitment of a new chief executive officer is a matter for the board of the HSE, as are the internal governance structures of the organisa...More Button

In response to the last question, the Minister for Finance will make announcements about public service numbers in the course of his budget speech tomorrow. If the changes in the health service sugge...More Button

-----particularly as we seek to integrate community and hospital services in a more orderly fashion than ever before. We want to move staff from providing the service in the hospital to providing it ...More Button

The Minister for Finance is responsible for the public service. That is factually correct. Of course we can reduce numbers within the HSE and I have said before, including last week, that the intent...More Button

That would be a higher proportion. One must include support staff too. It is a great disappointment because we were discussing last week everything that had been sought for the past five years and ...More Button

I hope we can return to that agenda very early in the new year. I am delighted to have the Deputies’ support for that agenda. That applies to other aspects of the public service. More Button

I believe public servants are in favour of change and they know the kind of change that is necessary. I believe they are willing to respond. More Button

Other Questions - Child Abuse.

Was asked: the recommendations she will propose in order to protect the rights of children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the action she will take in response to the Murphy report on the Dublin Archdiocese; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Other Questions - Laboratory Services.

Was asked: her plans to rationalise laboratory services here; when this process of rationalisation will commence; the estimated amount of money that will be saved from this rationalisation; and if she will make...More Button

Approximately 77 million laboratory tests are undertaken annually across 44 public hospitals. At present, the annual cost of this service is approximately €470 million. The workload comprises both u...More Button

The main issue is quality and cost. The Deputy knows from the report that our turn-around time is bad, our quality is poor and our cost is enormous. Clearly, from any perspective, that is not satisf...More Button

Quest Diagnostics has announced its intention to establish a facility in Ireland and it is in active discussions with a public facility here. The issue is one of quality, turn-around time and cost. ...More Button

Order of Business.

Question put: “That the figures proposed to be deleted stand.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for the late sitting be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the figures proposed to be deleted stand.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 13 be agreed to.”
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Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: her plans to develop services at Roscommon Hospital and at Portiuncula Hospital, County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government is committed to ensuring the delivery of the best quality health services possible in a safe, effective and efficient way. It is essential that we prioritise patient safety and quality...More Button

Written Answers - Prescription Charges.

Was asked: her plans to introduce a prescription charge for medical card holders; the level at which this charge will be set; the revenue expected to be raised from same; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce a prescription charge for medical card holders; the way in which such a charge would be collected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce prescription charges for holders of medical cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce prescription charges for holders of medical cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce prescription charges for holders of medical cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce prescription charges for holders of medical cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 41, 42, 55, 57, 72 and 97 together. At the moment1,461,207 people have medical cards. This has increased by 109,087 on last year. The number of prescriptions issued u...More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: her plans to introduce a cervical cancer vaccine scheme; if this issue has received consideration in the deliberations in advance of Budget 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have made my position on a cervical cancer vaccination programme clear on many occasions in the past. I remain committed to the introduction of such a programme at the earliest possible opportunity ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if the site for the proposed 60 bed psychiatric unit, for which planning permission was granted, does not impinge on the proposed site for the co-located hospital at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; if so,...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief.

Was asked: if additional resources have been made available to community welfare officers in Health Service Executive west to administer the humanitarian assistance scheme for persons devastated by flood damage...More Button

I am assured by the HSE that Community Welfare Service staff, throughout the country, have been providing huge support to families every day since the flooding occurred. Community Welfare Service st...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Reviews.

Was asked: when the Prospectus review of critical care services will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In 2008 the HSE commissioned Prospectus Strategy Consultants to carry out a comprehensive review of adult critical care services. The brief was to consider the current provision of adult critical care...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the number of lives that could be saved and the improvement in the quality of life for large numbers of persons that would be achieved by the further development of...More Button

In September 2007, I established a National Cardiovascular and Stroke Policy Group to develop a new policy framework covering all aspects of cardiovascular health, including stroke. As part of its wo...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Inquiries.

Was asked: the progress she has made in the establishment of an inquiry into the alleged abuse carried out by a doctor (details supplied) in the north east; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I met with the support group, Dignity 4 Patients, on 29 October 2009 to inform them of my decision, in consultation with the Cabinet and the Attorney General, to establish an independent review to exa...More Button

Written Answers - Family Support Services.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 40 of 30 April 2009 if her attention has been drawn to whether the NUI Galway study of inappropriate care roles of young carers has been completed; her views on ...More Button

Written Answers - Primary Care Services.

Was asked: the number of contracts or leases that have been signed by the Health Service Executive with general practitioners in relation to primary care centres to date; the location of these centres; and if s...More Button

The HSE sought expressions of interest in December 2007 and in July 2008 for the provision of Primary Care Centres for Primary Care Teams. Negotiations with interested parties proceeded in respect of ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Compensation Scheme.

Was asked: the date the advisory group on no fault compensation for brain damaged infants was established; the reason the group has not been brought together since its last meeting scheduled for May 2008 was ca...More Button

An advisory group was established in 2001 to examine the feasibility of establishing a no fault scheme for infants who suffered cerebral damage at, or close to, the time of their birth. The Group sto...More Button

Written Answers - HIV Infection.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the increase in the number of persons who contracted HIV or AIDS here in 2009; if her attention has been drawn to the factors that have led to this increase; if any...More Button

The figures for newly diagnosed HIV infections released last week refer to the first two quarters of 2009. Final figures for 2009 have yet to be compiled by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: the number of persons waiting more than one year for an outpatient appointment; the maximum waiting time for an outpatient appointment; her views on the recent Comptroller and Auditor General finding...More Button

There are approximately 3.2 million outpatient attendances a year at public hospital outpatient departments (OPDs). I am determined to improve access to OPD services, which represent one of the key p...More Button

Was asked: if all patients in need of a colonoscopy are seen within her one month target waiting time; the number of patients waiting more than one month; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The HSE is required to report under Section 10(2) of the Health Act 2004 on compliance with a target of four weeks for urgent colonoscopies from date of referral. An audit on referrals for urgent colo...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: when and if the recommendations of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group Report, published on 17 November 2009, have been accepted by her; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is currently considering the recommendations of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group in detail.More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: the reason she has not published the Health Information and Quality Authority Report, which was promised in September 2009, to identify the way a national programme of colorectal cancer screening cou...More Button

Was asked: the progress made on the financing of the planned colorectal cancer screening programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 82 together. Two reports about screening for colorectal cancer were published on 17 June. The first was a report by the National Cancer Screening Service Board ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if the development of a new central mental hospital is still a priority in view of the financial difficulties facing the State; if a decision has been made on the location of the new central mental h...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Training.

Was asked: the action she will take to increase the number of general practitioner training places in 2010; the discussions the Health Service Executive have held with the Irish College of General Practitioners...More Button

Was asked: her views on the recent ESRI finding that some 350 general practitioners will retire between 2006 and 2010, 450 will retire between 2011 and 2015 and more than 500 will retire between 2016 and 2020; ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 67 together. I am aware of the potential shortage of General Practitioners (GPs) highlighted in the recent ESRI Report and the June 2009 FÁS Report. There is c...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the negative effect that recent changes to the CervicalCheck screening programme are having on women’s access to the service; if her further attention has been draw...More Button

CervicalCheck commenced on 1 September 2008. Under the Programme women aged 25-44 will be screened every 3 years and women aged 45-60 will be screened every 5 years. For the first year CervicalCheck...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Regulation.

Was asked: when private medical facilities will be subject to regulation and inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance, which I established as part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring patient safety and quality in our health service, recommended a mandatory...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme.

Was asked: the discussions she has had and the progress that has been made in reducing the cost of drugs and increasing the use of generic products being prescribed; her plans to introduce reference pricing for...More Button

My Department and the HSE have implemented a number of reforms to reduce the cost of medicines. Under the terms of the current agreements between the HSE and pharmaceutical manufacturers which govern...More Button

Written Answers - Health Insurance.

Was asked: her views on whether the introduction of the health insurance levy, the stated object of which was to keep the cost of health insurance down, has not been achieved, instead it has forced an increase ...More Button

Was asked: her views on the increasing cost of health insurance; the factors contributing to this increase; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce a comprehensive Health Insurance Bill to replace the temporary legislation which provided for a levy to address the issue of risk equalisation; her plans to provide for a centr...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 91 and 93 together. The health insurance levy is part of the interim scheme provided for under the Health Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009. This inte...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: her plans to reduce the number of staff in her Department as proposed in the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programme Report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

At the end of November 2009, there were 489.28 WTEs employed in my Department. This includes additional staffing (24.17WTE) that transferred into my Department during the year as a result of the tran...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the way in which the proposed unpaid leave for public servants will operate within the health services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if agreement has been reached with health unions on flexibility of working hours within the health services on an extension of the basic working day and on redeployment of staff; and if she will make...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 and 88 together. Discussions took place recently between officials of my Department and the HSE and unions representing health sector staff as part of the overall d...More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme.

Was asked: if the full rollout of the H1N1 vaccine will take up to eight months; the length of time the vaccine programme in schools will take; if she is satisfied that all possible measures are being taken to ...More Button

It is envisaged that the H1N1 Pandemic vaccination programme will continue into the first quarter of 2010 at least. The duration of the programme will be determined by the uptake rates within the targ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of persons in receipt of a medical card on 30 November 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons in receipt of a doctor only medical card on 30 November 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 71 and 85 together. Details of the number of medical card holders and GP visit card holders are provided to my Department each month by the Health Service Executive (H...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Inquiries.

Was asked: if she has received a list of persons from an organisation (details supplied) who would have the necessary expertise to carry out an investigation into the practice of symphysiotomy; and if she will ...More Button

The Joint Committee of Health and Children also wrote to my Department recently on behalf of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy to request a review and I explained to the Committee that the position regar...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: the proposed collocated hospitals that will go ahead with associated tax breaks; the tax implications for 2010; when construction will commence on each of the projects; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

The Renewed Programme for Government re-affirms the Government’s commitment to the current co-location programme. Preferred bidders have been selected for six co-located projects at Beaumont, Cork Un...More Button

Written Answers - Assisted Human Reproduction.

Was asked: her plans to implement the recommendations of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction; when she will publish legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is developing proposals for an appropriate regulatory framework, including legislation, in respect of Assisted Human Reproduction. The work involves, among other things, examining the a...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if opticians are entitled to charge full medical card holders for carrying out an eye test in respect of a driving licence application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The optometric schemes administered by the Health Service Executive operate to fulfil its obligations, under section 67 of the Health Act, 1970, to make ophthalmic treatment and optical appliances ava...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme.

Was asked: if legal issues have arisen in relation to the property elements of the fair deal legislation in the context of carrying out assessments for ancillary State support; the way in which families can acq...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the additional resources she will provide in 2010 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress made in co-operation between her Department, the Health Service Executive and the board of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, to reduce the waiting time for heart op...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 78 and 84 together. The HSE have not yet been notified of their budget allocation for 2010. When the Government has agreed on the budget allocation for the HSE, it wi...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Expenditure.

Was asked: the discussions she has had with the Health Service Executive on protecting frontline services while achieving the cuts in the budget that they are required to make for 2010; if the baseline levels o...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Government faces serious challenges in respect of public expenditure and has had to take difficult decisions in order to stabilise the public finances. The Governmen...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the progress made to date in her efforts to eliminate hospital based infections such as MRSA and clostridium difficile; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) continue to be a challenge for healthcare systems worldwide. Ireland is not unique in this regard and tackling HCAIs here continues to be a priority for the ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if she will implement the recommendations of the report of the Health Service Executive’s Diabetes Expert Advisory Group by providing 20 new podiatrist posts in view of information that 50% of lower ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Regulation.

Was asked: her plans to introduce regulation and licensing for crisis pregnancy agencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I assume that the Deputy’s question is referring to agencies that seek to manipulate women by providing a ‘disingenuous’ crisis pregnancy counselling and/or information service. While there are no pla...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Charges.

Was asked: if agreement has been reached with nursing home owners to ensure that they do not pass on the inspection fee to their clients; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if legislation has been prepared to allow for the appropriate dissemination of soft information regarding people who may be a threat to children; when it is expected that such legislation will be pub...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the steps she will take to ensure the maintenance of acute services at Kerry General Hospital, Tralee, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government is committed to ensuring delivery of the best quality health services possible, in an effective and efficient way. Ensuring patient safety is of paramount importance, so that people ca...More Button

Written Answers - Infectious Diseases.

Was asked: the additional measures she has put in place to address the crisis situation in hospitals in the North East region, and the potential for similar situations in other regions, as a result of the recen...More Button

Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) continue to be a challenge for healthcare systems worldwide. Ireland is not unique in this regard and tackling HCAIs here, including Clostridium difficile, c...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Reform.

Was asked: if she has received an interim report from the group she has established on the financing of health services; if reform is envisaged to achieve more cost effective structures in the future and in the...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector which I established in April this year under the chairmanship of Professor Frances Ruane,...More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services.

Was asked: her policy in relation to the development of youth services; the section of the Youth Work Act 2001 and the national youth work development plan which have been implemented to date in 2009; and if sh...More Button

Written Answers - Capital Projects.

Was asked: the new starts expected in the Capital Programme for her Department for 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is not envisaged at this point that there will be new capital projects undertaken directly by my Department in 2010. In relation to the Health Service Executive, the capital infrastructure projects...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: if general practitioners are allowed to charge for administering a blood test to patients with a full medical card; the circumstances in which a GP will charge for a service to a medical card holder;...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 - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: if she expects targets for increased numbers of social workers to be reached in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Implementation Plan for the recommendations of the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was accepted by Government and published in July 2009. One of the key recommendations of th...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: if she will intervene to prevent the removal of acute services from the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Transformation Programme for the North East region has been informed by the 2006 Teamwork Report to the Health Service Executive (HSE) which demonstrated that the service configuration in the regi...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the procedure in place to address the return to Canada of a person (details supplied) to maintain and develop the National Cancer Strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The current postholder was seconded to the HSE for a period of two years, which period expired in November 2009. He has agreed to remain in position for a number of months to facilitate the recruitme...More Button

Written Answers - Primary Care Services.

Was asked: the number of primary care teams in place; the number of teams operating from a single premise; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the reason a medical card has been withdrawn in respect of a person (details supplied). 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 - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the recently launched review of the Glen Early Language and Learning Project in Cork city; if she will make funding available to implement the recommendations of th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the extra staff she has in place to assist community welfare officers in processing the increased applications for mortgage interest supplement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: the extra staff she has in place to assist community welfare officers in processing the increased applications for supplementary welfare allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: the extra staff she has in place to assist community welfare officers in processing of applications for assistance by those affected by flooding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on their back to school allowance appeal. More Button

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

Written Answers - Cancer Screening Programme.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the negative impact recent changes to the CervicalCheck screening programme are having on women’s access to the service; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The Deputy may be referring to CervicalCheck’s move on 1 September 2009 to a call-recall system of invitation to screening. This move is in line with best international practice. It will ensure that...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a medical card for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be renewed by the Health Service Executive; 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: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their updated medical card in view of the fact that they submitted their renewal form and documents by registered post to the Health Servi...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 those who are in receipt of carer’s allowance will receive the vaccination against swine flu as a priority; 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 Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff who received financial assistance to pursue courses in further or higher education in each of the past five years; the number of such staff who were subsequently re-assigned to du...More Button

One hundred and two of the Department’s staff received financial assistance towards academic courses over the past five years. Staff assignments in the Department take account of all relevant factors...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the cap on cost per patient in the new fair deal scheme for long term residents who have means assessed against them in relation to a hospital (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will ma...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the circumstances in which a person who lives in the catchment area of one mental health service can apply for and receive service from a different area; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: when she was informed of irregularities in the activities of a mediation agency (details supplied) which represents couples seeking to adopt Vietnamese children; when she requested the Adoption Board...More Button

Was asked: if she intends to negotiate a new bilateral agreement with Vietnam; the position regarding the future of inter-country adoptions and couples here who are at various stages of inter-country adoption; ...More Button

Was asked: the agreements between Ireland and other countries for the purpose of inter-country adoptions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1 who applied for renewal of their medical card in August 2009 and has not been awarded a medical card; if an interim card wil...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 position regarding an application for renewal of the medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; 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 - Youth Services.

Was asked: her views on support for Arts for Young People; her further views on the value of the various programmes for the development of children and young people; the role her Department will play in ensurin...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when an appeal will be decided regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if consideration will be given on the grounds of medical necessity and compassion...More Button

The demand for medical card appeals has increased significantly during this year. In order to deal with this increased demand, the HSE is committing additional resources to this service. From 24th N...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be called for an MRI; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a person has to wait in excess of 12 months for an MRI scan; and if sh...More Button

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

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme.

Was asked: if it is the case that persons who apply for the fair deal scheme who are not in a nursing home will only qualify from the date of the decision rather than the date of application; the assistance tha...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff.

Was asked: the staffing levels for St. Michael’s unit in Clonmel, County Tipperary; the number of doctors’ and nurses’ posts approved for this unit; if all these posts are currently filled; the services provide...More Button

Written Answers - Burial Grounds.

Was asked: if she will establish the location of the burial grounds of patients in a former hospital (details supplied) in County Cork particularly those patients who had no relatives to bury them; and if there...More Button

Written Answers - National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 will have to wait a substantial period for an operation; and in view of the circumstances, if this person will avail of the National Treatment Purc...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 th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: the reason a child (details supplied) in County Longford has had their domiciliary allowance withdrawn; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Support Scheme.

Was asked: if the income and assets of a person wishing to avail of the nursing homes support scheme are taken into account when calculating their contribution to care; if assets that include land and property ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the outcome of an appeal for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The demand for medical card appeals has increased significantly during this year. In order to deal with this increased demand, the HSE is committing additional resources to this service. From 24th N...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for an over 70 years medical card in the case 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

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a patient (details supplied) in County Roscommon will have surgery. 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: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will be approved for an operation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: the reason for the delay in arranging an appointment at Waterford Regional Hospital in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will expedite a response. More Button

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

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Was asked: the steps she has taken to clarify the situation of adoption from Vietnam. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: her plans for an alternative use of a children’s facility (details supplied) in Dublin 20 built in 2000 at a cost of €30 million and condemned to closure by the Health Service Executive. More Button

Was asked: the additional supports given to community welfare officers to deal with the increased demand for access to support; 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 - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the position regarding a fair deal application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason an applicant seeking funding under the fair deal nursing payment and who is successful is not paid retrospectively from the date of application but only from the date of the care needs ass...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances.

Was asked: if travel costs will be recouped in the case of persons (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 - Health Service Staff.

Was asked: the details of the finalised incentivised retirement scheme as it applies to staff in the Health Service Executive and specifically to staff in voluntary hospitals; the eligibility criteria for the s...More Button

In his Supplementary Budget Statement of 7 April 2009, the Minister for Finance announced that he would make available three schemes to reduce the number of public sector employees in the wider publi...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 will receive surgery. 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 around 10,000 persons will have a stroke here in 2009, over 2,000 will die and thousands will be left disabled; if her further attention has been draw...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that one in three acute hospitals has a stroke unit and that if all hospitals had a stroke unit up to 500 lives a year could be saved; the steps she will t...More Button

Was asked: the reason fewer than 3% of stroke patients received the life saving clot buster treatment, thrombolysis, in the 12 months to April in 2009; the further reason that almost half of our acute hospitals...More Button

Was asked: if she has received the stroke manifesto from an organisation (details supplied); and the way she and the Health Service Executive will respond to the 16 points; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the elements of the soon to be published cardiovascular health policy and the stroke manifesto from an organisation (details supplied) which recommendations she will be implementing in...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 218 to 221, inclusive, and 235 together. In September 2007, I established a Cardiovascular Health Policy Group to draw up a new policy framework for the development ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed primary care health centre for a location (details supplied) in County Donegal; the stage the project is at; when it is expected that approval will be given to see...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding the funding and provision of a primary health care centre for Thomastown, County Kilkenny; the number of parties that have expressed an interest; the timeframe ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 230 together. As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputies.More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that children here with impaired hearing are facing delays of six months in receiving essential new moulds for hearing aids; if she will account for the fa...More Button

As this is 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 case of persons (details supplied) in County Cork who are unemployed and were refused a once off payment of €100 from the Health Service Executive south for the...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of paediatric and adult ophthalmology procedures that have been cancelled at the Cork University Hospital due to the redesignation of theatre four at the hospital; the number of procedures...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 support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the details on the Health Service Executive (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The pay expenditure, for the public health service, for 2008 and year to date September 2009, is as follows: Notes: (i) Source: CRS System, Finance Directorate of the HSE. (ii) CRS data do not includ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: the number of persons who did not qualify for a full or general practitioner only medical card on grounds of income in the period immediately prior to 2007 but were granted a card on medical or other...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who did not qualify for a full or general practitioner only medical card on grounds of income who were subsequently granted a medical card on medical or other grounds in 2007 an...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 228 and 229 together. Details of the number of medical cards and GP visit cards are provided to my Department each month by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The fig...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in issuing a response as promised in Parliamentary Question No. 153 of 13 October 2009. More Button

Was asked: her plans to instruct the Health Service Executive to remove the age cut off points in access to health care services which result in inequities in older people’s access to services; and if she will ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for an over 70 years medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the appli...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 - ARC Cancer Support Centre.

Was asked: the services a centre (details supplied) in Dublin 8 is providing; the catchment area for this centre; the age group it caters for; the illnesses being treated; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

ARC Cancer Support Centre is a registered charity which offers free professional support to men and women affected by cancer and those who care for them, irrespective of where they are being treated o...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services.

Was asked: the criteria for certain areas to have access to mental health services; the breakdown of services available to areas that meet the criteria for such services; the options available to a person who n...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; the reason there is a delay in dealing with this application; and if she will ma...More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: if she will provide a commitment to maintain funding for an organisation (details supplied) in County Meath through her Department and the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: if the dentistry clinic in Trim, County Meath, will open in view of the fact that two dentists have been appointed recently and a third will be in place shortly; if the school screening programme wil...More Button

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

Written Answers - Autism Services.

Was asked: if she will put in place an enhanced degree of quality and scale of support services for children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficiency disorder and ADHD or similar problems with a v...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there appears to be an increasing number of children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, ADD or similar conditions; the extent of research underta...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the number of medical procedures for which patients were referred to locations outside this jurisdiction in each of the past five years to date; if such services were available here at the same time;...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 extent to which it is intended to bring the standards at all hospitals here up to centre of excellence levels; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A fundamental part of Government policy for hospital services is the delivery of high standards of patient care, ensuring that patient safety is paramount and that the best possible patient outcomes a...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Incidence.

Was asked: if research has been undertaken by her Department or the Health Service Executive regarding the most commonly occurring forms of cancer recorded in each of the past ten years to date; the trends that...More Button

The Deputy may be referring to An Atlas of Cancer in Ireland 1994 to 2003 which was published last week by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland. The Report can be found on the Registry’s website ww...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Was asked: the school medical examinations carried out in all schools at primary and secondary level on an annual basis; the trends that have been identified in terms of specific conditions; the most prevalent ...More Button

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

Was asked: her plans to upgrade the network of health services here; the degree to which she expects to extend the range or services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to health centres and not services. As the Deputy’s question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct repl...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of long, medium and short-stay beds available at any time; the average bed occupancy; the number of spare beds available to meet emergencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

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

Was asked: when extra beds will be provided at Maynooth Community Hospital, County Kildare, to meet the increasing demand in the area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the future proposals for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin; if her attention has been drawn to the views regarding the pivotal nature of the hospital in the context of paediatrics in th...More Button

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

Was asked: the position regarding the future of St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of medical, surgical or other beds available throughout the health services in the public and the private sectors; the number in each sector now and five years ago; and if she will make a ...More Button

The national average number of acute hospital beds available in public hospitals in 2007, the latest year for which verified data has been compiled by the HSE, was 13,688. This includes both in patien...More Button

Was asked: the number of hospital beds available throughout the winter months of 2009 particularly during peak periods in respect of colds, flus or other unforeseen illnesses in the private and the public hospi...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 the income eligibility for a medical card will be maintained to ensure those in receipt of a carer’s allowance retain their entitlement to a medical card; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

As the Deputy is aware under the HSE guidelines, carer’s allowance is considered as non-assessable income in the context of the medical card assessment process. There are currently no plans to amend ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Was asked: the extent to which Tallaght, Blanchardstown and Naas Hospitals are fully developed in accordance with their respective original development plans; if the full spectrum has been delivered in all case...More Button

As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button


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