Reilly, Dr James

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 733 No. 4

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Priority Questions - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: if he will provide further clarity regarding funding for the nursing home support scheme; the reasons behind the review of the scheme; when he was informed that funding had run out for the scheme; w...More Button

Was asked: the action he will take to ensure the immediate resumption of approval of applications under the fair deal scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Priority Questions - Accident and Emergency Services

Was asked: if maintaining the 24 hour accident and emergency service at Wexford General Hospital remains in the long-term plans of the health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government’s priority in regard to acute hospital services is to ensure a safe and high quality of care for patients which is provided at the most appropriate location. I am committed to ensuring...More Button

Wexford General Hospital is a separate issue to psychiatric services, which are being re-organised in the south east and Wexford in particular. As I noted in my original reply, it is important to sit...More Button

I share the Deputy’s concern. The matter is being expedited and significant advances have been made to the point that services will be in place very shortly. This should be seen as progress rather t...More Button

Priority Questions - Health Service Executive Board

Was asked: if he will give details of the work of the interim board of the Health Service Executive; if he will give further details of his interactions with the interim board and any adjustments he has made i...More Button

The new HSE board held its first meeting this morning. The new, largely executive, board will meet more frequently than its predecessor and I will be briefed about board business on a regular basis b...More Button

The Deputy’s first contention is that there will be no oversight. The Department has strong representation on the board, which ensures oversight. There are also external auditors, etc. There is not...More Button

I note the Deputy’s fondness for the use of the word “misappropriation”. Last week, he used it during the debate on the fair deal issue, which my colleague addressed. Nobody said moneys were misappr...More Button

No, “inappropriate” as opposed to “misappropriation”. There is a big difference between both and there is a big difference in law if we were to debate this outside the House. The Deputy asked about p...More Button

Priority Questions - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: his views on the fact that the drugs issue, affecting many individual and families in every town and village across the country, will get the necessary support and attention; his plans for greater c...More Button

Other Questions - Hospital Accommodation

Was asked: if he has a programme for the reopening of closed public hospital beds and wards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In common with other public services, the health services are facing significant financial challenges. The key priority for me in dealing with the serious budget pressures on the health services is t...More Button

I am not sure which of the myriad questions Deputy Ó Caoláin has asked, to answer. There is no about-turn or volte-face, as the Deputy suggested. There is a concern and realisation that what is impo...More Button

Part of any plan for a winter crisis is the ability to open beds that have been closed, if that is necessary. Rather than focusing on beds we should focus on service, the treatment of patients and th...More Button

Other Questions - Fair Deal Scheme

Was asked: the action he proposes to take regarding the funding of the fair deal scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the scope of his inquiry into spending in the Health Service Executive relating older persons and the fair deal scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Other Questions - Mental Health Services

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the implementation of the mental health strategy. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the reason cancer services at Sligo General Hospital have not yet been restored; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Sligo General provides a significant range of cancer services. These include surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer and colorectal cancer, and chemotherapy services. Sligo has also been selected as one...More Button

Was asked: his plans to implement any significant changes in hospital funding methodologies during 2011. More Button

This Government is embarking on a major programme of reform for the health system, the ultimate objective of which is to ensure equal access to healthcare based on need, not income. This objective wi...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the way a person (details supplied) who is suffering from chronic illness and has been in receipt of a medical card for the past four years has been denied a medical card this year despite no increas...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Was asked: his plans to improve the quality of the preschool year by implementing standards and reviewing training options; if he has an implementation plan for this; and the methodology that will be used to re...More Button

The free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme was introduced by this Department in January 2010 and provides a free pre-school year to all eligible children. Already...More Button

Written Answers - Primary Care Strategy

Was asked: the action he will take to recover funds which have been allocated to support primary care teams; and the number of primary care teams that are currently in operation. More Button

Written Answers - Smoking Ban

Was asked: the estimates for the public health impact of the implementation of the workplace smoking ban. More Button

Since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban in March 2004, compliance with the legislation has consistently been over 96% indicating the success of this important public health measure. In 20...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: when the review being carried out by him into the transfer of services at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Cork, will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am committed to ensuring that acute hospital services at national, regional and local level are provided in a clinically appropriate and efficient manner. In particular I want to ensure that servic...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken towards the establishment of the special delivery unit aimed at improving access to the emergency and elective care system. More Button

As Minister for Health, I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. The Government is committed to establishing a Special D...More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Amendments

Was asked: when the proposed referendum on children’s rights will be held. More Button

One of the priorities of the programme for Government is to hold a referendum to amend the Constitution to ensure that children’s rights are strengthened, along the lines recommended by the All-Party ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: if he will respond to plans by the Health Service Executive to cut an additional €17.59 million across all services in the mid-west region including €5 million in funding for primary care services; a...More Button

The Health Service Executive is not planning to cut funding for the HSE West (Mid West Area) in 2011. The budget for health services in the Mid West Area for this year was allocated in January at €60...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports

Was asked: the progress he has made in relation to beginning a health study for the Cork Harbour region; when he expects such a study to be under way; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans to investigate the relationship between the toxic waste at the former ISPAT site at Haulbowline, County Cork, and general population health in the surrounding area; if he will conduct such ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 57 and 301 together. At the outset, I would like provide some details as to what has happened to date in regard to this matter. In 2008, the Minister for the Environm...More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Prevention

Was asked: his views on whether community engagement through volunteering is an effective way to respond to the problem of suicide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: his policy in relation to the treatment of persons with diabetes in particular any proposals he has to improve policy in relation to young children and adolescents; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The HSE established a National Clinical Programme for Diabetes within the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate. A clinical lead is in charge of the programme and a multidisciplinary working g...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to delays in respect of audiology referrals at Waterford Regional Hospital with patients waiting for a minimum of three years; if he will furnish details of the number...More Button

The HSE recently published the report of the National Audiology Review Group. The report contains a comprehensive set of recommendations to address the inconsistencies and inadequacies in audiology s...More Button

Written Answers - Cancer Incidence

Was asked: the next set of priorities under the national strategy for cancer control. More Button

A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland, containing 55 recommendations, was published in 2006 and significant progress has been made in implementing these recommendations. The focus of the Strategy ...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs to his Department, if he will outline his strategy for tackling the drugs problem; and the way he will address concerns that the area has b...More Button

Was asked: if he will agree to immediately appoint a Minister with sole responsibility for the national drugs strategy in order to show a public commitment to communities across Ireland, that are forced to live...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Contracts

Was asked: when the contracts between the Health Service Executive and clinical dental technicians will be finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Dental Treatment Services

Was asked: if he will reverse the cutbacks to dental treatment schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - General Practitioner Services

Was asked: the policies he will be implementing to ensure that there will be enough qualified general practitioners to ensure the smooth roll-out of the primary care policy as announced in the programme for Gov...More Button

Was asked: the action he proposes to take to increase the number of general practitioners, GPs; the numbers of GPs in the medical card scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the time line for abolishing restrictions on general practitioners who wish to obtain general medical service contracts; and when he will introduce legislation reducing the rate of remuneration for G...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Was asked: the way the new child welfare and protection agency promised in the programme for Government will be established; the process involved; and a time line for each of the steps to be undertaken. More Button

The Government is committed to fundamental reform of the delivery of child protection services and in this context a new agency with dedicated responsibility for this service is to be established. Pr...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: the way he proposes to maintain services at St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown and at all other health centres in Wicklow and south County Dublin, in view of the proposed redeployment of a numb...More Button

The HSE recognises that it is of paramount importance that there is no impact on services to patients as a result of the recent redeployment of staff from St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown and ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: if he has given any instructions to the Health Service Executive regarding the retention of any acute hospital service in any part of the country. More Button

I am committed to ensuring that acute hospital services at national, regional and local level are provided in a clinically appropriate and efficient manner. In particular I want to ensure that as many...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: if he and/or the Health Service Executive has sought to ascertain the extent to which charges are being levied inappropriately on medical card patients by general practitioners, for example, for bloo...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: the number of staff employed in the Health Service Executive; the way that compares with the numbers employed in March 2008 before the moratorium on recruitment; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Employment Control Frameworks (ECFs) have been used for a number of years in the health sector to control numbers employed in line with Government policy. The current ECF provides for the moratorium o...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the extent to which adequate nursing and medical staff is available throughout the public and private hospital sectors; the extent to which the facilities in either sector are currently in abeyance o...More Button

The National Service Plan 2011 commits the HSE, within the limits of its Voted allocation of €13.456bn, to delivering activity levels for 2011 which are broadly in line with 2010 levels. This is bein...More Button

Written Answers - North-South Ministerial Council

Was asked: when he will meet his counterpart in the Six Counties to address the potential for greater all-Ireland co-operation in health care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Both Health Ministers meet under the auspices of the North-South Ministerial Council. I plan to attend the next North-South Ministerial Council Plenary meeting scheduled for 10 June. A North-South Mi...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if he will take immediate action to address the 12 to 18 month waiting lost for endoscopy at Crumlin children’s hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A statement on the issue of waiting times for endoscopies was issued by Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin on 24 May 2011. A copy of this statement was forwarded to my office on the same day. T...More Button

Written Answers - Health Insurance

Was asked: if he has commissioned any external studies regarding the implementation of universal health insurance. More Button

This Government is embarking on a major reform programme for the health system, the ultimate objective of which is to ensure equal access to healthcare based on need, not income. This objective will ...More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Amendments

Was asked: if he remains committed to the time line provided in an interview on a programme (details supplied) during a recent visit to County Donegal of holding the children’s referendum within the next 12 mon...More Button

One of the priorities of the programme for Government is to hold a referendum to amend the Constitution to ensure that children’s rights are strengthened, along the lines recommended by the All-Party ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Sector Pay

Was asked: if he will reverse the pay cut, imposed without consultation or agreement, on fourth year undergraduate nurses and midwives undertaking the rostered clinical placement; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

I have approved a review of the decision to abolish payments to student nurses during their 4th year pre-registration rostered placement. The nursing unions have been invited to contribute to the rev...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: when he expects the Health Service Executive to complete an investigation into the way an unregistered nurse was able to continue practising at Letterkenny Hospital, County Donegal; and if it has bee...More Button

The HSE has appointed two independent experts, both with many years experience in nursing practice, to carry out a review into this matter. The investigation commenced on the 5th of May and it is anti...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the number of civil and public servants who have a general practitioner visit card; the number of civil and public servants who have a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: the fair deal scheme, if he will provide the exact amount paid out by the Health Service Executive to private nursing homes since the beginning of the scheme; the exact amount received from elderly p...More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services

Was asked: if accurate figures are available to him regarding the extent of emergencies such as trauma and medical emergencies; the way that this is impacting on planning for the future of the ambulance service...More Button

Emergency departments are the front line for our health services and have a higher public awareness profile than virtually any other service. Almost 1.2 million individual emergency presentations were...More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

Was asked: the total number of beds available in public and private nursing homes for persons in need of ongoing long-term or respite care; the extent to which such places are fully occupied; the number of beds...More Button

Written Answers - Voluntary Sector Funding

Was asked: if he will consider a request for funding from Western Alzheimers in view of the fact that a previous parliamentary question was referred to the Health Service Executive and that the HSE in its reply...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the number of staff employed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland by grade. More Button

The number of staff by grade employed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is as follows: More Button

Written Answers - Health Insurance

Was asked: when he will publish a detailed plan for the implementation of universal health insurance. More Button

The Government is committed to implementing a comprehensive programme of health reform, the ultimate objective of which is to ensure equal access to healthcare based on need, not income. This objecti...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: when his attention was first drawn to the 12 to 18 month waiting list for endoscopy at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin; if he has ascertained the resource needs and other issue...More Button

A statement on the issue of waiting times for endoscopies was issued by Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin on 24 May 2011. A copy of this statement was forwarded to my office on the same day. T...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: if he will seek a reorganisation of services in the Health Service Executive Dublin mid-Leinster area for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possi...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the average waiting time for an appointment with each specialist located at a hospital (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The average waiting time in the hospital referred to by the Deputy varies by specialty and between urgent and routine appointments. Depending on the specialty and degree of urgency, a number of consu...More Button

Written Answers - Missing Children

Was asked: if he will provide funding and resources to set up the 116000 EU hotline number for missing children in view of the number of children who go missing here. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the missing children hotline number (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 302 and 331 together. The purpose of the 116000 phone number is to provide a contact number to families if children go missing. While the Office of the Minister for C...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the position regarding orthodontic treatment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

Was asked: his plans to reverse the decision of the Health Service Executive to terminate all funding to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The HSE has been considering changes in the arrangements for funding organisations that provide domestic, sexual andgender-based violence services, including the Rape Crisis Network Ireland. However,...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: if he will confirm the Health Service Executive guidelines for providing accommodation such as hotel rooms or rented accommodation to senior staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Arrangements are in place in the HSE whereby staff may claim travel and subsistence payments in respect of relevant expenses incurred in the course of official duties. Subsistence rates are prescribe...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service

Was asked: if he will confirm that a sub-group was established as set out in the Health Service Executive management team minutes of 2 December 2008, under agenda item 8 titled Ambulance Strategy; if he will fu...More Button

I am aware of the subgroup to which the Deputy refers. I understand that the group was established by the HSE National Ambulance Service in order to progress improved management and integration of am...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 384 of 12 April 2011, the progress made regarding a person (details supplied) to address medical needs and the fact that due to the medical procedure needed the ...More Button

I understand that the HSE responded to the Deputy in relation to this case on the 15th April. At that time the HSE advised that there was no record of this patient waiting for treatment at the Mater ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) may obtain treatment under the E112 system; if he will determine the procedure the person has to follow to ensure receipt of such a referral; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if this will be renewed as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: the outcome of interviews that were held by the National Recruitment Service, Health Service Executive, HR services, Áras Sláinte Chluainin, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, in Dublin in April 2011 for...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 - Care of the Elderly

Was asked: if a Supplementary Estimate will need to be introduced or amending legislation to alter the fair deal scheme in view of the current shortfall. More Button

Was asked: when the €100 million ring-fenced for the fair deal will be returned by the Health Service Executive to its rightful purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive is continuing to block the return of allocated funds to the fair deal scheme on the pretext that it has not been given the necessary clarity by his Department;...More Button

Was asked: if he considers it equitable that the Health Service Executive is using delaying tactics to avoid his directions in a way which is detrimental to its own medium and long-term budget; and if he will m...More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive is prepared to confirm that no further elderly and vulnerable adults will be held in the community or in hospital on account of the lack of allocated funding under the...More Button

Was asked: the reason money reallocated from the fair deal is being utilised for pharmaceuticals and physiotherapy for residents in nursing homes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Was asked: if approvals are issuing under the fair deal scheme in all Health Service Executive regions throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when he expects to be in a position to offer a resolution in respect of the delivery of long stay accommodation support under the fair deal scheme; if he expects to be in a position to redeploy resou...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Allowances

Was asked: if he will assist in making a financial assistance package available to a person (details supplied) in County Cork for a specific purpose. 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 - Hospital Services

Was asked: if he will consider assisting a person (details supplied) in County Cork in being transferred to a geriatric type hospital in a specific area. 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 Cards

Was asked: if he will assist in having a medical card approved in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the names of the special advisers appointed to his office since 9 March 2011; their specific role; and the level of salary they will earn. More Button

Since 9 March 2011, I have appointed Mr. Mark Costigan as Press Adviser and Mr. Sean Faughnan as Special Adviser, both on the Principal Officer (Standard) salary level which ranges from €80,051 to €92...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: his plans to allocate further funding to the Tallaght drugs task force, Dublin, to ensure the continuation of the dial to stop drug dealing campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Research

Was asked: the funding provided for research into prostate cancer; the plans for further investment in research into the cancer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the funding provided for research into breast and cervical cancer respectively; the plans for further investment in research into each cancer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 and 323 together. Cancer research forms a large part of the research programme in Ireland today. The National Cancer Control Strategy noted that cancer research i...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 142 of 12 May 2011, when the information requested will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the HSE that the information sought is being collated at present. The HSE anticipates being in a position to provide it to the Deputy shortly.More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: the number of persons on waiting lists for methadone treatment programmes; and if he will provide a breakdown on a county basis. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: if an application for a medical card will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive has received an application for a renewal of a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Medical Treatment Overseas

Was asked: if he will give urgent reconsideration to the refusal to cover costs, already incurred, in connection with travel overseas by a person (details supplied) for medical treatment, these costs having bee...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 - Drugs Payment Scheme

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the removal of a drug (details supplied) from the Health Service Executive’s drugs payment scheme and the negative effect that this decision is having on many patie...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the position regarding services for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (details supplied). More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possib...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to long waiting lists and a minimum nine month wait to receive an MRI scan in Galway; if his further attention has been drawn to the fact that this waiting time can be...More Button

MRI requests are prioritised on the basis of clinical need. This priority is decided by Galway University Hospital based on the clinical details provided by the referring clinicians. In the last year...More Button

Written Answers - National Children’s Strategy

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the recent national consultation process with children and young persons for the national children’s strategy 2012 to 2017 has been carried out withou...More Button

The consultation with children and young people for the new National Children’s Strategy was carried out in April 2011. The consultation was undertaken in a systematic way in order to ensure that as ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the position regarding a surgical procedure in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

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

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: the position regarding an application for lottery funding in respect of a project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has received an application for funding from the 2011 National Lottery allocation from the organisation in question. This is one of a large number currently being assessed by my Departme...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will receive their refund under the health repayment scheme. More Button

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

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against a decision not to grant a full medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the waiting lists for persons to receive an appointment for a MRI scan in the Mater Hospital, Dublin; his views on whether these delays are acceptable; the action he will take to ensure this matter i...More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the reconfiguration of acute surgical services taking place at the three midlands hospitals, Portlaoise, Tullamore and Mullingar; if he will give assurances that ac...More Button

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

Written Answers - Tobacco Sales

Was asked: the number of filling stations and supermarkets that have been prosecuted for selling cigarettes to persons aged under 18 years for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011; and the frequ...More Button

The Health Service Executive is responsible for enforcement of the tobacco legislation, including inspections and prosecutions taken as a result of non-compliance with the legislation. Accordingly, I ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of persons on the waiting list for each medical specialist at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin 1; the average waiting time to see each medical specialist; and the steps being take...More Button

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

Written Answers - Medicinal Products

Was asked: the reason a medication (details supplied) is not available here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: if he will report on the Health Service Executive proposals to reduce public health nursing hours on Inis Méain from 24 hours a day as they currently are to 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday; and his vi...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the re-organisation of the current treatment system for children and adolescents with diabetes so that intensive treatments can be accessed locally; and if he will consider the pr...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possib...More Button

Was asked: the diabetes paediatric services available to children living in north Tipperary and south Offaly; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this service is insufficient to meet the needs of t...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possib...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Accommodation

Was asked: the number of long-stay public and private beds currently available for patients; the extent to which this number has fluctuated in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the extent to which school medical examinations have been carried out in all schools throughout the country over the past five years; if some schools have received less than the average number of exa...More Button

The HSE has advised that data on the frequency and coverage of school medical examinations is not included in the core set of performance indicator data and will require a manual search by local Commu...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff

Was asked: the extent to which adequate staffing levels have been provided at all hospitals in the public sector throughout the country; the number of hospitals currently with less than the staff complements re...More Button

The National Service Plan 2011 commits the HSE, within the limits of its Voted allocation of €13.456bn, to delivering activity levels for 2011 which are broadly in line with 2010 levels. This is bein...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the extent to which the full range of services planned at each public hospital throughout the country have been put in place to date; the extent of outstanding provisions in this regard; and if he wi...More Button

My predecessor approved the HSE National Service Plan 2011 on 21 December 2010 and in approving the Plan, highlighted to the HSE the need to maintain services as well as operating within the limits of...More Button

Was asked: his plans in respect of the future of St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin having particular regard to the strongly expressed views of patients and friends who have come to rely heavily on the hospital’s serv...More Button

St. Luke’s Hospital, which provides radiation oncology services, was subsumed into the Health Service Executive under the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010 (No. 18 of 2010). Radiation oncol...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme

Was asked: the full extent of the developments and-or discussions to date on the issue of the location of the proposed new children’s hospital; if his attention has been drawn to the strongly held views that th...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the strong opposition to the location of the new children’s hospital at the Mater Hospital site in Dublin; the degree to which it is intended to address such concer...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 357 and 358 together. Decisions relating to the location of The New Children’s Hospital Project will be taken based on the outcome of the Review which I recently init...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the number of hospitals currently providing neurological paediatric services; if the facilities for such treatments are only available in such hospitals; the alternative, if any; and if he will make ...More Button

My Department has asked the HSE to furnish the information concerned to the Department and I will communicate further with the Deputy as soon as it is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

Was asked: the number of public hospital beds available in each of the years 1989, 1999, 2009 and to date in 2011; the number of private hospital beds available in the same period; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The national average number of acute hospital beds available in public hospitals for the years 1999 and 2009 broken down by public, private and non-designated is set out in the following table as requ...More Button

Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme

Was asked: the current average length of time for the processing of long-term illness scheme applications. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the current average length of time for the processing of applications for exceptional medical cards, that is, medical cards for children with disabilities whose parents do not satisfy the standard me...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the criteria used for filling vacant beds in the District Hospital Carlow; and the person who decides who can occupy these beds, bearing in mind that for most of the year occupancy is only at approxi...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button


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