Reilly, Dr James

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 748 No. 6

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Leaders’ Questions

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Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed)

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No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2011: Leave to Introduce

I move: That leave be given by the Dáil to introduce the following Supplementary Estimate for the service of the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2011: Vote 40 — Health Service Executive (Supp...More Button

Estimate for Public Services 2011: Referral to Select Sub-Committee

I move: That, subject to leave being given to introduce the following Supplementary Estimate for the service of the year ending on 31st December, 2011, the Supplementary Estimate be referred to the Se...More Button

Budget Statement 2012

When Fianna Fáil was in power.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 1: (Tobacco Products Tax)

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Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Excise (Mechanically Propelled Vehicles)

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Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Financial Resolution No. 3: Carbon Charge on Mineral Oils

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Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Financial Resolution No. 4: Value Added Tax

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Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Financial Resolution No. 5: Income Tax

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Financial Resolution No. 7: Stamp Duties

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Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: if he will commission a review of the effectiveness of current drug policy. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; the reason for the delay in processing the application to date; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for renewal of 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

Was asked: the position regarding the renewal of 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

Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme

Was asked: the fact that the list of long-term illnesses has not been reviewed since the 1970s, if he will consider a review in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: when a medical card will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the renewal of 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

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the number of long-term care patients in a hospital (details supplied); the reduction in the number of beds during the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the current staffing levels at a hospital (details supplied) in County Donegal, that is, persons in charge, nurses, care staff, catering staff, cleaning and laundry, administrative staff and other st...More Button

Was asked: the number of long-term care patients in a hospital (details supplied); the reduction in the number of beds during the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the current staffing levels of a hospital (details supplied) that is, the persons in charge, nurses, care staff, catering staff, cleaning and laundry staff, administrative staff and other staff; the ...More Button

Was asked: the current staffing levels of a hospital (details supplied) that is, persons in charge, nurses, care staff, catering staff, cleaning and laundry staff, administrative staff and other staff; the chan...More Button

Was asked: the number of long-term care patients in a hospital (details supplied); the reduction in the number of beds during the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of beds currently operational in Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal; the reason any beds other than the 39 beds in operation in the hospital until recently have been closed; and...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff who retired from Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal in the past two years; the roles from which they have retired; if he will provide details of which if any of these s...More Button

Was asked: the total number of staff employed in Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal; if he will provide a breakdown of the staff by role; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of staff in Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal who are due to retire between now and the end of March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his long-term plans for Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason there are only 12 patients in the Ard Aoibhinn Alzheimer’s unit in Carndonagh, County Donegal, which was purpose built for 16 patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of staff required to operate the Ard Aoibhinn Alzheimer’s unit in Carndonagh, County Donegal at full capacity; the number of staff currently in place; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: if an assessment has been carried out of the cost of complying with the recent Health Information and Quality Authority report at Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal; the resources that hav...More Button

Was asked: the current policy regarding use of the two designated hospice beds at Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal and the admission policy of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the current budgetary cost of operating Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal annually and the details of any reductions in this budget over the past three years; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of admissions to Carndonagh Community Hospital, County Donegal, in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding appointment delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which will w...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the average number of patients from County Donegal who travel to Dublin hospitals or to clinics each month to receive regular treatments; and if he 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 - Cancer Incidence

Was asked: the number of cancer patients attending Dublin hospitals for treatments on a monthly basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to service delivery matters and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to him.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the 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 - Ambulance Service

Was asked: the cost to him of hiring a private ambulance to transport a patient from South Tipperary General Hospital to Waterford General Hospital for a day procedure; the reason it would be necessary to use a...More Button

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

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the reason a medical card has expired when the person (details supplied) in County Tipperary has submitted a renewal application form; when the application will be finalised; if the current medical c...More Button

Written Answers - Community Care

Was asked: the current staffing levels of a nursing unit (details supplied) in County Donegal, that is persons in charge, nurses, care staff, catering staff, cleaning and laundry staff, administrative staff and...More Button

Was asked: the number of long-term care patients in a nursing unit (details supplied) in County Donegal; the reduction in the number of beds during the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: his views on matter regarding replacement lenses (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: the grants and amounts paid by him to community and voluntary groups in Galway city and county to date in 2011; and if he will list the chairperson, secretary and treasurer of each group that was a b...More Button

My Department has a National Lottery discretionary fund in place which provides once-off grants to community groups and organisations providing a range of health related services. The assessment of a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the increments made payable to public sector workers within his Department in the years 2010 and 2011; the increments due in 2012 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table: More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of a compensation fund for the parents of vaccine damaged children; when a decision will be made on the implementation of the recommendations of the report; a...More Button

My Department is currently examining the recommendations of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group. The report raises many complex issues that require further consideration and I expect to have an assessm...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 511 of 11 October 2011, when an operation will be carried out on a person (details supplied) in County Carlow and if he will expedite a response. More Button

I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which will wo...More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary was charged €100 when she attended the accident and emergency unit having been referred by a nurse; the reason she was told she would have t...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the position regarding long-term care in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the reason a person suffering from diabetes and who was previously the holder of a long-term illness card and is now the holder of a medical card is required to pay the 50 cent prescriptions charge f...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme

Was asked: if he will confirm the provision in the 2012 capital programme for Roscommon County Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Service Executive’s Capital Plan 2011-2015, published on its website, provides details on the endoscopy suite and upgrade to the HSSD facilities at Roscommon County Hospital. It is estimat...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the estimated cost to his Department of a 2% increase in the standard rate of VAT; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The estimated cost to my Department of a 2% increase in the standard rate of VAT is of the order of €80,000 to €100,000.More Button

Was asked: the spend per capita on primary care and acute care for each of the 26 counties. More Button

Was asked: the spend per capita on residential care for senior citizens for each of the 26 counties. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 388 and 389 together. The Health Service Executive does not compile budget and expenditure data by county. The management of the health services falls within four reg...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: the number of patients waiting for approval for the fair deal scheme; the number who have been approved to date in 2011; when the backlog of claims will be processed; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: not to cut funding for an organisation (details supplied) and for those with intellectual disabilities in budget 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide the average cost of care in each public sector nursing home and the total cost to the State of care in each public sector nursing homes in tabular form; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the average cost of care in each private sector nursing home, including State subventions and the total cost to the State of care in each private sector nursing home including Stat...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the statement (details supplied) regarding the Health Service Executive’s decision to close a nursing home, if he will confirm if the HSE’s estimate of €3 million for essential works to make the home...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the current or expected position in respect of an application for a medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if and when a medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: when an application under the fair deal scheme will be completed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: if he will provide an update in respect of an organisation’s application for funding (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 - Health Services

Was asked: his views on the fact that a stroke victim in south County Tipperary has had a number of speech therapy appointments cancelled or their therapist has failed to turn up which has been highly distressi...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the legislation currently governing the prices charged by dentists; if he intends to introduce new legislation in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if and when a hospital appointment can be made to facilitate a hip replacement in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which will wo...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

Was asked: the number of beds planned for parents in the proposed new national children’s hospital at the Mater Hospital site in Dublin; and whether the number planned will be adequate to accommodate all those ...More Button

Was asked: the way he will ensure that parents of children receiving tertiary care at the proposed National Children’s Hospital are not charged Dublin city accommodation rates, when the EACH clearly states that...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 413 and 414 together. I am committed to the provision of a world class tertiary hospital for the children of Ireland delivering the highest possible quality of care wi...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

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

Written Answers - Medicinal Products

Was asked: the position regarding the use of the drug Pradaxa in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

Was asked: if he will give an assurance that there will be no reduction in the level of services at St. Mary’s nursing unit for the elderly, Castleblayney, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: if he will arrange to have an application for the fair deal scheme approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: if he will provide a list of all the lands and buildings of former psychiatric institutions which are identified for sale by the Health Service Executive; if he will further detail those which have b...More Button

Estate management of the Health Service Executive property portfolio is a service matter. Therefore your question has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff

Was asked: the reason employment criteria for a position (details supplied) within the Health Service Executive have been altered to require candidates who have completed a private emergency medical technician ...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 - Health Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 661 of 22 November 2011, when a response will be forthcoming from the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the delays arising in the centralised system of processing medical cards and medical card appeals; if he will set an urgent screening mechanism to process urgent ca...More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme

Was asked: if he intends to make it mandatory for health professionals to provide parents with a manufacturer’s patient information leaflet prior to parents giving consent for any vaccine programme for children...More Button

Consent must always be obtained before immunisation. The person providing consent should be offered as much information as they reasonably need to make their decision. Guidelines indicate that the i...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Acquired Infections

Was asked: if he will take action to provide Health Amendment Act cards to the small group of women who, having received contaminated anti-D on the birth of their children, have developed health issues consiste...More Button

Under the Health Amendment Act (No. 15 of 1996) the Health Amendment Act (HAA) Card is given to men, women and children who contracted Hepatitis C from the administration within the State of blood or ...More Button

Written Answers - Eating Disorders

Was asked: the number of persons estimated to be suffering from anorexia in Ireland in 2011; if he will provide a breakdown of age and gender in respect of those so diagnosed; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the amount that was allocated in budget 2011 for the treatment of anorexia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons estimated to be suffering from bulimia nervosa in Ireland in 2011; if he will provide a breakdown of age and gender in respect of those so diagnosed; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: the amount that was allocated in budget 2011 for the treatment of bulimia nervosa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide figures for the number of persons who suffered anorexia in each of the years 2000 to 2010; if he will provide a breakdown in respect of age and gender of those diagnosed; and if he...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding that was provided in the years 2000 to 2010, inclusive, for the treatment of anorexia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide figures for the number of persons who suffered from bulimia nervosa in each of the years 2000 to 2010; if he will provide a breakdown in respect of age and gender of those diagnose...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding that was provided in each of the years 2000 to 2010 for the treatment of bulimia nervosa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the number of persons who are estimated to self-harm in Ireland in 2011; if he will provide a breakdown of age and gender in respect of those so diagnosed; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: the amount that was allocated in budget 2011 for the treatment of self-harm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide figures for the number of persons who self-harmed in each of the years 2000 to 2010; if he will provide a breakdown in respect of age and gender of those diagnosed; and if he will ...More Button

Was asked: the amount that was provided in each of the years 2000 to 2010 for the treatment of self-harming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: if he will investigate reports that patients in South Tipperary General Hospital who require services, that is, scans and so on, located in St. Luke’s building on the grounds of the hospital are tran...More Button

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

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Was asked: the plans the Health Service Executive in County Kerry has to cater for a child (details supplied) who has serious mental health issues; the reason it offered recently to transfer the child to County...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: when a decision will issue from the evaluation group on a bid by Sligo General Hospital to become a hub laboratory which would propose to handle all the high-volume blood science workload originating...More Button

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

Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme

Was asked: the reason Crohn’s disease will not be covered on the long-term illness scheme from next year; if he will outline the alternative supports that will be provided to sufferers; and if he will make a st...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: if, in view of correspondence (details supplied) he will now issue a medical card to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Consumer Protection

Was asked: his plans to ban the use of creatine and other muscle building supplements by children under the age of 18 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the FSAI that there are no documented safety reasons that would justify banning creatine. However, due to a lack of data on safety of creatine consumption during childhood and ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: if a review of the future of a welfare home (details supplied) in County Cork has been completed; if formal meetings with union representatives have taken place; when the decision will be announced; ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the average waiting time for a cataract operation. More Button

Was asked: the number of cataract patients referred by their general practitioners currently on the Kerry General Hospital waiting list. More Button

Was asked: the number of cataract patients on the Kerry General Hospital waiting list in 2009 and 2010. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 444 to 446, inclusive, together. Kerry General Hospital does not carry out cataract operations. Kerry patients are referred by their GP to a community opthalmologist ...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Was asked: the action he will take to ensure that front-line mental health services are not adversely affected by a reduction in his Department’s funding. More Button

Was asked: the absence of a funding stream under the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for tenancy sustainment support, if he will ensure that rehabilitation and recovery teams are a...More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that reduced welfare spending does not negatively impact on the mental health of the population. More Button

Was asked: if he will adequately resource the directorate for mental health services to ensure that it contains the necessary change management capacity and skills to drive implementation of A Vision for Change...More Button

Was asked: if he will invest in support to effectively link persons with a mental health problem with work. More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that the overall mental health service staffing level is maintained and that funding for posts is preserved at the level of budget 2011 to allow recruitment of staff to reconfigure ...More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding mental health teams. More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: the total number of workers retiring from the health service for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011; the number who retired on the full number of years’ service broken down by gender in terms of the total...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

Was asked: if he will provide a distributional breakdown of the number of health service workers and the health service pay bill across various income levels for the years 2010 and 2011 in the bands (details su...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 - Medicinal Products

Was asked: his plans to criminalise imported prescription tablets being sold to drug addicts here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention

Was asked: if the freefone facility for the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing initiative will be extended throughout 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The current Dial to Stop Drug Dealing initiative attracts a very small number of calls. Consideration is being given to a new approach to promoting the initiative which, it is hoped, will lead to an ...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Was asked: if he will ensure adequate capital funding in 2012 to continue the closure of psychiatric hospitals and transfer of service users to appropriate, community-based accommodation. More Button

The Government’s policy on mental health incorporates the recommendations of A Vision for Change. This Government is committed to reducing the stigma of mental illness, ensuring early and appropriate ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he is satisfied that all tendering procedures were properly carried out, evaluated and concluded in respect of a contract (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Procurement of goods and services for health care is a service matter. Therefore your question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Relations

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive followed up on all matters referred to by the Labour Court in its recommendations in respect of a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive for an update on the matter referred to by the Deputy. I will revert to the Deputy as soon as this material is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: if funding will be made available as a matter of urgency for the care of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if he will instruct the Health Service Executive to confirm the arrangements f...More Button

Written Answers - Medicinal Products

Was asked: if he will instruct the Irish Medicines Board to accept the EU-backed pan-European classification of a product as a cosmetic, biocide or medicine rather than its own guidelines which will either incr...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

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

Written Answers - Departmental Reports

Was asked: when he expects to receive a report into the impending destruction of Guthrie cards held by Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin; the terms of reference for the report; and if he will make a sta...More Button

To comply with Data Protection Legislation, a number of changes are required to the Newborn Screening Card and the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme. I requested that the HSE undertake ...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme

Was asked: the dental treatments covered by the medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the average cost per day of a bed in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the average cost per day of an acute bed in a public hospital for high-dependency patients; and if he 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 Bodies

Was asked: if he will provide detailsregarding the expert group being set up to address the outcome of last year’s European Court of Human Rights ruling on abortion rights in Ireland; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that the Government is progressing the establishment of an Expert Group on the ABC v Ireland judgment. The Department of Health is currently in the process of finalising the w...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: the position regarding amedical card application in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding accident and emergency waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Immediately following my appointment I set about establishing the Special Delivery Unit (SDU) to unblock access to acute services by improving the flow of patients through the system. The SDU is estab...More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is no speech therapy for persons particular stroke victims, in certain areas of South Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

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

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the reason for the ongoing delay by the Health Service Executive in having a child (details supplied) in County Wexfordadmitted to Waterford General Hospital. More Button

I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which will wo...More Button

Was asked: if he will immediately publish a report from the Health Service Executive detailing the reason the decision was made to close a hospital (details supplied) in County Dublin; if he appreciates the dem...More Button

Was asked: if he will reconsider the decision announced by the Health Service Executive to close a hospital (details supplied) in County Dublin; if he appreciates the concerns of families of residents and the w...More Button


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