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Reilly, James

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

That is a lot of agreement altogether.More Button

Ambulance Service Provision (Continued)

I thank the Deputies for raising this matter, which has been the subject of some speculation recently, and I welcome this opportunity to clarify the matter for the House.More Button

Dublin Fire Brigade provides emergency ambulance services in Dublin city and county by arrangement between Dublin City Council and the HSE. The HSE National Ambulance Service also provides some ...More Button

The ongoing development of pre-hospital emergency care involves a range of initiatives, including the development of a single national control and dispatch system. The new national system will d...More Button

It is not merely a HSE review.More Button

The review will consider all aspects of ambulance operations provided by the Dublin Fire Brigade in Dublin, including the capacity and capability of ambulance services. This will inform considerat...More Button

I am aware that concerns have been raised about this review, with suggestions being made that it should be suspended or cancelled entirely, and that there is no necessity for a review as the Dubl...More Button

I understand the concern of Deputy Lyons about what is an excellent service and anything he construes as impairing it. Far from it; this is designed to improve the service. It may transpire that ...More Button

Blind Welfare Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has had their blind welfare allowance cut.More Button

Hospital Appointment Status

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

Was asked: in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 who is on the urgent orthopaedic waiting list for the Mater hospital and was due to have a procedure in January, the reason this procedure did...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 980 and 1028 together.

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Execu...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a dietician appointment date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite the date for an operation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been develop...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a consultant visit in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive a scan at Tallaght hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

  Question No. 1135 answered with Question No. 988.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a hospital appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy. More Button

Was asked: if a hospital appointment will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been develop...More Button

Was asked: if a hospital appointment will be provided in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A maximum waiting time target of 12 months has been set for a first time consultant-led outpatient appointment and this is reflected in the HSE Service Plan. The SDU and the NTPF are working clos...More Button

In relation to the specific hospital appointment query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: when a surgical procedure will be carried out in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The management of inpatient and daycase waiting lists for patients awaiting public health care is based on the principle that after urgent and cancer patients are treated, then clinically assessed ...More Button

In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be granted a date for an operation. More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Dublin will receive a hospital appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been develop...More Button

Nursing Home Services

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding compliance with new regulations. More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 is being considered for a transfer to a local nursing home. More Button

Medical Card Administration

Was asked: if a full medical card will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1. More Button

Was asked: if a person over 70 years of age in receipt of a full medical card should be charged for a medical report to enable them renew their driving licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there is provision for individual health and social support facilities to apply for a medical card or to receive special access to services (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the reason medical card application guidelines as administered by the PCRS will not take into account a credit union loan that has been classified by the credit union as a housing loan and not a ho...More Button

Medical Card Applications

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; when the medical card will be processed; the information that is now being sought; if thi...More Button

Was asked: when a 26 week old baby (details supplied) in County Mayo, will receive a medical card; his views on a baby with such a condition not having to wait over 16 weeks for a decision on an application; ...More Button

Was asked: if a medical card will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County KilkennyMore Button

Was asked: the position regarding a medical 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: if a medical card will issue to a person (detail supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite a medical card application 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 a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

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

Was asked: if he will expedite a full medical card in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Universal Health Insurance Provision

Was asked: if he will ensure persons on the long term-illness scheme, persons with life threatening illnesses, including diabetes, and persons using nebulisers, pumps and so on will continue to be covered und...More Button

The White Paper on Universal Health Insurance, currently at an advanced stage of drafting, provides detailed information on the UHI model for Ireland, the process for determining the future...More Button

Was asked: if changes are contemplated in the provision of health services to UK pensioners resident here (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will respond to a query regarding plans for universal health insurance raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1011 and 1022 together.

  The rules on the coordination of social security systems, including healthcare within the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are c...More Button

Hospital Appointment Delays

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has to wait a year for an ultrasound in Tallaght Hospital. More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath has been waiting three years for hip replacement surgery at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore; and when they can expect to be given...More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath has been waiting since 2008 for double hip replacement surgery at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore; and when they may expect to be...More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: the reason a renal transplant patient (details supplied) in Dublin 6 is waiting a number of months for an appointment in Beaumont Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to her directly.More Button

Was asked: if a hospital appointment for a procedure can be arranged in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath is given a date for their operation at the Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin without further delay More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been develop...More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage

Was asked: when the drug Fampyra will be made available free of charge to patients with multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason Fampyra in not covered by the medical card or long-term illness scheme; if his attention has been drawn to the benefits it has given sufferers of multiple sclerosis; if he will immediate...More Button

Was asked: if he will make the drug Fampyra available both on the long-term illness scheme and the medical card scheme, as it has proven to be very effective in the management of multiple sclerosis symptoms a...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider putting the drug Fampyra on the drugs payment system listing or the long-term illness scheme. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of patients had been taking a drug Fampyra for treatment of MS through Bon Secours, Tralee, as part of a trial; that this trial has ended a...More Button

Was asked: if the drug Fampyra for multiple sclerosis will be available for patients through the public health service at no cost at the point of use; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the trial drug Fampyra is no longer available free of charge to patients diagnosed with MS (details supplied); if the drugs payment system or the lo...More Button

Was asked: if Fampyra will be included on the drug payment scheme or other schemes such as GMS, DPS or LTI; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Practitioner Services

Was asked: if he will provide an update on plans to introduce free general practitioner care for children under six years of age. More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will be given an extension to the end of 2014 in order to have sufficient time to gather and provide information to support the review of their dis...More Button

Was asked: if there is empirical evidence to suggest that access to free primary care, disease surveillance and health promotion for children under six years will improve health outcomes, prevent the developm...More Button

Was asked: pursuant to the draft contract for the provision of services to under six year olds, if he has particular concerns regarding the element of the draft agreement which states that the service provide...More Button

Was asked: pursuant to the draft contract for the provision of services to under six year olds, the regularity with which he expects performance reviews to be carried out on general practices; and if he will ...More Button

Was asked: pursuant to the draft contract for the provision of services to under six year olds, the objective of his Department and the Health Service Executive on the issue of out-of-hours payments to GPs; h...More Button

Health Services Staff Data

Was asked: the position regarding the current staffing levels for occupational therapists in the Old County Road Health Clinic, Crumlin, Dublin 12 (details supplied). More Button

Was asked: the number of midwives he believes should be employed in Cork University Maternity Hospital in order to comply with international best practice; if he will recruit extra midwives to this hospital; ...More Button

I have forwarded the Deputy's question in relation to the recruitment of additional midwives in Cork University Hospital to the HSE for direct reply. However, I would take the opportunity to confir...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 592 of 17 December 2013, if the report referred to in the reply is now to hand.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of staff in the disability services who directly carry out assessments on children currently out on sick leave; if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown on a county basis; the meas...More Button

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

Primary Care Services Provision

Was asked: if a grant for a wig is available in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to renovate and expand the local health centre at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 22. More Button

Was asked: if shoes will be provided in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Administration

Was asked: if there is any assistance available to persons with coeliac disease to purchase gluten free products; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 187 of 6 February 2014, when a response will issue from the Health Service ExecutiveMore Button

I have made enquiries of the Health Service Executive in relation to this matter. I understand that a response to this particular parliamentary question was issued by the Executive to the Deputy o...More Button

Was asked: if he will investigate the reason children with high risk neuroblastoma do not receive funding towards the costs of treatment abroad (details supplied); 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 to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if he and the Health Service Executive will provide an update on plans involving a project (details supplied); the scope of the project in terms of the number of beds involved; the person who will ...More Button

Was asked: the supports that have been put in place in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) in County Kerry regarding special assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the particular issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly, I have arranged for the question to be referred ...More Button

Health Insurance Claims

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive is implementing the recommendation in the recent report by a person (details supplied) that patients sign claim forms on discharge from hospital; and if he will make...More Button

The recent report by Pat McLoughlin on measures to reduce private health insurance costs contained a number of recommendations relating to admission and discharge procedures and processes. The HSE ...More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive refused to implement a common waiver form agreed by all health insurers for patients in public hospitals; if so the reason for the HSE’s objections; and if he will m...More Button

The HSE and all health insurers met last week to put a process in place to agree a form to validate treatment as a private patient in a public hospital. This meeting was facilitated by Pat McLoug...More Button

Was asked: the value and number of outstanding health insurance claims in each acute hospital; the value and number of claims outstanding for 30, 60 and 90 days; the corresponding figures for claims outstandi...More Button

This question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Health Services Reports

Was asked: if an updated occupational therapist report will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11. More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

Was asked: the amount owed to the Health Service Executive in upaid accident and emergency bills for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a list in tabular form the amounts outstanding in unpaid accident and emergency bills to each of the country's hospitals for each of the past five years; and if he will make a st...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1000 and 1001 together.

  These questions have been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Water Fluoridation

Was asked: the position regarding the fluoridation of water (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to review or re-examine the practice and merits of adding fluoride to the public water supply; the amount this practice costs annually; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Procurement Regulations

Was asked: the measures in place within his Department to ensure that at tendering and final procurement stages only notified biocides as set out under SI 625 of 2001, are purchased by his Department; if he w...More Button

My Department does not procure biocides. The position regarding the Health Service Executive (HSE) is a matter for the HSE. My Department has requested the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy in ...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Waterford who is clearly over the income limit for medical card services, has to furnish a valuation of a site, which will cost them in the region o...More Button

Was asked: the reason a medical card was withdrawn in November 2013 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his response to the new survey by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland which indicates that 42% of respondents with neurological problems have had their medical card withdrawn; and if he will make ...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider issuing a discretionary medical card to a person (details supplied) in County Meath, taking into consideration the fact that prior to a review in September 2013 this person held...More Button

Was asked: the current guidelines in place when assessing persons who exceed income guidelines for a medical card; the social and-or personal factors which may result in undue hardship that are taken into acc...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the decision to take away a medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Appointments Administration

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an ENT appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: the number of external or internal policy reports currently that have been handed to him but not yet published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he will publish reports currently in his possession that have not been published to date; if he will outline in tabular form the reports involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1008 and 1010 together.

  The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

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Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: the reason for the review of ambulance services in Dublin city; if he will give an assurance that Dublin Fire Brigade will retain control of the day-to-day running and, crucially, the despatch of a...More Button

Was asked: his position on the current ongoing review of the Dublin ambulance service; and his views on whether this review is necessary. More Button

Was asked: his views on the attempt by the Health Service Executive to take control of Dublin's ambulance service, which is currently provided by Dublin Fire Brigade; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: if he supports the view that a service level agreement is needed to provide for direct funding for the emergency ambulance service in Dublin to ensure the continued provision of a fire-based ambula...More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that an independent review of emergency ambulance provision in the Dublin region is undertaken to ensure that all aspects of the attempt by the Health Service Executive to take co...More Button

Was asked: his views that the provision of emergency ambulances in the Dublin region should become the sole responsibility of the Dublin Fire Brigade; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1009, 1201 and 1211 to 1214, inclusive, together.More Button

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) provides emergency ambulance services in Dublin city and county, by arrangement between Dublin City Council and the HSE. The HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) provid...More Button

The ongoing development of the NAS involves a range of initiatives, including the development of a single national control and dispatch system, which will deploy all emergency ambulance resources...More Button

In light of the HSE’s new national control and dispatch system which will be introduced in 2015, the Dublin City Manager and the HSE’s Chief Operating Officer commissioned a joint review of DFB a...More Button

The review will inform consideration of the optimal and best value model for provision of emergency medical services in the greater Dublin area. It is part of the process of ensuring a clinicall...More Button

  Question No. 1010 answered with Question No. 1008.More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that an ambulance service is provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare undergoing oncology treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the ambulance coverage that is currently being provided for Millstreet, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the distribution of the number of ambulance services between Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital, Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: when the capacity review of the national ambulance sector will be completed; and if the report on foot of the review will be published. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding provided to Dublin Fire Brigade to provide the Dublin ambulance service in the years 2011 to 2013, inclusive, and to date in 2014; and if it is the case that arrears of fundin...More Button

In relation to the detailed information requested by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 602 of 11 February 2014 and 269 of 27 February 2014, if he will now ensure that a reply will issue in relation to this matter; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

I understand that the Health Service Executive responded on 21st March to the Deputy in this matter.More Button

  Question No. 1217 answered with Question No. 988.More Button

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Was asked: if the Irish Blood Transfusion Service plans to undertake a review of its lifetime ban policy that stops MSM donating blood; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the Irish Blood Transfusion Service has taken note of the changes other countries such as the UK, Australia and New Zealand who have changed their policies in reference to MSM donating blood; an...More Button

Was asked: if he will request the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to give to him the scientific evidence it is using to continue its life time ban of MSM donating blood; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: if he will take steps to request that the Irish Blood Transfusion Service review its lifetime MSM ban on blood donation and move towards a less restrictive regime similar to that of the UK; and if ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1012 to 1014, inclusive, and 1020 together.More Button

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) remit is to provide a safe, reliable, robust blood service to the Irish health system. Blood, and the products derived from it, are an integral facet o...More Button

The EU Directive on quality and safety of blood requires that "all necessary measures have been taken to safeguard the health of individuals who are recipients of blood and blood components". Th...More Button

The IBTS' decisions are evidence-based and, in making decisions, it reviews the data that are available in Ireland from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and from other sources internatio...More Button

The IBTS keeps its eligibility criteria for donating under regular review. It also works closely with blood services internationally and keeps developments in this area under review.More Button

Health Services

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Galway may expect to receive rehabilitative treatment as it is critical they receive treatment in the next four to six weeks to aid their recovery; and if ...More Button

In relation to the particular patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: the reason no treatment is available to patients suffering from lymphoedema; 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

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

Was asked: when the tendering contract for Kerry General Hospital shop will commence; if stipulations will be built into the tendering process that accommodate the NLN students that currently work there and a...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made in establishing a Cath Lab service at Sligo Regional Hospital as persons suffering heart attacks in the region must presently travel to Galway or Dublin which would ...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 874 of 1 January 2012, if he will confirm that a series of murals by the late Sean O'Sullivan RHA depicting the work of the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Afr...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the number of outpatient clinics by speciality held at Roscommon County Clinic by each consultant in each year 2010 to 2013 inclusive; the number of patients attending each clinic annually; the ste...More Button

In relation to the detailed information requested by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the development of services for persons with neurological conditions in line with clinical programmes in stroke, epilepsy, neurology and rehabilitation neurology; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: the circumstances surrounding the death of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the incident the Deputy is referring to, may I offer my condolences to the family. I have also asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.More Button

Was asked: if the most recent copy of the anaesthetist report in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10 will be furnished to the family in early date; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter in relation to a person's living support arrangements (details supplied) More Button

Health Services Appeals

Was asked: the number of times the Health Service Executive appeals officer has requested a personal interview with an applicant in 2011, 2012 and 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Motorised Transport Grant Applications

Was asked: the progress to date in relation to the setting up of a new scheme to replace the motorised transport grant and the mobility allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Staff

Was asked: if he will clarify when it is expected that the Health Service Executive staff who have been working in an acting capacity, will transition into full post, as stipulated as part of the Haddington R...More Button

The Haddington Road Agreement makes provision for the regularisation of long-term acting positions. I understand that this regularisation process is currently in progress and have referred the que...More Button

    Question No. 1022 answered with Question No. 1011.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that those working as home help and being paid by the Health Service Executive are being paid 28 cents less per hour if they elect to be paid by cheque i...More Button

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

General Medical Services Scheme Payments

Was asked: the reason the drug Fosamax for treating osteoporosis is not covered by the medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision

Was asked: his response to the new survey by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland which indicates major reductions in access to vital community services and benefits for persons with neurological conditions; ...More Button

Was asked: his views on the findings of survey by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland that found that of those surveyed in 2011, 9% could not access physiotherapy services; in 2014, 14% could not; that in 20...More Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made in implementing the 2011 neuro-rehabilitation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to the implementation of the national neuro-rehabilitation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: if a specific policy exists in relation to the provision of mental health services to children in care of the State; and in particular if there is a national policy on the provision of mental healt...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if the clinical review of all patients waiting for bariatric operations has been completed as part of the transition from St. Colmcille's to St. Vincent's Hospital; if the position of a person (det...More Button

In relation to the particular patient query, and the number of other issues raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide clarification on two matters related to waiting lists for hospital care; if he will provide a breakdown of figures regarding waiting times for a consultant visit in 2011, 2012 an...More Button

In relation to the detailed information requested by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 432 of 3 December 2013, regarding the exact number of patients on the bariatric surgery waiting list at St. Columcille's Hospital and St. Vincent's University ...More Button

In relation to the detailed query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

  Question No. 1127 answered with Question No. 988.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive an appointment in Tallaght hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive an appointment for speech therapy in Tallaght hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive an appointment for physiotherapy in Tallaght hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1130 to 1132, inclusive, together.

  In relation to the particular patient queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have ask...More Button

  Question No. 1133 answered with Question No. 988.More Button

Was asked: if he will take steps to have a person (details supplied) immediately admitted to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, for an orthopaedic procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been develop...More Button

Was asked: if he will take steps to have a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath admitted to Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, for an orthopaedic procedure, as same is urgently required; and if he...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been develop...More Button

Health Insurance Data

Was asked: the total volume of premium income in the private health insurance market in 2011, 2012 and 2013; the way that premium income was split between each insurer in each of the years; and if he will mak...More Button

The total premium income in the market for 2011 was €2.048 billion and for 2012 was €2.226 billion. (These figures do not include the Hospital Saturday Fund).

  The premium inc...More Button

Was asked: if the market figures published last month by the Health Insurance Authority for the number of persons with inpatient health insurance plans at the end of December 2013 were accurate or if there wa...More Button

The Health Insurance Authority (HIA), the independent statutory regulator of the private health insurance market in Ireland, provides information to my Department on an ongoing basis, including in ...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: if any wards or beds at Waterford Regional Hospital are currently only available for use by private patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if he will support better services for cystic fibrosis in Beaumont Hospital Dublin; and if he will make 13 patient rooms a priority.More Button

I understand that the Health Service Executive responded directly to the Deputy on 20 March in this matter.More Button

Was asked: the details of each of the stroke rehabilitation programmes provided by St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis, County Clare and St. Camillus' Hospital, County Limerick and the difference between each of the...More Button

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

Medical Card Reviews

Was asked: the reasons a discretionary medical card was withdrawn from a person (details supplied) in County Louth; if he will consider directing client services to review the decision, being cognisant of thi...More Button

Was asked: the reason medical card holders are being reviewed within months of receiving their medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will have their medical card application reviewed; the reason the person was told that they could not have their application reviewed and had their med...More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite a medical card review in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will examine a medical card renewal application in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will expedite these medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Data

Was asked: the number of persons who have had discretionary medical cards withdrawn to date since 2013; the number of persons engaged in the process of appealing a decision to withdraw a medical card; the len...More Button

Was asked: the total number of medical cards as of 1 March 2014; the total number of GP cards on the same date; and the total number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date. More Button

Was asked: the number of reviews and-or appeals received by the Health Service Executive's primary care reimbursement service that were made by holders of medical and-or GP cards in February 2014; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: the number of reviews and-or appeals received by the Health Service Executive's primary care reimbursement service that were made by holders of medical and-or GP cards in January 2014; and if he wi...More Button

Was asked: the number of reviews and-or appeals received by the Health Service Executive's primary care reimbursement service that were made by holders of medical and-or GP cards in December 2013; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: the number of reviews and-or appeals received by the Health Service Executive's primary care reimbursement service that were made by holders of medical and-or GP cards in November 2013; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: the number of reviews and-or appeals received by the Health Service Executive's primary care reimbursement service that were made by holders of medical and-or GP cards in October 2013; and if he wi...More Button

Was asked: the number of medical and-or GP cards that were withdrawn from persons in February 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of medical and-or GP cards that were withdrawn from persons in January 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of medical and-or GP cards that were withdrawn from persons in December 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of medical and-or GP cards that were withdrawn from persons in November 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of medical and-or GP cards that were withdrawn from persons in October 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Hospital Staff Data

Was asked: the number of midwife positions currently vacant in each maternity hospital.More Button

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

Maternity Services

Was asked: the date on which he will receive the Health Service Executive review of maternity services.More Button

In conjunction with the HSE, my Department is currently developing a new National Strategy for Maternity Services which will determine the optimal configuration of maternity services to ensure that...More Button

Hospital Beds Data

Was asked: his views on the current provision of only three neuro-rehabilitative beds; if he is satisfied with the current waiting period of over a year to access one of these beds, with a maximum usage perio...More Button

Health Services Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide an annual breakdown, in tabular form, of the amount of money invested in health services in County Donegal yearly since 2008. More Button

This question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Hospital Consultants Recruitment

Was asked: when a night consultant will be employed at Navan Hospital emergency department. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: when the two consultant physicians who will be lost to Navan hospital in the next two months will be replaced by two permanent consultant physicians based in Navan. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Medical Card Delays

Was asked: if an application for a full medical card will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; the reason for delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if an application for a full medical card will be expedited in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Carlow; the reason for delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if an application for a full medical card will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in Carlow; the reason for delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if an application for a full medical card will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; the reason for delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if an application for a full medical card will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; the reason for delay as it is an urgent case; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Was asked: if an application for a full medical card will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork was told that it would take 30 working days to process their medical card application when it is supposed to take only 15 working days; and if ...More Button

HSE Funding

Was asked: when he last received an audited set of accounts from an organisation (details supplied); if the set of accounts were thorough and in compliance with section 38 of the Health Act 2004; and if he wi...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide or direct an organisation (details supplied) to provide detailed and itemised accounts for 2012 miscellaneous expenses listed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Staff Remuneration

Was asked: if he will provide details of the full salary and remuneration package for an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the full salary and remuneration package for an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1062 and 1063 together.

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

Haddington Road Agreement Savings

Was asked: the reason section 38 and 39 voluntary organisations are being asked to complete the Health Service Executive Haddington Road Agreement cost reduction database for social care, primary care, mental...More Button

The Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) provides significant enablers and provisions to extract savings and reduce the overall cost base in health service delivery. A national assurance and support pr...More Button

Organisations such as voluntary hospitals and a range of disability bodies, funded under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004, provide health or personal social services on behalf of the HSE. Staff...More Button

Staff in organisations funded under Section 39 are not classified as public servants, not counted in public service numbers, do not have public service pensions and are not bound by the Departmen...More Button

The HSE provides significant funding for more than 2,600 agencies through 4,100 individual service level arrangements under Section 39 of the Health Act 2004. The aim of the national assurance a...More Button

Departmental Meetings

Was asked: the number of times his Department received requests by Philanthropy Ireland to meet in 2011, 2012 and 2013; the number of times his Department met with Philanthropy Ireland in those years; and if ...More Button

All the information requested by the Deputy is not immediately available but I will respond to the Deputy when it is. In the meantime, I can confirm that in the time period specified, I have not me...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: if funding will be made available to a group (details supplied). More Button

I regret to inform the Deputy that my Department does not have funding available to support this project. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to determine if it can provide any assis...More Button

HSE Agency Staff

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 was refused inclusion in the Health Service Executive’s serious physical assault scheme despite being seriously injured during an assault while o...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in a decision being made on an application by a person (details supplied) from Dublin 22 for inclusion in the injury at work scheme; and when a decision can be expected in ...More Button

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive did not provide an MRI scan for an employee (details supplied) who sustained serious injury arising from a workplace assault in November 2013. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, information on the Health Service Executive serious physical assault and injury at work schemes, including the total number of applicants for each scheme per ye...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1073 to 1076, inclusive, together.

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

Long Stay Residential Units

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 the number of long-term and respite care nursing home beds available to the Health Service Executive in the Louth-Mea...More Button

Vaccine Damage Compensation Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding the introduction of a vaccine damage compensation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the establishment of a no-fault compensation scheme for those who suffer as a result of vaccine administration; the position regarding the establishment of such a compensation fund for...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1080 and 1161 together.

  The issues contained in the Report of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group are complex. They need to be considered in the...More Button

Hospital Staff Recruitment

Was asked: his plans to recruit a paediatric diabetes nurse specialist at Letterkenny General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Clinical Programme for Diabetes has created a new post for an Integrated Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, operating from Letterkenny General Hospital. As a result, the nursing reso...More Button

In addition to the enhanced nursing resources outlined above, the hospital is in the process of recruiting permanent Consultants to two vacant posts within the Paediatric service. One of these p...More Button

Was asked: when the vacant geriatrician post will be filled at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe; the date on which the post became vacant; when approval to fill the post was sought and sanctioned; the reason ...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

HSE Governance

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 676 of 25 February 2014, if all work done in the processing of payments-payroll for the Health Service Executive is carried out at the address supplied in Dubl...More Button

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

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 536 of 22 October 2013, if the Health Service Executive will confirm that the money allocated to Cheeverstown follows the patient; and if the HSE confirm the a...More Button

Was asked: when an assessment will be carried out on a person (details supplied) in County Meath who is displaying many of the signs of Asperger's syndrome and is currently at high risk due to their behaviour...More Button

As the particular issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly, I have arranged for the question to be referred ...More Button

Was asked: when an assessment will be carried out on a client on a person (details supplied) in County Meath who is displaying the majority of the signs for ADHD; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if legislation allows for those over five years of age to be eligible for three month waiting time for assessment for disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, the length of waiting times for assessment for children by disability services by county and by the different age profiles, that is those under and over five ye...More Button

Was asked: the way a residential placement for a young person is decided upon by Health Service Executive disability services; if input from parents or guardians and current service providers is considered du...More Button

EU Directives

Was asked: when the cross-border healthcare directive will become operational; the statutory requirements required to give effect to this directive; the projected budgetary implication of this directive over ...More Button

The Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross Border Healthcare provides rules for the reimbursement to patients of the cost of receiving treatment abroad, where the patient would be entitled to such ...More Button

The Directive allows Irish residents to avail of health care in other EU member states that they would be entitled to within the public health system in Ireland, and which is not contrary to Iris...More Button

Regarding the financial implications of the Directive it has not been possible to estimate with a degree of certainty the financial implications of this Directive at a national level. What can b...More Button

  Questions Nos. 1095 and 1096 answered with Question No. 1035.More Button

Regulatory Bodies

Was asked: his views on a matter concerning a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; if recommendations from the Medical Council were acted upon; if reports sought and obtained in respect of this case were d...More Button

I understand from the Medical Council that this case is still under consideration and as such I am unable to comment on this matter.More Button

Drug Rehabilitation Clinics

Was asked: the timescale for the roll out of the ENDRIC-ECASS system in task force and community based drug rehabilitation projects. More Button

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: the reason for the lengthy delay in NIAC coming to a decision on whether to recommend the vaccine for Meningitis B for a national programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the acceptable length of time for the NIAC to make a decision; the circumstances would he consider bypassing the NIAC process; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason, in view of recent cases of Meningitis B in counties Cavan and Westmeath he will consider making a direct decision regarding the introduction of the Meningitis B vaccine as he did with t...More Button

Was asked: if he will take into account the fact that Ireland has the highest prevalence of Meningitis B in Europe when making a decision on whether to introduce a Meningitis B vaccination programme; and if h...More Button

Was asked: his policy on the availability of the Meningitis B vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1100 to 1102, inclusive, 1157 and 1158 together.More Button

The immunisation programme in Ireland is based on the advice of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). The NIAC is a committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland compris...More Button

Hospitals Capital Programme

Was asked: his plans for the urgent refurbishment of the 95 bed Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon; the total cost of the project; when construction will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There will always be more projects than can be funded by the Exchequer.  As with all capital projects, further development of the CNU programme, including this project, must be considered within th...More Button

Hospitals Building Programme

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1375 of 18 September 2013, if the construction project has been approved; the estimated cost of the development; the current status of the recruitment of the c...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 746 of 4 February 2014, if he will provide an update on the project cost and the commencement date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Delivery of healthcare facilities is a service matter. Therefore your question which is a follow up to the HSE's response of 25 February 2014 has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.More Button

  Question No. 1201 answered with Question No. 1009.More Button

Hospital Staff

Was asked: his plans to appoint dedicated Parkinson's nurses in counties Roscommon, Leitrim and Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Audiology Services Provision

Was asked: if he will approve the development of a sound proof audiology room for Roscommon town; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Stroke Programme

Was asked: if an audit of stroke services and thromobolysis rates has been carried out by the national stroke programme; the outcome of the audit; if he will provide the up to date thrombolysis rates; and if ...More Button

Improvements in Stroke services were envisioned in the "Changing Cardiovascular Health; Cardiovascular Health Policy 2010 - 2019" which was launched in 2010. The policy establishes a framework for...More Button

The national 24/7 access to safe stroke thrombolysis is progressing, with emergency thrombolysis provided now to patients in all regions of the country, via improved hospital and ambulance protoc...More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the Health Service Executive's assessment of the drug Nalmefeme, or Selincro; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Residential Institutions

Was asked: if the working time directive, 2003/88/EC, is being adhered to in respect of staff in residential care facilities who stay in these facilities overnight; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The Haddington Road Agreement provides for a process of negotiation under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission in relation to this matter in respect of staff working in residential care ...More Button

Suicide Prevention

Was asked: the number of State agencies that currently deliver suicide prevention, counselling and other related suicide programmes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the criteria for setting up suicide prevention, counselling and other related suicide programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the funding available to organisations providing suicide prevention, counselling and other related suicide programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of State agencies that currently deliver suicide prevention programmes which are classified as section 38 or 39 organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Ministerial Expenditure

Was asked: the number of civil servants engaged in constituency work on his behalf; and the salaries, accommodation costs and expenses involved or associated with these dutiesMore Button

There is one civil servant employed in my constituency office at executive officer level on a salary scale of €29,024 - €42,760 (modified pay scale). The telephone bill for the office is paid by my...More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 257 and 258 of 13 March 2014, if the review published in the AJR in 2009 was not a case-controlled clinical trial, with women randomly assigned to machines a...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 257 and 258 of 13 March 2014, if he views the statistically significant increase in breast cancer incidence which occurs with each screening as a positive. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 257 and 258 of 13 March 2014, if the increase in recall rates is laudable. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 257 and 258 of 13 March 2014, if he will confirm that digital mammogram images can be manipulated. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 257 and 258 of 13 March 2014, if these images can subsequently be used to confirm a diagnosis of cancer. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 257 and 258 of 13 March 2014, if the guidelines for quality assurance also include information that a standardised detection ratio is the preferred method fo...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1120 to 1125, inclusive, together.

  The review published in the American Journal of Radiology in 2009 entitled Comparison of the digital mamm...More Button

HSE Staffing

Was asked: the position regarding employment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County KerryMore Button

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

Respite Care Services

Was asked: the position regarding respite beds in St. Mary of the Angels, County Kerry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Insurance Prices

Was asked: his views on the difficulties families are encountering in paying their VHI bills; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

While pricing decisions in relation to private health insurance products are a matter for individual insurers, I have consistently urged the VHI and all the private health insurers to do everythin...More Button

As part of the Consultative Forum on Health Insurance, I appointed Mr. Pat McLoughlin as Independent Chair to work with insurance companies and the Department to identify effective cost managemen...More Button

Many consumers can make large savings on their health insurance premiums by shopping around for the health insurance plan that best suits their needs. For those who have been insured on the same...More Button

Finally, the Deputy may wish to note that the Government remains committed to keeping down the cost of health insurance, so that it is affordable for as many people as possible, as part of measur...More Button

Hospital Facilities

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland's campaign to raise €12.5 million for 12 inpatient isolation rooms in Beaumont Hospital for persons with cystic fibrosis; his views on whe...More Button

Was asked: the facilities that are currently provided in Beaumont Hospital for cystic fibrosis patients; his plans to improve facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1141 and 1143 together.

  In relation to the particular queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters, I have asked the Health Servi...More Button

Community Care Provision

Was asked: the investment that has been made in community-based services for persons with chronic illness and disability; the future investment plans there are in this area; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Was asked: the arrangements entered into to best meet the needs of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who requires both speech and language therapy and occupational therapy; and if he will make a s...More Button

As the particular issue raised by the Deputy relates to an individual case, this is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly, I have arranged for the question to be referred ...More Button

Disability Services Funding

Was asked: the funding that was made available for residential placements in respect of young persons assisted by the National Association of Housing for Visually Impaired in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013; th...More Button

European Council Meetings

Was asked: when the next meeting of EU Health Ministers will take place; his agenda and priorities for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An Informal meeting of Health Ministers is due to take place on the 28th and 29th April in Athens. This meeting is being hosted by Greece, current holders of the Presidency of the Council of the E...More Button

Narcolepsy Issues

Was asked: if the situation regarding narcolepsy not being recognised as a disability is under review as part of the future supports and requirements promised to sufferers as a result of receiving the Pandemr...More Button

There are a number of definitions of disability that are used for particular purposes e.g. Disability Act, Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act, Equal Status Act,More Button

HSE Reports

Was asked: further to the recent report received by the Health Service Executive regarding the treatment of lymphoedema, if his Department and the HSE will consider the report with a view to establishing the ...More Button

The Deputy's question relates to a survey of lymphoedema services. Accordingly, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to him in this regard.More Button

  Question No. 1161 answered with Question No. 1080.More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Was asked: if a general practitioner has to confirm in writing that they will not take on a new medical card client; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if it is a contractual obligation for a GMS GP contract holder to be a registered medical practitioner; if the employment of a locum by a registered medical practitioner would obviate such an oblig...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Was asked: the progress made to date in respect of an appeal for a medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

Was asked: when funding will be made available under the fair deal scheme to provide care for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Nursing Home Subventions

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

Orthodontic Service Waiting Lists

Was asked: the length of time a child (details supplied) in County Wexford will have to wait to get braces fitted to their teeth having been assessed by a consultant orthodontist in January 2014; and if he wi...More Button

Hospital Accommodation Provision

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

The HSE has confirmed that it is not its practice to mix male and female patients in in-patient wards. However, while the situation is avoided where possible, all hospitals must optimise the availa...More Button

The HSE intends that all newly built acute hospital in-patient accommodation at new hospital builds, major additions to existing hospitals or major renovations to existing hospital in-patient ac...More Button

Hospital Trusts

Was asked: his views on a report (details supplied) regarding the establishment of hospital groups as a transition to independent hospitals trusts, presented to him in February 2013; and if he will make a sta...More Button

The establishment of Hospital Groups was committed to in Future Health: A Strategic Framework for Reform of the Health Service 2012-2015 and is a key building block in delivering...More Button

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is not allowed to qualify for the treatment abroad scheme even though there is no specialist here to p...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

Accident and Emergency Department Closures

Was asked: if the accident and emergency department at the Mercy University Hospital, Cork has been closed at any stage in the past 12 weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the criteria that resulted in the accident and emergency department at the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, being closed; the person charged with making this decision; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Was asked: in the event of the Mercy University Hospital accident and emergency department being closed, if he will confirm if members of the public are directed to the accident and emergency at Cork Universi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1195 to 1197, inclusive, together.

  In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters they have been referr...More Button

Health Services Staff Recruitment

Was asked: his views on the combination of interview panels for jobs pertaining to the Health Service Executive, in particular hospital consultant posts, and the equity of stakeholders and in particular the o...More Button

As the HSE is the holder of a recruitment licence under the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004, I have forwarded the question to the Executive which will respond dir...More Button

Universal Health Insurance White Paper

Was asked: his plans to engage with general practitioners in relation to his plans for universal health insurance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The White Paper on Universal Health Insurance, currently at an advanced stage of drafting, will provide detailed information on the UHI model for Ireland, the process for determining the fut...More Button

Programme for Government Implementation

Was asked: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Each year the Department of the Taoiseach publishes a report setting out progress made on the implementation of the Programme for Government. The third annual report, published on 4 March 2014, set...More Button

Health Services Charges

Was asked: his views on whether it is reasonable for certain hospitals to engage the services of a debt collection agency if a patients bill is not paid within 14 days of being discharged; and if he will make...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Primary Care Centre Provision

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the project regarding the upgrade of a health centre (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Semi-State Bodies Remuneration

Was asked: the salaries, including pensions and any other bonus-related additions such as company cars, of chief executive officers of commercial State bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he will...More Button

The VHI is the only Commercial State Body under the remit of my Department. The remuneration package for the Chief Executive of that body, sanctioned by the Department of Public Expenditure and Re...More Button


 

 

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