Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

 Header Item Hospital Staff Issues
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Speech and Language Therapy
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Health Services Staff Issues
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Medical Negligence Cases
 Header Item Medical Card Applications
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Eating Disorders
 Header Item Eating Disorders

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 774 No. 1

First Page Previous Page Page of 162 Next Page Last Page

Hospital Staff Issues

 1688. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide a detailed breakdown, including details on the position, role and grade of staff, the number of posts cut from each of the Louth-Meath hospitals as a result of the Health Service Executive decision to cut back on agency staff and overtime hours.  [38026/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services Provision

 1689. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide a breakdown of all measures being undertaken to cut costs in the Louth-Meath area, including details on the likely impact on health service users of these measures.  [38027/12]

 1690. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide the risk assessments carried out in relation to decisions by the Health Service Executive to introduce cost cutting measures including the elimination of agency staff and cuts to overtime in the Louth Meath hospital group. [38028/12]

 1694. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if any reductions in services in mothers' and children's services in the Louth-Meath hospital group are planned as part of the cost-cutting plans between now and the end of the year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38073/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 1689, 1690 and 1694 together.

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

Speech and Language Therapy

 1691. Deputy Eoghan Murphy Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly in view of the shortage of speech and language therapists in the health service, if he will consider allowing graduate speech and language therapists to conduct their mandatory supervised one-year placement with the health service to allow graduates receive their qualification and make available more personnel in this area at a reduced cost to the State.  [38029/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I will examine the proposal and will correspond with the Deputy on the matter as soon as possible.

  Question No. 1692 answered with Question No. 1660.

Health Services Provision

 1693. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide an update on a matter (details supplied).  [38056/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

  Question No. 1694 answered with Question No. 1689.

Health Services Staff Issues

 1695. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide a month-by-month breakdown in tabular form of the number of exemptions granted to the recruitment embargo for each Health Service Executive region since March 2011.  [38074/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services Provision

 1696. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of no shows recorded for scheduled Health Service Executive medical appointments in 2011 where the patient's address was recorded as prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38079/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Negligence Cases

 1697. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide an update on the group established in 2001 to consider a no-fault compensation system for birth damaged infants. [38080/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The group referred to by the Deputy in relation to the consideration of a no-fault compensation system for birth damaged infants was set up over ten years ago to consider this very complex area. I understand that for various reasons the group met intermittently and has not now met for a number of years.

  The Programme for Government includes a commitment to introduce legislation to facilitate courts making provision for structured settlements (Periodic Payment Orders) in circumstances where lump sums are currently awarded as a consequence of individuals suffering catastrophic injury because of the negligence of another. I am aware that the High Court Working Group on Medical Negligence has made a number of recommendations on periodic payments and pre-action protocols. I understand that these recommendations propose that infants, who have suffered catastrophic injuries at birth, will have their cases dealt with in a lesser time frame than pertains at present and also their care costs dealt with on an annual payment basis rather than by way of inclusion in a lump sum compensation package. Consideration of the recommendations of the Group and any subsequent legislative changes will be a matter for the Minister for Justice Equality and Defence. My Department will be liaising with the Department of Justice and Equality on this matter.

  Question No. 1698 answered with Question No. 1594.

Medical Card Applications

 1699. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will approve an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38090/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services Provision

 1700. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason transport services to the north Kildare psychiatric services has been cut; if he has any plans to reintroduce such a service, which is vital to the local community, in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38097/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

  Questions Nos. 1701 and 1702 answered with Question No. 1497.

Health Services Provision

 1703. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide an update on services at a centre (details supplied) in County Sligo.  [38117/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Eating Disorders

 1704. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the supports or treatments available to persons suffering from bulimia nervosa here; the number of places available in the State to treat patients suffering from bulimia; the number of persons on waiting lists for such treatment; the timeframe patients are on waiting lists before they receive treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [38120/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch HSE services for people with eating disorders are embedded in the Community Mental Health Services and Primary Care Services. Individuals with eating disorders frequently present to their general practitioner as a first resort and early intervention at this level greatly improves outcomes. Community based Adult and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams receive referrals from general practitioners and provide assessment and treatment to their particular cohort.

A special allocation of €35m for mental health was provided in Budget 2012 in line with the Programme for Government commitments, part of which will support the treatment of eating disorders. The €35m funding will primarily be used to strengthen community mental health teams by ensuring, at a minimum that at least one of each mental health professional discipline is represented on each team. Over 400 additional staff will be recruited to support initiatives under the €35m package. It is intended that the additional resources will be rolled out in conjunction with a scheme of appropriate clinical care programmes which are currently being developed. Three areas in particular are being prioritised, one of which will be around the treatment and care of patients with eating disorders.

The HSE has also developed a Mental Health in Primary Care accredited training programme for primary care practitioners with Dublin City University with a view to enhancing the capacity of primary care to recognise, assess and treat a range of mental illnesses, including eating disorders, within the primary care setting. The HSE can and has worked with service providers in the independent sector to provide specialised care, on an in-patient and/or an out-patient basis. In a limited number of cases, referrals to specialised eating disorder services in Dublin or the UK can be clinically recommended and supported in appropriate circumstances, subject to the necessary resources being available.

The HSE has advised that, as there is no national information system in place for the mental health services, it is not in a position to provide information on the number of persons suffering from or admitted to the mental health services with an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders

 1705. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if a person (details supplied) in County Meath is currently on a waiting list for admittance to a treatment programme for bulimia nervosa; the supports in place or that are being put in place to ensure they get the treatment they require; and the timeframe they will be waiting before they are admitted to a treatment programme.  [38121/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.


Last Updated: 06/05/2020 09:09:46 First Page Previous Page Page of 162 Next Page Last Page