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Reilly, James

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It sounds more like Deputy Martin.More Button

The Deputy asked a question and received an answer he did not like.More Button

It is the hypocrisy that is the issue.More Button

Why not?More Button

Will I find myself in trouble in a dark alley some night?More Button

Water Fluoridation

Was asked: his plans to review the inclusion of fluoride in public water supplies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Was asked: the position regarding assessment and speech therapy in respect of a person (details suppled) in Dublin 13.More Button

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.More Button

Hospital Trusts

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 229 of 28 November 2012, if the report has been received by him; the date on which he will publish the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Recommendations on the formation of specific groups and arrangements for the management and governance of all groups have been drafted as part of a report on the establishment of hospital groups as...More Button

Primary Care Services Provision

Was asked: the number of the 255 primary care posts announced last July that have been filled to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of the 260 primary care posts announced in July 2012 that have been filled; the locations of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: the number of patients who have had hospital appointments cancelled at less than 48 hours notice; if he will provide a breakdown of same by reason and hospital; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

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

Was asked: his plans to reinstate the rheumatology service at Letterkenny General Hospital in County Donegal; the commitment to reinstate the service upon completion of the new medical block at the hospital; ...More Button

The HSE has significantly developed rheumatology services in the North West over the past two years. This has involved the appointment of two permanent rheumatologists in mid 2010 who are responsib...More Button

Given that the new ED / Medical Block is now opened and the second consultant in Sligo has returned from leave, discussions will now commence regarding the restoration of the outreach service. It...More Button

The service is now managed regionally under the management of Sligo General Hospital. When the outreach clinic is restored it is anticipated that patients who need to be reviewed may be seen in L...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; if he will immediately review the care this person received at Letterkenny Hospital, County Donegal; an...More Button

My Department has been in communication with the person concerned. The Health Service Executive (HSE) are dealing with the issues this individual has raised and I have sought a report on those iss...More Button

Was asked: if he has had any contact with the Board of Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24, regarding the challenging budgetary situation at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that officials from my Department attended a meeting with Tallaght Hospital in June in the context of providing secretarial support for the Review of Financial Management Systems in t...More Button

On 29 August, the CEO of Tallaght wrote to the Department outlining the financial position. Subsequently on 6 September, there was a meeting with the HSE and Tallaght, including the Chairman of ...More Button

Tallaght, like every other hospital is facing significant financial challenges. The HSE has had regular ongoing engagement with the hospital with a view to ensuring that the hospital continues ...More Button

Tallaght hospital has achieved significant operational savings in 2012 and has reduced its year-on-year spending by 6%, despite a 5% increase in inpatient numbers, a 6% increase in Emergency Depa...More Button

The hospital’s staff has displayed great commitment to improving its performance and I am confident that this commitment will greatly assist in addressing Tallaght's current financial difficulties.More Button

Health Services Reform

Was asked: the date on which he will publish the 2012 reviews of financial management systems in the Irish Health Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

During 2012 my Department undertook a number of initiatives to address concerns around financial control in the Health Service Executive. These included engaging an expert from the UK NHS to examin...More Button

Health Care Infrastructure

Was asked: the way primary, social and community care will be funded in 2016; if he will confirm that it will be through general taxation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government is embarking on a major reform programme for the health system, the aim of which is to deliver a single-tier health service, supported by universal health insurance (UHI), where acc...More Button

Health Services Expenditure

Was asked: the efforts being made to introduce patient level costing across the health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE is currently undertaking a Patient Level Costing (PLC) project. This project involves tracing resources actually used by individual patients from the time of entry and admission to hospita...More Button

The first PLC study commenced in 2010 and to date 3 costing studies have been completed. A further study is expected to be completed by the end of January 2013. The number of hospitals particip...More Button

The PLC studies are an important prerequisite for the introduction of 'Money Follows the Patient' funding systems in acute hospitals.More Button

Health Insurance Cover

Was asked: the position regarding the use of health insurance from another EU country (details supplied) to qualify for health services hereMore Button

The rules on the coordination of social security systems, including healthcare within the EU/EEA and Switzerland, are currently contained in Regulation 883/04 and Implementing Regulation 987/09. O...More Button

As a general rule, healthcare is provided according to the legislation of the country where you reside, or stay, as if you were insured in that country. The costs of this healthcare are the respo...More Button

In Ireland, the HSE is the competent institution for the purposes of the EU Regulations in this area. It is the competent institution which is responsible for the insured person receiving the se...More Button

Home Care Packages

Was asked: if he will review the provision of home care assistance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Cork City; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: the position regarding disability services north east and disability services south west, both co-funded by the Health Service Executive and FÁS; if it is the case that disability services in these...More Button

Was asked: if it will become compulsory for inspections of private and voluntary intellectual disability facilities to be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he is committed to having the publication of the standards and new system of Inspection of Private and Voluntary Intellectual Disability Services published by January 2013; if he will ensure tha...More Button

Was asked: the way adult services were funded for those with an intellectual disability in 2011 and 2012; if that funding system will remain in place in 2013; If it is intended that any future funding model w...More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure

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

Health Services Provision

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

Was asked: the position regarding the future of audiology services at Cootehill, County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there is a policy document under the remit of his Department, the Health Service Executive or Health Information and Quality Authority which covers the control and administration of medicines by...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 656 of 13 November 2012, when a response will issue from the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Service Executive have advised me that they are compiling an answer at the moment to the Deputy's original question, and as soon as it is available they will respond directly to the Depu...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the proposals his Department has made with regard to meeting the administrative and operational costs to a facility (details supplied) in County Kildare; if prior to t...More Button

In 2010 the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence was published. It aims to provide a framework for sustainable intervention to prevent and effectively respond to domesti...More Button

The HSE subsequently published its own Policy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. The principal actions are in line with the National Strategy. The HSE’s policy states that a health-...More Button

Services to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence – including 20 crisis refuges, 27 domestic violence support services and 16 rape crisis centres received €19.182 Million in 2011.More Button

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

Was asked: when the findings of a report (details supplied) will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Disability Appeals Officer is an independent officer appointed by the Minister for Health whose purpose is to provide an appeals service to people who wish to appea...More Button

I understand that the HSE is in receipt of the written determination referred to in the Deputy's question. As this is a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1678 of 18 September 2012, when a full response will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Service Executive has advised that it issued a response to the Deputy in October on this matter which related to the preparation of an assessment report involving a number of professiona...More Button

Registration of Nurses

Was asked: the reason An Bord Altranais has engaged a call centre in the United Kingdom to deal with queries on nurses' registration; the costs involved; the reason it was not possible to engage a call centre...More Button

The information regarding Nurse Registration is a matter for The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (formerly An Board Altranais). I have forwarded your request to the Board for direct response.More Button

  Question No. 461 answered with Question No. 448.More Button

Health Professions Admission Test Administration

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 638 of 13 November 2012, when a response will issue from the Health Service ExecutiveMore Button

HSE Properties

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 58 of 8 November 2012, when a response will issue from the Health Service ExecutiveMore Button

Care of the Elderly

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 53 of 8 November 2012, when a response will issue from the Health Service ExecutiveMore Button

Primary Care Centres Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 347 of 8 November 2012, when a response will issue from the Health Service ExecutiveMore Button

I understand that the Health Service Executive replied to your parliamentary question no. 347 about the process for awarding the contract to develop a primary care centre in Balbriggan.More Button

Was asked: the number of doctors who have contracted to offer general practitioner services in the proposed primary care centre in Ashbourne County Meath; the number of staff and categories of staff who will ...More Button

Delivery of health care services in the community is a service issue. Therefore your query has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the proposed primary care centre at Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, including if the Health Service Executive has completed the local consultation and site assessme...More Button

Carrickmacross Co Monaghan is one of the 35 potential locations for primary care centres for development by way of PPP as announced in July in the Government's Infrastructure Stimulus Package. Of ...More Button

Hospital Bed Data

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 79 of 8 November 2012, when a response will issue from the Health Service ExecutiveMore Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made to reintroduce the beds at the community hospital of the Assumption Thurles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

EU Directives

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding animal experimentation and EU DirectivesMore Button

Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes significantly strengthens the protection of animals still needed for research and safety testing. The Directive stron...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Was asked: if he will review the decision to have the home help assistance removed from a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and, if he does not intend to do so, if he will ask for an assessment of the...More Button

Was asked: his plans for home help support provision and or care packages to delayed discharge patients who no longer require acute hospital bedsMore Button

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Was asked: the number of vacant positions on the Board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service; the steps he is taking to fill these positions and the type of expertise he plans to bring to the board by such a...More Button

There are 6 vacancies on the Board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS). Members of the Board perform key roles in relation to the direction, leadership and corporate governance of the IB...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

Was asked: if he will provide figures, in tabular form, of the amount of money spent by the Health Service Executive on the provision of sleep apnoea machines in each of the past six years; the number of pers...More Button

Medical Card Applications

Was asked: his views on the delay with medical assessors when dealing with medical card applications; if he will expedite an application for a medical card in respect of persons (details supplied) in County S...More 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 be renewed 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 reason for the delay in renewing 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: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been refused a medical card; if he will investigate the case with a view to an immediate reversal of the decision; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: if a medical card will be granted in respect 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 Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: if the qualifying medical card criteria for cancer patients has changed in recent times; if not, if he will account for the increasing number of complaints that Deputies are receiving from cancer p...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 will receive an appointment for Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15More 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

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: the position regarding corrective surgery in respect of a person (details supplied)More Button

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

Medicinal Products Licensing

Was asked: the reason a company (details supplied) in County Cork which is accredited by the Irish Medicines Board as a pharmaceutical wholesaler and which has made a total of 14 submissions to the Health Ser...More Button

Was asked: the basis on which anti-epileptic drugs are being included in the list of medications for generic substitutions under the Health Bill 2012 in view of the concerns raised by his Department and the H...More Button

Hospital Staff Issues

Was asked: when the replacement consultant orthopaedic surgeon post will be filled at the Mater Hospital Dublin; the reason this post has been left vacant for 18 months despite his campaign to reduce waiting ...More Button

In relation to this particular issue, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that a replacement physiotherapist covering cystic fibrosis has been provided in a hospital (details supplied) in Dublin 1; if he will confirm that there has been no gap in physi...More Button

Was asked: if the dedicated dietician for cystic fibrosis patients will be provided in a hospital (details supplied) in Dublin 1; his views on whether such a service is important to cystic fibrosis patients i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 515 and 516 together.More Button

A new dedicated Respiratory and CF unit was opened in Temple Street in June 2010 providing state of the art facilities for children with respiratory disorders, their families and staff. It inclu...More Button

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

Hospital Acquired Infections

Was asked: the number of hospitals here that use copper/silver ionisation as a method of controlling legionella; if he will provide a list of such hospitals here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Both copper and silver are very effective antimicrobial substances and can be used as methods of controlling legionella. There are three HSE hospitals where copper and silver ionisation is being u...More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

Was asked: if he will detail current and planned Health Service Executive nursing homes facilities in Ballinamore County Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will reconsider his policy for closing public nursing home beds in view of the fact that some 600 patients, the majority of whom are over 65 years of age, were being kept on hospital wards an...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Was asked: if he will bring forward proposals setting out a package of supports for those who developed narcolepsy as a result of vaccination with Pandemrix; the reason for the delay to date in bringing the p...More Button

My priority is to ensure that children/adolescents affected by narcolepsy with symptom onset post pandemic vaccination are provided with services and supports to meet their health needs. More Button

The HSE and the Department of Education and Skills together provide a comprehensive range of services and supports to those affected. These supports and services include access to rapid diagnosi...More Button

I am committed to bringing a Memorandum to Government setting out the full response to the issue. My Department is considering possible supports which may need to be put in place for those aff...More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage

Was asked: if proposals are in place to extend the drugs payment scheme to include medications that are currently not covered by the scheme; if the nebusal 7 daily nebulizer could be included under the drugs ...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: if he will outline air ambulance services in place in this State; if he has plans to extend this service;; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS), is responsible for pre-hospital emergency care and for transport of public patients where required, including aeromedical transport.

  T...More Button

Was asked: the timetable for the refurbishment of Loughglynn Ambulance Base, County Roscommon; the total capital cost of the project; if he will confirm that the base will be operated on a 24/7 basis; and if ...More Button

Delivery of health care infrastructure is a service issue. Therefore your query has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Applications

Was asked: if he will expedite an application for the long term illness scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospitals Discharges

Was asked: the position regarding patients awaiting discharge from hospital who no longer require hospital care but are seeking access to either a public nursing home bed or adequate home help support and or ...More Button

Was asked: the level of progress achieved by his Department's special delivery unit and the Health Service Executive's clinical programme for elderly care in clearing the reported backlog of 600 persons, the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 494 and 495 together.More Button

Data available from the Health Service Executive shows that, on 12 November, the number of delayed discharges nationally was 653; the average number of delayed discharges for the month of Novembe...More Button

To address this issue, the SDU has worked with the Clinical Care Programme on the Elderly and the HSE on proposals for a joint Acute Hospital/Community Service transitional care initiative. This...More Button

This initiative is about improving the patient experience and outcomes for our frail older people. The initiative will also underpin significant savings in bed days through moving from acute bed...More Button

Health Services Regulation

Was asked: his plans to independently regulate home help support and care packages providers; in view of the Willis Commission report findings on nursing education in the UK, which recommended that nurses sho...More Button

Health Services Staff Issues

Was asked: the provision of further education courses specifically for healthcare assistants over and above the FETAC level 5 healthcare support courseMore Button

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

Was asked: the number of vacancies currently in mental health nursing positions; he location of these vacancies; and if those vacancies are currently covered by agency or other staffMore Button

Ministerial Appointments

Was asked: when he plans to fill the four seats vacant since May on the board of Health Information and Quality Authority; if he will outline the process that is being undertaken to fill the posts; and if he ...More Button

Earlier this year, I instructed my officials to seek nominations, through the Public Appointments Service, for the filling of vacancies on the Health Information and Quality Authority Board. I am ...More Button

Was asked: if it is his intention to fill the seven vacancies on the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal; if so, if he will outline the process that is being undertaken to fill these posts; and if he wi...More Button

I appoint the members of the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal in accordance with Section 3 of the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal Act l997. More Button

The Tribunal carries out judicial type functions and is therefore very different to a typical State Board. It hears claims in relation to persons infected with Hepatitis C or HIV through the adm...More Button

Was asked: when he will fill the five seats on the board of the Health Research Board; if he will outline the process that is being undertaken to fill these posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are currently five vacancies on the Health Research Board. The HRB vacancies were advertised on the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website and on the Department’s website. I expect to be ...More Button

Was asked: when the six posts on the board of the Food Safety Authority will be filled; if he will outline the process that is being undertaken to fill these posts; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Earlier this year, I instructed my officials to seek nominations, through the Public Appointments Service, for the filling of vacancies on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Board. I am currently...More Button

Was asked: the status of the vacancy on the board of the Voluntary Health Insurance; if he will outline the process that is being undertaken to fill this posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is one vacancy on the Voluntary Health Insurance Board. This vacancy arises from the appointment of a serving Board member as Chairman of the Board in September 2012.More Button

In accordance with Government policy regarding appointments to State Boards, an advertisement for this position was placed on my Department's web-site on 28 September 2012. Expressions of intere...More Button

The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest has now passed, and I am now in receipt of details and experience of all applicants. I propose to give full consideration to all applicati...More Button

When the selection process is complete, approval of the Central Bank of Ireland in the context of its Fitness and Probity regime will be sought for the proposed appointee prior to appointment.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the vacancy on the Options Board; if he will outline the process that is being undertaken to fill this post; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if it is his intention to fill the two seats on the Health and Social Care Professionals Board; if so, if he will outline the process that is being undertaken to fill these posts; and if he will ma...More Button

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council, established in 2007, and the 12 registration boards being established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (the Act), will be re...More Button

Under the Act, membership of the Council consists of a Chairperson, who is not eligible to be a registrant, and 24 ordinary members, 12 each from a professional and lay background.More Button

Expressions of interest in being appointed by me to two lay vacancies on the Council have been invited on my Department's website and by the Public Appointments Service. The appointees will re...More Button

I hope to be in a position to fill these vacancies shortly.More Button

Was asked: the reason the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council has not had its seventeen members replaced since June; if he will outline his plans for the council and if he intends to replace the members, the ...More Button

The current term of the Council of PHECC expired at the end of June 2012.

  The Council may have up to 17 members. Nine members are nominated by designated bodies and seven mor...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the intake of the twenty two new members that were due to be introduced to the Nursing and Midwifery Board; if he intends to fill these posts, if he will outline the process ...More Button

Section 22 of the Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011 provides for the appointment of 23 members to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. 14 of the appointees are on the nomination of specified bo...More Button

To date, 18 positions have been filled, with the remaining 5 under consideration.More Button

Public Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if he will provide a list of all new services across his Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011.More Button

One of the key commitments in the Public Service Reform Plan is to identify and evaluate new business models and opportunities to support the delivery of non-core processes and services. External ...More Button

An External Services Delivery Plan which outlines possible areas which may benefit from External Delivery is currently being drawn up by my Department in conjunction with the HSE.More Button

External Service Delivery has very limited applicability within my Department itself as the Department generally does not provide any services direct to the public. However, the provision of a c...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if a decision will be made as a matter of urgency in relation to the inclusion or otherwise of a condition (details supplied) under the long term illness scheme in the Health Service Executive West...More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Was asked: the cost of each project that was completed from the allocation of €35 million for mental health services in budget 2012 to progress the implementation of the recommendations as outlined in a Visio...More Button

Was asked: if the €35 million for mental health services is in addition to the €35 million for mental health announced last year; the amount of the €35 million allocated for mental health in 2012 that was spe...More Button

Health Screening Programmes

Was asked: if he will provide an update in the roll-out of the national retinopathy screening programme which was due to commence screening in the last quarter of 2012; if he will announce the results of the ...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 Administration

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the further delay that has arisen in the primary care reimbursement service medical officer's department the reasons for same; the steps he will take to alleviat...More Button

Employment Rights Issues

Was asked: when agency workers employed by the Health Service Executive in Navan, County Meath, will receive their full entitlement under the Agency Workers Directive; and when back payments will be madeMore Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive in Navan, County Meath, has fully implemented the Protection of Employee (Temporary Agency Work) Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive has fully implemented the Protection of Employee (Temporary Agency Work) Act; if he will provide a progress report on same based on Health Service Executive region, ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 519 to 521, inclusive, together.More Button

Following the enactment of the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act this year, the HSE provided guidance to public service employers on the Act, including the fact that the equal p...More Button

Details on agency workers employed in Navan, County Meath is a matter for the Health Service Executive, and as such, the Deputy's enquiry has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: with regards to the Health Service Executive's fourth annual report of child and adolescent mental health services and the announcement in it that on 4 September 2012, the HSE management team appro...More Button

Hospitals Patronage

Was asked: the names of the hospitals in the greater Dublin area that are under the direct managerial control of the Health Service Executive; the managerial structures that are in place in other Dublin hospi...More Button

Acute and non-acute hospital services are provided in three different types of hospitals in the greater Dublin Area. More Button

Mobility Allowance Appeals

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

Cancer Screening Programmes

Was asked: his plans to roll out bowel cancer screening throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the national colorectal screening programme commenced in November. The programme has been introduced on a phased basis to men and women between the ages of 6...More Button

When fully implemented the programme will offer free screening to men and women aged 55-74 every two years. As 50% of cancers within this age group are found in people aged 60-69 the programme h...More Button

I regard the colorectal screening programme as a national priority and I am committed to supporting it as it develops.More Button

Nursing Home Subventions

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive their nursing home support funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button