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Reilly, James

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second and Subsequent Stages (Continued)

  Agreed to take remaining Stages today.More Button

  Bill reported without amendment, received for final consideration and passed.More Button

Drug Treatment Programmes Availability

Was asked: his views on methadone clinics (details supplied).More Button

HSE Expenditure

Was asked: the costs that have been incurred by the Health Service Executive in hiring motivational coaches to boost morale within its management; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE will be undergoing radical reform in the coming years. Strong leadership and management in the health service will be of crucial importance in order to deliver on reforms and changes of th...More Button

It is anticipated that most executive coaching requirements will be delivered by qualified HSE staff. However, some additional coaching capacity is required and the HSE has tendered for such ser...More Button

Primary Care Services Provision

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, a breakdown of the way the €323 million reduction in the cost of primary care schemes will be achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way the ring fenced €20 million for primary care was spent in 2012; the way the 2013 allocation will be spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

Was asked: the position regarding orthotic shoes in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will expedite same.More Button

HSE Funding

Was asked: if he will make recommendations for funding to be provided in respect of a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Applications

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

Medical Card Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card rejection appeal in respect of a person (details supplied)More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

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

Should the patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the consultant and h...More Button

Social Workers Register

Was asked: the reason the proposed registration fee for social workers is €295 per annum when the equivalent registration fee for other similar professions is much lower, nurses €88 and teachers €65; and if h...More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to reduce the proposed annual registration for social workers from €295 to a more realistic level, which would be commensurate with registration fees which are levied and pay...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 176 and 191 together.More Button

Under the provisions of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, there is a two-year transitional period from the date on which the register of the members of that profession is establ...More Button

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council (the Council) is an independent statutory body and is responsible for setting the level of fees.More Button

The Council has set the following fee structure:a registration fee of €100 for new graduates, who have obtained recognised professional qualifications within two years of applying for registrati...More Button

All health regulators are self funding by way of annual fee income with operational costs being determined by the complexity and breadth of statutory functions specified in its legislation. The g...More Button

The Council has extensive statutory functions under the 2005 Act, and considers the annual fee of €295 the minimum required to enable it to operate. The fee charged by the Council, which takes a...More Button

In response to concerns about the level of fee, the Council has reviewed the regulatory structure to establish what scope exists for controlling registration fees and operational costs and has ad...More Button

- where an existing practitioner with the necessary experience and recognised professional qualifications, or equivalent, pays the registration fee of €295 and is granted registration during the t...More Button

- The Council has entered into discussions with the HSE in regard to the feasibility of arrangements for the deduction of the registration fee from monthly salary thereby spreading the cost throug...More Button

- Finally, the Council has proposed significant restructuring of the way in which the designated professions will be registered and regulated to provide a more cost effective operating system and k...More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: the number of children in the mid west region that require access to a paediatric neurologist; if the Health Service Executive plans to appoint one; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: if there will be any changes to the qualifying criteria in respect of medical cards for the under-70s in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: in view of the announcement in budget 2013, if he will provide the full detail of the new criteria/thresholds to be applied to medical card applications in 2013; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: in view of the announcement in budget 2013, if he will provide the full detail of the funding allocation to the disability sector for 2013; if an impact assessment has been carried out on these cut...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

Was asked: in view of the announcement in budget 2013, if he will provide the full detail of changes to the funding of nursing home care/fair deal; the way this will affect individual service users; and if he...More Button

HSE Planning

Was asked: the date on which he expects to receive the Health Service Executive National Service Plan 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Act 2004 states that within 21 days after the publication by Government of the Estimates, the Health Service Executive shall prepare a service plan and submit it to me for my approval.More Button

The Service Plan, to be submitted before Christmas, will set out the level and type of health services to be provided in 2013. It will include plans for delivering on the Programme for Governmen...More Button

Universal Health Insurance Provision

Was asked: the date on which he received the Higgins Report; the date on which he will publish it; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A key stepping stone towards the introduction of Universal Health Insurance will be to develop independent not-for-profit hospital trusts in which all hospitals will function as part of integrated ...More Button

The work on hospital groups is not about downgrading hospitals. It is about the bringing together groups of hospitals to form single cohesive entities to allow maximum flexibility in management,...More Button

Last June I appointed Professor John Higgins to chair a Strategic Board on the Establishment of Hospital Groups. The Strategic Board is composed of representatives with both national and interna...More Button

The Project Team is currently finalising a Report on the recommendations outlined above, taking account of the observations and comments made by the Strategic Board at their meeting on 14th Novem...More Button

Medical Card Drugs

Was asked: in view of the announcement in Budget 2013 the number of medical card recipients aged over 70 years who will have their full cards replaced with general practitioner only cards; and if he will make...More Button

Home Help Service Redundancies

Was asked: if he will provide detail of the home help/home care package budget for 2013; the estimated number of home help hours funded; and the way these figures compare to 2012 and 2011More Button

Mental Health Services Report

Was asked: the way the ring fenced €35m for mental health was spent in 2012; the way the 2013 allocation will be spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure

Was asked: his plans regarding illness oriented prescribing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Practitioner Services

Was asked: in view of the announcement in Budget 2013, if he will provide the full detail of the proposed implementation of free general practitioner care; when the necessary legislation will be introduced; a...More Button

HSE Staffing

Was asked: if he will provide details of the proposed staffing reduction in the Health Service Executive in 2013 in terms of total number, staff grade, location, and so on; the way that this reduction will be...More Button

The Government has decided that the numbers employed across the public service must be reduced to 282,500 by the end of 2014 in order to meet its fiscal and budgetary targets. The health sector mu...More Button

The Health Estimates published on 5 December are based on an expected reduction in 2013 of approximately 3,200 wholetime equivalents. The final staffing ceiling will be confirmed by the Minister...More Button

  Question No. 191 answered with Question No. 176.More Button

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: if an early date for a hip operation will be arranged at Cappagh Hospital, Dublin, in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the action he is taking to reduce the six to nine m...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