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Byrne, Catherine

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Fibromyalgia: Statements

I welcome the opportunity to speak on the issue of fibromyalgia. I would like to begin by acknowledging the seriousness of fibromyalgia and the personal challenges that people with this condition ...More Button

Fibromyalgia: Statements (Continued)

The exact prevalence of fibromyalgia in Ireland is not known, but it is estimated to affect approximately 2% of the population and nearly one in 20 people across the globe. Anyone can develop fibr...More Button

I will make some remarks after I have read from the written statement. This is not my remit; I am here on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Harris.More Button

That is the Deputy's opinion. I cannot comment.More Button

I thank Deputies for their contributions to the debate on fibromyalgia. I acknowledge the personal challenges faced every day by persons with the condition. I thank the many people who have share...More Button

To help sufferers of this condition with the cost of their treatments, I reiterate that any patients are eligible to apply for the drug payments scheme or a medical card. Under the drug payments...More Button

While there are no plans currently to add fibromyalgia to the list of conditions covered under the long-term illness scheme, patients with a condition not listed under the long-term illness schem...More Button

I am aware that a number of parliamentary questions have been tabled in respect of disability services. Access to disability services is based on need rather than on diagnosis. Our current heal...More Button

It is interesting to note that self-help for fibromyalgia is important and that there are several lifestyle changes which can help to relieve symptoms. A GP or other healthcare professional trea...More Button

The speech I read was written for me but I would like to add a few remarks. As always, I have listened carefully to the concerns raised, to the views expressed, and particularly to the personal ...More Button

That is all I have to say: I cannot add much more. I personally cannot give any explanation as to why fibromyalgia is not seen as a long-term illness. I have taken a lot of notes on the contrib...More Button

I will talk to my colleagues about it.More Button

Nursing Home Services

I am taking this question on behalf of the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Jim Daly.More Button

I am acting in that capacity at the moment. I thank Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan for raising this issue. The Minister of State, Deputy Jim Daly, apologises for not being here.More Button

The Government’s core stated objective is to promote care in the community so that people can continue to live with confidence, security and dignity in their own homes and communities for as lon...More Button

The review of the nursing homes support scheme, NHSS, published in 2015, identified a number of issues for more detailed consideration, including a review of the pricing mechanism used by the Nat...More Button

This report is significantly overdue, however. I understand that the NTPF is close to completing the report and it is expected that the steering group will be provided with a final draft very sh...More Button

The nursing home sector has also raised concerns in relation to staffing, particularly in terms of securing access to appropriately qualified staff. On foot of these concerns, nursing home provi...More Button

Nursing Home Services (Continued)

There needs to be a clear demonstration that recruitment difficulties are solely due to shortages and not to other factors, such as salary or working conditions.More Button

Both Departments met sectoral representatives and considered their business case. The sector has been advised that more evidence is required of the labour shortage and that they must demonstrate...More Button

I do not have a closing statement on this. I acknowledge Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan's frustration, particularly with regard to the report that is significantly overdue. I would like to revert to t...More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, I have been asked to take the next matter but I do not have a script. It was not brought; I just received a short note.More Button

The script is being delivered now. I have not seen it. I am not sure whether I will be able to take the matter. Perhaps the Deputy would like to defer.More Button

I am only receiving the reply now. I apologise.More Button

I only just got it.More Button

I have the response if Deputy Ó Caoláin would like to read it.More Button

I apologise to the Deputy and the Ceann Comhairle. I have only just received the reply.More Button

Voluntary Sector Funding

Responsibility for the provision of funding in relation to LGBTI services is a matter for the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the first instance. Accordingly, the matter has been referred to the ...More Button