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Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Business of Dáil (Continued)

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Confidence in Taoiseach and Government: Motion (Continued)

I rise to support the motion of confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government. When we assess the contribution and performance of any government, we must look back to what its members said they w...More Button

The first steps towards universal health care will be taken with the extension next year of GP care without fees to those over 70 and those under six, the oldest and youngest in society.More Button

We stated that we would bring about a new politics. We do not always tell the story in respect of this matter very well and, before she left, Deputy McDonald asked us to provide examples of what...More Button

Getting here has been very tough and the Irish people have made enormous sacrifices to bring the country to the position in which it now finds itself. That position is much better than the one t...More Button

Having outlined the position in respect of the Government, I now wish to turn to the Taoiseach, Deputy Enda Kenny, in whom we are also being asked to vote confidence. When the history of the 21s...More Button

Instead, we are fortunate to have in charge of this country a Government and a Taoiseach who can rise above such petty rancour and provide real leadership. That is why I have every confidence in t...More Button

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Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Was asked: his views on the mandatory inclusion of defibrillator equipment in all secondary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has no information on the utilisation of defibrillators nor the operational issues associated with them. There is currently no structured public access defibrillation programme in o...More Button

The Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013 that is currently at Committee stage outlines a scheme that would require the owners of particular types of premises or venues to inst...More Button

The health technology assessment of public access defibrillation conducted by HIQA has examined the clinical and cost-effectiveness of different configurations of any potential public access defi...More Button

The Expert Advisory Group on Public Access Defibrillation has now concluded its investigations and a report has been forwarded to the Department of Health which is currently under consideration.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will get a hearing aid.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: his plans to enable over 70s whose general practitioners are non-public sector to avail of free medical card and GP cover.More Button

Was asked: in view of the announcements of 25 November 2014 regarding the default position for discretionary medical cards for persons with terminal illnesses, the reason a person (details supplied) in County...More Button

Was asked: the reason outgoings such as the property tax, bin charges and water charges are not taken into account when assessing a person’s means when applying for a medical card.More Button

Hospitals Building Programme

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed phase 2 development at our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, County Louth which will include 90 extra beds, five theatres and an extended emergency department ...More Button

Most construction projects including those of the scale of the phased development at OLOL Drogheda are completed over a multi-annual period with funding required over a similar period.More Button

The proposal envisages, a phased delivery over a period, of a five storey block with an initial fit out of 60 beds on two floors. The remaining three floors have been designed to accommodate an e...More Button

As with all capital projects this project must be considered within the overall capital envelope available to the health service. There will always be more construction projects than can be fun...More Button

The HSE has submitted its draft Capital Plan for the period 2015-2019 which I have approved. It also requires the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform which will be sought s...More Button

National Lottery Funding Applications

Was asked: the details of National Lottery funding applications for community and voluntary groups for County Louth for each year since 2012; the number of applications received for each year by location; the...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy for the years 2012 and 2013 is provided in the tables attached. My Department is currently finalising the processing of decisions on applications for 2014 an...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the status of a national lottery application (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The processing of decisions on applications for National Lottery grants is currently being finalised and I will be notifying the applicant of my decision shortly.More Button

Medical Card Applications

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

Was asked: if he will assist in the provisions of a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who is blind and is receiving ongoing medical treatment for a number of illnesses; ...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: the position regarding the future of services at the St. John of God facility at St Mary's Drumcar, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding 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

Was asked: when a decision will issue on 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

Health Services Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide in detail the measures that will be introduced to achieve projected savings of €95 million from the annual drugs budget as outlined in the Health Service Executive national servi...More Button

Was asked: when talks to renegotiate existing pricing agreements with the representatives of the Irish pharmaceutical industry will commence in 2015; if his Department has set a date for the conclusion of the...More Button

Was asked: if the €95 million in projected savings outlined in the Health Service Executive national service plan published on 27 November 2014 include savings to be realised as part of revised agreements on ...More Button

Was asked: the measures his Department plans to introduce to improve the procurement of medicines in order to realise savings in the drugs budget as outlined in the Health Service Executive national service p...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 301 to 304, inclusive, together.

  The Health Service Executive's National Service Plan for 2015 provides for savings of €95m to be achieved from...More Button

Health Insurance Regulation

Was asked: if a health insurer (details supplied) will receive authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland by 31 December 2014; if not, the extension that will be provided to the health insurer to continue...More Button

The Government agreed in December 2011 to address the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling of September 2011 which found that Ireland had failed to fulfil its obligations under the EU non-life Di...More Button

Significant progress has been made since the subsequent Government Decision of 3 December 2013 towards achieving authorisation of VHI by end 2014. VHI submitted its application to the CBI on 16...More Button

The CBI is not subject to the ECJ infringement deadline which applies to the State. However, as the independent regulator, the CBI continues to assess the application to determine VHI's readines...More Button

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: when a shoulder operation will be arranged in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if he will expedite the matter as the case is urgent and the person is on the waiting list f...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 2014, has been developed to ensure...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days ple...More Button

Was asked: the reason children (details supplied) cannot receive a general anaesthetic in Cork University Hospital to have an MRI; his views that it is acceptable that a family should have to travel from Coun...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials...More Button

Hospitals Expenditure

Was asked: the details of general maintenance and upkeep of hospitals; if there is a specific budget provided for this; if he will provide details of this spend in paediatric hospitals; and if he will make a ...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials ...More Button

Was asked: the cost of private transport, that is, taxi and bus services, used in County Kilkenny to transport hospital patients to and from Dublin; the individual companies or businesses being used to provid...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials ...More Button

Hospital Transfers

Was asked: if he will request the immediate transfer of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny to the Alzheimer's unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital, County Carlow as requested by their family; and if ...More Button

Care of the Elderly Provision

Was asked: his plans to improve alternative forms of housing and supports for older persons who are on waiting list for admission to nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: the amount the Health Service Executive spends per annum on taxis or other forms of transport for patients travelling from County Wexford to Waterford Regional Hospital for dialysis treatment; and ...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials ...More Button

Was asked: the number of operations or procedures cancelled by hospitals during each of the past five years, with a breakdown of the numbers identifying the number of cancellations at each individual hospital.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will foll...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if he will ascertain from the Health Service Executive when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be scheduled for an ear, nose and throat, ENT, outpatient appointment in view of the fact...More Button

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warran...More Button

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a hospital appointment and operation in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; 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 2014, has been develop...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the plans for a new programme for managing hospital waiting lists to be piloted in 2015; if further consideration has been provided to piloting such a programme in t...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will foll...More Button

  Question No. 362 answered with Question No. 358.More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: if and when the appropriate treatment will be offered in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; 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.

  If you have not received a reply from the HSE within ...More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that programmes run under the Health Service Executive, for example dialectical behaviour therapy, are conducted in a secular and non-religious manner; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding dermatological treatment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; 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 to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials ...More Button

Nursing Home Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 652 of 4 November 2014, when a final reply from the Health Service Executive will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Practitioner Services

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

Medicinal Products Availability

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 315 of 25 November 2014 if he will address the specific issues raised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; if he will specifically review...More Button

Was asked: the reason there is a shortage of Eltroxin, which is used to treat thyroid conditions; the steps the Health Service Executive is taking to resolve this problem; if the Health Service Executive is u...More Button

Was asked: if Eltroxin, a medication used to treat thyroid conditions, is subject to parallel exporting, that is being imported into Ireland and then re-exported to other EU states; the reasons this occurs; h...More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: if he is satisfied that all of the community based mental health teams are in place in the Dublin region; the posts that remain to be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress made following the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the Health Information Quality Authority and the Mental Health Commission on working together regarding the regulation of...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No.104 of 20 November 2014, his views on the specific range of care that is being offered to this treatment abroad patient from Woodleigh Hospital in the United Ki...More Button

Health Services Staff Recruitment

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the resource allocation model developed in his Department in 2012; if his will commit to using this model in allocating new staff posts, in view of the significan...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, an allocation of €20 million was set aside in the HSE's 2013 National Service Plan to strengthen primary care services. In this context, the HSE (Health Intelligence Un...More Button

This Resource Allocation Model was used in the allocation of approximately 250 Primary Care posts under the 2013 HSE National Service Plan. It is expected that the model will continue to be incl...More Button

Child Care Services Provision

Was asked: the reason for the delay in homecare in respect of children (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason there is a difficulty in children transitioning to the Health Service Executive for homecare from a foundation (details supplied) despite the fact that a system seems to operate in other...More Button

Was asked: his views regarding the plans he has to allow a foundation (details supplied) to secure funding to enable them to look after children up to the age of six, rather than requiring them to transition ...More Button

Health Services Staff

Was asked: the reason almost ten years after the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (details supplied) was introduced there is still no complaints procedure in place in view of the fact that the we...More Button

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the registration boards established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 are responsible for protecting the public by promoti...More Button

The Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 is being implemented on a phased basis as registration boards and their registers are being established.More Button

A total of six registration boards, for the professions of social worker, radiographer, dietitian, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist and physiotherapist are currently operatin...More Button

To date, registers have been established for the four designated professions of social worker, radiographer, dietitian and speech and language therapist.More Button

Provision is made under the Act for a "Fitness to Practice" regime to deal with complaints and disciplinary sanctions in relation to registrants. This provision of the Act, which will come into f...More Button

Symphysiotomy Reports

Was asked: if he will provide a person (details supplied) who survived sympysiotomy with their medical records including the records associated with their five births; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

The Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme commenced on 10th November 2014. The Assessor for the Scheme is former High Court Judge Maureen Harding Clark. The Scheme has around €34 million available ...More Button

Applications had to be made to the Scheme within 20 working days of the Commencement Date. The Closing Date for receipt of applications was therefore Friday 5 December 2014. The Terms of the S...More Button

Regarding the Deputy's question relating to a person's medical records, each hospital retains medical records on patients and it is up to the person themselves (or a representative for the perso...More Button

Dental Services Provision

Was asked: if consideration will be given to the requests of Monaghan County Council regarding the provision of services and also a meeting (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospitals Policy

Was asked: the details of the recently restructured administrative and functional areas of the Health Service Executive in respect of the hospital groups and community healthcare organisations with geographic...More Button

Was asked: the development plan for a hospital (details supplied) in County Kilkenny covering the next five years; the changes being planned in the level and range of services being provided by the hospital; ...More Button

The Reports ‘The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a transition to Independent Hospital Trusts’ (DoH, 2013) and ‘Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals: A Framework for Development’ (...More Button

Hospital Appointment Status

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

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warran...More Button

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

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warran...More Button

Was asked: the process and wait time in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow to be added to the pulmonary rehabilitation programme at St. Michael's Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin; ...More Button

The scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warra...More Button

Home Care Packages

Was asked: if the home care hours currently in place in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will be fully retained and be provided by the same person on the basis that this person has Alzh...More Button

Mobility Allowance Decision

Was asked: when a replacement scheme for the motorised transport grant and mobility allowance will be finalised and introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Respite Care Services

Was asked: the respite care available to families caring for older persons in County Monaghan; if those availing of the service must travel to County Cavan in any cases; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Orthodontic Service Provision

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 was taken off the orthodontic treatment programme; when the written letter of appeal to recommence treatment dated 25 August 2014 will be respond...More Button

Organ Donation

Was asked: his plans to introduce a national organ donor registry; his plans to increase the level of organ donation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently developing the Heads of a Human Tissue Bill that will establish a legal framework in relation to the donation of organs for transplantation. A register of those who do n...More Button

Funding for the appointment of 19 whole-time-equivalent personnel was allocated to the HSE in 2014 to recruit Consultants, Organ Donation Nurse Managers, Organ Procurement Co-ordinators and Quali...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: if he will provide details of the routine maintenance regime for ambulances operated by the national ambulance service, including details of time and mileage intervals between routine servicing; an...More Button

Was asked: the number of times each ambulance was serviced or repaired since January 2008, where such servicing or repair of an ambulance was outside of planned routine maintenance; if he will provide details...More Button

Was asked: regarding the repair and maintenance of ambulances, the records that the Health Service Executive and-or the national ambulance service are required to keep; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Was asked: for the period 2008 to date in 2014, if he will provide details of the periods of time that each ambulance has been out of service due to servicing or repair; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the total number of ambulance breakdowns since January 2008; if he will provide a description or reason for each breakdown; if he will provide details of which county each breakdown occurred in; if...More Button

Was asked: since 2008, the number of ambulances that have broken down more than once; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: since 2008, the number of ambulances that have been taken off the roads as a result of breakdowns; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 343 to 349, inclusive, together.

  As these are service matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a rep...More Button

HSE Investigations

Was asked: the progress to date in meeting the recommendations of the Leas Cross inquiry which recommended a number of initiatives (details supplied) including that the provision of this care, that is residen...More Button

Medical Card Reviews

Was asked: the documentation outstanding in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare for their pending medical card review; if their current medical card will remain active while compiling re...More Button

Medical Card Administration

Was asked: if medical cards will issue in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare whose medical cards were approved recently but who have not received their cards; and if he will make a statem...More Button

An Fhoireann Rannach

Tá seachtar ball foirne i mo Roinn, nó beagnach 2% den líon iomlán fostaithe sa Roinn, in ann a gcuid dualgas a chur i gcrích sa Ghaeilge agus sa Bhéarla araon. Níl aon staitisticí inchomparáide ag...More Button

Tugtar freagra sa Ghaeilge ar an gcomhfhreagras ar fad a sheoltar don Roinn sa Ghaeilge agus cuirtear aon cheisteanna teileafóin as Gaeilge ar aghaidh chuig duine de na baill foirne atá inniúil s...More Button

National Dementia Strategy Publication

Was asked: when the dementia strategy will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button