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White, Alex

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

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Mental Health and Suicide

I thank the Deputy for raising this important issue. Learning to live with mental health problems is extremely difficult, but, as the Deputy said, this difficulty can be compounded when someone ex...More Button

To build on its baseline research conducted for the campaign in 2010, See Change recently commissioned Millward Brown Lansdowne to carry out a nationally representative survey of Irish attitudes ...More Button

For its part, the HSE, through the National Office for Suicide Prevention, co-ordinates two national mental health awareness campaigns, the Your Mental Health campaign and the Let Someone Know ca...More Button

Eliminating stigma is not going to happen overnight. Reducing it was one of the priorities identified in the programme for Government. I reiterate the commitment of the Government and, in parti...More Button

Mental Health and Suicide (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for giving us the benefit of his knowledge and insight on this issue. His point regarding the importance of language is well made. I agree fully that care must be exercised in ...More Button

I thank the Deputy for his acknowledgment that the allocation of €35 million for measures set out in A Vision for Change will be maintained next year, notwithstanding the very considerable demand...More Button

Sexual Offences

I thank the Deputy for raising this important matter. The role played by alcohol in acts of sexual violence is undeniable. A fact sheet published yesterday by RCNI details various aspects of this...More Button

In addition to this and similar reports in the past, the report of the national substance misuse strategy steering group was launched earlier this year. The group was charged with identifying ac...More Button

One of the studies that informed the work of the steering group was the 2009 report entitled Rape and Justice in Ireland, a national study of survivor, prosecutor and court responses to rape by C...More Button

Sexual Offences (Continued)

Taking this together with all the other evidence considered by the steering group, it is clear there is an irrefutable need for action to be taken across a number of policy areas, including pricing...More Button

I and my officials are in continuing discussions with the Departments of Justice and Equality, Transport, Tourism and Sport and Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on aspects of these pr...More Button

In the meantime, work on developing a framework for the necessary legislation is continuing. For example, a health impact assessment is being commissioned in conjunction with Northern Ireland as...More Button

I will add some brief references to the Government's policy as it relates to the issue raised by the Deputy. In March 2010 the Government launched a four-year strategy to provide a framework for s...More Button

Again, I reassure the Deputy and the House that the Government is fully committed to addressing the problem of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. Our alcohol strategy, as identified by ...More Button

Water Fluoridation

Water fluoridation and the use of appropriate fluorides is a major plank of public health policy in Ireland in the prevention and management of tooth decay. In 2002 the Forum on Fluoridation, which...More Button

Primary Care Services Provision

I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 and 461 together.More Button

An allocation of €20 million was set aside in the HSE's 2012 National Service Plan for approximately 250 Primary Care posts (including Public Health Nurses (PHNs), Registered General Nurses (RGNs...More Button

Due to financial constraints, it was not possible to fill the primary care posts in 2012. It is my firm intention to have these posts filled as soon as possible in 2013.More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure

In recent years, a number of changes to the pricing and reimbursement system have been successfully introduced in Ireland. These have resulted in reductions in the prices of thousands of medicines...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the provision of sleep apnoea machines. The HSE has therefore been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Medical Card Applications

I have asked the Health Service Executive for a report on the issue of delays as raised by the Deputy. I will revert to the Deputy on this matter as soon as possible. In relation to the individua...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Medical cards are not awarded to any particular group of patients on the basis of a specific medical condition. Under the provisions of the Health Act 1970, eligibility for health services in Irel...More Button

There is an emergency process for a person who is terminally ill, or in urgent need of medical attention and cannot afford to pay for it, that provides a card within 24 hours while the normal appli...More Button

  Question No. 473 answered with Question No. 459.More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

The Health Service Executive is responsible for awarding GMS codes. The HSE has therefore been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill, the Irish Medicines Board has statutory responsibility for establishing and publishing a List of Interchangeable Medicinal Products. More Button

Health Services Provision

The HSE National Audiology Review Group Report, published in April 2011, made recommendations to address inconsistencies and shortcomings in audiology services. These recommendations are currently...More Button

Organisations providing domiciliary care services, either on behalf of the State (i.e. Health Service Executive) or private domiciliary care services, may be involved in the provision of care and s...More Button

Residential care services are services where care is provided to the patient / resident in centres such as nursing homes and other residential facilities. The Health Information and Quality Autho...More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage

NEBUSAL® 7% Nebuliser Solution (sodium chloride 7%) does not meet the criteria for inclusion on the list of items reimbursable under the Drug Payment Scheme. These critieria include the following:<...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Applications

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the administration of the Long Term Illness Scheme. The HSE has therefore been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as pos...More Button

Ministerial Appointments

I understand that the Deputy is referring to the Opticians Board. A nomination has been received from the Irish College of Ophthalmologists to fill the vacancy. This is currently under considerat...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the administration of the Long Term Illness Scheme. The HSE has therefore been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as po...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

I have asked the Health Service Executive for a report on the issue raised by the Deputy. I will revert to the Deputy on the matter as soon as possible.More Button