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White, Alex

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I do not want to talk about that.More Button

Confidence in the Government: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

There has been much talk about choice in this debate. It is true that there are some limited choices because of the constraints the Government and the State are facing, but there are choices never...More Button

The motion is premised on the notion that there is an altogether different way of addressing the crisis we are in and that a grand plan is available, a better plan with an alternative strategy, whi...More Button

It refers to business assets. Does that include all such assets? It refers to pension pots. Does that include all pension pots? Up to 20% of the family home is also left out. What remains? Wh...More Button

By the way, we will be discussing the property tax on Friday. We now know that Sinn Féin is in favour of taxing 80% of the family home. That was the balance, last time I looked, between 20% and...More Button

It is utterly false to suggest we have not protected the weak in this difficult budget. That is precisely what we have done. It is false to say that we have not taxed wealth or that the wealthy...More Button

He relented some minutes later, presumably out of sheer embarrassment, having heard Deputy Fleming praise the measure as "taxation on people with large amounts of money sitting in the bank". It th...More Button

I accept that the Labour Party has not been able to do everything it advocated in the manifesto it put to the Irish people. We obtained 19% of the vote and had 37 Deputies elected. It was not r...More Button

There had to be compromise and there has been. I have no doubt there were difficult negotiations leading up to this budget. The people of Ireland expect the parties in government to work together...More Button

Who is up or down and which policy was or was not implemented is not important. This is about the serious business of government. Fine Gael and the Labour Party is the only combination of parties...More Button

HSE Expenditure

Following intensive negotiations involving the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA),  the HSE and the Department of Health, a major new deal on the cost of drugs in the Stat...More Button

Medical Card Application Numbers

The information requested by the Deputy will form part of the Health Service Executive 2013 National Service Plan, which is required to be published on foot of the Executive's allocation under the ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy will form part of the Health Service Executive 2013 National Service Plan, which is required to be published on foot of the Executive's allocation under the ...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

At present, people over 70 are entitled to a medical card if their income is less than €700 per week for a single person or €1,400 for a couple. In line with measures announced in Budget 2013, the...More Button

It is estimated that these changes will affect about 20,000 persons out of 360,000 over-70's medical card holders. This is about 5% of the entire over 70's population. Under the new arrangement...More Button

Medical Waste Disposal

The Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly (DUMP) service is organised by the Health Service Executive. The HSE has therefore been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as p...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility

I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 and 228 together.More Button

There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the Long Term Illness Scheme.More Button

Under the Drug Payment Scheme, no individual or family pays more than €132 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost burden ...More Button

Pharmacy Services

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the administration of the General Medical Services Scheme and community drug schemes. The HSE has therefore been asked to examine this matter and to ...More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure

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

Medical Card Applications

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

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

General Practitioner Services

The Postgraduate Training Committee of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) has responsibility for the promotion and maintenance of standards of General Practice training in Ireland. ...More Button

In September 2012, the Government approved the outcome of the review of allowances by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Following this review, the GP Trainees allowance was approve...More Button

The review process had provided that sanction for payment of allowances to new beneficiaries was withdrawn with effect from 31 January 2012. For allowances that have subsequently been sanctioned...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Under the Health (Provision of General Practitioner Services) Act 2012, a registered medical practitioner:

(a) whose name is included in the Specialist Division of the register of m...More Button