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Doherty, Regina

Monday, 17 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in the A, B and C v. Ireland Case: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

I thank Mr. Justice Sean Ryan for the work and commitment he and his team put in during their deliberations, given their terms of reference.More Button

For me, as a new Member of the House, he produced a report that was exceptionally easy to read and understand, particularly given the difficult topic on which he had to deliberate.More Button

We have been talking about this subject for years. It is an intimately personal issue. People say all politics is personal but this issue is particularly so. We do not think just about abortio...More Button

I have thought a great deal about the eighth amendment, what it means to me as a human being, a Catholic and a mother and the exceptions to that amendment which we have discussed in recent months...More Button

Human beings inserted the eighth amendment into the Constitution in 1983 because they are full of kindness and understanding. That is the way we must approach the current issue presented to us. ...More Button

At the end of this process I want to find myself in a situation where I can support legislation that will provide for the best medical practice and interventions. The journey I am on at present ...More Button

One thing that upsets me in this debate, however, is talk about the differences in when some people believe life genuinely starts. I heard a quote yesterday which sums up the issue for me. It i...More Button

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

I propose to share time with Deputy Lawlor. This is a much easier topic for me to speak about than the last debate. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak. Many factors contributed to the he...More Button

This legislation is one of a number of Government initiatives that aim to drive down the State's medicines bill. October 2012 saw the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association agree a new medi...More Button

In parallel with these changes, today’s Bill is making its way through the legislative process. The Government envisages that, once enacted, the new legislation will reduce expenditure by increa...More Button

The Bill also provides for the regular review of the reference price for groups of interchangeable medicines and outlines the criteria to be considered by the HSE when setting or reviewing a refe...More Button

I welcome reform and innovation in health care and the pharmaceutical industry in particular. However, it is also important not to lose focus on how such reforms will affect the needs of particu...More Button

The campaign to exclude anti-epilepsy drugs from the Bill is supported by the entire epilepsy community and the health care professionals who treat and care for people with epilepsy. There is a ...More Button

Over-spending on medications means the Government has less money to invest in other areas of health care. This legislation will have significant consequences for all stakeholders in the pharmace...More Button

Professor Charles Normand, professor of health policy and management at Trinity College Dublin, has contended that the economic crisis has provided the health service with an opportunity to restr...More Button