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Harris, Simon

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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Hospice Services

I am thankful for the time to raise in the Dáil today the need for the provision of a hospice in County Wicklow and to seek an update on where plans for such a provision are currently within the De...More Button

The people of County Wicklow, relative to other parts of the country, have been poorly served by the level of palliative care available. In counties such as Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Donegal a...More Button

Despite this, an amazing group of dedicated and committed people have come together in Wicklow to set up what is known as the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. They have worked day and night and, to d...More Button

The people in the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, the residents of Wicklow and I must know where is the provision of the hospice in the view of the HSE and the Department of Health. What considerati...More Button

I wish to emphasise a few points and seek answers. In 2009, the HSE carried out a major consultation process on palliative care and produced a five-year implementation plan. The list emanating ...More Button

The Government's health document, Future Health, has just been published and it has a strong commitment to develop potential funding channels for palliative care. Will the Minister of State elab...More Button

The provision of a Wicklow hospice is clearly right morally and from a societal perspective. It is also right from an economic view. We all know the cost of acute hospital care is far more than...More Button

Hospice Services (Continued)

This is an issue of equity for people in County Wicklow. As I indicated, spending on palliative care in the county is €3 per head of population as opposed to €30 per head of population in counties...More Button

One of the Minister's key commitments is to move to a funding model under which money follows the patient. If we are serious about shifting to such a model, money should leave some of our hospit...More Button

Politicians are always asked whether Departments have lists of projects. Does the Department have a list setting out where the next hospices will be built? If so, where does County Wicklow feat...More Button

Jobs Initiative

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the actions being taken to overcome the issue of unemployment within the construction sector; if there are any supports in place for young apprentices; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Internship Scheme Places

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young people aged 18-25 who are availing of the JobBridge scheme; the metrics in place to measure the success of this scheme in tackling youth unemployment and in young people leaving...More Button

Youth Unemployment Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if the pathways to work scheme is successful in targeting youth unemployment; if it is being used by young people; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Work Placement Programme

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young graduates who have taken part in the work placement programme; if they have been successful in gaining further employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Employment Support Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the incentives are available for employers who hire a young unemployed person, currently receiving Social Welfare benefits; if there is an inclination for employers to use these incentives; and if ...More Button

Garda Vetting of Personnel

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the way a person who is self employed and who works with persons under 18 years of age can obtain Garda vetting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if the Family Support Agency or any under agency under her remit provides funding to ensure that lower income families may avail of services such as psychotherapy and counselling; the level of fund...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress that has been made on advancing the commitment in the Health Service Executive Service Plan 2012; if he will enhance access to psychotherapy and counselling services for those eligible...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress that has been made on advancing the commitment in the Health Service Executive Service Plan 2012; if he will enhance access to psychotherapy and counselling service for those eligible ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the way psychotherapists apply to provide subsidised therapy to patients eligible for the medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Water Fluoridation

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has given consideration to studies and reports regarding the fluoridation of water supplies and the way the fluoridation of water here differs from other countries; if he has a view or recomm...More Button