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Kelleher, Billy

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Continued)

I support the amendment. The difficulty we have is that we adjudicate retrospectively. Let us consider the service plan. It is published and often consultation takes place after the event. Alth...More Button

I accept that the Government has the right to set policy and that the Minister has the right to pursue and implement that policy. However, giving the Oireachtas committee an opportunity to have ...More Button

I have no wish to labour the point, but we oppose the Bill because of our concerns about it vesting vast powers in the Minister directly. The Minister will argue that this provides for greater d...More Button

Section 7 confers supreme authority on the Minister of the day not only in the context of accountability but also in the context of decision-making. This is a matter of concern to me. It is the...More Button

I have no wish to labour the point, but in the case of the reconfiguration of hospitals, the Higgins report was presented to the Cabinet and published. All the discussions since have been on the...More Button

From the point of view of my party, the Bill will confer absolute power on the Minister, in whom we proposed a motion of no confidence last year. I cannot say I have confidence in him now when I...More Button

Amendment No. 1, in the name of Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, calls for consultation with the Joint Committee on Health and Children. I will explain why I oppose the Minister of State's position. ...More Button

I accept that the Minister for Health attends the quarterly meetings and we welcome that engagement very much. The point I am making is that the service plan is cast in stone in January every year...More Button

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I have not lectured the Minister of State. It is not in my nature to lecture.More Button

Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

I support Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin's amendment. This issue was raised on a few occasions on Second and Committee Stages. I referred to it when representatives of the HSE recently appeared befo...More Button

Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

However, this legislation will be very restrictive as to who can be appointed. The issue was raised by various advocacy groups who campaign for a better awareness of mental health issues and bette...More Button

On the issue of mental health, it should be stipulated in the Bill that there would be a director for mental health and that the selection process would be open to anyone. This is not to cast an...More Button

We are dealing with this issue again. I have not heard a reason for the Minister's placing of such restriction on a panel of people who are to take on very important roles in the delivery of healt...More Button

From the point of view of the Minister and - I do not mean this in a dismissive manner - whoever is Minister in the years ahead, the purpose should be to appoint the best person on merit. The le...More Button

This amendment is worth discussing in broader terms in respect of the health service. Figures provided by the Health Service Executive to Deputy Finian McGrath in response to a parliamentary quest...More Button

The overall figures reveal a pay bonanza for thousands of HSE high earning staff, with the majority being consultant doctors. Last year, 2,571 consultant doctors received €476 million, an averag...More Button

There is a great disparity between the low pay scales and the very high pay scales. The consultants are often easy targets, and the Minister did not spare them when he sat on this side of the Ho...More Button

This is a broad debate that must take place. If we want a fairer society, as was promised, the figures outlined to Deputy Finian McGrath show that we have a long way to go to make our society fa...More Button

We had this debate on the pharmacy legislation. Pharmacists cannot practise once they are deemed to be bankrupt. A commitment was given that the issue would be examined in the context of legislat...More Button

We are larger in numerical strength but equal in weight of argument.More Button

To be consistent I have to oppose the passage of this Bill in view of the concerns that I have outlined previously. I believe it vests significant power in the office of the Minister and that is...More Button

The Minister can argue and can say, with justification, that it is his right to make representations to, or to receive representations from, other Ministers but when resources are scarce the fund...More Button

We have had difficulties in the past across all hues and colours of political parties in government where resources were concentrated and directed for political gain and advantage. I do not thin...More Button

This is public funding and there should be some way of ensuring the policy decisions the Minister outlines are implemented at arm's length when it comes to resourcing, allocation and implementation...More Button

Wastewater Treatment

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the number of inspections on waste water treatment systems carried out to date; the total number of inspections expected in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

RAPID Programme

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he intends winding up the RAPID programme; if not, the actions he will take to ensure this programme delivers on its aims; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

EU Conventions

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will be signing the European Convention on Violence against Women; the reason he has not signed it to date; if he will provide a date for the signing to take place; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Garda Vetting of Personnel

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plan to tackle the waiting list in Garda vetting, which is currently at 16 weeks, and is unnecessarily delaying the time to process employment checks and is preventing persons from taking up em...More Button

Home Care Packages

Asked the Minister for Health: in view of the soon to be published new tender for home care services and with regard to a recently published report quantifying savings of €48 million for 2014 available through more open and tran...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if instead of trying to cut the number of home support hours available as was announced and reversed in the Budget, if he is implementing reforms and efficiencies in tendering and outsourcing that ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the actions he has taken in realising cost savings and expenditure reduction in the home help and home care package budgets through reform of tender process as outlined in a recently published repo...More Button

Hospital Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to tackle the number of delayed discharges in hospitals here, which in April stood at 658 nationwide and at 98 in Cork; if he will consider making more home care packages available to hel...More Button