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Lynch, Kathleen

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Hospice Services

I thank the Deputy for raising the issue as it provides me with the opportunity to outline the position to the House. As somebody from a city that has always been extremely well served with pallia...More Button

Our policy is to continue to develop and improve palliative care health services in all regions of the country, thus meeting the objective of providing modern, high-quality palliative and end-of-...More Button

Despite existing resource pressures overall on the health care system, the HSE national service plan for 2012 indicates funding of some €78 million for palliative care. Approximately 75% to 80% ...More Button

The HSE palliative care services five year or medium term development framework for 2009 to 2013 identified the need for an inpatient hospice unit for Wicklow, together with associated staffing a...More Button

Hospice Services (Continued)

I accept that an issue of equity always arises in the development and delivery of services. The Deputy provided stark figures on the percentage of hospice home care patients in Limerick and Wicklo...More Button

Hospital Services

Before referring to the notes provided to me, which are, by necessity, very short, I extend my deepest sympathy and that of the Department to the family of Mr. Comerford. The loss of a child is un...More Button

Approximately one week following discharge after routine knee orthopaedic surgery undertaken at Kilcreene Orthopaedic Hospital, Kilkenny, a young man was admitted to Waterford Regional Hospital i...More Button

Hospital Services (Continued)

I will be brief. We all understand the grief that the family must be going through. A healthy young man, a son, was lost. That this situation has been escalated to the national incident manageme...More Button

Funding of Disability Services: Motion [Private Members]

They never were.More Button

Funding of Disability Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

It is a little late.More Button

Until 2008.More Button

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

I am pleased to say that progress has been made by HIQA on finalising draft standards during 2012. The most recent draft was subject to a five week consultation process which ended on 21 November....More Button

The Government is fully committed to facilitating people with disabilities in achieving a greater level of participation in employment, training and education. In the area of special educational...More Button

In line with the Government's commitment to front-line services for pupils with special educational needs, the current overall level of funding for special education has been retained at last yea...More Button

The Department of Education and Skills now funds 76 early intervention classes for children with autism attached to mainstream schools, as well as the home tuition programme for children with aut...More Button

In the health sector, the needs of school leavers have also been met this year. Under the auspices of its national consultative forum, and with the co-operation of many agencies, the HSE has wor...More Button

In the area of training needs, the aim is to facilitate people with disabilities in achieving a greater level of participation in employment and training. Along with the option of FÁS mainstream...More Button

Meeting training needs is only part of the journey that people with disabilities and special needs generally must face in order to obtain longer-term sustainable employment. In the area of disab...More Button

The recently launched disability activation project, which aims to identify the optimum approaches to mainstreaming labour market activation measures for people with disabilities, is an important...More Button

A number of programmes formerly operated by FÁS are now operated by the Department of Social Protection, including the Employ Ability service, which was formerly the supported employment programm...More Button

I welcome the opportunity provided by this debate to put on the record the Government's position on the numerous and wide-ranging issues raised in the motion before the House. This is a time of ...More Button

The Bills that will be dealt with shortly, taking in mental capacity and assisted decision making, will have a serious and positive effect not just on all of us but on people with disability. We...More Button

National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan Issues

The National Disability Strategy was launched in September 2004 and its implementation continues to be the focus of Government policy for the sector. However, a specific implementation plan for the...More Button

Equality Issues

This matter requires further consideration in order to meet the requirements of the Equal Status Acts and to ensure no hardship for those currently in receipt of the Mobility Allowance and the Moto...More Button

The Department accepts that significant issues have been raised by the Ombudsman in relation to the Motorised Transport Grant and the Equal Status Acts. The Department accepts that the Motorised Tr...More Button

Home Care Packages

The Health Service Executive earlier this year concluded a Procurement Framework for the provision of certain services in connection with Home Care Packages. It is intended that this HS...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

The Health Service Executive earlier this year concluded a Procurement Framework for the provision of certain services in connection with Home Care Package provision. It is intended tha...More Button

Departmental Funding

I understand that the Deputy is referring to funding provided to the Delta Centre in Carlow. The disability budget nationally was cut by 3.7% in 2012. The HSE National Service Plan states that at ...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

I propose to take Questions Nos. 569, 575 and 579 together.

  In its National Service Plan (NSP) for 2012, the HSE prioritised three initiatives from the special allocation of €3...More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Pending completion of the national estimates, budgetary and service planning process for 2013 it is not possible to predict the service levels to be provided at a national level, or through individ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 582, 589 and 615 together.More Button

The legislative framework for the registration and inspection of residential services for people with disabilities is provided for by the Health Act 2007. The Act has not yet been commenced in re...More Button

HIQA have developed and published draft National Standards for Residential Centres for People with Disabilities which outline what is expected of a provider of services and what a person with a d...More Button

My Department has been in active engagement with HIQA on the level of resources and staffing needed. The 10 posts which will enable the Authority commence preparatory work for the registration an...More Button

  Question No. 583 answered with Question No. 581.More Button

Pending completion of the national estimates, budgetary and service planning process for 2013 it is not possible to predict the service levels to be provided at a national level, or through individ...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

I propose to take Questions Nos. 576 to 578, inclusive, together.

As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

  Question No. 579 answered with Question No. 569.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

The Health Service Executive has advised that a reply recently issued to the Deputy on this matter.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Mental Health Services Report

Funding from the €35 million special allocation for mental health will be used primarily to further strengthen Community Mental Health Teams in both Adult and Children’s mental health services. So...More Button

Care of the Elderly

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply, however, I would like to advise the Deputy that St. Brigid's Nursing Home, Crooksling was register...More Button