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Lynch, Kathleen

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

Our current budgetary challenges did not preclude the publication of a strategy, as a sign of the value that the Government places on carers and their contributions to loved ones on a daily basis.More Button

It is worth considering who we mean when we talk about carers. There are a variety of definitions of "carer". Current definitions in Ireland stretch from that used in the census, which records ...More Button

Whatever we call them, and however we define them, one thing we all share is that, at some stage in our lives, almost all of us will provide care for another person or receive care. Each Member ...More Button

The income supports carers receive from the Department of Social Protection are among the highest rates in Europe. Carer's allowance is the main social assistance payment which provides income s...More Button

Carer's benefit is a payment for people who have made social insurance contributions and who have recently left the workforce and are looking after somebody in need of full-time care and attentio...More Button

In the majority of cases, persons who are being cared for are in receipt of a payment in their own right, such as a State pension or disability allowance, and entitled to a free travel pass. Thi...More Button

The income disregard and means test for carer's allowance is the most generous in the social welfare system. A couple under 66 with two children, earning a joint annual income of up to €35,400 c...More Button

Most of the focus of the discussion in recent days has been on the respite care grant. We must remember that carers receive considerable supports. Only 5,000 carers receive only the respite car...More Button

The revised rate of the respite care grant, €1,375, is more than twice what it was in 2002, €635, and higher than it was in 2006 at the height of the economic boom, €1,200. The estimated expendi...More Button

Carers also receive a free travel pass at an annual cost of €6 million and carers who reside with the care recipient are eligible for the household benefits package at an annual cost of approxima...More Button

Caring for a relative who has a disability, who is frail or who is chronically or terminally ill not only requires a wide range of skills, it also requires patience and an ability to empathise at...More Button

I refer to the services provided by the Department of Health and the Health Services Executive. Protecting the vulnerable, including supporting people to remain at home and in their communities ...More Button

Persons with medical cards are entitled to a full range of services without charge, including general practitioner services, all inpatient public hospital services in public wards including consult...More Button

The Government is committed to major reforms of the manner in which health services are delivered. The programme for Government commits to reforming the current public health system by introduci...More Button

Carers were identified as a priority theme under the economic and social disadvantage category in the dormant accounts allocation for 2007. The focus of the carers' measure is to provide trainin...More Button

I am very conscious of the needs of carers. I also fully understand that a wide range of other groups, such as unemployed people, parents, pensioners and people with disabilities, depend on the ...More Button

The requirements of the Department of Social Protection highlight how important stable finances are. Over the next five years, the Department of Social Protection will spend over €100 billion. ...More Button

Our public finances are performing well. Based on the latest information, including the November tax receipts, the Department of Finance now projects that the general Government deficit for this...More Button

Stable public finances are an essential prerequisite of long-term economic growth and job creation. We will only be able to successfully access the markets in the long term if the markets believ...More Button

For many, particularly as we get older, our first choice is to remain living at home in the communities in which we are rooted and with which we are familiar. Government policy is to support peo...More Button

The Deputy is attentive.More Button

Yes.More Button

Even the relevant Minister.More Button

Mobility 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

There is no change to the monthly rate for mobility allowance for 2013. The monthly rate in 2013 will remain at the current rate of €208.50.More Button

Care of the Elderly

Policy in relation to elder abuse is derived from Protecting our Future, the Working Group on Elder Abuse Report 2002 and the 2009 Review of that Report. The Health Service Executive's (HSE...More Button

Health Services Provision

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

As this is a service matter this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

The Health Service Executive is currently collecting data in relation to the number of recipients and the total cost of the motorised transport grant in 2010, 2011 and up to the end of September 20...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Protecting the vulnerable, including supporting older people to remain at home and in their communities for as long as possible, is a priority for this Government. The details raised by the Deputy...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

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

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

Eating Disorders

HSE services for people with eating disorders are embedded in the Community Mental Health Service and in Primary Care. Individuals with eating disorders frequently present to the primary care prac...More Button

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. More Button

Mobility Allowance Expenditure

The Health Service Executive is currently collecting data in relation to the number of recipients and the total cost of the mobility allowance in 2010, 2011 and up to the end of September 2012. Whe...More Button

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

The Ombudsman recommended that the Department should remove the upper age limit in the circular governing the Mobility Allowance. More Button

There are a lot of difficulties in estimating the possible costs in removing the upper age limit. Accurate figures in relation to the number of people over 65 years of age who have a “severe disabi...More Button

The Department has sought the information requested by the Deputy from the Health Service Executive. The Department will forward the information when it is received.More Button

Mobility Allowance Decision

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

The Ombudsman recommended that the Department should revise the definition of disability in the circular governing the Motorised Transport Grant having regard to the broad definition of disabilit...More Button

To be eligible for the Motorised Transport Grant an applicant must have a severe functional disability such as an inability to walk. The Ombudsman recommends that this definition be expanded to ...More Button

There are a lot of difficulties in estimating the possible costs of expanding the definition of disability in the case of the Motorised Transport Grant. Accurate figures in relation to the numbe...More Button

The Motorised Transport Grant is a Health Service Executive payment to enable a person with a severe disability to purchase or adapt a car where that car is essential to retain employment. The ma...More Button

Having regard to the possible number of people that would become eligible for the grant should the definition of disability be expanded as recommended by the Ombudsman, the Department is now cons...More Button

Therefore, while it is difficult to predict, taking the various factors into account, the possible additional cost could, at least, be in excess of €200m.More Button

Mental Health Commission Reports

Under Section 51 of the Mental Health Act 2001, the Inspector of Mental Health Services must visit and inspect every approved centre at least once in each year and may visit and inspect any other p...More Button

All inspection reports are made available to, and reviewed by, the Mental Health Commission. The Commission follows up on any specific issues identified directly with the approved centre. Follo...More Button

Reports of inspections are also submitted to the Department for information purposes only and in 2012 such reports were received by the Department in May, June, August, October, November and Dece...More Button

Proposed Legislation

The legislation which governs the involuntary admission of patients to approved centres is the Mental Health Act 2001. This Act is being reviewed at present in line with the commitment contained in...More Button

In June 2011, I established a Steering Group to oversee the first part of the review which included undertaking a public consultation exercise and identifying the key elements of the Act to be fu...More Button

In August this year, I announced the membership of an Expert Group to carry out the second and substantive phase of the review which is principally tasked with fleshing out the Steering Group rec...More Button

The Expert Group has met on a number of occasions this year and is continuing its deliberations. The Group is expected to produce its report by the end of March, 2013.More Button

Home Care Packages

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

Hospital Services

As this is a service matter this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

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

Departmental Funding

The funding situation for the disability sector in 2013 is not yet available pending the finalisation of the HSE's National Service Plan for 2013. Savings required globally from the Health Budget w...More Button