Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

Lynch, Kathleen

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Very selective hearing.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

The Government remains firmly committed to supporting vulnerable older people to live in dignity and independence in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. Mainstream Home Help a...More Button

The capacity of the Health Service Executive to provide approved levels of home support services is continually reviewed in the context of overall resources available at particular times. Notwit...More Button

The matters raised by the Deputy are being considered at present in the context of finalising the HSE Service Plan for next year. This is due be published in the near future, in line with agreed ...More Button

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 issues raised by the Deputy i...More Button

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

Services for People with Disabilities

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

I have made it clear to the HSE that the frontline services should be protected to the greatest possible extent with the needs of patients being central to any decision making.More Button

Universal Health Insurance Provision

Under Universal Health Insurance, everyone will be insured for a standard package of primary and acute hospital services, including acute mental health services. While primary and hospital care wi...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

Mental Health Services Funding

Funding from the €35 million special provision for mental health in 2012 was allocated for measures primarily to further strengthen Community Mental Health Teams in both adult and children’s mental...More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

There are at present 129 public units providing residential care (long-term and short-term) for older people in Ireland. The Health Service Executive has recently completed a review of each of the...More Button

The review will provide a basis for discussions between the Department and the HSE with a view to developing an overall set of proposals for the future delivery of residential care to my colleagu...More Button

  Question No. 48 answered with Question No. 31.More Button

St. Brigid’s Nursing Home, Crooksling was registered as a designated centre for older people by the Health Information and Quality Authority on 25 June 2012.More Button

Prior to registration, significant remedial works were carried out at St. Brigid’s to meet fire safety requirements. The Deputy will be aware that the upper units were closed as HSE considered t...More Button

The HSE has confirmed that 66 beds will remain at present in the newly upgraded lower units and where vacancies arise they will be filled to maintain this capacity. In addition, in-patient respi...More Button

Finally I would like to assure the Deputy should there be a concern for the future of any public nursing home, the HSE will engage fully in a local consultation process with all stakeholders befo...More Button

Nursing Home Services

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

There are at present 129 public units providing residential care (long-term and short-term) for older people in Ireland. The Health Service Executive has recently completed a review of each of the...More Button

The review will provide a basis for discussions between the Department and the HSE with a view to developing an overall set of proposals for the future delivery of residential care to my colleagu...More Button

  Question No. 192 answered with Question No. 15.More Button

Community Care 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 issues raised by the Deputy o...More Button

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

The dedicated staffing structure provides for 32 Senior Case Workers for the Protection of Older People (Social Workers) and 4 Dedicated Officers for the Protection of Older People. There is curr...More Button

Because of the nature of referrals to this service, all cases are prioritised and responded to as a matter of urgency upon receipt of referral, including, in many cases, responding on the day of ...More Button

  Question No. 61 answered with Question No. 33.More Button

  Question No. 62 answered with Question No. 51.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Oversight

Two changes to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme were announced in Budget 2013. First, the asset contribution will be increased from 5% to 7.5% per annum. This will be capped at three years, or 22...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