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Lynch, Kathleen

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Medical Card Eligibility

The provision of GP services without fees to persons aged 70 and over will be facilitated under the existing General Medical Services contract after the relevant legislation has been passed by the ...More Button

As with the existing medical card and GP visit card contracts, it will be open to GPs to choose to participate or not in the over 70s scheme when the legislation has been passed. If a GP does no...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.More Button

The HSE has produced the Medical Card / GP Visit Card National Assessment Guidelines to provide a clear framework to assist in making reasonable, consistent and equitable decisions when assessing p...More Button

Medical Card Applications

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services sche...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated ...More Button

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy. If the Deputy has not rec...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services sche...More Button

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.More Button

Hospital Transfers

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Off...More Button

Care of the Elderly Provision

While there will always be a need for long-term residential care, older people should be supported to stay in their own homes and communities for as long as possible, and this is what they clearly ...More Button

Nursing Home Services

The HSE has advised that they replied on the 3rd December in relation to Question 652.More Button

General Practitioner Services

The figures as requested by the Deputy for 1 November 2014 are as follows:

Me...More Button

Medicinal Products Availability

Decisions on which medicines are reimbursed by the taxpayer, are not political or ministerial decisions. These are made on objective, scientific and economic grounds by the Health Service Executive...More Button

The HSE received an application for the inclusion of Eculizumab in the community drugs schemes. The application was considered in line with the procedures and timescales agreed in 2012 by my Dep...More Button

In accordance with these procedures, the NCPE conducted a pharmacoeconomic evaluation of Eculizumab and concluded that, at a total cost per patient per year of €437,247 and a cumulative gross bud...More Button

In relation to the Treatment Abroad Scheme I understand that the individual in question has appealed the decision by the HSE. As this is currently going through the appeals process it would not ...More Button

With regard to the 10 people that currently have access to this drug an interim agreement was put in place to fund these patients. This was to allow the pharmaceutical company, Alexion Pharma to...More Button

Many countries have struggled to accept the pricing point put forward by Alexion. The HSE has been engaging with Alexion for some time to arrive at a pricing point that would assist it in its eff...More Button

I would like to assure the Deputy that I fully understand the concerns of patients regarding the availability of this drug. While I appreciate that some may take the view that the taxpayer should...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 358 and 362 together.More Button

Eltroxin, which contains the active substance levothyroxine, is a long-established medicine that is used to control hypothyroidism, congenital hypothyroidism and juvenile myxoedema. It is markete...More Button

Before anyone is allowed to market a medicine in Ireland they are required to apply for a marketing authorisation from either the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) or the European Medic...More Button

On 19 November 2014, the Health Service Executive (HSE) received a query from a pharmacy in relation to the availability of Eltroxin 50 mcg. At that time, the supplier AMCo had not notified the H...More Button

The HSE has implemented emergency reimbursement arrangements to deal with this shortage. If pharmacists are unable to access Irish market authorised packs of Eltroxin the HSE is reimbursing impor...More Button

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) became aware of a shortage of Eltroxin 50mcg tablets during the week of 1 December 2014. It understands that the shortage was due to a regulatory ...More Button

Parallel exporting is the exporting of medicines intended for use in one market to other countries in the EEA. EU law provides for the free movement of goods across borders within the EU so the ...More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and th...More Button

HIQA and the Mental Health Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 23 September 2013. This MOU has underpinned cooperation between the two bodies since then.More Button

HIQA recognises the Mental Health Commission's role in helping to drive improvements to the quality and safety of social care services that are provided for people being cared for in the mental h...More Button

HIQA has also used the MOU to inform its regulatory work when that work relates to care settings for which the Mental Health Commission also has a regulatory duty. This results in a complementar...More Button

On 25-26 September, 2014, HIQA and the Mental Health Commission jointly hosted a two-day conference of EPSO (European Platform for Supervisory Organisations) in Dublin. This conference facilitate...More Button

As this is a service issue this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and t...More Button

Child Care Services Provision

I propose to take Questions Nos. 321 to 323, inclusive, together.

  As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the H...More Button

Dental Services Provision

The HSE has been asked to examine the specific query raised by the Deputy in relation to dental services in Castleblayney and to reply to him as soon as possible. If you have not received a reply ...More Button

As this is a service matter for the HSE, I have asked that appropriate HSE officials would meet with the Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District delegation.More Button

Health Services Provision

As re-iterated in the recently published HSE Service Plan for 2015, the Executive seeks to ensure that all its operational policies and services promote best practice for all care programmes, inclu...More Button

Hospitals Policy

The Report “The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a Transition to Independent Hospital Trusts” was published in February 2013. This report recommends the following Hospital Groups:

1. <...More Button

Home Care Packages

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Off...More Button

Mobility Allowance Decision

The Department is seeking a solution which would best meet the aim of supporting people with severe disabilities who require additional income to contribute towards the costs of their mobility need...More Button

Conscious of the reports of the Ombudsman regarding the legal status of the Motorised Transport Grant and Mobility Allowance Scheme, in the context of the Equal Status Acts, the Government decide...More Button

Work is ongoing on the policy proposals to be brought to Government for the drafting of primary legislation for a new scheme. The challenge is to provide these benefits to a wider cohort of peop...More Button

Once policy proposals have been finalised and approved by Government, the time frame for the introduction of a new scheme will become clearer.More Button

Respite Care Services

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Off...More Button

Orthodontic Service Provision

I have asked the HSE to investigate this matter and respond to the Deputy as soon as possible. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office ...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

The Health Service Executive Community Audiology service administers and monitors hearing tests for adults who are at risk for hearing loss. Appointments for the audiology service are sent in a st...More Button

If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.More Button

HSE Investigations

The Health Act, 2007 introduced a significant change to how residential care settings for older people are inspected and registered. Since July, 2009 the Health Information and Quality Authority (...More Button

Medical Card Reviews

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.

  The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Ser...More Button

Medical Card Administration

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.More Button

National Dementia Strategy Publication

Arrangements are currently in train for the publication of the National Dementia Strategy, and it is hoped to publish it by the end of this month.More Button