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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 421 - 436
 Header Item Accident and Emergency Services Provision
 Header Item Medical Card Applications
 Header Item Medical Card Applications
 Header Item Medical Card Applications
 Header Item General Practitioner Services
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Health Services Provision
 Header Item Medical Card Applications
 Header Item Hospital Services
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists
 Header Item Ministerial Meetings
 Header Item Hospital Services
 Header Item Medicinal Products Licensing
 Header Item Medical Card Eligibility
 Header Item Medical Card Drugs

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 775 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 421 - 436

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

 421. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his views on the running of the accident and emergency departments and other departments at hospitals (details supplied); if there is any forthcoming developments at these hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40215/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Card Applications

 422. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40220/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Card Applications

 423. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40221/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Card Applications

 424. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40225/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

General Practitioner Services

 425. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his views on the rollout of the free general practitioner in order that more patients will leave Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for home or nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40227/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall The Programme for Government commits to reforming the current public health system by introducing Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. As part of this, the Government is committed to introducing, on a phased basis, GP care without fees within its first term of office. Primary legislation is required to give effect to Government commitment to introduce a universal GP service without fees.

Legislation to allow the Minister for Health to make regulations to extend access to GP services without fees to persons with prescribed illnesses is currently being drafted by this Department and the Office of the Attorney General and will be published shortly. Implementation dates and application details will be announced in due course.

Health Services Provision

 426. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his views on the provision of more step down beds and rehabilitation in order that more patients will leave Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for home or nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40228/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Health Services Provision

 427. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the extent to which a person (details supplied) in County Laois is making satisfactory progress and in accordance with their requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40232/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Card Applications

 428. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their applications for medical cards; the reasons for the withdrawal of their cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40239/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Hospital Services

 429. Deputy Seán Crowe Information on Seán Crowe Zoom on Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason a pregnant person in Dublin is given an anomaly scan and a similar patient outside the city, and its hinterland, is not catered for in the public health system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40241/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Waiting Lists

 430. Deputy Nicky McFadden Information on Nicky McFadden Zoom on Nicky McFadden asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when an appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be confirmed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40297/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Ministerial Meetings

 431. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when he will meet with public representatives in County Donegal, including Oireachtas members and the members of Letterkenny Town Council, to hear their concerns on the funding problems at Letterkenny General Hospital and to discuss solutions. [40304/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The normal process is that requests to meet with me are arranged through the Minister's Office, which deals with many such requests on a daily basis. In many cases, matters are more appropriately dealt with at local level.

Hospital Services

 432. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the provisions he has made in respect of individual medical card holders who can now only be seen by consultants in their own locality in view of the fact that many such medical card holders have long standing relationships with consultants in areas other than their locality and in particular the options available to a medical card holder in County Mayo (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40316/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medicinal Products Licensing

 433. Deputy Martin Ferris Information on Martin Ferris Zoom on Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if his attention has been drawn to the improvement in the condition of Cystic Fibrosis patients who are treated with a new drug Kalydeco. [40317/12]

 434. Deputy Martin Ferris Information on Martin Ferris Zoom on Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when he will license Kalydeco in order that Cystic Fibrosis sufferers may be treated with the drug. [40318/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I propose to take Questions Nos. 433 and 434 together.

  The HSE has recently received an application for Kayldeco's inclusion under the Community Drugs Scheme. In accordance with normal procedures, The National Centre for Pharmoeconomics will be conducting a Health Technology Assessment on the product before any reimbursement decision is made by the HSE.

Medical Card Eligibility

 435. Deputy David Stanton Information on David Stanton Zoom on David Stanton asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the progress being made in providing general practitioner visit cards to persons who are on the long term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40321/12]

 444. Deputy Jack Wall Information on Jack Wall Zoom on Jack Wall asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the up-to-date position in relation to the general practitioner only card being issued to those on long term illness; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40359/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I propose to take Questions Nos. 435 and 444 together.

The Programme for Government commits to reforming the current public health system by introducing Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. As part of this, the Government is committed to introducing, on a phased basis, GP care without fees within its first term of office. Primary legislation is required to give effect to Government commitment to introduce a universal GP service without fees.

Legislation to allow the Minister for Health to make regulations to extend access to GP services without fees to persons with prescribed illnesses is currently being drafted by this Department and the Office of the Attorney General and will be published shortly. Implementation dates and application details will be announced in due course.

Medical Card Drugs

 436. Deputy Willie O'Dea Information on Willie O'Dea Zoom on Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason there has been a withdrawal of coverage for gluten free products to coeliac patients under the medical card scheme and if he will reconsider this matter. [40325/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall  In the current financial environment the Health Service Executive (HSE) is facing a challenge to deliver services in a way that will minimise any adverse impact on patients and continue to protect, as far as possible, the most vulnerable citizens. Unfortunately, it has become necessary for the HSE to suspend certain products from its list of reimbursable items. This includes gluten-free products.

Gluten-free products have become more widely available in supermarkets in recent years and tend to be significantly cheaper than products sold through community pharmacies. A Supplementary Welfare Allowance Adult Diet Supplement may be awarded by the Department of Social Protection to eligible persons. Persons wishing to apply for this allowance can do so by completing an application form which can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Forms/Documents/swa9.pdf .  Separate application forms are available for children.

  For persons who are not awarded a Diet Supplement, monies spent on gluten-free foods can be taken into account for tax purposes.


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