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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 58-64
 Header Item Services for People with Disabilities
 Header Item Care of the Elderly
 Header Item Children and Family Services
 Header Item Medicinal Products Expenditure

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 787 No. 4

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Written Answers Nos. 58-64

  Question No. 58 answered with Question No. 24.

Services for People with Disabilities

 59. Deputy Mick Wallace Information on Mick Wallace Zoom on Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his views on whether a school (details supplied) in County Wexford should be reimbursed due to the failure of the Health Service Executive to apply for a special needs assistant for a child in their care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57053/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly 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.

Care of the Elderly

 60. Deputy Derek Keating Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of designated community-based social workers who are employed full-time to protect the elderly in the Dublin Mid-West Constituency of Lucan, Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Saggart, Newcastle and Palmerstown; would the Minister outline the timeframe from when a disclosure is reported to the Health Service Executive of a suspected abuse of an elderly person which will be dealt with by a designated social worker; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56969/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch 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 Service is comprised of a dedicated staffing structure throughout the country, unified data collection, national and regional oversight mechanisms, a research facility based in UCD and awareness and training programmes.

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 currently one designated full time Senior Case Worker allocated to this service in the area referred to in the question.

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 referral or the following day.

  Question No. 61 answered with Question No. 33.

  Question No. 62 answered with Question No. 51.

Children and Family Services

 63. Deputy Patrick Nulty Information on Patrick Nulty Zoom on Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the way he intends to maintain services in children and family services in 2013 following cuts introduced in Budget 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56884/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I have agreed with my colleague the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs that she will provide an answer directly to the Deputy.

Medicinal Products Expenditure

 64. Deputy Kevin Humphreys Information on Kevin Humphreys Zoom on Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount that was spent in 2011 on dispensing fees on medicines that are available over the counter without prescription but which may be prescribed at a level more than is available as an over the counter purchase; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56895/12]

 69. Deputy Kevin Humphreys Information on Kevin Humphreys Zoom on Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly his policy on dispensing fees being charged for medicines that are available over the counter but which may be prescribed at a level more than is available as an OTC purchase; the way the various drug payments schemes accommodate this and if he will outline the current arrangements in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56894/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White): Information on Alex White Zoom on Alex White I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 69 together.

I have asked the HSE to supply this information and it will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.


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