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 Header Item Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed)

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 800 No. 4

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett] The hospital was situated in Loughlinstown precisely to provide services for people in areas as far as south Wicklow, as well as in Cherrywood, Shankill and so on. The people living in these areas will now have to travel much further to access these services. This decision flies in the face of the commitment to provide services for people closer to home.

Deputy John Perry: Information on John Perry Zoom on John Perry The message in this respect could not be more clear. The hospital provides acute hospital services jointly with St. Vincent's University Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. This reorganisation does not represent a downgrading of the hospital in Loughlinstown but a reconfiguration of services. The Deputy does not appear to have heard clearly the message contained in the reply. This reorganisation of services is in the interests of patient safety and providing a better service. It is planned to proceed with the reorganisation of services on publication of the report.

The Deputy may be a little peeved that he was not at the meeting, but the fact is that the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, is doing an outstanding job in the reconfiguration of hospitals. I am familiar with this issue from the perspective of the status of the regional hospital in Sligo which covers a vast region. There are three hospitals and under the plan, there will be a reconfiguration of services and a defining of the services to be delivered in each hospital. This is a very intelligent plan, about which I would not be as pessimistic as the Deputy. When he has read the publication, he will note the opportunity the reconfiguration of services presents.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed)

  Debate resumed on amendment No. 2:

In page 13, between lines 14 and 15, to insert the following:
"(2) The Board shall, as soon as is practicable after the commencement of this section, establish and publish on its Internet website, and maintain, a list (in this Act referred to as the "List of non-Interchangeable Medicinal Products"), in such form as it thinks fit, of groups of medicinal products in respect of which it is satisfied, in accordance with section 5, as respects each such group, that all the medicinal products which fall within the group are, for prescription purposes, not interchangeable with each other.".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -(Deputy Billy Kelleher).

Acting Chairman (Deputy Ann Phelan): Information on Ann Phelan Zoom on Ann Phelan Amendment No. 2 has already been discussed. How stands the amendment?

Deputy Billy Kelleher: Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher I am pressing it.

Amendment put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 45; Níl, 80.

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Tellers: Tá, Deputies Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Aengus Ó Snodaigh; Níl, Deputies Paul Kehoe and Emmet Stagg.

Amendment declared lost.

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