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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 235 - 243
 Header Item Medical Card Appeals
 Header Item Medical Certificate Applications
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Mental Health Services Provision
 Header Item Mental Health Services Provision
 Header Item Crisis Pregnancy Services
 Header Item Abortion Services
 Header Item Crisis Pregnancy Services

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 800 No. 4

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Written Answers Nos. 235 - 243

Medical Card Appeals

 235. 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 position regarding an appeal against the decision to refuse an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19201/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White): Information on Alex White Zoom on Alex White 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 scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has recently reissued to Oireachtas members.

Medical Certificate Applications

 236. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly when an application for a primary medical certificate in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13, will be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19208/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch 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.

Departmental Expenditure

 237. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if any of his Department’s 2012 capital expenditure allocation was used for current expenditure purposes last year, the amount used for this purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19217/13]

 238. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide the month by month profile for his Department's 2013 capital expendiuture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19233/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 and 238 together.

None of my Department's 2012 capital allocation was used for current expenditure.

  My Department's capital allocation for 2013 is €16m. The following table shows the 2013 capital allocation profile.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
€m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m €m
0.033 0.040 0.945 1.040 1.540 1.540 2.540 1,540 1.540 1.540 1.540 2.162

Mental Health Services Provision

 239. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly in relation to the filling of the 414 posts for community mental health services committed to in the Health Service Executive National Service Plan 2012, the number of these positions that have been filled by existing HSE staff members; the action being taken regarding the back filling of the positions these staff members have vacated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19300/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch In 2012, a special allocation of €35m was provided for mental health to be used primarily to further strengthen Community Mental Health Teams in both adult and children’s mental health services, to advance activities in the area of suicide prevention, to initiate the provision of psychological and counselling services in primary care, specifically for people with mental health problems and to facilitate the re-location of mental health service users from institutional care to more independent living arrangements in their communities, in line with A Vision for Change.

  As at 5th April, 384 of the 414 posts approved in 2012 have either been filled, are under offer or awaiting clearance. The remaining posts will be filled as soon as possible.

  In relation to the specific issues raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Mental Health Services Provision

 240. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly in relation to the occupational therapists appointed in 2012 and 2013 to community mental health teams, if he will indicate if these newly appointed staff are receiving supervision from a senior professional from within their discipline who is trained in the area of work being supervised in line with the Health Service Executive's guidance framework for health and social care professionals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19301/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch The particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Crisis Pregnancy Services

 241. Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will confirm for each year over the past ten years the number of women that have availed of services in State funded crisis pregnancy clinics to obtain information on abortion in the UK; the number of women that have subsequently travelled outside the jurisdiction for the purpose of procuring an abortion; the number of these that can be said to be on the basis of a risk to the life of the mother from suicide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19304/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The specific information requested by the Deputy is not readily available. However I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Abortion Services

 242. Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will confirm for each year over the past 20 years the number of pregnancy terminations that have been carried out in this jurisdiction on the basis of the law as it stands; if he will specify the number of cases relying on the suicide grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19305/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly My Department is examining this request and will be in touch in due course.

Crisis Pregnancy Services

 243. Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount of funding per annum to all State funded crisis pregnancy advice clinics over the past 10 years; the conditions that pertain to their funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19306/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly In relation to the Deputy's query regarding State funding of crisis pregnancy counselling services, the specific information requested by the Deputy is not readily available. However I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible.


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