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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 375-384
 Header Item National Substance Misuse Strategy
 Header Item Hospital Staff
 Header Item Home Help Service Provision
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists
 Header Item Hospital Procedures
 Header Item Nursing Homes Support Scheme
 Header Item Health Services Issues
 Header Item Services for People with Disabilities

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 802 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 375-384

National Substance Misuse Strategy

 375. Deputy John Lyons Information on John Lyons Zoom on John Lyons asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide an update on the introduction of the national alcohol strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21106/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White): Information on Alex White Zoom on Alex White I am pleased to inform the Deputy that real and tangible proposals are currently being finalised on foot of the recommendations in the National Substance Misuse Strategy report. These proposals cover all of the areas mentioned in the report, including minimum unit pricing, advertising of alcohol, and the structural separation of alcohol from other products in mixed trading outlets. As part of the process of developing these proposals, the Department is continuing discussions with various Departments.

The Cabinet Committee on Social Policy has considered these proposals and I intend to bring forward specific proposals for consideration by Government as soon as possible.

In the meantime, work on developing a framework for the necessary Department of Health legislation is continuing. For example, in conjunction with Northern Ireland, a health impact assessment is being commissioned as part of the process of developing a legislative basis for minimum unit pricing. (Scotland commissioned a similar assessment before drafting its legislation on minimum unit pricing.) The health impact assessment will study the impact of different minimum prices on a range of areas such as health, crime and likely economic impact.

Hospital Staff

 376. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of practitioners that are currently employed in the orthodontic unit at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal; the number of practitioners currently on maternity or other leave; if he is satisfied with the existing levels of staffing and service provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21112/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly In relation to the particular query 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.

Home Help Service Provision

 377. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of persons employed directly by the Health Service Executive to provide home help services in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21115/13]

 378. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the number of persons currently employed by private bodies such as bluebird care for the provision of home help services in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21116/13]

 379. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if the 605,000 home help hours to be provided by the Health Service Executive in County Donegal in 2013 include those to be provided by private companies under a service level agreement by the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21117/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch I propose to take Questions Nos. 377 to 379, inclusive, together.

As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Waiting Lists

 380. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is waiting more than two years for a hernia operation at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; and the action he will take regarding same. [21119/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has recently been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

   In relation to this particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the situation and respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

Hospital Procedures

 381. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly  the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12, who has Dercum disease which has been diagnosed for many years has had to turn to the private hospital system to address the need for surgical procedure to remove lesions which have left them in chronic pain for the past 14 years.  [21125/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly In relation to the particular query 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.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

 382. 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 when an application for Fair deal will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21136/13]

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.

Health Services Issues

 383. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the reason a consultant will not sign a person (details supplied) in County Cork fit for work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21142/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly In relation to the particular query 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.

Services for People with Disabilities

 384. 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 if he can provide a list of wheelchair accessible drug rehabilitation and treatment centres in the greater Dublin area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21196/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White): Information on Alex White Zoom on Alex White The Government is committed to ensuring access and equity of service for people with disabilities, at all levels of the health service. In this regard, the HSE has specific obligations under the Disability Act 2005. As the HSE provides addiction services in partnership with a range of statutory, non-statutory voluntary and community groups as well as projects in Drugs Task Force areas, the question tabled by the Deputy has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.


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