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Shortall, Róisín

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Water Fluoridation

I propose to take Questions Nos. 390, 391 and 441 together.More Button

Water fluoridation and the use of appropriate fluorides is a major plank of public health policy in Ireland in the prevention and management of tooth decay. The Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 435 and 444 together.More Button

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...More Button

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 an...More Button

There have been no amendments made to the medical card eligibility criteria over the 2011-2012 period. However, a number of changes have been made to the way in which medical card applications are...More Button

In relation to those persons under the age of 25 years who apply for medical cards, in future being on age related Supplementary Welfare Allowance will not, in itself, prohibit a person from bein...More Button

The HSE has implemented a set of guidelines in relation to the provision of emergency medical cards for patients who are terminally ill, or who are seriously ill and in urgent need of medical car...More Button

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that 96% of fully completed applications and reviews are now processed within 15 days.More Button

Medical Card Appeals

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.More Button

Medical Card Applications

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Medicinal Products Supply

The Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) have engaged regarding the availability of Cymbalta with the principal wholesaler responsible for placing it on the Irish mark...More Button

In order to ensure that stocks of this product are continuously maintained, it has been necessary for the principal wholesaler to introduce measures to manage the supply of this product to other ...More Button

The measures introduced by the principal wholesaler to maintain a necessary stock of this product on the Irish market include limitations on the quantity of the product that can be ordered, in on...More Button

My Department has been engaging with the IMB, the HSE and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) to identify ways in which the Irish system can manage medicines shortages as effectively as p...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 418, 450 and 461 together.More Button

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 protec...More Button

Alprazolam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are commonly used to treat anxiety, sleep disturbance and insomnia and are known to be associated with dependence...More Button

In Ireland, benzodiazepines are prescription-only medicinal products. Under the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) Regulations, it is prohibited for a person to supply a pre...More Button

The Irish Medicines Board is aware of illegal supply of alprazolam from internet sites outside Ireland and is working closely with the Revenue's Customs Service officials to detain supplies on en...More Button

Furthermore, my Department is reviewing the Misuse of Drugs Regulations with a view to introducing additional controls on certain prescription drugs, including benzodiazepines. These include the...More Button

Health Services Provision

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

General Practitioner Services

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 c...More Button

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 an...More Button

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 c...More Button

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 an...More Button

An annual budget of €15 million was provided for the first phase of the roll out of GP care without fees. More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

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 wit...More Button

Medical Card Drugs

 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 pr...More Button

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,...More Button

  Question No. 461 answered with Question No. 418.More Button

Drug Treatment Programmes Availability

The Government is committed to the objectives of the National Drugs Strategy and to continuing support for drug and alcohol addiction services across the country. Over €980,000 has been allocated ...More Button

Medical Card Delays

I propose to take Questions Nos. 438 and 439 together.More Button

The Health Service Executive has stated that on 1st September 2012, 96% of all complete medical card applications and renewals had been processed within the 15 day target and 213 applications had...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Budget

The information requested is currently being collated by the HSE and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

National Advisory Committee on Drugs Meetings

The reconstitution of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs is currently under consideration with a view to finalising arrangements in the area before the end of the year.More Button

Orthodontic Services Fees

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button