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Shortall, Róisín

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Continued)

I support the Bill fully and commend the officials who have done so much work on it over so many years. It is finally wending its way slowly through the Houses of the Oireachtas. I am very aware ...More Button

Like other Members, I have been contacted by representatives of people who have epilepsy to express their concern about the legislation. While there are certain safeguards in place and it will b...More Button

For the IMB to say it does not intend to do that is inadequate in the circumstances. There have already been unsafe prescribing patterns within hospitals. It is quite possible it could be repeate...More Button

He could go much further and give an assurance to people with epilepsy by stating clearly that no person suffering from epilepsy will be subject to generic substitution of the medications where i...More Button

The Minister of State's response is disappointing. These concerns are not vexatious or frivolous in any way. As other Members have stated, there is not a queue of people objecting to generic subs...More Button

Does the Minister of State accept that it is not currently safe to substitute generic drugs for AEDs? If so, does the Department not have an onus to put in place the kinds of safeguards that are...More Button

Why is the Minister of State not prepared to include in the legislation the requested safeguards? He has not provided an explanation for that. While in the majority of cases generic medicines a...More Button

Rented Dwellings Register (Continued)

I also wish to focus on Fingal, which is an area close to home for the Minister and me. The issue in question is the rent cap for accommodation for lone parents with one child, which is currently ...More Button

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

There is always a tendency for Ministers and their Departments to hold the line on something and maintain that they are right. Obviously, they have done a lot of the work on it and there is genera...More Button

As has been said already, everybody speaking in the House supports this Bill. We all agree that much more needs to be done to reduce the drugs bill, and generic substitution is one element in a ...More Button

We have all come here in good faith to raise genuine concerns about what is seen to be a genuine issue with one aspect of this legislation. We support all of the rest of it. We are not doing th...More Button

I was not at the Committee Stage debate but I do not believe there has been real engagement on the part of the Minister of State in regard to this issue because he has not explained to us the rea...More Button

I have not heard that. The Moran report has made it clear that the generic substitutes for drugs for persons with epilepsy that are listed among the categories for use and for prescribing for peop...More Button

As I said earlier, there is evidence that generic substitution is already taking place in the case of anti-epileptic drugs, AEDs, for people with epilepsy in the hospital setting. It is all very w...More Button

If the Minister of State is not prepared to accept these amendments, which provide for a reasonable approach to the issue could he, even at this late stage, give a firm assurance to people with ep...More Button

Social Welfare Code

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will use the opportunity of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill later this year to provide for the reimbursement to her Department by insurance companies of social welfare payments deducted...More Button

School Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding the mainstream staffing for 2013/14 in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 11; if he will outline his intentions with regard to subsuming and retaining concessio...More Button

Energy Efficiency Programme

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if his attention has been drawn to the positive results achieved under the DEHLG2010 Energy Efficiency Programme by Dublin City Council where the BER rating on senior citizens' homes in the pilot a...More Button

Regeneration Projects Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the proposals for the future funding of an organisation (details supplied). in Dublin 11.More Button

Litter Pollution Fines

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans to introduce legislation to assist local authorities with issuing fines in relation to dumping on private property, most notably in developments run by a property management company; and ...More Button

Orthodontic Service Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 will receive orthodontic treatment from the Health Service Executive and much needed braces in view of the fact that a delay in treatment will mean tha...More Button

Hospital Trusts

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns expressed by the Master of the Rotunda Hospital about the Project Plan for the establishment of Acute Hospital Groups and the future of the Rotunda H...More Button