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Wallace, Dan

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 Nbr. 1

Health (Amendment) Bill, 1996: Second Stage.

I wish to share time with Deputy Batt O'Keeffe.More Button

Ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of our health services is a matter of concern to each and every family. Sooner or later almost every individual has to receive medical care whether from t...More Button

It might be reasonably argued that our GMS system provides a more comprehensive level of access to excellent medical care than is available in many wealthier western countries. On the other hand i...More Button

In the overall context one can have a certain degree of satisfaction regarding the quality of our health services. At the same time there is a number of warning signs that there is no room for com...More Button

Population projections indicate that the number of elderly people in Irish society is likely to increase substantially in the next 20 years or so. This welcome trend towards increased average life...More Button

If there was ever a time to closely examine the efficiency of our healthcare system it is now. In a sense the Bill before the House is timely, since it addresses a number of key issues regarding t...More Button

Before considering the various sections of the Bill I will make a few points. Ideally, in parallel with the introduction of the proposed legislation, it would have been appropriate for the Ministe...More Button

However, there are also a number of potential weaknesses in the structure. For example, it might be claimed that having eight health boards introduces an unnecessary level of duplication, especiall...More Button

It is time to review the overall organisation of the delivery of health care here and the preparation of the Bill provided an opportunity to carry out this much needed work. We seem to lack even t...More Button

I agree with the intent of section 2 which directs the boards to have regard to various standards and goals in their operations. However, I remain to be convinced that we have developed adequate q...More Button

Sections 3 to 5 deal with the relative roles of board members and the chief executive. It is obviously important to allocate the overall responsibility for policy and performance to the board memb...More Button

I welcome the provision in section 15 which requires each health board to prepare an annual report on its performance during the previous year. For comparison purposes, it would seem sensible that...More Button

In summary, I welcome the general trend towards increased accountability which is the basic purpose of the Bill. In an area of such critical importance to the people, we must take urgent steps to ...More Button

At a time when a wide range of factors have combined to create ever increasing demands for resources in our health care sector, we must take every possible step to ensure that audit and quality con...More Button

Written Answers. - Use of Irish Language.

Asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht: the main steps, if any, he is taking to reinvigorate the use of the Irish language in everyday life; and if he will make a statement on his precise goals in this regard.More Button