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Reilly, James

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


International Agreements: Motion

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International Co-operation: Motion

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Written Answers - National Carer’s Strategy

Was asked: the progress that has been made in implementing the national carer’s strategy as outlined in the programme for Government; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Was asked: the progress that has been made on implementing the national carer’s strategy as contained in the programme for Government; if he has had any discussion with the Department for Social Protect...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the reason an urgent physiological assessment for a child (details supplied) has been changed from February to June; if the assessment will be prioritised; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding extra home help hours in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if home help hours will be increased in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Was asked: if he will investigate the delay in processing an application in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a specific application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Was asked: if he will give details of the requirements for a patient of the Health Service Executive to be provided with a voucher for taxi fares to accommodate them travelling to and from hospital for treatm...More Button

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

Was asked: if he will investigate the delay in processing an application in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the addiction services available at a location (details supplied); if he will provide a breakdown by town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason there is currently no drugs rehabilitation or counselling programme running at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of individuals he expects to lose their home help as a result of the Health Service Executive service plan. More Button

Was asked: the reason he is reducing home help hours and at the same time proposing to close a minimum of 555 public beds in community nursing units throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a drug (details supplied). More Button

The goals of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) are to improve cancer prevention, detection and increase survival rates. These improvements are being achieved through the development of ...More Button

The NCCP Technology Review Committee is constituted from across the spectrum of clinicians, with representatives with expertise in epidemiology, statistics, pharmacy and pharmoceconomics. Recommen...More Button

Was asked: if he will investigate a case in Waterford in which the Health Service Executive has failed to provide occupational therapy to a five year old boy (details supplied) with autism spectrum disorder i...More Button

Was asked: if he will intervene with the Health Service Executive to address the cases of persons (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if extra home help hours will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide additional home help to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views regarding the Health Service Executive’s decision to end in-house catering facilities at nursing homes, including Lusk Community Unit, County Dublin, and have food transported long ...More Button

Was asked: if Health Service Executive staff or clients are being moved out of a centre (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will review a matter (details supplied) regarding Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. More Button

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

Written Answers - Health Insurance Industry

Was asked: the reason the authorisation of the VHI has been delayed until end 2013; the European Commission’s response to this delay; if he will outline the way he intends to achieve the authorisation o...More Button

Was asked: when he expects the authorisation of the VHI to occur; if he will outline the steps the VHI is required to take to achieve authorisation; the effects in practical terms for the VHI and their impact...More Button

Was asked: the corporate governance measures that must be undertaken by the VHI in order to become authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland; the reason such measures are not currently applied by the VHI; if ...More Button

Was asked: the level of capital required for the VHI to be authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland; if he does not yet have a final figure for the level of capital required; the indicative levels he has bee...More Button

Was asked: if Ireland is facing any punitive sanctions from the European Commission in view of the failure to regulate the VHI in response of the European Court of Justice’s decision of September 2011 t...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 456 to 459, inclusive, and 461 together.More Button

The Government has decided, on foot of my recommendations, that the VHI should make an application for authorisation by the Central Bank, subject to further Government decisions to be made relating...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the European Commission took a case against the State regarding the VHI’s derogation from the EU Non-Life Directives which had exempted it from the requirement to...More Button

The Voluntary Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2008 provided for the VHI to acquire sufficient funding in terms of its capital reserves to enable it to make an application to the Financial Regulato...More Button

VHI’s regulatory status is bound up in a range of issues relating to the private health insurance market which I have been addressing over the past number of months. In order to be considere...More Button

In any application for authorisation by the Central Bank, the Board and management of the VHI will be subject to examination on a range of governance issues. VHI expects to be in a position to sati...More Button

Following the Court of Justice judgment, the Government made decisions on how best to address the Court’s findings. The Government’s plans and a realistic timetable were outlined to th...More Button

Once it is clear, following the analysis of the Central Bank and the European Commission, what additional capital the VHI would require in order to secure authorisation and to satisfy any State Aid...More Button

It is clear that all of these actions must be undertaken in an orderly and efficient manner but that this will take time. The timescale outlined to the European Commission is intended to allow for...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the situation whereby the VHI is currently not authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland and specifically is not required to abide by the consumer protection code; his views...More Button

The Government has decided, on foot of my recommendations, that the VHI should make an application for authorisation by the Central Bank, subject to further Government decisions to be made relating...More Button

The VHI has voluntarily committed itself to implementing the requirements of the Consumer Protection Code over the past number of years. Subscribers can be assured that VHI is committed to satisfy...More Button

In addition to the Code, the VHI is working to satisfy a range of other qualitative issues which the Central Bank requires from any authorised entity.More Button

Question No. 461 answered with Question No. 456.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing medical card applications in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Donegal; and the steps being taken to reduce the waiting times. More Button

Was asked: if he will investigate the delay in processing a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will expedite the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a medical card will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a medical card will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a medical card will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will expedite the matter. More Button

Was asked: if an application for a medical card will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Was asked: if a medical card will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will expedite the matter. More Button

Was asked: if a medical card will be issued without delay in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Was asked: when an application for a medical card will be considered in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when an application for a medical card will be approved in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 had their medical card revoked in July 2011, despite no changes in their income accruing and they now have no way of paying for medication, which...More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite 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. More Button

Was asked: if he will review the circumstances in which a person (details supplied) who had held a full medical card was given a general [529]practitioner visit card on renewal des...More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite 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. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application of an appeal against the refusal of a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if the processing of the application will be e...More Button

Was asked: when will the proposed self-assessment for medical card renewals commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be reached on a medical card in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a medical card was replaced with a general practitioner only card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the renewal of a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the data protection policies that are in place at the new facility for processing medical card applications; the person who has responsibility for the implementation of the data protection policy; ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a medical card renewal application in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: further to Question No. 232 of 26 January 2012, when a response will issue. More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

Was asked: if there has been a general review of medical cards for all those over the age of 70 years taking into account the change in eligibility introduced on 1 January 2009; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: the options available to a person over the age of 70 years who voluntarily gave up their medical card when the eligibility criteria were changed on 1 January 2009; if it will be possible to have th...More Button

Was asked: his views on the medical card application process and the associated long delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not received a renewed medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the total number of medical card applications in Dublin in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the number of medical card applications granted; the number of Dublin applications awaiting processing; the num...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a medical card will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if he will expedite the matter based on their medical condition and urgent need for hospital care. More Button

Written Answers - Patients’ Private Property Accounts

Was asked: if he intends to change the way patients’ private property accounts are operated to give individuals concerned direct access to their own moneys; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Patient Private Property Accounts (PPPAs) are governed by Section 9 of the Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006. Their operation is subject to the HSE’s National Patients’ Private Proper...More Button

Where monies have been lodged to a PPPA, and where the patient concerned lacks capacity, the HSE ensures that this money is used only for the benefit of the patient in accordance with the National ...More Button

Written Answers - General Medical Services Scheme

Was asked: if he will consider amending the prescription regime for medical card holders in order that they can have prescriptions from consultants and other services which prescribe medication filled without...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: his views on the internal review that took place with regard to the Health Service Executive’s redundancy and ex gratia payments to former workers in the agency system; and if he will ...More Button

The purpose of the HSE’s internal audit function is to provide assurance that controls and procedures are operated in accordance with best practice and the appropriate regulations. This is pa...More Button

I understand that internal audit reports in relation to the 2010 Voluntary Redundancy Scheme have been provided to HSE management and will be considered and acted upon by the Executive as appropria...More Button

Was asked: the reason behind the decision to cut staff numbers at a care centre (details supplied) in County Dublin further, which will now have only five staff, down from nine in 2010 and still trying to del...More Button

Was asked: the shortfall of junior doctors by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the number of public sector health workers in both his Department and the [536]Health Service Executive who have availed of th...More Button

Seventeen staff members in total are expected to retire from my Department during the period 1 January 2012 to 29 February 2012. The following is a breakdown of the grades involved: More Button

The information in relation to the Health Service Executive is currently being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the 3,500 staff seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme, by grade and location. More Button

The most recent information available from the HSE indicates that, over the period from September 2011 to end-February 2012, some 3,800 health service staff will have retired from the health servic...More Button

A table sets out the latest data from HSE by grade and HSE region.More Button

Retirements by Grade and HSE Region as at 1st Feb 2012More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the number of medical consultants, their speciality and location, seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme. More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the number of nursing staff, their grade, speciality and location, seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme. More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the number of medical scientists, their grade, speciality and location, seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme. More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the number of administration staff, their grade, speciality and location, seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 521 to 524, inclusive, together.More Button

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

Was asked: if he will detail the number of staff, by grade and speciality, in Navan hospital, County Meath, seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme. More Button

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

Was asked: the number of staff who have availed of the early retirement scheme in Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal. More Button

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

Was asked: the number of teachers who have availed of the early retirement scheme across the health services in County Donegal, and their specific jobs and roles. More Button

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

Was asked: the number of nurses, care assistants and clerical staff who have availed of the Croke Park early retirement scheme from Beaumont, Cappagh, James Connolly, St. Vincent’s, Fairview, and St. Br...More Button

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

Was asked: if he will fill the post of domestic cook-cleaner at a day care centre (details supplied) in County Kerry on a 39 hour week basis in view of the fact that the current situation is not acceptable an...More Button

Was asked: the number of overseas recruitment drives undertaken by the Health Service Executive in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the location of each recruitment drive; the number of nurses, midwives, social wor...More Button

The HSE National Recruitment Service conducted a single overseas recruitment drive in India and Pakistan in 2011 for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors. This initiative resulted in the recruitment of...More Button

In 2008, seven Senior Speech and Language Therapists and two Senior Occupational Therapists were appointed from Australia/New Zealand, as a result of video link interviews following a recruitment d...More Button

No other overseas recruitment initiatives were conducted by the HSE in 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011.More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

Was asked: if he will identify cuts that have been made to the home help service in Kilkenny; if it is intended to cut the service entirely; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to prevent the proposal by the Health Service Executive to cease the preparation of meals on-site at a home (details supplied) in County Dublin and the replacement of freshly...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Repayment Scheme

Was asked: when the annual appeals report on the health repayment scheme for 2010 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Health Repayment Scheme Appeals Office is an independent office, established in December 2006 under the Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006, to provide a service to those who wish to appeal a ...More Button

The most recent report issued by the Appeals Office was for the year 2009. Activity levels were low throughout 2011 and remaining work on the Scheme is now drawing to a close with very few appeals...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

Was asked: the treatments that have been put in place for psychiatric patients from St. Otteran’s Hospital in Waterford who are being moved to nursing home accommodation; if he is concerned that no prop...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm the number of beds that have closed, or are due to close at the psychiatric ward of Kerry General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - General Practitioner Services

Was asked: if free general practitioner cover was extended to include long-term illness card or book holders; if they have been advised of this change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if the moneys collected as part of the pension levy from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, IBTS, employees, was passed onto the Department of Finance or if the IBTS retains the money, as part of...More Button

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is a public service body as defined in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009 and consequently its employees are public servant...More Button

Written Answers - Vaccination Programme

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of a compensation fund for the parents of vaccine damaged children; when a decision will be made on the implementation of the recommendations of this report...More Button

My Department is currently examining the recommendations of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group. The report raises many complex issues that require further consideration and I expect to have an asse...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to a drugs task force (details supplied), in tabular form, for each of the years 2008 to 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the current membership of a drugs task force (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme

Was asked: the person responsible for deciding which illnesses come under long-term illness benefit scheme; the scope there is for making additions to that list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the implications of the further reductions in staffing levels due to take place between now and the end of February 2012 on the provision of services at Kenmare Community Hospital, County Kerry; th...More Button

Was asked: the implications of the further reductions in staffing levels due to take place between now and the end of February 2012 on the provision of services at Caherciveen Community Hospital, County Kerry...More Button

Was asked: the implications of the further reductions in staffing levels due to take place between now and the end of February 2012 on the provision of services at Dingle Community Hospital, County Kerry; the...More Button

Was asked: the implications of the further reductions in staffing levels due to take place between now and the end of February 2012 on the provision of services at Valentia Community Hospital, County Kerry; t...More Button

Was asked: the hospitals that currently have helipads and that are in use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Was asked: the implications of the further reductions in staffing levels due to take place between now and the end of February 2012 on the provision of mental health services in County Kerry; the number of st...More Button

Was asked: the implications of the further reductions in staffing levels due to take place between now and the end of February 2012 on the provision of mental health services in Ireland; the number of staff i...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding an appli[544]cation for nursing home support in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services

Was asked: his plans to refurbish the accident and emergency department of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Hospital Staff

Was asked: the amount that was spent on agency staff at Kerry General Hospital in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - EU Directives

Was asked: the progress made on the transposition of directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes; if he views primary legislati...More Button

Directive (2010/63/EU) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes will strengthen the protection of animals still needed for research and safety testing. The Directive will also play...More Button

In July 2009, my Department provided an information note to the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny on the then proposed Directive and indicated that the transposition of the agreed Directive woul...More Button

The Directive is required to be transposed into Irish law by 10 November, 2012 and to take effect from 1 January, 2013. My Department sought the views of the public and interested parties in July,...More Button