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Reilly, James

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 Nbr. 1


Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if an appointment will be arranged as soon as possible for a child (details supplied) to see a consultant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which wil...More Button

As a priority, public hospitals were instructed to ensure that, by the end of 2011, they had no patients waiting more than 12 months for treatment. I can confirm that the vast majority of hospital...More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. Should the patient’s general practitioner consider that the patient’s condition warrants an earlier appoi...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on all current initiatives to address waiting times and overcrowding in the six major Dublin hospitals accident and emergency units including Beaumont Hospital, the Mater, St. Vin...More Button

Building on the achievements of 2011 the SDU will work with the NTPF, the HSE Clinical Programmes and hospitals to minimise patient waiting times in emergency departments and reduce waiting periods...More Button

Significant Progress by end 2011More Button

By the end of 2011 very significant progress was made on the two key SDU priority initiatives for 2011 in relation to trolley waits and the 12 month maximum waiting time target for elective in pati...More Button

Trolley Waits 2011More Button

In the area of unscheduled care in Emergency Departments (ED) the cumulative number of patients waiting on trolleys was 27% lower than the previous year. This equates to significant numbers of pat...More Button

Elective in patient and day case waiting lists 2011More Button

In relation to scheduled care the National Treatment Purchase Fund reported that at the end of 2011, 95% (41 hospitals) met the target to eliminate greater than 12 month waiters from their active w...More Button

Notwithstanding this significant progress to date it is recognised that it will be a significant challenge to maintain these achievements particularly in the initial few months of 2012, typically t...More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to have a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath admitted for a operation, which is urgently required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to have a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath admitted for a operation, which is urgently required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will have a operation carried out; if same will now be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 218, 219 and 220 together.More Button

I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which will...More Button

As a priority, public hospitals were instructed to ensure that, by the end of 2011, they had no patients waiting more than 12 months for treatment. I can confirm that the vast majority of hospital...More Button

As these are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply. Should a patient’s general practitioner consider that the patient’s condition warrants an earlier appo...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an operation in respect of a person (details supplied) More Button

I am determined to address the issues which cause unacceptable delays in patients receiving treatment in our hospitals. In this regard I have established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which will...More Button

As a priority, public hospitals were instructed to ensure that, by the end of 2011, they had no patients waiting more than 12 months for treatment. I can confirm that the vast majority of hospital...More Button

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. Should the patient’s general practitioner consider that the patient’s condition warrants an earlier appoin...More Button

Written Answers - Food Labelling

Was asked: the number of breaches of food labelling in respect of traceability and other standard that have been identified in each of the past four years to date in 2012; the action, if any, taken thereafter...More Button

Responsibility for the enforcement of food labelling legislation rests with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and its official agents, which include the Health Service Executive (HSE), th...More Button

The HSE follows up on all non-compliances with the food business operators to ensure future compliance. In the other official agencies, food labels are checked at production level as part of routi...More Button

DAFM Egg and Poultry Inspectors verify compliance with labelling and the marketing standards for eggs and poultry from primary production through to retail. In 2008 DAFM undertook 1,409 inspection...More Button

Following on from the inspections the official agencies undertake appropriate enforcement action with the food businesses. They also verify that compliance is achieved. As already indicated above...More Button

In May 2009 a prosecution was taken by the FSAI against a food business in Galway for breaches including the Labelling of Fishery and Aquaculture Products Regulations 2003. One 2009 HSE prosecution...More Button

Written Answers - Health Insurance

Was asked: his plans to address the increases to the cost of private health insurance resulting in thousands abandoning their policies every month as they can no longer afford the rising premium rates; and if...More Button

I am concerned that private health insurance is becoming harder to afford, especially for older people, as insurers increasingly tailor their insurance plans towards younger, healthier customers. ...More Button

I am strongly committed to protecting community rating, whereby older and less healthy customers should pay the same amount for the same cover as younger and healthier people. In order to protect ...More Button

In order to keep down the cost of health insurance for older people, I increased significantly the age-related income tax credit for insured persons aged 60 years and over, from 1 January 2012. Wi...More Button

I must emphasise that these measures are designed to result in no overall increase of premiums in the market and to spread the risk more evenly between the healthy and the less healthy, the young a...More Button

In December 2011, I agreed with the three commercial health insurers to establish a Consultative Forum to tackle issues of mutual concern and this Forum will meet in the coming weeks. It is intend...More Button

I am determined that these and other measures will have a significant impact in containing the level of any future increases in health insurance premiums. The Government’s clear objective is...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Was asked: the reason for the delay in issuing a person (details supplied) with a medical card; when same will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for the renewal of a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if it will be expedited as the applicant is 72 years old More Button

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

Was asked: when a medical card will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a medical card appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

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

Was asked: when a decision will issue regarding a medical card application 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 medical card applications online when a person needs to be assessed urgently due to an illness; if he or she can forward the medical information online and be assessed for me...More Button

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

Was asked: when a general practitioner visit card will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will expedite a response. More Button

Was asked: if an application for a medical card submitted in October 2011 will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Was asked: when a medical card will issue in the case 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 a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied); and if it will be expedited. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the position regarding an application for treatment in the USA in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if it is he or the Health Service Executive that has to determine such a ...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

Was asked: the position regarding support in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the number of staff employed at Caomhnú Kilcreene, Kilkenny and the staff patient ration; his plans to ensure staff, patient and visitor safety at the special unit; h...More Button

Was asked: if he will arrange an early date for assessment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: the proposed date for the opening of the new medical assessment unit and accident and emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the ma...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 position regarding funding for transplants for Beaumont Hospital (details supplied), Dublin; 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 the Health Information Quality Authority has recommended the closing of St. Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park, Dublin; and if so, the action he intends to take on foot of the recommendat...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention

Was asked: the projected cost of promoting the Crimestoppers phone line after the abolition of the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

Was asked: the special delivery unit funding that has been allocated to St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8; if this funding is being used to facilitate elderly persons moving into nursing homes while they a...More Button

During the last quarter of 2011 the SDU sought proposals from hospitals for measures that could be taken to avoid excessively long delays for large number of patients waiting in Emergency Departmen...More Button

Based on a proposal received from St James’s, the SDU approved a maximum of €140,000 for the transfer of 35 patients from the hospital to Private Nursing Homes on a short term basis for ...More Button

This approval was subject to a range of specific conditions including that the hospital was to select patients in respect of whom an application for Fair Deal was already made, and was to liaise wi...More Button

It was made clear that this funding was approved and would be released only in the event of all the requirements being met. That is to say that the funds could not be used for any other purpose tha...More Button

This was a once-off initiative designed to increase bed capacity at the hospital over the busy Christmas and New Year period so the issue of applications for inclusion at this stage does not arise....More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff

Was asked: the number of hospital managers who have applied to the early retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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, by hospital, who have applied to the early retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of midwives, by hospital, who have applied to the early retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 and 238 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: the number of consultant doctors who have applied to the early retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of home help workers who have applied to the early retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 239 and 240 together.More Button

The Government has determined that, in line with its commitment to reduce the size of the public service, health sector employment numbers must be reduced to approximately 102,000 in 2012.More Button

The cumulative impact of staff reductions from this year and previous years represents a significant challenge for the health system in delivering services. The priority is to reform how health se...More Button

Was asked: if he intends to allow for the re-employment of any persons who have applied to the early retirement scheme; the numbers he intends to allow for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It was a specific condition of the 2010 Voluntary Early Retirement scheme that persons availing of the scheme would not be eligible for re-employment in the public health sector or in the wider pub...More Button

However, there is currently no voluntary redundancy or voluntary early retirement scheme available in the public health sector. Therefore, no specific re-employment restrictions apply to persons r...More Button

I wish to emphasise that the re-engagement of retired staff should only take place in exceptional circumstances and in the short term only.More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: the number of early retirements taken in 2012 from hospitals, nursing homes, primary care teams and other Department of Health funded health providers in the following locations (details supplied);...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 position regarding the paediatric diabetes posts for the Health Service Executive south for 2012; and when will the recruitment process for posts be carried out More Button

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

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Was asked: the reason an application for the nursing home support scheme was refused in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; if she will review this decision; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is being overcharged in respect of the payment of the fair deal programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the proposed dedicated cystic fibrosis unit at Cork University Hospital; when the unit will open; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A combined adult cystic fibrosis inpatient designated bed facility and respiratory unit has been identified in a vacated ward site on the CUH campus. Provisional plans and costings for the unit ha...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the number of agencies, authorities, boards, committees, workings groups, tribunals, council services, task forces or other quangos set up by him since February 2011; the number abolished since the...More Button

No new agencies or authorities have been set up by my Department since February 2011. Since my appointment in March 2011, three bodies have been dissolved, they are The National Social Work Qualifi...More Button