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Reilly, James

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

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Written Answers - Medical Cards

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will receive a decision on a medical card review; and if he will expedite the matter More Button

Was asked: if he will issue an emergency medical card at the earliest possible date to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: If a person that suffers from epilepsy automatically qualifies for a Medical Card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: the reason a person under 25 years of age in receipt of the maximum rate of social welfare appropriate to their age and living in the family home is deemed not financially independent whereas a per...More Button

Was asked: if he will examine and review the case of a doctor visit medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: his plans to amend the Criminal Justice Psychoactive Substances Act, 2010 to ban the sale of cannabis seeds and fresh Psilocybin mushrooms also known as magic mushrooms as these are currently repor...More Button

Was asked: if it is currently legal to sell cannabis seeds under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 as these are currently for sale in head [483]shops, and if not has he any intentions ...More Button

Was asked: if it is currently legal to sell fresh Psilocybin mushrooms also known as magic mushrooms under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 as these are currently for sale in head shops, and if not has he any in...More Button

Written Answers - Health Insurance

Was asked: his views on the cost of health insurance premiums (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am very disappointed that insurers have introduced co-payments for procedures that primarily affect older people and I will be considering what measures might be available to me to address this i...More Button

Consumers have a legal right to switch between or within insurers to get better value and to reduce their premium costs. I would advise all customers to consider carefully the full range of plans a...More Button

It is not open to a company to refuse a customer of another insurer the same level of cover. Policy holders can switch to the same level of cover without waiting times for cover to apply. In additi...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Was asked: if he is satisfied regarding the adequacy of child psychological services; his plans for the future in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that Headford, County Galway will remain part of the North Galway Mental Services in the configuration of the health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if consideration will be given to developing a dementia strategy to focus on the needs of the estimated 5,000 citizens under 65 years of age with early on-set Alzheimer’s and their families. More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in developing a National Dementia Strategy as outlined in the Programme for Government. More Button

Was asked: the current and projected configuration of mental health services across counties Cavan and Monaghan; the further changes that have or are being considered the implications, if any, for the terms o...More Button

Written Answers - Medicinal Products

Was asked: when it is expected to make available the treatment known as Ipilimumab to people who have malignant melanoma; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reasons the Multiple Sclerosis drug, Gilenya, remains unavailable to patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when Gilenya and Tysabri medication for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers will be available here; the reasons they are currently unavailable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans to grant access to two approved and licensed treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 466, 515 and 517 together.More Button

The manufacturer of Fingolimod (Gilenya®) has submitted an application to the HSE for the product to be reimbursed through community pharmacies under the High-Tech Drug Scheme. The list of medi...More Button

Tysabri must be administered in specialist centres under the supervision of experienced medical staff. This requires significant ancillary support including timely access to MRI, nursing support, e...More Button

Question No. 467 answered with Question No. 460.More Button

Was asked: the fact that the drug Pradaxa has been, shown to be significantly more effective than warfarin in preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation an further that it has been shown to be cos...More Button

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive continue to deny access to the drug Pradaxa to GMS and DPS patients when its availability is likely to not only save many families from the devastation of a ...More Button

Was asked: the fact that the Health Service Executive National Clinical Stroke Programme aims to prevent one stroke per day and to avoid death or dependence in one patient every day the reason the executive c...More Button

Written Answers - Long-Term Illness Scheme

Was asked: when he expects that free general practitioner visits will be extended to long term illness card holders; and if he will expedite the matter.More Button

Was asked: when free general practitioner visits will be extended to long term illness card holders; and if he will expedite the measure. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the allocation of free general practitioner visits medical cards for persons who have long term illnesses; when same will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: the position regarding support in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

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

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 277 of 3 May 2012, if information (details supplied) is correct.More Button

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

I believe we must concentrate on getting the best possible services for patients from the budgets available to us. The work of the Special Delivery Unit, together with implementation of the Clinic...More Button

Where a hospital is the centre for national specialties it will continue to accept patients from all locations. In relation to other specialties, hospitals generally do not cover patients outside ...More Button

In relation to the detailed information sought by the Deputy, as these are service matters they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Question No. 481 answered with Question No. 472.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding assigning a general practitioner to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a request to receive SMART intervention therapy in respect of a person (details supplied). 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: if he will expedite an application for funding in respect of a child (details supplied) in Dublin 15 for their autism services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on the recent statement made by the Chief Medical Officer regarding the replacement of implants and the associated costs; the cost of same; if there will be a cost to the patient; and if ...More Button

The Chief Medical Officer of my Department has met and is engaging with the three treating clinics involved in the PIP breast implant issue with a view to ensuring that best practice and patient su...More Button

Two of the clinics have already made arrangements with their clients for consultation and further surgery if appropriate and have managed the associated costs between the parties. The third clinic...More Button

As the provision of care is between the provider clinic and each client my Department is not involved in collecting cost data.More Button

Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: if he will provide an update on inspections for persons with a disability in day care and residential services. More Button

Was asked: the reason that children with disabilities are not being assessed within legal time limits; the actions he is taking to address the backlog of overdue assessments especially in the Dublin/Leinster ...More Button

Was asked: if provision has been made for all school leavers with a learning disability who will leave the education system next month; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

Was asked: the position regarding a care package in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Was asked: if he will revise the funding structure for community geriatric hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: his views on the correspondence from the Meningitis Trust dated 17 April 2012 regarding the closure of the trust due to lack of funding; if he will meet the daily cost of the trust of €216 per...More Button

My Department administers a National Lottery Discretionary Fund from which grants are paid to community and voluntary organisations providing a range of health related services. Meningitis Trust I...More Button

The HSE National Immunisation Office has responsibility for the implementation of the childhood immunisation programme in Ireland. Immunisation protects against many illnesses including meningitis...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: when an appointment for occupational therapy at Kerry General Hospital issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 360 of 8 May 2012, the exact date on which the appointment for a patient (details supplied) has been set. More Button

The position remains the same as per the answer received by the Deputy on the 8th May.More Button

Question No. 492 taken with question No. 472.More Button

Was asked: when an operation will be carried out in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; 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

Question No. 500 answered with Question No. 472.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will be called for a cataract operation in view of the fact that they are blind in one eye and the other is deteriorating. 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

Question No. 508 answered with Question No. 472.More Button

Was asked: if he will give details of the public hospital that is facing significant fines for failing to meet his targets for treating patients on waiting lists. More Button

The Department is in discussions with the hospital concerned and full information will be made available when the process is complete. The hospital is working through the issues and we are offerin...More Button

Written Answers - Suicide Prevention

Was asked: his view on signposting for suicide voluntary bodies given that there is a conflict of opinion as to the effectiveness of signposting whereby they could discourage potential clients from calling in...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Procedures

Was asked: when the review into the practice of symphysiotomy will be made available to survivors of the procedure and their representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when he intends to publish the report from the independent academic researcher who was appointed to complete a report into the practice of symphysiotomy here. More Button

Was asked: when the Symphysiotomy Report will be made available to those directly affected and when the report will be published. More Button

Was asked: when the Symphysiotomy Report will be published as there are many women who are anxiously awaiting its publication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when the victims of symphysiotomy may expect to have the report on symphysiotomy made available to them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the publication of the report on symphysiotomy; and when it will be made available to the survivors. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 472, 481, 487, 492, 500 and 508 together.More Button

My Department has received a draft report from the independent academic researcher who was appointed to complete a report into the practice of symphysiotomy in Ireland. As I outlined in the D&aacut...More Button

I asked the Attorney General to consider the draft research report and I have recently received her advice. There is no legal impediment to publishing the research with certain clarifications inclu...More Button

I am determined to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion for all women concerned as soon as possible. I am very conscious of the distress that this procedure has caused to a number of wome...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the recruitment process in respect of specialist diabetic nursing posts at Galway University Hospital, which were approved earlier this year; when he expects these p...More Button

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive National Clinical Programme on Diabetes is progressing to plan, particularly in relation to the funding allocated for the recruitment of diabetes nurse specialists (...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 475 and 483 together.More Button

As these are service matters, they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

Was asked: if he will address the issue of overcrowding in Longford / Westmeath General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter of over stretched staff. More Button

Was asked: if he will address the issue of overcrowding in Longford / Westmeath General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter of over stretched staff. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 476 and 496 together.More Button

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

Question Nos. 477 and 478 answered with Question No. 456.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Redwood ward in James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Dublin 15; his views on reports that the Health Service Executive intends to close this 31 bed ward; if he will ensure t...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 Staffing

Was asked: the position regarding Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors in a hospital (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if his attention has been drawn to concerns raised by some junior doctors there that the call s...More Button

I have asked the Health Service Executive to investigate the position in relation to the shifts worked by NCHDs in the specific hospital referred to by the Deputy and to respond directly to him.More Button

S.I. No. 494 of 2004 European Communities (Organisation of Working Time) (Activities of Doctors in Training) Regulations 2004, which transposed the EU Working Time Directive, provides for:More Button

On 13 January 2012, Ireland submitted to the EU Commission a detailed Plan for the achievement of compliance by NCHDs with the Working Time Directive. The plan affirms Ireland’s commitment t...More Button

These measures will be complemented by my plan to establish hospital groups as soon as possible, by the efficiencies being driven by the Special Delivery Unit in association with the HSE’s Na...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Longford who has been working with the Health Service Executive for many years and has been on the transfer panel to Longford from Mullingar for the...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 reason for the loss of an administrator from a drugs task force (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Community Care

Was asked: if he will intervene in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath to source necessary treatment in their home county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy’s question relates to service delivery matters and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to him.More Button

Question No. 487 answered with Question No. 472.More Button

Was asked: if he will review the decision to cut the home care package of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the funding being made available to community nursing homes to carry out works to meet Health Information and Quality Authority Standards; the time frame for payment of these funds to each of the h...More Button

Upon its completion, the Community Nursing Unit (CNU) programme which commenced in 2006 will have delivered approximately 2,246 beds — comprising 879 additional and 1,367 replacement beds. B...More Button

In order to comply with regulatory requirements, the HSE is now concentrating on the refurbishment and upgrade of existing publicly owned accommodation. The facility referred to is not owned by t...More Button

Distinction is made in the criteria between existing designated centres (those in existence on 1 July 2009, the date HIQA commenced its registration and inspection function) and newly built designa...More Button

A draft capital plan for the period 2012-2016 has been submitted to my Department. My Department is reviewing the proposals and following up with the HSE where further details may be required. ...More Button

Written Answers - Health Care Quality Indicators

Was asked: when he will publish his Department’s report on mortality rates at acute hospitals; if he will accept that his failure to acknowledge the inaccuracy of the figures at Roscommon County Hospita...More Button

It is essential to have a health system that is transparent and accountable. Information needs to be collected, analysed and intelligently interpreted in order to allow the health system and popul...More Button

It makes sense to use available data and information to support important issues such as patient safety and quality of the care. The Hospital Inpatient Enquiry Scheme (HIPE) system is the largest ...More Button

I am concerned about this finding in relation to data quality given its potential patient safety implications. I believe that, arising from this, there is a duty on all hospitals to address measure...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Expenditure

Was asked: the total amount of money spent on the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar County Mayo in the past ten years. More Button

Written Answers - Dental Services

Was asked: the position regarding dental treatment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny and if a further assessment or review of their case will be undertaken. More Button

Written Answers - Regulatory Impact Assessments

Was asked: the number and description of any regulatory impact assessments that have been undertaken by his Department on legislation or proposed legislation since 9 March 2011; the stage in the legislative /...More Button

During the period in question, a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) was completed by my Department in relation to the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill 2011 for the introduction of combined...More Button

Question No. 496 answered with Question No. 476.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Equipment

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1225 of 18 April 2012, the number of insulin pumps currently unused in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, County Louth; if he will confirm that as many ...More Button

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

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: if he has received an application from Drogheda Special Olympics; the position regarding this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has no record of an application from the Group referred to by the Deputy. If the organisation wishes to make an application for National Lottery Funding they should send in a formal a...More Button

Written Answers - Accident and Emergency Services

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding accident and emergency services in Saint Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin; if he is amenable to discussing the matter directly wi...More Button

The Special Delivery Unit was established in my Department last July to tackle patient wait times for hospital services. Unacceptably high wait times have been tolerated for too long and have becom...More Button

There is no room for complacency but progress is being made. Since December the number of patients waiting on trolleys has been consistently lower than the same period last year and 94% of hospital...More Button

I believe I have also demonstrated through this initiative that, even in the challenging times we face, it is possible to exert control over the system and deliver improvements. This has been achi...More Button

There is a formal complaints policy, details of which are on the HSE website, at www.hse.ie/eng/services/ysys/Complaint. In addition, advice and instructions for making complaints about a se...More Button

In accordance with this procedure, a complaint must be made, in the first instance, to the hospital in which the incident causing the complaint occurred. In the case of St Vincent’s Hospital...More Button

If an individual is not satisfied with the response from the hospital, a review can be sought from the HSE Director of Advocacy and the Ombudsman, whose details are set out below:More Button

As this is an independent complaints procedure, it would not be appropriate for me to meet the complainant.More Button

I have asked the HSE to answer the specific queries you have raised and to reply to you directly.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

Was asked: the measures that have been put in place since the beginning of 2012 to deal with accident and emergency overcrowding in Drogheda Hospital, County Louth. 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 an assessment has been carried out of the capacity requirements of Drogheda Hospital, County Louth, including the number of beds required at the hospital; the current number of beds at the hospi...More Button

I am informed by the HSE that capacity assessments have been carried out pre-transformation and post the transfer of acute medicine from Louth County Hospital to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogh...More Button

Capacity modeling factors in the bi-directional flow of patients, between the three hospitals in the Louth Meath Hospital group, also includes the requirement for 5 long-term care beds for the grou...More Button

Question No. 515 answered with Question No. 466.More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse

Was asked: if the attention of the Health Service Executive has been drawn to the allegations of abuse in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Louth who suffered while in the care of the State; if...More Button

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

Question No. 517 answered with Question No. 466.More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: the appointments made by him to State boards under the remit of his Department since March 2011 that were advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The board appointments I have made following an advertising process are outlined in the following table:More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he has received any requests to financially support the Irish Performing Arts Festival which will be hosted by an organisation (details supplied) and take place in Cork city and county between 2...More Button

My Department has no record of an application from the Group referred to by the Deputy. If the organisation wishes to make an application for National Lottery Funding they should send in a formal a...More Button

Written Answers - Home Help Services

Was asked: if an appeal regarding home help will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Was asked: his plans to provide a specialist emergency psychiatric care for adolescents aged 16 and 17 years in the north Dublin area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Consultants’ Remuneration

Was asked: if he will report on efforts to review the performance and pay of hospital consultants in the context of recent comments by the outgoing Health Service Executive Human Resources Manager (details su...More Button

While the Programme for Government provides for a reduction in consultants’ remuneration, my immediate priority is to achieve more effective implementation of the existing contract and to ref...More Button

I believe that the efficiencies, productivity increases and reform, if achieved, will be worth more to the health system than simply reducing the pay of consultants and the Government has endorsed ...More Button

Consultations with the consultant representative bodies are due to commence this week. This process will need to be focussed on the achievement of worthwhile and measurable change and should also,...More Button