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Reilly, James

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Hospital Consultants Remuneration

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the earnings of all hospital consultants who engage in private practice.More Button

Was asked: the number of hospital consultants that engage in private practiceMore Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 388 and 407 together.More Button

There are currently 2,571 approved consultant posts in the public health service. Of these, 2085 have been approved on the basis that post holders may engage in private practice. The remunerati...More Button

Was asked: the amount paid in consultants' fees by private health insurers annually; and the amount additionally paid to them by personsMore Button

Last year the Health Insurance Authority requested the private health insurers (Aviva, Quinn/ya, VHI) to provide a breakdown of their Returned Benefits for the second half of 2011 into public hospi...More Button

  Question No. 407 answered with Question No. 388.More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be supplied with a special needs assistant for pre-school; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Water Fluoridation

Was asked: the position regarding water fluoridation here; if his attention has been drawn to the growing body of evidence that links fluoridation to cancer; his plans to end water fluoridation in line with o...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the current position in relation to water fluoridation in Ireland; if his attention has been drawn to the growing body of evidence that links fluoridation to cancer, if there are...More Button

Was asked: his views on the need to continue with the fluoridation of the water supply in view of the fact that this is putting peoples health at risk and that scientific studies have proven that putting fluo...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Was asked: the reason persons who have suffered from cancer have had there medical card renewals refused; the reason for same when they have a long term illness.More Button

Was asked: the progress being made in providing general practitioner visit cards to persons who are on the long term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the up-to-date position in relation to the general practitioner only card being issued to those on long term illness; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she will provide in detail the changes to the medical card eligibility criteria during the period 2011-2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mental Health Services Report

Was asked: following recent reports (details supplied) that the bulk of the €35 million promised in Budget 2012 for the development of community mental health services was going to be used to offset the Healt...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the recruitment of the approved creation of an additional 414 posts for healthcare professionals as recommended in A Vision for Change to support the the delivery of modern s...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the 2012 funding for the mental health services with particular reference to the 414 additional staff that were announced for the provision of the service; if as per recent i...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

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

Was asked: the reason a cancer patient (details supplied) who is currently undergoing radiotherapy and other medical treatment at significant cost has been refused a medical card; if she will ensure that the ...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Applications

Was asked: the unit cost for a pair of crutches purchased by the Health Service Executive; the cost to sanitise same for reuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the total cost of purchasing crutches and other walking aides for the Health Service Executive in 2011; the number of crutches and walking aides purchased for the same period; the number that were ...More Button

Was asked: if he has received any complaints about inaction from the Health Service Executive from a company (details supplied) in County Mayo that recycles medical equipment; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: the total cost of providing crutches and walking aids to the Health Service Executive patients in County Kerry in each of the past ten years and in view of the fact that these appliances are non re...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 395, 396, 455 and 474 together.

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

Was asked: if he will arrange to have a replacement hearing aid approved for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who needs it as a matter of urgency.More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: his views regarding a submission (details supplied); his plans to address the concerns raised; 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 direct reply.More Button

Was asked: the reasons community paediatric occupational therapy will no longer be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the options available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the documentation supplied will be added to the file of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare.More Button

Was asked: his views on the provision of more step down beds and rehabilitation in order that more patients will leave Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for home or nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on ...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 extent to which a person (details supplied) in County Laois is making satisfactory progress and in accordance with their requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which language barriers affect public health service delivery here; the amount of money spent on translation services for frontline medical services for non-English speaking patients/...More Button

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

  Question No. 455 answered with Question No. 395.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of free GP visits in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford with a long-term illness; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 695 of 14 February 2012, if he will report further on the process in introducing a pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It has not been possible to progress this issue in the manner previously proposed principally due to resource issues. However, my Department intends at the earliest opportunity to explore with the...More Button

  Question No. 474 answered with Question No. 395.More Button

Was asked: if he will support a case 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.More Button

Medical Card Applications

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

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

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their applications for medical cards; the reasons for the withdrawal of their cards; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: if he will approve 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

Medicinal Products Supply

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties that pharmacists are having in the procurement of cymbalta capsules which help stabilise individuals suffering from depressive illnesses; the act...More Button

Was asked: the reason a medication (details supplied) is no longer available on the medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if Oesteoeze is covered by the medical card and drug payment scheme; if he will commit to ensuring that it is, in view of the relative expense and clinical importance of same; and if he will make a...More Button

Was asked: if there are any alternative glucosamine products available to medical card holders free of charge under the GMS scheme since the recent removal of a drug, Dona, from the scheme; and if he will mak...More Button

Was asked: if he will examine the current situation in which Alprozolam is being purchased without prescription through the internet; his views on the addictive qualities of this drug; his views in relation t...More Button

Health Services Expenditure

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive has made a payment to a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if so, the amount granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I referred this matter to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: the total cost of taxi services and other private transport services paid for by the Health Service Executive for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012; if he will provide a breakdown of same based on year...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 total expenditure by his Department and the Health Service Executive on room and venue hire for the years 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will provide a breakdown of same by year, HSE...More Button

The information in respect of my Department is currently being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available. With regard to the Health Service Executive the question has ...More Button

Was asked: the total cost of rents paid by the Health Service Executive and his Department for the period 2010 to 2012 inclusive; if he will provide a breakdown of same by year, HSE region and purpose of expe...More Button

Management of the Health Service Executive property portfolio is a service matter. Therefore your question has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.

  In relation to ...More Button

Hospital Staff Issues

Was asked: if the ten new midwife positions approved by him for St. Luke's Hospital, County Kilkenny, have now been filled; the number of applicants for the ten positions and the date each one was appointed; ...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 she will report on the recent agreement with hospital consultants; if there will be any implications for long-standing plans he has to increase the number of consultants in the health system so ...More Button

Following a request on 13 September by senior health service management on behalf of the Government, intensive discussions between health service employers and the two consultant representative bod...More Button

  Question No. 441 answered with Question No. 390.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

Was asked: if and when support under the nursing home support scheme will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Staff Issues

Was asked: the position regarding the appointment of a Director to the National Suicide Prevention OfficeMore Button

Was asked: the reason applications for leave of absence have been stopped; 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 a member of staff leaves the health service and then returns, if their term of service and grade remain on record, or are they considered as a new recruit; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

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

HSE Governance

Was asked: the date on which the board of the Health Service Executive will be abolished; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the new governance of the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 415 and 416 together.More Button

In line with the Programme for Government commitments, a series of legislative changes are planned to bring about radical reform of the health services which will see the introduction of Universa...More Button

In tandem with the proposed new governance structures, new administrative structures will be put in place in the HSE, to reflect the need for a greater operational management focus on the deliver...More Button

Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme Extension

Was asked: the position regarding his commitment to extend the Neary redress scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A commitment was given in the Programme for Government to seek a mechanism to compensate those women who were excluded on age grounds alone from the Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme. The Scheme of ...More Button

Mobility Allowance Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will be made in relation to an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in relation to an application for mobility allowance; the reason this case is on-going...More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

Was asked: his views on the running of the accident and emergency departments and other departments at hospitals (details supplied); if there is any forthcoming developments at these hospitals; and if he will...More Button

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

General Practitioner Services

Was asked: his views on the rollout of the free general practitioner in order that more patients will leave Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for home or nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding free general practitioner visit announced in Budget 2012, for persons who are under the long term illness programme; the date on which this will commence and the total cost t...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: the reason a pregnant person in Dublin is given an anomaly scan and a similar patient outside the city, and its hinterland, is not catered for in the public health system; and if he will make a sta...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 provisions he has made in respect of individual medical card holders who can now only be seen by consultants in their own locality in view of the fact that many such medical card holders have l...More Button

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

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive an appointment date for surgery; 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: the position regarding treatment in respect of a person (details supplied) who is a patient in Tallaght Hospital, 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

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: when an appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be confirmed; 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 she will have an early assessment arranged for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who has been waiting for a knee operation for some time at Waterford Regional Hospital; and if he wi...More Button

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

Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: when he will meet with public representatives in County Donegal, including Oireachtas members and the members of Letterkenny Town Council, to hear their concerns on the funding problems at Letterke...More Button

The normal process is that requests to meet with me are arranged through the Minister's Office, which deals with many such requests on a daily basis. In many cases, matters are more appropriately d...More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the improvement in the condition of Cystic Fibrosis patients who are treated with a new drug Kalydeco.More Button

Was asked: when he will license Kalydeco in order that Cystic Fibrosis sufferers may be treated with the drug.More Button

Medical Card Drugs

Was asked: the reason there has been a withdrawal of coverage for gluten free products to coeliac patients under the medical card scheme and if he will reconsider this matter.More Button

Was asked: if there are any alternative omega 3 triclyceride products available to medical card holders free of charge under the GMS scheme since the recent removal of a drug, Omacor, from the scheme; and if ...More Button

Drug Treatment Programmes Availability

Was asked: the plans he has for drug and alcohol addiction services in counties Louth and Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Delays

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application for a medical card and a general practitioner card; the number of applicants currently waiting for their medical card and GP application to be processed;...More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for medical card appeal; the number of applicants currently waiting for their medical card appeal to be assessed and a decision made; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has been waiting for more than 15 months for a medical card and now faces a five month wait for an MRI scan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mobility Allowance Applications

Was asked: if will consider a mobility allowance request for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Screening Programmes

Was asked: if he will provide details of measures being taken to address delays in conducting health screening and development checks for children in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

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

Nursing Home Beds

Was asked: the number of public nursing home beds closed in 2012 up to the end of August; the number closed since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Care of the Elderly Provision

Was asked: when he will bring forward legislation to set standards for the provision of home care for elderly people by private commercial companies in receipt of funding from the Health Service Executive; if...More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: the number of persons who have been discharged from psychiatric hospitals and the type of accommodation that they have been discharged into in each of the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, ...More Button

Was asked: the services available to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who requires a secure placement in a Psychiatric Unit since the closure of St. Michael's Psychiatric Unit; and if he will m...More Button

National Children's Hospital Location

Was asked: when the report of the review group on the national children's hospital, the Dolphin Report, will be published; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As you will be aware, I established an independent Review Group to consider the implications of the decision of An Bórd Pleanála, received on 23 February 2012, to reject the planning application fo...More Button

  Question No. 450 answered with Question No. 418.More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Budget

Was asked: the number of persons who are partaking in the long term illness programme; if he will provide a full patient breakdown in relation to diseases and the total cost to the Exchequer of running the pr...More Button

Regional Health Forums

Was asked: the amount paid per meeting in expenses to members of each of the Regional Health Forum since its creation.More Button

The Health Service Executive provides the necessary administrative services to enable the Regional Health Forums to perform their functions. I have therefore referred the Deputy's question to the P...More Button

National Advisory Committee on Drugs Meetings

Was asked: when the National Advisory Committee on Drugs will be re-constitutedMore Button

Orthodontic Services Fees

Was asked: if he will provide the waiting list over the past two and a half years of young persons seeking orthodontic treatment in County Kerry in tabular form; the steps that are being taken to ensure that ...More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: if his Department still grants leave of absence; and if not, the reason this is not considered as a neutral cost saving exercise; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My department is prepared to consider applications from staff members for career breaks within parameters that apply across the Civil Service . Such applications are assessed individually based on...More Button

Hospital Appointments Administration

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment at Cork University Hospital; 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

HSE Staff Responsibilities

Was asked: the number of administration, clerical and management staff employed by the Health Service Executive and his Department on 1 June 2012; and if he will provide a breakdown of same based on HSE regio...More Button

The information in respect of my Department is detailed in the following table:

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