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Reilly, James

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Blind Welfare Allowance Applications

Was asked: when an application for blind welfare allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford will be awarded;; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Prescription Charges

Was asked: if prescription charges apply to persons with long term illness cards; if prescription charges apply to persons with medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical card holders are required to pay a €1.50 charge (per item) for medicines and other prescription items supplied to them by community pharmacists, subject to a cap of €19.50 per month for ea...More Button

Substance Misuse

Was asked: the number of alcohol related deaths that occurred here over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group reported that between 2004 and 2008 there were 4,321 alcohol-related deaths due to either alcohol poisoning or deaths in people who were alcoho...More Button

Orthodontic Service Provision

Was asked: when funding will be made available through the Health Service Executive to the Orthodontic unit of Our Lady's Hospital, Navan, County Meath, to allow them to treat grade four orthodontic cases and...More Button

Health Services

Was asked: the frequency of contact between the Health Service Executive and a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim: if he will instruct the HSE to reduce the level of contact it has with this person i...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 248 of 17 April 2013, if he will specify the person in the Health Service Executive that will be dealing with the person's case (details supplied) in view of t...More Button

Cochlear Implants

Was asked: the progress made on the introduction of a bilateral cochlear implant programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since the national cochlear implant programme commenced seventeen years ago, over 700 patients have received cochlear implants. I am advised that, in 2012, ninety cochlear implants were carried ou...More Button

In 2009 a National Review of Audiology Services was carried out by the HSE, to examine the services provided to children and adults nationwide, and to formulate a national plan for the services. ...More Button

The HSE is working closely with Beaumont Hospital to progress plans for both simultaneous and sequential bilateral implantation. The development of the service will require additional resources ...More Button

Was asked: if he has scheduled a meeting with representatives of the Happy New Ear campaign; when this meeting will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Unfortunately due to a very busy schedule of Government and Departmental business, I regret that I was not in a position to accede to this organisation's recent request for a meeting. However the ...More Button

Was asked: when he will make the necessary funding available in order that both ears can benefit from cochlear implants to avoid problems caused by one implant breaking; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Since the national cochlear implant programme commenced seventeen years ago, over 700 patients have received cochlear implants. I am advised that, in 2012, ninety cochlear implants were carried ou...More Button

In 2009 a National Review of Audiology Services was carried out by the HSE, to examine the services provided to children and adults nationwide, and to formulate a national plan for the services. ...More Button

The HSE is working closely with Beaumont Hospital to progress plans for both simultaneous and sequential bilateral implantation. The development of the service will require additional resources f...More Button

Medical Card Withdrawals

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to any incident where a medical card was withdrawn without any notice; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the decision to refuse 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...More Button

Medical Certificate Applications

Was asked: when an application for a primary medical certificate in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13, will be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if any of his Department’s 2012 capital expenditure allocation was used for current expenditure purposes last year, the amount used for this purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the month by month profile for his Department's 2013 capital expendiuture; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 and 238 together.

None of my Department's 2012 capital allocation was used for current expenditure.

  My Department's capital allo...More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: in relation to the filling of the 414 posts for community mental health services committed to in the Health Service Executive National Service Plan 2012, the number of these positions that have bee...More Button

Was asked: in relation to the occupational therapists appointed in 2012 and 2013 to community mental health teams, if he will indicate if these newly appointed staff are receiving supervision from a senior pr...More Button

Crisis Pregnancy Services

Was asked: if he will confirm for each year over the past ten years the number of women that have availed of services in State funded crisis pregnancy clinics to obtain information on abortion in the UK; the ...More Button

The specific information requested by the Deputy is not readily available. However I have asked the Health Service Executive to supply this information to me and I will forward it to the Deputy as...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding per annum to all State funded crisis pregnancy advice clinics over the past 10 years; the conditions that pertain to their funding; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

In relation to the Deputy's query regarding State funding of crisis pregnancy counselling services, the specific information requested by the Deputy is not readily available. However I have asked ...More Button

Abortion Services

Was asked: if he will confirm for each year over the past 20 years the number of pregnancy terminations that have been carried out in this jurisdiction on the basis of the law as it stands; if he will specify...More Button

My Department is examining this request and will be in touch in due course.More Button

Domestic Violence Policy

Was asked: if he will consider a submission from an organisation (details supplied) about the rationalisation of health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2010 the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence was published. It aims to provide a framework for sustainable intervention to prevent and effectively respond to domesti...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Was asked: if an increase in home help assistance is available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare whose home help has recently been reduced to one hour per week; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Disability Support Services

Was asked: with reference to mobility allowances and motorised transport grants, his plans for provision of services to persons who live with cystic fibrosis; if the criteria will take specific account of liv...More Button

Orthodontic Service Waiting Lists

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 will receive orthodontic treatment from the Health Service Executive and much needed braces in view of the fact that a delay in treatment will mean tha...More Button

Medical Card Data

Was asked: the amount that was recouped from EU member states for the awarding of medical cards to persons under EU regulation 883/04 in each year from 2010 to 2012; if he will provide the breakdown by member...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 226 and 227 of 6 March the way in which his Department knows how to recoup costs of medical cards awarded under EU Regulation 883/04 if the Primary Care Reimbu...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 249 and 250 together.More Button

The amounts received by Ireland in respect of reimbursement of healthcare costs provided under Regulation (EC) No 883/2004, for the years in question are: 2010- €320,000,000; 2011 - €270,000,000;...More Button

All the above monies were received from the United Kingdom. Ireland's primary interaction is with the United Kingdom with whom it operates a bilateral healthcare reimbursement agreement, coverin...More Button

Was asked: the number of Irish citizens over the age of 60 who have worked in other EU countries but retired to Ireland with a contributory pension from another EU country that are in receipt of non-means tes...More Button

Was asked: the number of EU citizens that are in receipt of non-means tested medical cards here under EU Regulation 883/04; if he will provide a breakdown by country and further outline the information the PC...More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure

Was asked: if he approached the British National Health Service to explore if there are further economies of scale or efficiency savings that might be achieved on the cost of medicines by pooling buying and r...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: if he will examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath awaiting an urgent hip replacement surgery, who requires this surgery in order that he may be allowed home from temporary ...More Button

The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2013, has been develop...More Button

Research Funding

Was asked: if he will provide funding from the Health Research Board for research into the treatment of Rett Syndrome; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Health Research Board (HRB) is a statutory body under the aegis of the Department of Health. The HRB is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research. It provides funding, m...More Button

The Health Research Board strategy supports three broad research areas: More Button

-applied biomedical and clinical researchMore Button

-population health sciences researchMore Button

-health services researchMore Button

Within these areas the HRB funds a range of scheme types from PhD scholars programmes, through post-doctoral and health professional fellowships to larger programme awards and support for infras...More Button

The HRB does not ring-fence funding for any particular type of disease or disorder. It does not exclude any field of health research once it meets the HRB's criteria .More Button

Applications for HRB funding derive from bottom-up, open, competitive calls. This means that the idea for the research topic, whether it is for a particular disease area or linked to health servi...More Button

The HRB has developed a co-funding arrangement with the Medical Research Charities Group( MRCG) , whereby it can support research into rare diseases and disorders. Each year the MRCG invites pr...More Button

HSE Funding

Was asked: if he will rescind the decision taken by the Health Service Executive to either wholly or partly stop the issue of a research grant provided by his Department to the ISQSH via the HSE; and if he wi...More Button

Was asked: if he will advise where the funding for the ISQSH research grant has gone, along with the funds for other organisations such as the Irish Patients' Association, amounting in excess of €300k; if the...More Button

Was asked: if a value for money review or a cost benefit analysis was undertaken in advance of the decision to cut funding to ISQSH; the criteria used; if he will make available a copy of same; and if he will...More Button

Was asked: the reason a new non independent organisation (details supplied) has been established within the Health Service Executive despite the existence and work of ISQSH; the reason the ISQSH was not merge...More Button

Was asked: the reason the Health Service Executive has decided to use the NHS/PICKER tool despite the existence of established resources; the cost to secure the PICKER tool; the reason they did not seek to bu...More Button

Was asked: the reason he did not prioritise the retention of an independent organisation like the ISQSH and other independent organisations rather than internalising their work competency within the HSE; and ...More Button

Was asked: if there was any attempt made to reassign work from overworked areas in hospitals such as patient complaints analysis, patient feedback and patient experience and to give same to dedicated speciali...More Button

Was asked: the reason there was no discussion with ISQSH prior to the decision to withdraw funding; the further reason the ISQSH was not given the opportunity to receive less funding as opposed to no funding ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 to 264, inclusive, together.

  Funding decisions in relation to the funding of the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare are pro...More Button

Hospital Trusts

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns expressed by the Master of the Rotunda Hospital about the Project Plan for the establishment of Acute Hospital Groups and the future of the Rotunda H...More Button

A key stepping stone to the introduction of Universal Health Insurance will be to develop independent not-for-profit hospital trusts in which all hospitals will function as part of an integrated gr...More Button

It is well recognised that the Rotunda Hospital provides leadership in maternity services obstetrics, midwifery, neonatology and gynaecology services to all of north Dublin and the northeast. St...More Button

The KPMG Independent Review of Maternity and Gynaecology Services in the Greater Dublin, which was completed in 2008, noted that Dublin’s model of stand alone maternity hospitals is not the norm ...More Button

Hospital Staff

Was asked: the number of whole time equivalent posts currently filled at Waterford Regional Hospital; the number of these whole time equivalent posts filled at Waterford Regional Hospial at the end of 2010, 2...More Button

The Government has decided that the numbers employed across the public service must be reduced in order to meet its fiscal and budgetary targets. The Health Sector must make its contribution to tha...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Was asked: the reason insulin pumps are not available at Waterford Regional Hospital for children suffering with type 1 diabetes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if he is satisfied that the funding available for the fair deal nursing home support scheme for eligible residents support scheme of nursing homes is sufficient to meet the ongoing demand; if he wi...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: if he will support a person (details supplied) in County Offaly regarding support services for adults with autism.More Button

Hospice Services

Was asked: if he will support a matter (details supplied) in Dublin 9 regarding hospital transport.More Button

Departmental Oversight Committees

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 235 of 17 April 2013, if he will detail the full composition of the oversight committee he established to construct abortion legislation; the exact membership ...More Button

The composition of the Oversight Committee is as follows: Minister for Health – Dr James Reilly; Minister of State at the Department of Health – Mr. Alex White; Minister of State at the Department...More Button

- To establish and maintain a clear mechanism for internal communications between the Social Inclusion Unit, senior management in the Department and the Ministers in the Department of Health.More Button

- To ensure that the Ministers in the Department of Health are regularly updated on the progress achieved in the drafting of the legislation.More Button

Five meetings of this Committee have taken place to date, on 24th and 29th January and 31st January, and 5th and 19th February. Myself, Minister of State White, Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, Dr. Tony ...More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

Was asked: the reason there was no consultant in emergency medicine on duty at the Mercy University Hospital Cork on 22 March 2013; the reason the Mercy University Hospital Cork came off call, which resulted ...More Button

In relation to the particular query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.More Button