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Reilly, James

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Regulatory Impact Assessment Usage

Was asked: the action he proposes to take in view of the fact that no regulatory impact assessment was conducted objectively into the review the draft tobacco products directive despite the fact that all Gove...More Button

In line with the Regulatory Impact Assessment Guidelines (RIA) published by the Department of the Taoiseach, my Department is undertaking a Regulatory Impact Analysis on the Tobacco Products Direct...More Button

Medicinal Products Availability

Was asked: if he will consider reversing the decision made by the National Centre for Pharmaeconomics not to make available pirfenidone for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis based on economic ground...More Button

Was asked: if a review is planned for the treatment of ideopathic pulmonary fibrosis with the drug pirfenidone; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 238, 239 and 243 of 18 April 2013, the position regarding the progress of negotiations ongoing in relation to securing Pirfenidone for those diagnosed with I...More Button

Was asked: if he is concerned at the decision of the Health Service Executive to refuse funding, on economic grounds, for the drug Pirfenidone, which is the only effective treatment for lung fibrosis, a rare ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update as to when the drug pirfenidone will be available in the Irish market for sufferers of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his Department will make pirfenidone readily available for sufferers of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; or if his Department will consider providing funding to sufferers of IPD so they can avail ...More Button

Water Fluoridation

Was asked: his plans to change the water fluoridation policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Applications

Was asked: if the review of a medical card will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was refused a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite a decision and issue 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 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

Health Insurance Claims

Was asked: if he is considering reducing payments made to doctors if they fail to file private health insurance paperwork on time in view of the fact that it costs the State €61 million per year; and if he wi...More Button

The Health Service Executive is continuing a drive to reduce the time taken to submit claims to private health insurance companies. It should be noted that the non timely completion of paperwork do...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding a medical card appealin respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; the reasons the person has had their card withdrawn before a decision was made regarding the...More Button

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

National Substance Misuse Strategy

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the introduction of the national alcohol strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Staff

Was asked: the number of practitioners that are currently employed in the orthodontic unit at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal; the number of practitioners currently on maternity or other leave; i...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

Was asked: the plans in place with regard to shortage of medical intern places in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the provisions of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 it is a matter for the Health Service Executive (HSE) to assess, on an annual basis, the number of intern training posts required by the h...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Was asked: the number of persons employed directly by the Health Service Executive to provide home help services in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons currently employed by private bodies such as bluebird care for the provision of home help services in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the 605,000 home help hours to be provided by the Health Service Executive in County Donegal in 2013 include those to be provided by private companies under a service level agreement by the HSE;...More Button

Was asked: if home support hours will be reinstated in respect of a person (details supplied) in County KilkennyMore Button

The particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for dire...More Button

Was asked: if home help services will be reinstated in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny, if he will expedite the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is waiting more than two years for a hernia operation at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; and the action he will take regarding same.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

Was asked: if an operation will be arranged without delay in respect of a person (details supplied) in County KilkennyMore 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

Hospital Procedures

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12, who has Dercum disease which has been diagnosed for many years has had to turn to the private hospital system to address the need for surgical p...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

Was asked: when an application for Fair deal will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the Fair deal scheme will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny and if he will expedite the matter.More Button

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

Was asked: the financial contribution required from a person on the State pension who is a full-time resident in Mountmellick Hospital, County Laois; the funding they should be left with from their pension on...More Button

Health Services Issues

Was asked: the reason a consultant will not sign a person (details supplied) in County Cork fit for work; 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

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: if he can provide a list of wheelchair accessible drug rehabilitation and treatment centres in the greater Dublin area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the funding provided generally for disability services in each of the past four years to disability agencies generally; to St. Michael's House and, in relation to St. Michael's House, the services ...More Button

Generic Drugs Substitution

Was asked: f direction can be given to pharmacists or doctors to preclude substitution of the anti-epileptic drugs under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 when it is enacted; and if h...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the generic substitution of epilepsy medication (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mobility Allowance Eligibility

Was asked: when a decision on an alternative method to the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant in order to provide for the needs of people in a manner that does not run counter to the Equal Statu...More Button

Dental Services Waiting Lists

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Kildare wil receive a dental appointment at the dental clinic in Athy, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: if his Department and agencies under its aegis who own or rent property in commercial developments are in compliance with their responsibilities under the Multi-Unit Development Act 2011; if he wil...More Button

The Office of Public Works has responsibility for Hawkins House where my Department is accommodated. The sourcing of property on behalf of Government Departments / Offices and Agencies is a matte...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage

Was asked: if he will provide a progress report on an application to have Fibromyaliga listed on the long term illness list based on the groups submission last year.More Button

Thalidomide Victims Compensation

Was asked: the reason the recommendations of the Heldelbery study into the survivors of thalidomide have not been implemented here; and his proposals for sameMore Button

The Heidelberg Study is a survey of nearly 900 German survivors of thalidomide, carried out by the University of Heidelberg on behalf of the German Thalidomide Foundation. The report identifies the...More Button

The Department of Health commissioned a report from the State Claims Agency in 2010 which recommended additional financial and other supports to Irish survivors of thalidomide. The offer was reje...More Button

31 Irish thalidomide survivors currently received financial support from the German Foundation and the Irish State. Combining the Irish and German payments, most individuals receive over €2,500 p...More Button

Hospital Acquired Infections

Was asked: the reasons five hospitals were found to have lapses in standards for infection control; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that MRSA rates are at a 6-year low and I would like to assure the Deputy that the management of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAIs) is a key patient safety iss...More Button

In relation to the recent Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) reports on four hospitals my Department and the HSE recognise that the HIQA inspection of hospitals against the Nationa...More Button

To improve hand hygiene a series of actions are in place, a key element of which is the HSE's continuing bi-annual hand hygiene audits which occur both in the acute sector and in the long stay ar...More Button

Other actions include:More Button

- the existing 2005 guidelines on hand hygiene are being revised and will be published this year;More Button

- a hand hygiene e-learning programme is being piloted in Dublin North East;More Button

- a training video for staff on the WHO 5 Moments for hand hygiene concept and national participation in the WHO's annual Hand Hygiene Day on 5th May 2013 with all hospitals engaging in local initi...More Button

- revised hand hygiene posters were introduced across the system in the summer of 2012;More Button

- a major section on website on hand hygiene;More Button

- in collaboration with the Department of Education an educational programme for schools - E-Bug;More Button

- a monthly national HCAI implementation group monitors and reviews all HCAI activity in the health system.More Button

The four hospitals audited by HIQA are now being asked to develop quality improvement plans that prioritise changes necessary to fully meet the National Standards for the Prevention and Control o...More Button

With regard to the prevention of the spread of MRSA it should be noted that the number of cases of MRSA has fallen by 55% between 2006 and 2011 (from 592 to 263 cases) and the downward trend i...More Button

Finally, officials of my Department are currently working on the Licensing of Health Facilities Bill which will provide for a mandatory system of licensing for public and private health servic...More Button

Alcohol Pricing

Was asked: the steps, if any, he proposes to take to influence a reduction in the price of non-alcoholic beer on sale in the on and off-trade in view of the relatively high price of such products here and the...More Button

Cochlear Implants

Was asked: the steps that have been taken to put in place a bilateral cochlear implant programme in the State; when he expects such a programme to become operational; if resources have been secured for the pr...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

While no dedicated programme for simultaneous or sequential implantation is being carried out in Ireland at this time, some bilateral implantation has already occurred for patients, mainly very y...More Button

I can confirm that Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch intends to meet with the Happy New Ear campaign group later on this month. More Button

Home Care Packages

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

Hospital Services

Was asked: if he will provide an evaluation of the performance of University College Hospital Galway’s management of diabetic foot disease against the management standards for the condition, set down in the H...More Button

The National Clinical Programme for Diabetes, which includes the care of children and adolescents with diabetes and which has been established within the HSE's Clinical Strategy and Programmes Dire...More Button

Was asked: the circumstances and the hours family members are required to sit with patients who are terminally ill in Mountmellick Hospital, County Laois; if medical cover or care is provided after 5pm in the...More Button

Was asked: if he will identify the locations of the public obstetric units across the country which are deemed appropriate locations for any procedures that may arise out of the Protection of Life during Preg...More Button

It is the intention of the legislation that all public obstetric units will be deemed appropriate locations for any medical procedures that may arise out of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy ...More Button

Emergency Services Personnel

Was asked: if he will outline the details of an incident at Dunsany, County Meath, that led to a member of an Garda Siochána transporting a patient from the scene of a car crash to hospital by ambulance; if h...More Button

Members of An Garda Síochána are authorised to drive any vehicle deemed necessary in the performance of their duties. On rare occasions, two or more paramedics or advanced paramedics may be require...More Button

Health Services Provision

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is no longer eligible to provide chiropody services to public patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will make an intervention into the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will seek a place in a full-time care facility for them and ensure that they receive the ca...More Button

Health Reports

Was asked: if he has considered the recent position paper by the Fit for Work Coalition; the recommendations for a cross departmental group to engage the expertise and insights of the coalition members in ord...More Button

The work of the Fit for Work Coalition will be informative in the development of an implementation plan for Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing. It reflects the ethos an...More Button

The Healthy Ireland Framework will provide a leadership role in building and supporting a whole-of-government and intersectoral approach to identify practical ways to strengthen working between s...More Button

The Cabinet Committee on Social Policy, chaired by An Taoiseach, will oversee the implementation of Healthy Ireland. This high level of leadership will actively promote the engagement of Governm...More Button

Medical Card Delays

Was asked: if he will expedite an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if further correspondence will be considered; the reason for the delay; and if he will ...More Button

Cancer Screening Programme

Was asked: if he will consider removing the age limits in place for the free smear test under the National Cervical Screening Programme in view of the incidence of this cancer in younger women; and if he will...More Button

CervicalCheck, the National Cervical Screening Programme was introduced in 2008 and offers free smear tests to women aged 25 - 60. The decision to offer smear tests to women aged 25 and over was m...More Button

Changes in the cells of the cervix are extremely common in women under 25. In the vast majority of cases, these changes will settle and go back to normal by themselves. If the screening age was l...More Button

I would encourage all women aged under 25 to be vigilant about their health and go immediately to their family doctor (GP) if they have any concerns or symptoms such as abnormal bleeding. In such...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: if he will co-ordinate in arranging a meeting between the Health Service Executive management and National Ambulance Service management with the Save our Ambulance Kenmare Committee (details suppli...More Button

The National Ambulance Service (NAS), in line with a Labour Court decision, is in the process of introducing on-duty rostering to replace existing on-call arrangements. This means that on-duty ambu...More Button

The NAS intends to introduce on-duty rostering and dynamic deployment of emergency resources, on a phased basis, across the entire Cork and Kerry region. So far, on-duty and dynamic deployment ar...More Button

The HSE is currently considering the most appropriate model of service delivery for South Kerry, to replace the current on-call, static deployment model and the operation of resources in isolatio...More Button

In light of the above, all stakeholders should take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the consultation process, as the most effective and appropriate forum to engage with the HSE and...More Button