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Reilly, James

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Health Services Provision

Was asked: the way he will address the deep concerns of both hospital consultants and general practitioners regarding the provision of health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There has been significant focus over recent weeks on the very demanding and challenging financial and resource constraints within which the HSE has been required to prepare and adopt its 2014 serv...More Button

Let us deal with the facts rather than the hype. There are more than 200 additional GPs in the GMS than there were when we came into government. We all know we are about to enter into - I must be...More Button

The Minister of State, Deputy White, has already met the various organisations. We expect to hear a lot of noise from that section until the new contract is in place, but let us deal with the fact...More Button

It is important to have the facts out here. There are more consultants and GPs in the service than there were three years ago and we recruited over 700 nurses last year. The people who work in ...More Button

We are not in government three years yet.More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in the implementation of the recommendations of the North-South feasibility study on co-operation in the provision of health services on the island of Ireland; and if he will m...More Button

The North-South Feasibility Study, finalised in 2009, examined the potential for joint co-operation in health across an extensive range of health and social care services. It set out 10 priority r...More Button

At a departmental level co-operation between the two jurisdictions is active and ongoing. "Transforming Your Care: a Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland" also recommends co-op...More Button

I am committed to working together with my Northern colleagues on issues of common concern and benefit.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which parents of children suffering with narcolepsy continue to receive adequate back-up support and services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I note that early indications from scientific and medical research into narcolepsy suggest that the prognosis for children may be better that previously indicated and that they should, with appropr...More Button

The ex-gratia health supports include clinical care pathways to ensure access to rapid diagnosis and treatment, multidisciplinary assessments led by clinical experts, counselling services for bot...More Button

On the education side, the National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS) engaged with all of the schools being attended by children with narcolepsy to provide guidance and assistance on the ...More Button

With regard to third level, students diagnosed with narcolepsy following pandemic vaccination can access the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme, which is a college/university sche...More Button

Health Services Provision (Continued)

What did Fianna Fáil do?More Button

Fianna Fáil has been wonderful at describing the problem but not terribly good at dealing with it, as we all know. Despite a 10% reduction in staff, 20% reduction in budget and an 8% increase in o...More Button

It was very handy because my predecessor was not a member of the Fianna Fáil party, so it could leave her to deal with all the consequences.More Button

Out of 103,000 people who were waiting longer than a year for an outpatient appointment in March 2013, there are now only 4,500 people. I accept it is still too many but we continue to address it.More Button

Deputy Kelleher is into the old Fianna Fáil way of hype and spin. I deal in facts because-----More Button

-----I am interested in reality and the reality our citizens have to endure every day. I want to improve that experience for them. We will continue to improve the patient experience and, at the s...More Button

I look forward to his comments on it. I invite himself, Deputy Ó Caoláin and others to feed into that process because it will be about all of our health service. I want all of us to feel part of ...More Button

Charities and Voluntary Organisations

Was asked: the date on which the report he commissioned on charities and other bodies funded by the Health Service Executive will be concluded and published; if, in view of revelations of excessive salaries a...More Button

This process commenced quite some time back arising out of the HIQA report into Tallaght hospital. The HSE internal audit directorate produced a report, which has been available on the HSE website...More Button

The organisation to which the Deputy referred is a section 39 agency, not a section 38. Accordingly, it is not subject to public pay policy. Nonetheless, I, as well as the Government, believe tha...More Button

Charities and Voluntary Organisations (Continued)

To correct the record of the House, there has not been any cut to disability. This Government spends more than €6.4 billion on disability annually. Our commitment to those with disability is very...More Button

No, there have not been cuts.More Button

I did not interrupt the Deputy, but as he has interrupted me I will remind him of his shroud-waving, general forecasting of doom and gloom at every availability opportunity, and the outrage auction...More Button

I remind him also of his inability to accept the facts and his urgency to ignore due process and call for independent inquiries when it is clear there is a process in place that is delivering what ...More Button

Sinn Féin would not know about that.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Was asked: the way he will address the deficit of early intervention teams for children in many parts of the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress in implementing the new policy system to empower persons with a disability or their families to choose educational options, particularly post graduation from secondary level and in con...More Button

Was asked: when he will move to tackle the enormous regional disparities in the provision of early intervention teams for children; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way he will address the absence of early intervention teams for children in many areas of the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 56 together.More Button

The Government is committed to the provision and development of services for children with a disability, including early intervention services, within available resources. While these services a...More Button

The aim of the Programme on Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People is to achieve a national, unified approach to delivering disability health services so that there is a cl...More Button

There are almost 60 geographic-based multi-disciplinary teams established as part of the reconfigured service model under the Programme. It is hoped that a further 30 teams will be reconfigured ...More Button

Was asked: if the reduction in staff levels in the health services mean that, with regard to disability services, the capacity does not exist to implement Government policy; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons with an intellectual disability in residential day care and on respite waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the mechanism available to a family to secure care services for their child who has ADHD and ASD, in particular occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy; and if he will make a stateme...More 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: the total number of vacancies in all early intervention teams in Dublin North East and Dublin North Central; the length of time each position has been vacant; his plan to fill vacancies; and if he ...More Button

Was asked: the number on waiting lists looking to see all members of intervention teams in Dublin North Central and Dublin North East; the average waiting time on lists; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 284 and 285 together.More Button

The Government is committed to the provision and development of services for children with a disability, including early intervention services, within available resources. While these services a...More Button

The aim of the Programme on Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People is to achieve a national, unified approach to delivering disability health services so that there is a cl...More Button

My Department has asked the HSE to provide the Deputy with the detailed operational information that he has requested.More Button

  Question No. 286 answered with Question No. 280.More Button

Hospital Staff

Was asked: if he has ascertained the actions that were taken in response to the concerns expressed by midwives in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, in 2006; the immediate action he will take to ensu...More Button

I am aware that the previous Minister for Health received representations from the then Minister for Finance in 2006 about the maternity unit at Portlaoise. As overall responsibility for the manag...More Button

With regard to current staffing at the Portlaoise maternity unit, I understand from the HSE that a number of vacancies exist at present and that service provision is supported by agency midwives....More Button

I assure the Deputy that actions are being undertaken across our health services with a view to improving patient safety and providing a more patient-centred model of care. In particular, patien...More Button

My Department, in conjunction with the HSE, is developing a new national maternity strategy to provide the strategic direction for the optimal development of our maternity services. In light of ...More Button

There is a report being compiled by the Chief Medical Officer. He and I met three of the families concerned. Like the Deputy, I reiterate my sympathies on their losses and I apologise for the way...More Button

I assure everyone that the Chief Medical Officer's report will be comprehensive and it will be an important signpost for HIQA when it engages in its review of the situation in Portlaoise. It is in...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken to address the shortage of non-consultant hospital doctors at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I thank the Deputy for the question. The number of non-consultant hospital doctors, NCHDs, in the public health system has increased by more than 200 in recent years and now exceeds 4,900. Howeve...More Button

Letterkenny General Hospital had an NCHD complement of 105 whole-time equivalents prior to the drive to support implementation of the European working time directive. To facilitate the implement...More Button

Since July 2013, there have been ongoing efforts to recruit doctors for the January 2014 intake of NCHDs to ensure recruitment of all 121 whole-time equivalents. Unfortunately, due to national a...More Button

Hospital Services

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) have not been included in the transfer of patients to the Mater Private Hospital; the cost to the Health Service Executive of dealing with this situation to da...More Button

I have been advised by the HSE that Tallaght hospital has entered into a service level agreement with the Mater Private Hospital, approved by the HSE, for the provision of spinal surgery. Under th...More Button

With regard to the two patients referred to by the Deputy, the HSE has advised that outpatient appointments with the treating clinician at Tallaght hospital were scheduled for these patients on 6...More Button

We all agree that the priority is for patients to be seen as quickly as possible, and sometimes that requires us to use public funding to purchase services in the private sector. I do not have an ...More Button

I should put to bed, as I indicated earlier, the idea that somehow we are having grave difficulty in this regard. In specific areas and in some specialties there are difficulties recruiting cons...More Button

I accept the Deputy is concerned about the embargo, which is not an unreasonable position. I have made it clear that over 700 nurses were recruited last year. The embargo - or employment control ...More Button

One of the big problems in the health service is the skill mix. I have asked why some model four hospitals - the big tertiary hospitals - have nine nurses per health care assistant but in others...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the epilepsy monitoring unit in Cork University Hospital; when this unit will open; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The epilepsy national clinical care programme provides for the commissioning of a regional epilepsy monitoring unit to be based in Cork University Hospital. This unit will provide accessible compr...More Button

The executive management board of Cork University Hospital allocated ward 3A as a suitable location for the epilepsy monitoring unit to be shared with the facility for stroke services. Funding o...More Button

The HSE has advised that commissioning of the unit requires the recruitment of additional nursing and allied health professional staff. Recruitment of nursing staff has, I understand, been parti...More Button

I have also been assured the unit is now equipped and will open no later than 31 March 2014 and I look forward to seeing the Deputy there.More Button

Cad é an ceist?More Button

With respect, what is truly important is to ensure patients have this excellent service available to them in Cork. Last week I was in Beaumont Hospital at the opening of its new unit where I met t...More Button

I met a gentleman there who is related to a Member of the House who was very happy to tell us his life has been transformed in the past two years. He is now epilepsy free and can go where he wis...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the dedicated stroke unit in Cork University Hospital; when this unit will be open; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I look forward to going to Cork but I will have to get a passport from the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, before I set foot in Cork.More Button

Cork University Hospital provides a full, comprehensive range of stroke related services, including neuro-radiology, which includes intra-arterial thrombolysis. In plain language that means admi...More Button

To develop further the multidisciplinary role within the stroke service in CUH, the clinical programme also provided the necessary funding to recruit the following staff: one full-time clinical n...More Button

The HSE national clinical care programmes provide a national, strategic and co-ordinated approach to a wide range of clinical services. The objective of the stroke clinical programme is to provi...More Button

This is what the health service is supposed to do which is delivering better outcomes for patients. This is a very clear example of how the men and women who work in our health service have achi...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that the new cystic fibrosis unit at St. Vincent's University Hospital is able to treat all cystic fibrosis patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

St. Vincent's University Hospital is the designated National Adult Referral Centre for patients with cystic fibrosis. The hospital currently treats 330 adults, which accounts for over 50% of the C...More Button

With regard to the provision of services for all patients with cystic fibrosis, which are also provided in a number of other hospitals both adult and paediatric, I have asked the HSE to respond d...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the cystic fibrosis service at Beaumont Hospital as there is an urgent need to develop this service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

  Question No. 71 answered with Question No. 16.More Button

Was asked: to set out his plans to introduce a Huntington's disease neurology clinic at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Hospital Staff (Continued)

However, 14 of these posts are covered by agency locum non-consultant hospital doctors employed on a temporary basis to ensure continuation of service delivery at the hospital. Efforts are continu...More Button

As the Deputy has acknowledged, we have approved more posts for Letterkenny. The reality is there is a difficulty in recruiting but we continue to recruit actively and to use agency locums to ensu...More Button

The Deputy will be aware from earlier responses to questions that the model of care needs to change in both hospitals and in general practice. We need to move away from this episodic illness appro...More Button

Hospital Services (Continued)

I would not have that level of detail available to me here but I know that in the past, we talked about saving one life per week and avoiding three people per week going into long-term care as a co...More Button

Care of the Elderly Provision

Was asked: the way he can reconcile the programme for Government commitment that investment in the supply of more and better care for older persons in the community and in residential settings will be a prior...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the services for senior citizens living on the north side of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I was going to say I am a lonely man as I gaze across this Chamber without seeing another soul in it.More Button

I am well covered from behind, but there is nobody in front.More Button

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland. It represents a major public health challenge in both the short and long terms. For most people, the main source of exposure to ultraviol...More Button

Data from the HSE indicate that the cost of treating skin cancer ranges from €6,000 to €10,000 per patient, depending on the complexity of the disease. New high oncology drugs, such as ipilimuma...More Button

We must legislate now to put measures in place to protect our children and allow adults to make better informed choices. We must do all we can to discourage the use of sunbeds and encourage a he...More Button

I wish to take this opportunity to call on parents to act responsibly when it comes to permitting or encouraging their children to use sunbeds. Parents may think that they are doing something po...More Button

The operator will be required to ensure the client has the opportunity to read and consider the information, and has signed the form confirming he or she has done so before being allowed to use a s...More Button

Concerns have been raised during this debate regarding claims that sunbeds can in some way be good for people or can help with certain conditions such as acne. We know from all the scientific ev...More Button

Through the Bill and the wider Healthy Ireland agenda, we will create awareness of the dangers of using sunbeds. We will promote healthy lifestyle choices among the public by building on this le...More Button

I note the concerns raised by Deputies with regard to the quality of protective eyewear. The Bill requires that such eyewear should comply with the relevant harmonised EU standards.More Button

A question was raised as to why we would require recognised training for those supervising sunbed use. We know that despite all the warnings and information campaigns around cancer risks, some p...More Button

I have been asked why we would not provide for a prohibition on sunbed use based on skin type. People with skin types 1 and 2 are melano-compromised and the World Health Organization recommends ...More Button

I was also asked whether consideration was given to the provision of a complete ban on sunbeds in commercial premises. Having reviewed a number of options, it was considered that such a ban woul...More Button

I concur with the Deputies who highlighted the need for effective enforcement of this important legislation. I have no intention of passing the Bill for it merely to be left on the shelf. The e...More Button

Last November, in preparation for the introduction of this legislation, my Department established a national implementation group with the HSE and the Environmental Health Association of Ireland....More Button

I have listened to the concerns raised regarding the proposed level of penalties. I fully understand and agree with the sentiments expressed. This is why the proposed penalty rates are so signi...More Button

Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013: Referral to Select Committee

I move:More Button

Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013: Order for Second Stage

I move: "That Second Stage be taken now."More Button

Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013: Second Stage

I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."More Button

I am pleased to introduce the Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013 to the House. The Bill provides for the disestablishment of the Vote of the Health Service Executive and the ...More Button

The Government is reforming the health services and it is reform of unprecedented breadth and depth. It is radical and will ultimately see the introduction of universal health insurance. In Nov...More Button

The Health Act 2004 provided that the HSE had its own Vote and that the Minister for Health had no legal role in setting its budget. The House will understand that the intention was to give the ...More Button

The Bill seeks to rectify that situation by restoring the Vote of the HSE to the Office of the Minister for Health and thus re-establishing appropriate and proper accountability for the HSE to Go...More Button

Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Continued)

  It is appropriate that I take this opportunity to tell the House that we have been progressing our reform since the publication of Future Health just over a year...More Button

It also provides funds in the Vote of the Minister for Health for 2015 so as to enable the Department to provide grants to the HSE, pending Dáil approval of the Minister's office's Vote. The provi...More Button

As I have outlined, this Bill is another step on the reform journey, the ultimate destination being universal health insurance. The central aim of the health reform programme is to improve equit...More Button

It is better than it was in the previous Government's day but it is still there.More Button

Nobody ever said that everything was okay.More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

Was asked: the position regarding the trolley issue in the accident and emergency department at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department of Health, the HSE SDU and the INMO are at one in regarding trolley waits to be an unacceptable feature of the Irish healthcare system which must be addressed. However, year to date...More Button

  Questions Nos. 4 to 6, inclusive, answered orally.More Button

Was asked: the action that will be taken to address the crisis situation at Tallaght hospital as highlighted by the INMO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department of Health, the HSE SDU and the INMO are at one in regarding trolley waits to be an unacceptable feature of the Irish healthcare system which must be addressed. However, year to date...More Button

Was asked: the measures being put in place to address overcrowding in the emergency department at Tallaght hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department of Health, the HSE SDU and the INMO are at one in regarding trolley waits to be an unacceptable feature of the Irish healthcare system which must be addressed. However, year to date...More Button

Tallaght hospital is experiencing an unprecedented surge in the number of people attending the Emergency Department. The CEO of Tallaght Hospital has categorically stated that it is not the case...More Button

I have been advised by the HSE that a small number of day case procedures have been cancelled and these patients have been notified. As is standard practice when EDs are experiencing a surge of ...More Button

With regard to staffing issues, the number of nurses has increased from February 2013, with 938 nurses currently employed at Tallaght, 30 of whom were recruited in the last month. Further recrui...More Button

Nursing Staff Remuneration

Was asked: if he will reverse the cut to the starting salary level for newly graduated nurses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Haddington Road Agreement, revised salary scales for 'new entrant' nurses are being prepared. These new salary scales will address the imbalance between those who entered the public serv...More Button

In a time of very limited recruitment opportunities in the public service, I am very pleased that up to 1,000 two-year contracts are being made available to graduate nurses and midwives in our he...More Button

Under the Haddington Road Agreement it was agreed that participants will be paid 85% of the first point of the new entrant scale in the first year and 90% in the second. Alongside these valuable...More Button

The educational component of the graduate nurse and midwife programme comprises a 2 year part-time 3 module Certificate Graduate Education Programme that will be NMBI approved and academically ac...More Button

Under the Programme, by the end of January 2014 the recruitment of over 600 graduate nurses was completed or in train, over 1,000 applications having been received.More Button

  Questions Nos. 10 to 13, inclusive, answered orally.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the long delays in assessment and access in respect of speech and language therapy in Dublin 15; the measures he will take to resolve same; and if he will make a ...More Button

Was asked: the measures he will take to ensure that a child (details supplied below) in Dublin 15 will receive immediate access to speech and language therapy in view of the fact that the application was firs...More Button

Maternity Services

Was asked: the steps he will take to restore public confidence in the quality of the maternity service being provided at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, in view of the number of expectant mothers ...More Button

I believe that it is vitally important that we restore public confidence in the quality of the maternity services at Portlaoise, and have already taken steps to do so. My priority is to establish ...More Button

I am acutely aware of the concerns of many pregnant women throughout the country, and I want to reassure them that Ireland is a safe country in which to have a baby. Compared to neighbouring cou...More Button

The Deputy might also like to note that my Department, in conjunction with the HSE, will develop a new National Maternity Strategy this year. This will provide the strategic direction for the op...More Button

Was asked: his views on the statistics on public maternity units, recently released under freedom of information, which show a wide variation in caesarean section rates, ranging from 19.1% in Sligo General Ho...More Button

I am aware of, and have noted, the variations in the rates of C-Section throughout the country. The Deputy may wish to note that a new National Maternity Strategy will be developed by my Departmen...More Button

  Question No. 28 answered with Question No. 26.More Button

Was asked: if maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar are on a par with those provided at similar hospitals; if all the recommendations of the Health Information and Quality Authority repor...More Button

I am aware of the concerns of many pregnant women throughout the country and would like to assure them that Ireland is a safe country in which to have a baby. Compared to neighbouring countries, w...More Button

The actions required to address the recommendations in the HIQA Report into the death of Savita Halappanavar are being undertaken across our health services with a view to improving patient safet...More Button

The Deputy might also like to note that my Department, in conjunction with the HSE, will develop a new National Maternity Strategy this year. This will provide the strategic direction for the op...More Button

  Question No. 47 answered with Question No. 34.More Button

Was asked: if he will outline, since the Health Information and Quality Authority report into the standards of maternity care at the hospital where a person (details supplied) died almost a year ago, the subs...More Button

My Department is ensuring that the actions required to implement the recommendations of the HIQA Report into the death of Ms Halappanavar are being undertaken across our health services with a view...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the level of accommodation, staffing levels, implementation of national protocols, equipment, professional training and development for personnel in the maternity unit at th...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, in light of reports of a number of perinatal deaths at Portlaoise hospital in recent years, I have asked the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to provide me with a report on t...More Button

Was asked: to set out his plans to increase investment in maternity services, including the lifting of the moratorium on employment of perinatal psychiatrists beyond Dublin; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

An additional €1.48m has been provided in the HSE's Service Plan 2014 to target necessary patient centred improvements in maternity care. Looking forward, the proposed National Maternity Strategy,...More Button

In relation to staff resources, I would like to confirm that there is no embargo in the public health service on the recruitment of midwives or other frontline staff, including perinatal psychiat...More Button

General Practitioner Services

Was asked: the number of GP dispensing facilities that have been withdrawn by the primary care reimbursement services since the start of 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason the PCRS is unilaterally withdrawing dispensing facilities from GPs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Consultancy Contracts

Was asked: if he will confirm if the Health Service Executive has engaged the advice of external professional consultants on the appointment of persons to boards under the HSE's remit; the total cost in each ...More Button

My officials have received confirmation from the HSE that an organisation called Boardmatch Ireland was used to assist in identifying replacement candidates to fill vacancies on the Board of the Ce...More Button

Details of the cost of engagement of the external consultants will be provided directly by the HSE to the Deputy.More Button

Air Pollution

Was asked: his view regarding a potential health risk from the recent fire at the Oxigen plant in the Ballymount industrial estate (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will indicate if there have been h...More Button

Matters relating to air quality and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are matters for the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in the first instance.More Button

I have been advised that the results from the EPA's national ambient air quality monitoring network show that there was no breach of air quality standards at any of the monitoring stations in the...More Button

The EPA issued health related advice to local residents. EPA inspectors undertook additional air monitoring over the duration of the fire. While it is too early at this stage to provide a fully...More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Was asked: when BreastCheck will be extended to women aged 65 to 69; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason the pledge to extend BreastCheck to women aged 65 to 69 is not being honoured in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 43 together.More Button

The BreastCheck Programme provides free mammograms to all women aged 50-64. Ireland has improved breast cancer survival rates due to a combined approach of screening, symptomatic detection and i...More Button

Given the level of funding available, and the competing demands, it was not possible to include the age extension in the HSE's National Service Plan for 2014. The BreastCheck Programme aims to e...More Button

Patient Safety

Was asked: the position regarding the recommendations contained in the patient safety investigation report into services at University Hospital Galway and as reflected in the care provided to Savita Halappana...More Button

HIQA's 'Investigation into the safety, quality and standards of services provided by the Health Service Executive to patients, including pregnant women, at risk of clinical deterioration, including...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: his views on whether the ambulance service has the necessary resources for 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the concerns that have been expressed regarding the ambulance service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 22 and 53 together.More Button

I am aware that concerns have been raised recently concerning ambulance service response times. In the circumstances, I have asked HIQA to bring forward its planned review of pre-hospital emerg...More Button

I should also explain that the National Ambulance Service will undertake its own capacity review, to determine current and future service delivery needs. This process will examine a number of ar...More Button

Health Services Staff Recruitment

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 5 of 20 March 2013, if he will indicate the reason the €20 million ring-fenced in the 2013 national service plan for the recruitment of 250 primary care posts ...More Button

Midwifery Services

Was asked: if he will remove the public services recruitment embargo in respect of midwives as a matter of urgency in view of the closure of Mount Carmel Hospital, which is placing further pressures on matern...More Button

I wish to confirm to the Deputy that there is no embargo on the recruitment of midwives in the public health service. While the numbers employed across the public service must be reduced in order ...More Button

The number of Staff Midwives, including the Senior Staff Grade, in the public health service at the end of 2013 was 1,341 (WTEs) - including 20 on the Graduate Placement Scheme. The number at th...More Button

I am satisfied that it is open to the HSE to recruit the levels of frontline staff necessary to ensure that we have safe service provision. More generally, in order to mitigate the impact on fro...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Was asked: the way in which he plans to ensure that hospitals enforce the new deadlines for reducing waiting lists; his views on whether hospitals have adequate resources to do so; and if he will make a state...More Button

The Operational Plan 2014 of the HSE Acute Hospitals Division states the specific access targets which have been determined by the SDU, sets out funding and activity requirements in relation to ach...More Button

As regards outpatient services, the HSE Service Plan aims to reduce the ratio of new to return OPD attendances from 1 (new): 2.6 (return) attendances in 2013 to 1:2 attendances in 2014. This is ...More Button

In relation to in-patient and daycase activity, the planned activity levels presented in the HSE Service Plan for 2014 are 2% below projected outturn for 2013. This is the maximum that could be ...More Button

I have written to the HSE, asking them to manage waiting lists such that target waiting times are achieved by mid-year 2014 and maintained thereafter, rather than allowing waiting lists to escala...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Laois will have an operation carried out. More Button

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

  Questions Nos. 243 and 244 answered with Question No. 241.More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to address the two year wait to see a cardiology consultant at Temple Street University Children's Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The target as set out in the HSE National Service Plan 2014 is that no-one should be waiting longer than 12 months for a first-time outpatient appointment. The HSE has advised that Children's Univ...More Button

Was asked: the number of patients recorded as awaiting various procedures at public hospitals throughout the country; the degree to which these waiting times have fluctuated to date; and if he will make a sta...More Button

In relation to the detailed information requested by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

Health Insurance Prices

Was asked: the measures he will be taking in 2014 to reverse the decline in the numbers with private health insurance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his response to a Health Insurance Authority projection that the number of 18 to 29 year olds with health insurance will have fallen by almost 40,000 in March 2015 compared with July 2013; and if h...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on his engagement with health insurance providers regarding the increasing cost of private insurance, the need to encourage younger people to secure private insurance, ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26, 28 and 253 together.

  There are currently just over 2 million people, or 44.6% of the population with private health insurance. While this ...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he and his Department continue to monitor and address the issues which appear continually to drive private health insurance premiums upward; the extent to which such premiums ar...More Button

The main legislative provisions for the regulation of the Irish private health insurance market are included in the Health Insurance Acts 1994 to 2013 and Regulations made under those Acts. Under ...More Button

There are a number of factors which affect the cost of private health insurance premiums such as increased usage of hospital services and the increasing cost of claims, the age profile of those h...More Button

I have been strongly seeking much greater cost control in the private health insurance industry and have consistently emphasised the vital need to address the rising cost of private health insura...More Button

The Government remains committed to keeping down the cost of health insurance, so that it is affordable for as many people as possible, as part of measures to ensure the sustainability of the pri...More Button

Health Services Funding

Was asked: if he will provide assurances that the necessary investment will be made in the refurbishment of St. Augustine's, McBride and D'Alton community nursing units in County Mayo in order that they will ...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects to be in a position to meet in full the total cost of providing the health services as outlined within budget 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

This is a time of undoubted challenge for the Irish health system as a consequence of the emergency financial situation the State has had to address over recent years. Along with significant and s...More Button

Undoubtedly, therefore, 2014 is a challenge, perhaps the most challenging year so far. The 2014 HSE Service Plan, in setting out the health and social care services to be provided during the cour...More Button

The delivery of this years’ Service Plan will focus on the dual challenge of protecting patient outcomes while, at the same time, reducing costs. This requires, inter alia, increasing emphasis on...More Button

The HSE has management systems in place to monitor service delivery throughout the course of the year. Should any unexpected contingencies arise the HSE is well positioned to identify such contin...More Button

Health Insurance Regulation

Was asked: when he will address the regulatory position of the VHI; the reason this was not done in 2013 as previously pledged; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for the VHI; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 30 and 54 together.More Button

The Government agreed in December 2011 to address the European Court of Justice ruling of September 2011 and to work with the VHI in its application process for authorisation by the Central Bank ...More Button

VHI's readiness for authorisation will be determined by the CBI after its assessment of VHI's application. Officials from my Department, the VHI and CBI continue to engage regularly to progress ...More Button

Substance Misuse

Was asked: his position regarding dealing with binge drinking by young people; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Ireland has a significant alcohol problem which needs decisive and innovative action to address it. Last October, the Government approved an extensive package of measures to deal with alcohol misu...More Button

A broad range of complementary measures is required to successfully reduce consumption of, and harms associated with, alcohol misuse. The package of measures to be implemented will include provi...More Button

Work is continuing in my Department on the development of a framework for the implementation of these measures. A health impact assessment, in conjunction with Northern Ireland, was commissioned...More Button

The other measures (e.g. for the HSE, professional bodies etc) set out in the Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy, were endorsed by Government and are to be progressed b...More Button

HSE National Service Plan

Was asked: the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the ability of the Health Service Executive to deliver the full range of health services as set out in the national service plan for 2014; if part...More Button

There has been considerable focus, understandably, on the demanding and challenging financial and resource constraints within which the HSE has been required to prepare and adopt its 2014 Service P...More Button

The delivery of the health and social care services provided for in this year's Service Plan will again focus on the dual challenge of protecting patient outcomes while, at the same time, reducin...More Button

The HSE has management systems in place to monitor service delivery throughout the course of the year. Should any unexpected contingencies arise the HSE is well positioned to identify such conti...More Button

Was asked: his views on the divisional plans recently published by the Health Service Executive. More Button

The 2014 HSE National Service Plan was published on 18th December last and sets out the health and social care services that the Executive is to deliver during the course of this ye...More Button

Rare Diseases Strategy Publication

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 698 and 699 of 19 November 2013, the status of the drafting of a rare diseases plan as required under European Council Recommendation 2009/C/151/02 of 8 June...More Button

Was asked: if research will be carried out into the prevalence of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome here to guide the provision and allocation of necessary supports and services to children and adults affected by this c...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 34 and 47 together.

  My Department is finalising a national plan on rare diseases which is set in the context of the council recommendation of 8...More Button

Medical Card Data

Was asked: the number of discretionary medical cards currently in use; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of discretionary medical cards he expects there to be at the end of 2014; the number there was at the end of 2013; the number of new discretionary medical cards issued in 2013; the numbe...More Button

Was asked: the total number of full medical cards currently in circulation; the extent to which this figure has fluctuated in each of the past five years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Reports

Was asked: if he will provide the total number of Health Service Executive internal written reports that have been conducted into perinatal deaths since the HSE came into being; the total number of written re...More Button

The Health Service Executive conducts investigations into serious incidents including perinatal deaths and the Executive's Risk and Incident Investigation Process provides a framework for conductin...More Button

The Chief Medical Officer of my Department is currently preparing a report for me on the issues at Portlaoise. I have assured the families concerned that the process will be transparent, that th...More Button

Hospital Consultants Recruitment

Was asked: if he and the Health Service Executive will be making any changes to the terms and conditions in place for the recruitment of new hospital consultants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of consultant posts, by discipline and hospital site, unfilled at time of responding; the posts that have been advertised and the period of time that each post has been unfilled; the rea...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the number of hospital consultants available here compares to that in other jurisdictions; the degree to which it is anticipated to improve this situation; and if he will make a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 39, 50 and 266 together.More Button

Notwithstanding the need to reduce the numbers employed across the public service in order to meet fiscal and budgetary targets, the HSE has the capacity to recruit consultants. Arrangements are...More Button

If the health services are to continue to provide consultant-level opportunities for doctors to replace consultants who retire and eventually to expand overall capacity, this can only happen on t...More Button

It is Government policy to move to a consultant delivered service and there has been a significant increase in the number of consultants (Whole Time Equivalents) over the past 5 years. The numbe...More Button

I established the MacCraith Group last July to carry out a strategic review of medical training and career structures. The Group submitted an interim Report focused on training to me in December...More Button

I have referred the Deputy's questions seeking data to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Mobility Allowance Review

Was asked: when a replacement for the mobility allowance will be brought forward; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the negotiation of a new GP contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Accommodation Provision

Was asked: if capital investment is being considered for a new unit that will alleviate the pressure at peak time in the context of the high capacity levels at University Hospital Galway, which is in the Galw...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

  Question No. 43 answered with Question No. 19.More Button

Disability Services Funding

Was asked: the funding being provided for disability services in 2014; the progress made to date in relation to the provision of services for school leavers in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Was asked: if he will support the Prosper Fingal disability group and the services it provides in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his response to the recent statement by the Disability Federation of Ireland that health service funding for disabilities should be organised on a multi-annual basis to improve and facilitate prope...More Button

Ambulance Service Response Times

Was asked: if he is satisfied with ambulance response times; the terms of references for the Health Information and Quality Authority review of the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) uses the response time targets set out in the HSE National Service Plan. For ECHO (life-threatening cardiac or respiratory) 999 calls, the Service exceeded its...More Button

I am aware that concerns have been raised recently concerning ambulance service response times. In the circumstances, I have asked HIQA to bring forward its planned review of pre-hospital emerge...More Button

I should also explain that the NAS will undertake its own capacity review, to determine current and future service delivery needs. This process will examine a number of areas, including staff nu...More Button

  Question No. 50 answered with Question No. 39.More Button

Was asked: if there is a specific module in the Health Information and Quality Authority review of ambulance services focusing on the circumstances which led to a 50-minute delay in an ambulance attending the...More Button

In line with standard procedures following events with an adverse outcome, the tragic incident referred to in the Deputy's question has been the subject of a review by the National Ambulance Servic...More Button

In general, HIQA does not investigate individual incidents. However, at my request, HIQA has agreed to bring forward the review of pre - hospital emergency care, which had been due to commence i...More Button

Cancer Incidence

Was asked: his views on the recent UN report which forecasts a major increase in the incidence of cancer over the next 20 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The third World Cancer Report was published recently by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This report outlines the scale of the growing cancer burden worldwide and urges gove...More Button

Medicinal Products Availability

Was asked: the number of hospitals in which access to the asthma medication omalizumab (Xolair) is provided to patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason progress has not been made in providing access to the life-changing medication for severe asthma, omalizumab (Xolair), to patients in Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 63 together.

    In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service matters they have been referred ...More Button

  Question No. 56 answered with Question No. 35.More Button

Palliative Care for Children

Was asked: if the Health Service Executive will be providing paediatric care packages for children with life-limiting conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

European Court of Human Rights Judgments

Was asked: if he has assessed the implications of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in a case (details supplied) for the 250 or so legal actions for medical negligence taken by survivors of s...More Button

I understand the HSE who is one of a number of defendants in these cases, will be taking appropriate legal advice in relation to the impact, if any, of the European Court of Human Rights Judgement....More Button

In relation to symphysiotomy, on 26 November 2013, the Government approved the appointment of retired Circuit Court Judge Yvonne Murphy to assist in setting out a possible course of action in rel...More Button

On completion of her work, Judge Murphy will provide me with a report, setting out recommendations, as soon as possible. I hope then to be in a position to revert to Government with detailed pro...More Button

  Question No. 63 answered with Question No. 55.More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Was asked: the reason funding has been withdrawn from the National Service Users Executive in 2014; if this action is compatible with the implementation of A Vision for Change; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Expenditure

Was asked: if he is satisfied that there are sufficient resources in place for the fair deal scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of public patients on public waiting lists that were sent to private beds and private consultants in public hospitals in 2012 and 2013; the amount the Health Service Executive paid to th...More Button

In relation to the detailed information requested by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: if he will review the plans for the provision of acute mental health facilities nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ambulance Service Staff

Was asked: if he will investigate reports received by this Deputy that three relatives of the chief ambulance officer national ambulance service have recently been employed in the positions of ambulance contr...More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. Since 1st April 2005, recruitment for appointments to positions in the HSE is subject to the prov...More Button

Hospital Mortality Rates

Was asked: the number of perinatal deaths recorded at each maternity unit in the State each year for the past ten years. More Button

Information on perinatal deaths is not routinely published by individual maternity unit at a national level. In addition, as the Deputy may be aware, there are issues regarding differences between...More Button

Hospital Mortality Rates Report

Was asked: the number of Health Service Executive reviews carried out at maternity units in the State in respect of perinatal or infant hospital deaths each year for the past ten years. More Button

The Health Service Executive's Risk and Incident Investigation Process provides a framework for conducting investigations into serious incidents. Investigations of serious incidents including baby ...More Button

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of my Department is currently preparing a report for me on the issues at Portlaoise. I have assured the families concerned that the process will be transparent, t...More Button

Medical Card Applications

Was asked: if he will expedite 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

Hospitals Funding

Was asked: if he will provide figures on the amount of public money provided to St. Vincent's Private Hospital, including the salaries of staff who may be working in the public and private hospitals; if the S...More Button

I am advised that St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital financially trade as two separate entities on the campus of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. The HSE has a Service...More Button

In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him directly.More Button

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Was asked: if it is his policy that the National Treatment Purchase Fund ask nursing homes that are not charging for social programmes to so charge and to give the discount to the NTPF; and if he will make a ...More Button

Was asked: the way the National Treatment Purchase Fund defines a local area and the local average rate; if he will supply a copy of the NTPF policy document on the said definition; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide full details on the National Treatment Purchase Fund policy not to prepay for future events or take account of future capital expenditure or the future impact of Health Informati...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the refusal of a medical card in respect of a child (details supplied); if it will be expedited in view of the circumstances; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: if a review of refusal of medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare can be undertaken, with particular reference to the medical needs of his spouse for whom a medica...More Button

Public Health Policy

Was asked: to outline the actions he will take to improve awareness and knowledge of sexual health and healthy sexual relationships, particularly among young persons, in view of the debate on the age of sexua...More Button

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme currently is tasked with improving knowledge and awareness of sexual health and relationships through the delivery of targeted communications campaigns, customise...More Button

In addition, the development of a National Sexual Health Strategy is nearing completion. This Strategy acknowledges the importance of developing healthy attitudes to sexuality throughout childho...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

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

HIQA Investigations

Was asked: to outline the action he is taking to ensure that all Health Information and Quality Authority report recommendations into Tallaght hospital are now implemented; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The responsibility for implementing the recommendations of the HIQA Report on Tallaght Hospital rests with the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital and the Director General the HSE, with oversi...More Button

National Lottery Funding Disbursement

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of funding in respect of an organisation (details supplied). More Button

Dental Services Provision

Was asked: the dental treatment available to a person (details supplied) in County Galway in view of the fact that there is currently no dentist available in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway; ...More Button

Hospitals Building Programme

Was asked: if he will direct the Health Service Executive to organise a public briefing for the community in Portrane and Donabate and elected public representatives with regard to the redevelopment plans cur...More Button

Hospital Staff Recruitment

Was asked: when a urologist will be appointed to Temple Street hospital, Dublin; 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 to her directly.More Button

Hospital Appointments Administration

Was asked: if he will expedite cataract treatment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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 d...More Button

Health Insurance Cover

Was asked: the extent to which private health insurance increases continue to be monitored by his Department with a view to ensuring that all insurers carry a fair and equitable share of the demographic profi...More Button

The main legislative provisions for the regulation of the Irish private health insurance market are included in the Health Insurance Acts 1994 to 2013 and Regulations made under those Acts. Under ...More Button

Orthodontic Service Provision

Was asked: the extent to which orthodontic treatment remains available to meet requirements detected during school medical examinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Staff Provision

Was asked: the number of fully qualified nurses currently employed on a permanent part-time or full-time basis throughout the health service; the number of assistants similarly employed at present; the extent...More Button

I have asked the HSE to provide the Deputy with the data sought in relation to nurses and assistants. The HSE has the capacity to recruit where it is necessary to do so, notwithstanding the need t...More Button

Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors Recruitment

Was asked: the extent to which junior hospital doctors, on graduation, are likely to become available throughout the health service in the coming year; the extent, if any, to which this will differ from previ...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

National Children's Hospital Status

Was asked: the position regarding preliminary planning and preparation in respect of the proposed new children's hospital; when it is expected the project will start; if the current project is likely to benef...More Button

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) is the body responsible for the planning, design, building and equipping of the new children's hospital capital project. The project is c...More Button

In October 2013, the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform announced that up to €200m would be made available for the new Children’s Hospital from the sale of the National Lottery, adding to t...More Button

  Question No. 266 answered with Question No. 39.More Button

Nursing Home Beds

Was asked: the extent to which adequate provision remains to maintain the maximum number of nursing home beds at Maynooth Community Hospital, Maynooth, County Kildare; if, having regard to the competence, rel...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which adequate provision remains to maintain the maximum number of nursing home beds at St. Brigid’s nursing home, Crooksling; if, having regard to the competence, reliability and sup...More Button

HSE Properties

Was asked: the extent to which title has been clarified in respect of buildings and land at St. Brigid's Hospital, Crooksling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

EU Directives

Was asked: the extent to which the various public hospitals throughout the country continue to be affected by the working time directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Considerable progress has been made over the last 12 months on progressing compliance with the provisions of the Working Time Directive in respect of NCHDs. Data from the HSE shows that average wo...More Button

NCHD recruitment and retention is required in order to facilitate the achievement of EWTD compliance. Achievement of full compliance will also require reorganisation of the delivery of certain s...More Button

I set up the MacCraith Group to undertake a Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career structure last Summer. The Group is to make recommendations aimed at improving the retention of medica...More Button

Accident and Emergency Department Waiting Times

Was asked: the extent to which overcrowding at accident and emergency departments throughout the public hospital sector has fluctuated in each of the past six years to date; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the number of persons occupying hospital trolleys in respect of each of the public hospitals has fluctuated in the course of the past five years to date; and if he will make a s...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: his plans to deal with overcrowding at Tallaght and Beaumont hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plan to tackle the accident and emergency crisis at Beaumont Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 280 and 286 together.

  As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.More Button

Hospital Trusts

Was asked: notwithstanding his reply to previous Parliamentary Question in the matter of the next development phase of the Naas Hospital Development Plan, if he is satisfied in view of the pivotal geographic ...More Button

As a first step in the transformation of public hospitals into independent, not for profit hospital trusts, seven hospital groups have been established nationally in line with the recommendations o...More Button

Hospital Acquired Infections

Was asked: the extent to which the incidence of MRSA or other similar hospital infections continues to be monitored; the extent to which improvement has taken place in each of the past five years to date; and...More Button

The prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) and colonisation/infection of our patients with antimicrobial-resistant organisms (AMR) such as MRSA is one of my priorities in protecting...More Button

Psychological Services

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the amounts paid out by his Department and the Health Service Executive to psychotherapy firms in the Dublin North Central and Dublin North East constituencies for...More Button

Primary Care Centre Provision

Was asked: if he will provide details of the planned primary care centre for Coolock; the cost of constructing the new building; the budget for running it; if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the numbe...More Button

Legislative Measures

Was asked: the position regarding the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013; if he has been notified of terminations taking place under this Act; the discussions and number of meetings between his Depa...More Button

As the Deputy might be aware, the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 commenced on 1st January 2014. The Act provides that I, as the Minister for Health, must publish a report covering th...More Button

European Health Insurance Card

Was asked: the cost of providing European health insurance cards for the past five years; the number that have been issued over the past five years; the consequence of travelling abroad without one; and if he...More Button

Under EU Regulations an insured person who becomes ill or injured while on a temporary stay in any EU/EEA member state or Switzerland may avail of emergency health care in the public health system ...More Button

There are approximately 1.4 million persons covered by European Health Insurance Cards issued by Ireland. These cards are issued on a four year cycle. The cost of claims against Ireland arising...More Button

Open Disclosures Policy

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 250 of 6 February 2014, if the upcoming health information Bill which will enshrine the principles of open disclosure in legislation that the Minister for Just...More Button

I expect to bring updated heads of a Health Information Bill to Government later on this year which will include detailed provisions on open disclosure. Legislative proposals being prepared by m...More Button