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White, Alex

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Funding for Disability Services: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to speak on the amendment to the motion and to confirm to the House the extent of the Government's commitment to people with disabilities. It is a pillar of Government po...More Button

The disability forum, convened under the national disability strategy, was vital in informing the implementation group of the needs and preferences of people with disabilities, their carers and f...More Button

The Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services, published by the Department of Health in July, has also confirmed what people with disabilities have been telling us for some time. ...More Button

I commend the major commitment of the many people in the Health Service Executive, and in the HSE-funded agencies, who are delivering services to people with disabilities every day and are doing ...More Button

I again point to the many areas across Government where services are provided to people with disabilities, not just in the health sector but also through extensive education and training supports...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 14: Capital Acquisitions Tax (Continued)

The Deputy has just proven a point.More Button

Much of the country's wealth is in property, yet Deputy Boyd Barrett opposes a property tax.More Button

Property is a store of wealth. The Deputy cannot have it both ways.More Button

I am not being facile.More Button

Rubbish.More Button

The Deputy's remarks are over the top.More Button

Which party?More Button

I was never with any other party.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Medical Card Reviews

The Department for Health is currently preparing legislative proposals to facilitate the exchange of relevant data between the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Revenue Commissioners and the Depa...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Under the provisions of the Health Act 1970, medical cards are provided to persons who are, in the opinion of the Health Service Executive (HSE) unable without undue hardship to arrange GP services...More Button

HSE Staff Remuneration

In relation to GPs, regulations made in 2009 and 2010 under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 (FEMPI) reduced fees payable under the General Medical Services (GMS) Sc...More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill, the Irish Medicines Board has statutory responsibility for establishing and publishing a List of Interchangeable Medicinal Products. In...More Button

(a) has the same qualitative and quantitative composition in each of its active substances as each of the other medicinal products which fall within the group;More Button

(b) is in the same pharmaceutical form as, or in a pharmaceutical form that is appropriate for substitution for, each of the other products in the group; andMore Button

(c) has the same route of administration as each of the other medicinal products which fall within the group. More Button

In addition, the Bill provides that the Board is not permitted to add a group of medicinal products to the List of Interchangeable Medicinal Products where, for example, any of the medicinal pro...More Button

I am satisfied that these provisions address the concerns raised by the Deputy. It is important to point out that generic medicines must meet exactly the same standards of quality and safety and...More Button

Dental Services Provision

The Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) provides access to dental treatment for adult medical card holders. As funding has been capped at the 2008 level of €63 million, the HSE prioritises for ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 129 together.More Button

The Public Dental Service of the HSE provides dental services for children and patients with special needs. In the majority of areas children receive their first dental check between the ages of ...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

I have asked the HSE to supply this information and it will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Medical Card Applications

The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button