Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

Kelleher, Billy

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Priority Questions - Primary Care Strategy

Asked the Minister for Health: his views that there are sufficient resources being directed to ensure the primary care strategy is implemented in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The primary care strategy is a primary objective in the programme for Government. However, questions arise for the role of primary care as a front line service in the context of the moratorium and...More Button

The Government has patted itself on the back for the progress made on the strategy to date but when one drills into the figures many of the primary care teams are barely up and running. They may b...More Button

Is the Minister of State seeking private funding for the strategy and has an approach been made to her Department by people who are willing to provide private investment for primary health centres?More Button

The Minister of State said she would need approximately €50 million a year so her budget is considerably less than that for which she hoped.More Button

Let us be clear that she still does not have sufficient funding to implement the proposals outlined in the programme for Government. On the broader issue of the provision of primary care, at last ...More Button

Priority Questions - Health Insurance

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on the progress of the implementation group for universal health insurance; the model of care on which UHI will be based; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I welcome the Minister’s reply. The provision of universal health insurance is a key Government commitment and the established implementation body is wide-ranging, drawing on a cross-sectio...More Button

There is a reason for my question. The Minister spoke about a mandate; he is very strong in his view that he has a mandate for universal health insurance. Equally, however, he has a mandate not t...More Button

The Dutch model, for example, is clearly under huge stress and will have enormous difficulties in the years ahead in funding itself. It is now curtailing supports and services to people, in partic...More Button

Parallel lines never meet.More Button

Other Questions - Medical Cards

Can the Minister of State assure the House that some of the delays were not intentional in terms of trying to address budgetary problems in place in the HSE? Many people are of the belief that med...More Button

In terms of communications, every Deputy in the House has been raising this issue for a long time and I acknowledge the efforts being made by the Department and the HSE but when Deputies raise thes...More Button

With regard to the 15 day turnaround for completed forms, the main problem is that it takes too long for the applicants to be informed that their application is not complete. That area must be add...More Button

Other Questions - Hospitals Building Programme

We welcome the fact the Minister appointed the Dolphin group which is to report 56 days after its first meeting. I do not know what its findings will be but it has been asked to look at the Mater ...More Button

These are quite broad terms of reference, which are welcome in the sense that at least everything is on the table again.More Button

3 o’clockMore Button

There is no doubt the report of the Dolphin group and its recommendations will delay the building of a national children’s hospital because wherever it will be located, a process will be requ...More Button

The previous expert group that examined the Mater site indicated it was the most suitable site for co-location between an adult teaching hospital and a paediatric hospital. Is this principle still...More Button

Leaders’ Questions

There is no information at all.More Button

More often than the Taoiseach.More Button

He could start by answering the one about the printing machines.More Button

He would not have been here if not for Denis O’Brien.More Button

Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2011: Second Stage

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill. I congratulate Deputy Michael McGrath for presenting it to the House. The previous debate reminded me that public trust and confidence in many of ...More Button

The legislation before the House proposes that we support the request of the Financial Services Ombudsman for additional powers in punishing people who are found to have breached certain ethical re...More Button

There is no doubt that the services put together by the financial services industry are very complex and are becoming more complex as time goes by. In the UK, sub-prime mortgages were bundled and ...More Button

I wish to approach this issue from a demographic angle. Ireland is an ageing society. The older people strategy that is to be published will be an important step in ensuring the health services a...More Button

I am concerned that if we do not take positive steps to ensure the Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman has this additional power and authority, it will not be able to publish material highli...More Button

I am concerned about the downgrading of the various plans that are being sold by our health insurers. There is clear evidence that the cover now being offered in areas like ophthalmic and orthopae...More Button

This issue was highlighted yesterday on the Joe Duffy programme on Radio 1. The report to which I refer was broadcast after the news, at approximately 2 p.m. It was disturbing to hear what a cert...More Button

These problems are arising on a continual basis. The sums in question are not massive by comparison with the billions of euro we discuss in the context of promissory notes, Anglo Irish Bank or the...More Button

I welcome the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2011 for all the reasons I have mentioned. I hope it can move on from Second Stage swiftly. I have been aro...More Button

I concur with what has been said about the efforts of the previous Financial Services Ombudsman to define a role for the Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman and make sure customers are comfo...More Button

I have already spoken about demographics. As my party’s spokesman on health, an issue regarding insurance, particularly for older people, has been brought to my attention. Some insurance co...More Button

While we have the Health Insurance Authority, we need this legislation to ensure all aspects of financial services products and insurance are linked together under one office. If a person or body ...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Aids and Appliances

Asked the Minister for Health: if he is correlating data in relation rupture rates and tissue sampling analysis of Irish victims of PIP implants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that breast implantation clients continue to experience difficulties in getting confirmation of PIP implants while these and other clients are also havin...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if in view of the PIP scandal it is his intention to introduce a regulatory body to govern medical devices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Dairy Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the progress being made, if any, regarding his announcement of a new statutory dairy marketing levy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of paediatric neurologists in each hospital here; the change since last year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of paediatric neurologists who availed of the early retirement scheme; if he intends to replace any of them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the effects the Mid-Western Regional Hospital’s decision not to renew the contract of its paediatric neurologists; if he will review the decision; and if he...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if recruitment of the 414 staff for mental health services, as announced in the Health Service Executive service plan 2012, has begun; the number of posts that have been filled; the number of menta...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the details of the funding model for the development of primary care centres around the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his policy position on the use of private funding for the development of primary care centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has any concerns that the pillar banks are frustrating Ireland’s primary care strategy; if he has been made aware of any instances where this is happening; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has had any discussions with the Department of Finance in relation to the pillar banks refusing funding for the development of primary care centres; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has discussed or has any plans to discuss with the Department of Finance the fact that Bank of Ireland recently removed funding for the development of the Wicklow primary care centre in Greys...More Button

Written Answers - Primary Care Centres

Asked the Minister for Health in relation to: the development of primary care centres, if he will indicate the number of agreements entered into by the Health Service Executive which have been delayed because of a lack of finance from the bank...More Button