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Kelleher, Billy

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

The Deputy should not mind such promises.More Button

It will provide for evictions.More Button

Coming from Mayo, the Taoiseach will know all about evictions.More Button

Departmental Budgets

Asked the Minister for Health: the way he will achieve €780 million in savings in the health budget in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Minister would forgive me for raising this question in view of the fact that we had to vote through a Supplementary Estimate last week. The Minister outlined that it was a very small percentag...More Button

The Minister recently announced that graduate nurses would be taken on at 80% of the cost of the qualified nurses with whom they would work. Are we beginning to ask the generation behind us - wh...More Button

I hope the Minister will enjoy the reading the plan over turkey sandwiches on St. Stephen's Day. What happened last year was identifiable as early as March, April, May or June. There may have bee...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will help cancer patients in severe distress to acquire medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I thank the Minister of State. Last year, I raised this issue in respect of an individual who was terminally ill and who subsequently passed away. To be fair, the system responded but the reality...More Button

The clinical panel that assesses medical card applicants must be strict, given the rate of refusal for cancer sufferers in particular. I have been around Leinster House for 20 years and have alw...More Button

It is bizarre, to say the least, that what the Minister of State and the HSE claim is at variance with what is occurring on the ground. According to the Irish Cancer Society, many cancer patient...More Button

Medical Card Eligibility (Continued)

The €75 charge is relevant because patients with a medical card are exempt from paying it. I accept that there has never been an automatic entitlement to a medical card. What is clear, however, i...More Button

I did not claim there was. My point is that cards were, in practice, routinely granted to such patients on medical grounds.More Button

Obesity Levels (Continued)

Certain statistics on this issue were presented to the health committee some time ago. Mr. O'Shea, a consultant with expertise in the area of diabetes and obesity, has said we are now sitting on a...More Button

The Minister said something previously which struck me considerably, that we owe it to the generation following us because ours could be the first generation to be obliged to bury the people born...More Button

One cannot go to the bog to cut the turf either, which would burn more calories.More Button

Symphysiotomy Report (Continued)

An all-party motion on this issue has already been discussed in the House. There is unanimity among Government and Opposition parties that some way of giving redress to these women should be broug...More Button

I urge the that the report be published as soon as possible and that a redress mechanism be put in place. The stories of the women are chilling, harrowing and emotive, but time is not on the sid...More Button

I accept that the Government is obliged to take the advice of the Attorney General into account but we must find a mechanism that addresses the suffering of the women concerned and allows them to...More Button

Medicinal Products Expenditure (Continued)

We have also offered support in terms of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill and will try to encourage the committee to move as quickly as possible with that. Equally, however, i...More Button

There was some price referencing between Ireland and New Zealand that showed huge disparities in the cost of drugs. Even with the legislation, we are still completely out of kilter with the norm...More Button

Prescription Charges

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason, in view of earlier statements he made, he has tripled rather than abolished prescription chargesMore Button

Medical Card Reviews

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of under 70 years medical cards he expects to remove in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button