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Kelleher, Billy

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: 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

I am asking how the Minister for Health will address the deep concerns of both hospital consultants and general practitioners about the provision of health care. I tabled this question because it ...More Button

We do not have time to discuss the whole budget and the provisions of health care, but the feeling out there is that there is a crisis in GP services and that they are being forced to take on more ...More Button

Discussions.More Button

We can have this debate again and again but the Minister is in his fourth year in government. He can only shelve his responsibility for so long.More Button

He is going into his fourth year and it is time he would believe he can stand over his policies and decisions. There are serious difficulties in the acute hospital setting. It is difficult to get...More Button

I am making those points because if the Minister wants to deny the facts and the realities and what the clinicians at the coal-face are telling us, then he should deny them.More Button

The Government does not have any either.More Button

Health Services Provision (Continued)

We are still waiting for the White Paper on health insurance. They could not even do the sums on it - the arithmetic, the mathematics, the logarithms. The logarithms were not even on that White P...More Button

And the progressions.More Button

We had the Minister for the hyperbole on this side of the House then.More Button

We never abandoned our colleagues.More Button

Half those people-----More Button

I am being a responsible Opposition Member.More Button

Will the sums be on it this time?More Button

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

I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Bill. The consensual arrangement we had earlier in regard to the sunbeds legislation has to stop at this stage and we have to go into a more adversarial m...More Button

Certainly that is an area where amendments to the 2004 Act could have been made that would have obliged the HSE to report on a more regular basis. However, the committees had the authority to brin...More Button

The Minister was at one remove and very often was the political figurehead but unable to decide the policy. One could argue about whether this was a good or bad thing. I have reservations about...More Button

In respect of the broader issue of health and where we are regarding the provision of health care, the Minister says he has made reasonable efforts to address outpatient and inpatient waiting lis...More Button

I am highlighting the problems and would like to highlight the solutions some day. In the meantime, there is no point in me coming into this House and pretending, as the Minister is doing, that ev...More Button

The point we make is that this legislation will not add anything to patient safety and the delivery of health care.More Button

There were a few planks in the Minister's manifesto. The key one was the development of primary care and the other one was to move to universal health insurance. We are certainly putting the ca...More Button

The Minister absolves himself of it because he says it is a taxation matter and I agree it is a taxation matter but surely the Minister for Finance would be conscious of the fact that a policy is...More Button

Full cost recoup for private patients in public beds is another area that will have an impact on the cost of health insurance. If the Minister or Government was serious about trying to provide a...More Button

  We need the White Paper soon. If it is delayed further, it will just be fanciful. A vibrant, private health insurance market that provides cover for 4.3 million people who either purc...More Button

If it was fully thought out, the Minister would have published that White Paper already. Four years ago, he had an idea in his mind about the Dutch model, but now that model has been moved off the...More Button

However bad the Minister may say the HSE was, let us have an honest debate about what way we will fund the health services and how we will fund them. The Government should publish the White Pape...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: 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

Hospital Consultants Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: 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

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: 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

Cancer Incidence

Asked the Minister for Health: 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

Medical Card Data

Asked the Minister for Health: 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