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Lynch, Kathleen

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


Topical Issue Debate - Mental Health Services

I thank Deputy Nulty for raising this issue. The mental health of the population plays a vital role in the vibrancy and economic life of the country. Investing in the promotion of positive mental...More Button

Expenditure reductions in 2012 will challenge all areas of the health system to provide continuity of services that are both appropriate and safe for patients. Like other care areas, efficiency sa...More Button

Cuts to services have not been targeted at this particular area. We have in fact prioritised mental health services for children and adolescents and have sought to expand inpatient provision as we...More Button

Despite all the cuts that have had to be applied across the board in health, I am glad to say that it was possible in the 2012 budget to announce a special new allocation of €35 million for me...More Button

Some of the new funding will also be used to advance activities in the area of suicide prevention and response to self harm presentations, and to improve access to psychological and counselling ser...More Button

It is imperative that the Government gets the best value for money for our available resources in these most difficult of economic times. The duplication of mental health services needs to be avoi...More Button

I am fully committed to working closely with the HSE and voluntary agencies to introduce programmes and services which will deal more effectively and appropriately with the issue of mental health.More Button

I have no doubt that the service to which the Deputy refers is an excellent one and doing an exceptional job. The difficulty from our perspective is that we need to provide an exceptional service ...More Button

Topical Issue Debate - Hospital Services

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter to which I am replying on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly.More Button

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The Minister is aware of the impact the early retirement package will have on the provision of maternity services and all services nationally. He has requested the HSE to prioritise the safety of ...More Button

It is anticipated that 9.16 whole-time equivalent midwives and nurses will retire from Holles Street Hospital.More Button

The hospital is planning to take a number of steps to minimise the impact of these retirements and to ensure the ongoing delivery of safe services for mothers and babies. Some of the posts affecte...More Button

The accelerated implementation of the national clinical programmes are key strategic supports to the risk management process which is in place around these retirements. The related work of the spe...More Button

In fairness, the Deputy did not ask.More Button

The regional service plans are completed. Every region must make its submission to the national service plan and, therefore, most of the work has been done. Despite the fact that the bulk of what...More Button

It is difficult to put a plan in place when one inherits a country that has been wrecked. The scale of what the Government has to deal with is enormous. As Deputy McConalogue’s colleague, D...More Button

International Agreements: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

International Co-operation: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - National Carer’s Strategy

I propose to take Questions Nos. 454 and 534 together.More Button

The development of a National Carers Strategy ‘to support carers and to address issues of concern’ is a key commitment in the current Programme for Government. While issues relating to carers...More Button

The State already faces challenges in maintaining existing levels of services from within limited resources and the Strategy is being developed in that context. The Strategy will not be an operatio...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Government policy is to support older people to live at home and in their communities for as long as possible. This is realised through a range of community based services such as mainstream Home H...More Button

The recently agreed HSE Service Plan for 2012 involves a reduction in Home Help hours nationally, from around 11.2 million hours in 2011 to 10.7 million hours this year. While this equates to a red...More Button

In the case of public nursing homes, the HSE is facing a number of challenges including staffing, funding and environmental factors around the age and structure of the units. A further reduction in...More Button

The approach indicated above, in tandem with various other measures contained in the HSE Service Plan for this year, reflects the commitment of the Government to provide the best possible services ...More Button

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for this question to be transferred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Care of the Elderly

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Services

I propose to take Questions Nos. 500 and 501 together.More Button

As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

Valentia Community Hospital provides long-term and respite care to older people. It is run by a voluntary organisation, Valentia Community Health and Welfare Association Ltd, and has a service leve...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

A Vision for Change recommended the closure of the old psychiatric hospitals and a move from the traditional institutional based model of care to a patient-centred, flexible and community ba...More Button

This Government is committed to implementing A Vision for Change and reforming our model of healthcare delivery so that more and better quality care is delivered in the community. This comm...More Button

Although final figures are not yet available, 436 mental health staff have indicated their intention to leave our mental health services by the end of February 2012. In March 2009, the mental heal...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for this question to be transferred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Homes Support Scheme

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.More Button