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Lynch, Kathleen

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Accident and Emergency Department Waiting Times

I am taking this topical issue on behalf of the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar. I welcome the people in the Gallery who are in receipt of the acknowledgement of the help and care they ha...More Button

I thank the Deputies for raising this issue today. I wish to emphasise that the Government regards trolley waits as unacceptable and it acknowledges the difficulties which overcrowding in accide...More Button

Accident and Emergency Department Waiting Times (Continued)

All hospitals have escalation plans to manage not only patient flow but also patient safety in a responsive, controlled and planned way that supports and ensures the delivery of optimum patient car...More Button

Measures to manage emergency department surges involve the full health system including primary, community and continuing care services to ensure that all available capacity and options are utili...More Button

The House is aware the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, convened the emergency department task force to find long-term solutions to overcrowding by providing additional focus and momentum in dealing wi...More Button

At the task force meeting on 2 February it considered a draft action plan specifically to address emergency department issues, with a view to a significant reduction in trolley waits over the cou...More Button

The Deputy cannot quote a consultant to me as if it were the word of God-----More Button

I am sure he is very eminent. The Deputy cannot quote in this way and also tell me the same consultant cannot solve the problem with regard to the task force, because that is what he is saying.More Button

It is a contradiction and he cannot do so.More Button

It is not acceptable that people must wait nine hours in some cases for admission when they need to be admitted.More Button

We have put in place a system for transfers whereby separate services are provided by ambulances for acute transfer to accident and emergency departments and by ambulances which transfer people fro...More Button

-----and effective than going by taxi. I know in some instances taxis provide a very good service. The State must take responsibility for people being transferred, and we have done so by way of p...More Button

Primary Care Services Provision

The 2015 National Service plan commits the HSE to extend ultrasound access to additional primary care sites on a prioritised basis. This is a first step in a programme to extend the availability o...More Button

Health Services

As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials ...More Button

Medical Card Delays

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

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.More Button

Nursing Home Services

I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 and 128 together.

  As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not re...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

The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated c...More Button

If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office who will follow up the matter with them.More Button

Palliative Care Facilities

I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on the matter. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, please contact my Private Office and they will follow up...More Button