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Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 Nbr. 3


Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: when the pharmacy Bill will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is working on a framework for a pharmacy Bill to rationalise and update the Pharmacy Acts, 1875 to 1977. The project has not reached the stage where a new pharmacy Bill is ready to be...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the reason no speech therapist has been allocated to Ballinteer Community School in view of repeated requests from a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of health related services, including speech and language therapy, to people with physical and sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the heal...More Button

Written Answers. - Foreign Adoptions.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to initiate a reduction in the adoption waiting list in the Eastern Regional Health Authority area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of applicants as at 27 March 2002 awaiting assessment for suitability for foreign adoptions within the Eastern Regional Health Authority area; the number of assessments completed within ...More Button

Was asked: the number of prospective adoptive parents within each health board area awaiting assessment for foreign adoption; the number waiting for more than one year, more than two years, more than three ye...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 153, 174 and 175 together.More Button

I am very concerned about the delays being experienced by applicants for intercountry adoption assessment in the Eastern Regional Health Authority, ERHA. The number of applicants awaiting assessmen...More Button

The standardised framework for intercountry adoption assessment procedures is now being used in all health boards. The purpose is to streamline assessment processes for first and second assessments...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Funding.

Was asked: the capital funding which has been made available in the past ten years to Cappagh Hospital; the position regarding the hospital's development plan, which includes provision of four additional oper...More Button

Was asked: if it is the case that a development plan for Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital has been under discussion with his Department for the past ten years; if the implementation of the plan would mak...More Button

Was asked: if capital funding is available in 2002 for developments at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the development plan for Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital which was submitted to his Department for funding in 2002; if his attention has further been drawn ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 154, 168, 171 and 173 together.More Button

Responsibility for progressing capital development proposals in the Dublin area is in the first instance a matter for agreement between the Eastern Regional Health Authority and each hospital or he...More Button

With regard to the capital funding which has been made available to Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital in the past ten years, my Department will collate these figures and forward them to Deputy Ahern as ...More Button

Written Answers. - Radiotherapy Services.

Was asked: the level of radiotherapy service available at Limerick Regional Hospital; the plans to extend the range of services currently available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Radiotherapy services are not currently available at Limerick Regional Hospital. I have established an expert working group on radiotherapy services to examine the appropriate further development o...More Button

The work of the group is at an advanced stage. I have been advised that all health boards, including the Mid-Western Health Board, have been afforded the opportunity to meet the group. Due to the i...More Button

Written Answers. - Company Reimbursement.

Was asked: when, under the terms of the Part-time Workers Act, 2001, a company (details supplied) in County Kildare will be reimbursed to the extent of ?34,000 as envisaged in respect of a section 65 agency; ...More Button

Responsibility for the funding of section 65 agencies rests with the health boards. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the Eastern Regional Health Authority to investigate the m...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if approval will be given for the application for funding by an organisation (details supplied) in County Carlow to allow them proceed with a project.More Button

The Department of Health and Children does not directly fund voluntary organisations. A proposal from the organisation was received in my Department last year and was forwarded to the South Easter...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Was asked: the reason orthodontic treatment for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not started.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in County Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to investigate ...More Button

The proposal that the Deputy has furnished to me was previously presented to the Joint Committee on Health and Children by its author when that committee was examining the issue of the public ortho...More Button

I recognise that there are problems in the orthodontic service and I have taken a number of important steps to increase the number of cases in orthodontic treatment. However, the contention that mo...More Button

In 1996, my Department wrote to the chief executive officers of the health boards recommending that a group, representative of health board management and consultant orthodontists, review the ortho...More Button

This was against the background of a consultant-led service that had developed in the mid 1980s. Within this service a number of dentists had worked in orthodontics under the direction and supervis...More Button

The Deputy should also be aware that in 1998 the then consultant orthodontist in the Eastern Health Board requested my Department to invite experts from the United Kingdom to validate a training pr...More Button

Agreement has been reached at the Health Service Employers Agency on the creation of the specialist in orthodontics grade in the orthodontic service. This agreement resulted from complex and time-c...More Button

Six dentists from the Eastern Regional Health Authority, North Eastern Health Board and South Eastern Health Board commenced their training last October for specialist in orthodontics qualification...More Button

The Moran report also recommended that auxiliaries be employed in the regional orthodontic units. In order to enable the achievement of greater caseloads, the Dental Council will shortly submit to...More Button

My Department has funded the appointment of a director of specialist training for the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry through the postgraduate medical and dental board. The dir...More Button

In the short-term, I have funded an orthodontic initiative to ease current pressures on the system. Additional funding of €6.729 million was approved for orthodontic services last year of whic...More Button

My Department has also funded the development of new regional orthodontic units at Dundalk and Navan – both of which are operational – and the recruitment of a consultant orthodontist f...More Button

The assertion by the author of the proposal submitted by the Deputy that fewer children are being treated now in the orthodontic service than in 1999 is at variance with treatment statistics furnis...More Button

Was asked: the length of time a person (details supplied) is waiting for dental treatment with an orthodontist; the length of time before this person will be treated by an orthodontist; if this person were to...More Button

Last year additional funding of €6.729 million was provided by my Department for orthodontic services, of which €4.698 million was for an orthodontic initiative. This initiative is enabli...More Button

A grant in-aid scheme such as that described by the Deputy in respect of persons assessed with a treatment need was previously proposed by the Northern Area Health Board of the Eastern Regional Hea...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of orthodontic treatment to eligible persons in Dublin rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has asked the chief executive officer to inve...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: if his Department will pro vide funds for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 to attend a drug dependency therapy programme in England; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The provision of drug treatment services is the statutory responsibility of the health boards. I have been informed by the South Western Area Health Board of the Eastern Regional Health Authority t...More Button

The health board funds the provision of a range of appropriate treatment services for clients following assessment by its clinicians. These services include detoxification and rehabilitation progra...More Button

Written Answers. - Indemnity Fees.

Was asked: the implications the Medical Protection Society's annual indemnity fee for consultant obstetricians has in view of the fact that the Medical Protection Society's annual indemnity fee for consultant...More Button

While this development is of concern it does not have any immediate implications for the delivery of obstetric services in Ireland. The clinical negligence scheme which is due to come into effect f...More Button

Written Answers. - Mental Hospitals Report.

Was asked: if he will report on the 12 recommendations contained in the Inspector of Mental Hospitals Report, 2000, in respect of St. Ita's Hospital, Portrane, County Dublin.More Button

Responsibility for this matter rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has, therefore, asked the regional chief executive to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in progressing the campus complex at Portrane, County Dublin, which was intended to cater for people with intellectual disability who are currently accommodated in St. Ita...More Button

I have been informed by the Eastern Regional Health Authority that the Northern Area Health Board expects to submit an application for planning within the next four weeks in respect of the new resi...More Button

In addition, the authority has informed me that more than £1 million in capital funding was invested in existing facilities in St. Joseph's intellectual disability services between 2000 and 2...More Button

Was asked: if there are proposals to transfer the responsibility for care and education of children and young people with severe to profound intellectual disability from his Department to the Department of Ed...More Button

There are no proposals for the transfer of responsibility for the care and education of children and young people with severe or profound intellectual disability from my Department to the Departmen...More Button

Question No. 173 answered with Question No. 154.More Button

Questions Nos. 174 and 175 answered with Question No. 153.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the budgetary cutbacks affecting services in St. Raphaels, Celbridge, County Kildare, and St. John of Gods, Islandbridge, Dublin 8; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of funding to agencies providing services to persons with an intellectual disability and those with autism in the Dublin region rests with the Eastern Regional Heal...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: his proposals and timescale for the provision of an acute psychiatric unit at Beaumont Hospital.More Button

The acute psychiatric unit at Beaumont Hospital is currently at design stage and it is envisaged that it will proceed to tender within this year. It is anticipated that the unit will be completed w...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Was asked: the position of nursing home subvention for a person in a general public hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter in relation to the person's actual costs.More Button

Written Answers. - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare was not facilitated by his Department in a freedom of information request (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A decision under the Freedom of Information Act was communicated to the applicant by the Department and the Act provides for a right of review where an applicant is not satisfied with the decision....More Button

Written Answers. - Pharmacy Service.

Was asked: when he expects the report of the pharmacy review group; his plans to address the issues arising from the revocation of the 1996 pharmacy contractor regulations; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The pharmacy review group, which held its first meeting on 2 November 2001, was established to examine the pharmacy issues raised in the OECD report on regulatory reform in Ireland and it is now be...More Button

Question No. 168 answered with Question No. 154.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan can expect to be called for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of hospital services to residents of County Monaghan rests with the North Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the...More Button

Was asked: if an early appointment for an MRI scan can be arranged for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

The provision of services for people living in County Kilkenny is the responsibility of the South Eastern Health Board, in the first instance. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry has been waiting to be called for an ear, nose and throat appointment at Tralee General Hospital since September 2001 and has been advised tha...More Button

The provision of hospital services at Tralee General Hospital is the responsibility of the Southern Health Board, in the first instance. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive office...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry has been forced to wait three years to obtain an appointment at Tralee General Hospital; his views on whether such a delay for an ill person i...More Button

The provision of hospital services at Tralee General Hospital is the responsibility of the Southern Health Board, in the first instance. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive office...More Button

Written Answers. - HIV Infection.

Was asked: the current situation regarding compensation for haemophiliacs.More Button

During a meeting I had with representatives of the Irish Haemophilia Society last Thursday, 21 March, we had a detailed discussion on the proposed compensation scheme for HIV-infected haemophiliacs...More Button

Question No. 171 answered with Question No. 154.More Button

Written Answers. - Cardiac Services.

Responsibility for the provision and funding of services, including cardiac services, at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Departm...More Button