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Martin, Micheál

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 Nbr. 4


Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Was asked: in view of the long waiting times on the occupational therapy waiting lists, and in particular that of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8, and copy reply on the situation from the Eastern Regi...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was not admitted to the Galway Regional Hospital on 10 October 2002 or 11 October 2002 after receiving instructions to fast prior to admission;...More Button

The provision of medical services in this instance is the responsibility of the Western Health Board. My Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the position in...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will be called for an operation in Sligo General Hospital; the reason the operation was cancelled.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services to persons residing in County Sligo rests with the North-Western Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of t...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the structures in place in the Waterford community care area of the South-Eastern Health Board Area to ensure maximum co-operation between the various departments and public authorities in the inte...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the South-Eastern Health Board is responsible in the first instance for the provision of child care services in the Waterford area.More Button

The Children First guidelines and structures as proposed therein have been in place within the Waterford community care area since September 2000. These include regular strategy meetings with the G...More Button

I am also aware that Waterford community care is linked with a number of fora within Waterford and is working in a co-operative way with a number of Departments and public authorities within Waterf...More Button

The Deputy will also be aware that the National Children's Office has been tasked by the Cabinet committee on children with co-ordinating the implementation of the Children Act, 2001. A working gro...More Button

Written Answers. - Ambulance Service.

Was asked: the proposals he has to provide a new ambulance station at Waterford Regional Hospital to replace the present totally unacceptable accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of ambulance services at Waterford Regional Hospital rests with the South-Eastern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: if a speech therapist will be supplied for Ard Mhuire National School, Belgard, Dublin 24.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to children with special needs in the Dublin region rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the chief execut...More Button

Was asked: if he will authorise the hiring of private speech therapists for the language class in St. Manus school, Tallaght; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of services to children with special needs in the Dublin region rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the chief execut...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Was asked: if he is giving priority attention to the need for a major redevelopment programme at Millbrook Lawns Health Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24, in view of the clear need for progress in the matter.More Button

The prioritisation, planning and development of health centres under the national development plan, NDP, within its functional area, in line with funding available under the NDP is the responsibili...More Button

That authority has advised me that it has afforded the Millbrook Lawns Health Centre a very high priority and has, in fact, advertised for the appointment of the design team. Responses to this adve...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Services.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing the application for enhanced subvention for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Cork area rests with the Southern Health Board. In this regard, my Department has asked the chief executive officer of the board to invest...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 who took his own life on the night of 24-25 July 2002; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact tha...More Button

The issues raised by the Deputy are a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the regional chief executive officer to investigate the matter and reply to...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Was asked: when he expects to publish the report on the development of radiotherapy services; if, in his consideration, he will take into account the absence of such services from some regions in the country;...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, an expert review group on radiotherapy services was established to consider the provision of radiotherapy services nationally. All health boards have been afforded the oppor...More Button

Was asked: if he will support a proposal made by the Irish Underwater Council for an upgrade of the recompression chamber at University Hospital Galway; if he will given an undertaking to provide funding for ...More Button

I accept the need to replace the recompression chamber at UCHG. The Western Health Board is appraising the options available to replace the chamber including suitable location and chamber type/size...More Button

Was asked: when the Mid-Western Health Board intends to replace the X-ray unit at Ennis General Hospital.More Button

Was asked: his proposals to replace the ultra sound machine at Ennis General Hospital immediately; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.More Button

The development of services at Ennis General Hospital is a matter for the Mid-Western Health Board in the first instance. The Mid-Western Health Board has been in touch with my Department in relati...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo can be appointed as a home help for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Mayo area rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be provided with home help.More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health services in County Mayo rests with the Western Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate t...More Button

Written Answers. - Organ Retention.

Was asked: if a statutory inquiry into the retention of children's organs at hospitals will be established.More Button

I met representatives of Parents for Justice last night and listened carefully to their concerns about the investigatory process. While they acknowledged that the inquiry chaired by Ms Anne Dunne, ...More Button

I informed the group that I share its concerns in relation to the timeframe for the inquiry; it was expected to conclude in September but it is now clear that the completion of the inquiry is some ...More Button

As regards the referral of the report of the inquiry to the Oireachtas committee, I reiterated that it has been and remains my intention that the investigation into organ retention issues will hav...More Button

I regret the decision by Parents for Justice to withdraw from the inquiry process at this stage. I am of course available for further discussions with Parents for Justice in relation to this matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Euro Coins.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to any possible health implications for people from this country and other EU countries who are nickel sensitive regarding the use of the new euro coins; if his atte...More Button

Responsibility for the manufacture and circulation of Irish coins rests with the Central Bank of Ireland. However, the Central Bank has informed me that as a result of the introduction of the euro,...More Button

The nickel used in the €1 and €2 coins is essentially contained inside the alloy and not on the surface of the coin, thus limiting skin contact. The Central Bank has also informed me that...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.

Was asked: the salary scale for the chief executive officers of each health board; and if any executive has additional responsibilities which carry additional remuneration.More Button

The salary scales of chief executive officers in the health boards as at 1 October 2002 are as follows: Southern Health Board, Western Health Board, Northern Area Health Board, East Coast Area Heal...More Button

My Department is not aware of additional remuneration being paid to the chief executive officers referred to above reflecting additional duties or responsibilities.More Button

Was asked: the salary scale of the chief executive of the Health Boards Executive; the additional costs associated with the establishment of this body; and the total expected annual cost of this body.More Button

The Health Boards Executive, HeBE, was established on 1 March 2002 and the costs in 2002 cover the period from March to December. The overall costs associated with the Health Boards Executive are f...More Button

Annual costs are estimated to be €2 million in total. This includes the director salary of €112,000, which is set at a rate equivalent to that of a chief executive officer of a small heal...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Estimates.

Was asked: the details of the appropriations-in-aid raised by his Department in 2000 and 2001; his estimate for the outturn for 2002; and the percentage yearly increase in each subhead.More Button

The figures requested by the deputy for my Department are set out in the following table. Please note that all appropriations-in-aid are held in a single subhead.More Button

Was asked: the revenue from charges related to public services which his Department approved to be raised by agencies under his aegis, which are not included in appropriations in aid for 2000, 2001 and 2002.More Button

Sources of revenue from charges related to public services which are not included in appropriations in aid include maintenance charges, in-patient charges, out-patient charges, road traffic acciden...More Button

Income generated from these sources was some €251 million in 2000, some €271 million in 2001 and the 2002 projection is for some €300 million. This level of income is, of course, ava...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the total estimated cost of changes, including the dis-use of old stationery, the purchase of new letterheads, stationery, and changes to websites and so on and all other costs incurred as a result...More Button

I would like to inform the Deputy that there has been no change in the areas of responsibility of this Department since 1997 and consequently no change in title. Therefore no costs arise on this oc...More Button