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Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Health Services Provision (Continued)

Do not forget the progressions.More Button

Charities and Voluntary Organisations

Asked the Minister for Health: the date on which the report he commissioned on charities and other bodies funded by the Health Service Executive will be concluded and published; if, in view of revelations of excessive salaries a...More Button

This question seeks to establish when the report the Minister commissioned on charities and other bodies funded by the Health Service Executive will be concluded and published. Will the Minister i...More Button

Has the Minister been informed by the board of Rehab about the salary paid to the chief executive officer of the organisation? I understand the last figure for 2011 was in the order of €230,000 a ...More Button

Is it the case that the HSE did not request the specific salary of the chief executive officer of Rehab, as Rehab itself has claimed? Why would the HSE not request this information? Given the M...More Button

Given that the Government has already significantly cut funding for services for people with disabilities, will he rule out, as I believe he should, further cuts to funding for critical services de...More Button

Charities and Voluntary Organisations (Continued)

There is a need for an independent investigation. I make that case because the Health Service Executive, Rehab and other structures are making claim and counter-claim in regard to what was agree...More Button

Of course there have been cuts-----More Button

-----and under the Minister's stewardship.More Button

No. It sounds very like the Minister's own time here on these benches. Another useless act on the Minister's partMore Button

I thought the Minister's qualifications were in medicine. Clearly, spin-doctoring is the only qualification he has got.More Button

Spin-doctoring, ably assisted by the Minister's colleague beside him.More Button

Hospital Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has ascertained the actions that were taken in response to the concerns expressed by midwives in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, in 2006; the immediate action he will take to ensu...More Button

This question concerns whether the current Minister for Health has ascertained what actions, if any, were taken by his predecessor, the then Minister for Health, Mary Harney, in response to concern...More Button

I extend my deepest sympathy to the four families we know of who lost infants in tragic circumstances in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. As the parents stated, they have been treated d...More Button

I noted at the health committee meeting last week that the scop of Dr. Holohan's report had not been worked out. It should include all relevant issues. Will the Minister confirm that it will in...More Button

I welcome the last remarks by the Minister. Only in the fullness of time will we have the opportunity to test them but I hope the commitment will be delivered upon. Will the Minister confirm the ...More Button

Hospital Services

I wish to clarify the grouping of questions. My question, No. 37, is related.More Button

What is being done to address the overall serious position of Tallaght hospital? I notice the recent statement by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation calling for more nurses to be appointed...More Button

This matter was raised at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on Tuesday when Dr. Colin Doherty, the national clinical lead for the epilepsy programme, was before the...More Button

The ceist is will the Minister try-----More Button

What is happening this morning? With respect I ask Deputy Stanton to allow me to finish.More Button

We have. It is a very serious matter when the clinical lead outlines the difficulties. Will the Minister establish why the delay has taken place and why we have not already seen the appointments ...More Button

Care of the Elderly Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the way he can reconcile the programme for Government commitment that investment in the supply of more and better care for older persons in the community and in residential settings will be a prior...More Button

How can the Minister reconcile a programme for Government commitment in regard to supports and the provision of beds in nursing home facilities for older people and the fact there is no new moneys ...More Button

More older people are occupying acute hospital beds for longer as they await ever-scarcer nursing home places. The consequences of that are very clear in terms of straitened health budgets and bed...More Button

The dreadful term "bed blockers" is used by some but I find it offensive. These people are not there by choice and would much rather be in their homes if that was an option but clearly it is not...More Button

Will the Minister of State indicate when she expects these additional packages and additional bed opportunities to be in place? It comes back to the point that acute hospital beds are being occupi...More Button

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

This Bill follows almost exactly a year after the introduction of the Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012 and is part of the Government's claimed programme of change in the public healt...More Button

We have seen the debacle over health funding in the budget and in the HSE service plan, and the inevitable Supplementary Estimates as a result of underfunding, year on year. We have seen the mem...More Button

Under the recently published HSE divisional plans, hospitals are expected not only to function as last year, but to perform better with a reduction of €200 million in their budgets. Already stru...More Button

This Bill, therefore, is essentially technical legislation as it provides for the ending of the HSE's separate Vote in the budget. In future, it is to be funded through the Vote for the office o...More Button

As with the Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill, we are debating this Bill in a vacuum of knowledge as far as the Government's overall health reform plans are concerned. The promised Whit...More Button

It is long past time we had clarity on the Government's plans for health reform. From the quite detailed media reports we have seen this past week, it seems journalists have had access to the dr...More Button

If that is the case, it is disgraceful. It is the elected representatives of the people in this House, not journalistic recipients of leaks, who should receive that information in the first instan...More Button

This is essentially a technical Bill, which may well be a piece in a jigsaw. If so, it remains a puzzle to me as I cannot yet see a picture. If the Minister has such a picture, it is long past ...More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress to date in the implementation of the recommendations of the North-South feasibility study on co-operation in the provision of health services on the island of Ireland; and if he will m...More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the action that will be taken to address the crisis situation at Tallaght hospital as highlighted by the INMO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Hospital Consultants Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of consultant posts, by discipline and hospital site, unfilled at time of responding; the posts that have been advertised and the period of time that each post has been unfilled; the rea...More Button

HSE National Service Plan

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the divisional plans recently published by the Health Service Executive. More Button

Water Services Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide an update on the east Meath, Drogheda and south Louth water supply scheme which was included in the Water Services Investment Plan 2007-2009; if he will provide an overview of th...More Button