Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

8:00 pm

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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Question 488: To ask the Minister for Health if additional assistance will be provided to persons (details supplied) in County Cork [17105/11]

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick, Fine Gael)
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Question 489: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the provision of a primary care centre in Abbeyfeale, County Limerick [17106/11]

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Labour)
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As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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Question 490: To ask the Minister for Health the strategy he is developing to deal with the paediatric diabetes services in Dublin in view of the fact that this service has become inundated with referrals from all over the country; and his plans to alleviate the problem by allocating resources to local services. [17117/11]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The HSE National Clinical Programme for Diabetes - which includes the care of children and adolescents with diabetes - is established within the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate.  This programme has a Clinical Lead appointed through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).  The working group is made up of a multi-disciplinary team with representation from a number of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Podiatrists, GPs etc.  The Diabetes Federation of Ireland is also a member of this working group.

The National Diabetes Working group is working through a number of key objectives, including the implementation of projects such as Diabetes Retinopathy Screening and a multi-disciplinary Footcare package for patients with diabetes.

The National Clinical Programme for Diabetes - which is working on care for children and adolescents with diabetes to be considered for inclusion in the 2012 HSE Service Plan - is also actively designing an Integrated Care solution, for inclusion within the Chronic Disease Watch process in collaboration with the Primary Care National Clinical Programme. With a newly established National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics, the whole area of improved services for children and adolescents with diabetes will be examined in detail and solutions worked through.

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