Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

  • Family Support Services
    Question 596: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if, in view of the Children’s Rights Alliance’s overall positive C+ grade to Government in its report card 2012, she will...
  • Homeless Persons
    Question 598: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of young persons under 18 years that are homeless as defined by section 5 of the 1991 Child Care Act; and if she will...
  • Inter-Country Adoptions
    Question 599: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will explain her views on the possibility of establishing a strong administrative agreement as an alternative to a...
  • Children in Care
    Question 600: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children in State care who were charged or convicted of any criminal offence in 2010 or 2011; and if she will make...
  • Departmental Staff
    Question 601: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will provide an organisational chart detailing officials and their responsibilities within her Department. [7734/12]
  • Ministerial Appointments
    Question 602: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will list all appointments to State boards and agencies made by her since she came to power; the persons appointed; to...
  • Hospital Services
    Question 603: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the costs that will be incurred for the refurbishment of Coovagh House special care unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Limerick...
  • Child Care Services
    Question 604: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children that are being sent outside the State for special care; the cost to the Exchequer; and if she will make a...
  • Education Welfare Service
    Question 605: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of vacant education welfare officer positions in the National Education Welfare Board; the number of education welfare...
  • Missing Persons
    Question 607: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will review a matter (details supplied) regarding the helpline. [8048/12]
  • Inter-Country Adoptions
    Question 608: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the annual costs of promoting and pursuing inter-country adoption in her Department and at the Adoption Authority of Ireland....
  • Adoption Services
    Question 609: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the annual costs of providing search and reunion services to adopted persons and natural parents; and the amount of Adoption...
  • Inter-Country Adoptions
    Question 610: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the problems being encountered by the Adoption Authority of Ireland with inter-country...
  • Departmental Staff
    Question 611: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if any remuneration, stipend, expense facility, financial facility or similar payment is being made from the Exchequer to any...
  • Child Abuse
    Question 612: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the extent to which she has studied the incidents and frequency of child abuse in situations inside or outside the home over the...
  • Child Support Services
    Question 615: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the extent, if any, to which she has been in a position to identify the most important or needy areas for investment in terms of...
  • Health Services
    Question 616: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the degree to which psychological support and diagnostic services are available to children and young adults as required; her...
  • Foster Care
    Question 618: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the extent to which the fosterage services throughout the country are adequate to meet requirements; the extent of the waiting...
  • Human Trafficking
    Question 621: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the extent to which she and her Department have identified locations for potential trafficking in children or young adults with...
  • Child Abuse
    Question 623: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of incidents of child or youth abuse reported in each of the past five years to date; the extent to which the various...
  • Departmental Staff
    Question 624: To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will outline on a yearly basis from 2008 to 2015 in respect of staff leaving the public service in her Department; the...
  • Parliamentary Questions
    Question 625: To ask the Minister for Health the length of time it is acceptable to wait for an answer to a query directed to the Health Service Executive from her Department following a...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 626: To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons employed in processing medical card application forms; if staff are allocated to register applications within a set timeframe;...
  • Hospital Accommodation
    Question 627: To ask the Minister for Health if he will outline the operational arrangements that have been put in place at St. Joseph’s District Hospital, Ballina, County Mayo, at the end of...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 630: To ask the Minister for Health the reason there is a delay in processing medical card applications in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Donegal; and the steps being...
  • Health Services
    Question 633: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a review in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; when a decision will issue; and if he will make a...
  • Hospital Services
    Question 634: To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in receiving surgery in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; when the person may expect the surgery to take...
  • Departmental Bodies
    Question 635: To ask the Minister for Health if the moneys collected as part of the pension levy from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service were passed on to the Department of Finance or if the...
  • Health Services
    Question 636: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a placement for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 14, now that the Health Service Executive national service plan has been...
  • Nursing Home Services
    Question 639: To ask the Minister for Health the number of nursing home beds available in County Louth at present; the number that are public beds and the number that are private; and the...
  • Food Labelling
    Question 641: To ask the Minister for Health his plans, if any, to introduce a proposal that restaurants include the calorie content of each dish on their menus; and if he will make a statement...
  • Departmental Schemes
    Question 642: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide figures on the total number of annually diagnosed cases of systemic lupus erythematosus here for each year in the past decade; if...
  • Drugs Task Forces
    Question 644: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide details of the funding that was allocated to local community projects via a drugs task force (details supplied) in 2011; the name...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 658: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical card application for their child in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a...
  • Assisted Human Reproduction
    Question 659: To ask the Minister for Health the date on which his Department will present policy proposals to him on assisted human reproduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 660: To ask the Minister for Health the measures being put in place to ensure there are sufficient front-line health staff at a time when so many are retiring from the public health...
  • Departmental Staff
    Question 661: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide an organisational chart detailing officials and their responsibilities within his Department. [7741/12]
  • Medical Aids and Appliances
    Question 662: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical appliance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the...
  • Food Safety
    Question 663: To ask the Minister for Health his views on a matter regarding safe food (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7806/12]
  • Ministerial Appointments
    Question 664: To ask the Minister for Health if he will list all appointments to State boards and agencies made by him since he came to power; the persons appointed; the boards and agencies to...
  • Medicinal Products
    Question 665: To ask the Minister for Health the reason 25mg tablets of Prednisolon cannot be dispensed by pharmacists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7834/12]
  • Medical Cards
    Question 666: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. [7835/12]
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 667: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the employment panel for physiotherapists in Ireland; if any recently graduated physiotherapists have been accommodated with...
  • Departmental Funding
    Question 668: To ask the Minister for Health if an organisation (details supplied) is eligible for any funding from his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7857/12]
  • Hospital Waiting Lists
    Question 669: To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive an appointment for a medical procedure; and if he will make a statement on the...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 670: To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm if haemochromatosis is covered under the medical card schemes for medical card holders; if not, the plans he has to include it;...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 671: To ask the Minister for Health when a permanent appointment will be made to the position of the director of the national suicide prevention office. [7879/12]
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
    Question 674: To ask the Minister for Health if there has been any application to produce genetically modified food; his views on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7083/12]
  • Medical Cards
    Question 675: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7894/12]
  • Health Service Executive
    Question 676: To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm and elaborate on his plans to abolish the Health Service Executive by the end of this year; if he will clarify specifically the...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 678: To ask the Minister for Health if he will examine and expedite a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. [7912/12]
  • Health Services
    Question 679: To ask the Minister for Health if he will put in place a plan to provide speech and language therapy services for pupils of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a...
  • Tobacco-Related Diseases
    Question 680: To ask the Minister for Health the results of analyses in the tobacco content of cigarettes smuggled illegally here with regard to harmful chemicals and carcinogens which exceed...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 681: To ask the Minister for Health if a transition team has been established with his Department to manage the exodus of staff from the health services to avail of pension entitlements...
  • Hospital Waiting Lists
    Question 682: To ask the Minister for Health if he will arrange for urgent surgical intervention in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 683: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and when a decision will be made. [7927/12]
  • EU Directives
    Question 684: To ask the Minister for Health the maximum number of hours doctors are allowed to work concurrently in hospitals under the EU working time directives; and if he will make a...
  • Clinical Indemnity Scheme
    Question 687: To ask the Minister for Health the provisions that are in place for insuring doctors working in Irish hospitals, particularly for those hours that exceed the limit imposed by the...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 688: To ask the Minister for Health the number of consultants retiring under the recent retirement scheme; the number of these that are under retirement age and by how many years; the...
  • Health Services
    Question 689: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding social work and psychological services in the Kildare town and Monasterevin areas of County Kildare; if the approved staffing...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 690: To ask the Minister for Health if he is satisfied with current staffing levels in all departments of Naas General Hospital, Kildare; if the public service retirement scheme will...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 691: To ask the Minister for Health the reason there is a delay in processing medical card application (details supplied); and the steps that are being taken to reduce the waiting times...
  • Consultancy Contracts
    Question 692: To ask the Minister for Health the total amount of money expended by the Health Service Executive on external legal advisers each year for the past five years [7978/12]
  • Health Services
    Question 694: To ask the Minister for Health the number of cardiac procedures that were carried out at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal, in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. [7988/12]
  • Health Policy
    Question 695: To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that approximately 400 people die in Ireland each year from the outcome of ruptured Aorta Aneurysms, and...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 696: To ask the Minister for Health if he will advise the reason for the delay in dealing with an application for a change of doctor under the medical card scheme in respect of a person...
  • Health Services
    Question 698: To ask the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been told by the Health Service Executive in Swords, County Dublin, that they must wait 14 to 16 months...
  • Ambulance Service
    Question 700: To ask the Minister for Health if he will make inquiries regarding the fact that an emergency call for an ambulance in Rathkeale, County Limerick, resulted in a delay of two and a...
  • Drugs Task Forces
    Question 701: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide details of all the drugs task forces nationally including the name of the chair, the number of board members, and the number of...
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
    Question 704: To ask the Minister for Health in view of deaths recently in a Belfast maternity hospital associated with pseudomonas, the measures that have been taken by the Health Service...
  • EU Directives
    Question 705: To ask the Minister for Health if the directive on cross-border health care, that was adopted by the European Council and the European Parliament in February 2011, has been...
  • Health Policy
    Question 706: To ask the Minister for Health the steps events, policies and so on being taken by him throughout 2012 to promote the European Year of Active Aging; and if he will make a statement...
  • Health Services
    Question 707: To ask the Minister for Health the funding that was spent on speech and language therapy by the Health Service Executive in the past ten years in tabular form [8143/12]
  • Medical Cards
    Question 709: To ask the Minister for Health when a decision will be made on an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who submitted...
  • Pension Provisions
    Question 710: To ask the Minister for Health if he will prioritise payment of gratuity in respect of a person (details supplied) who has taken early retirement on ill health grounds following an...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 711: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide a month by month breakdown of retirements of the number of health service staff that are retiring each month between September...
  • Nursing Homes Support Scheme
    Question 713: To ask the Minister for Health if he will expedite an application for fair deal nursing in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 714: To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider employing extra staff in the Midleton and District Day Care centre in County Cork (details supplied); and if he will make a...
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
    Question 715: To ask the Minister for Health the frequency and location of MRSA infections in hospitals reported for each year for the past five years to date in 2012; the steps that have been...
  • Health Centres
    Question 717: To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the primary care centre in Ballyshannon, County Donegal; the date on which it will be sent to tender; and if he will make a...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 718: To ask the Minister for Health when a decision will be made on a medical card appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in county Tipperary; the average appeal time; and if...
  • Ambulance Service
    Question 720: To ask the Minister for Health the steps being taken to have a national ambulance service transfer policy set up; when he expects this to be implemented in view of the fact that...
  • Health Insurance
    Question 721: To ask the Minister for Health the circumstances under which a health insurer can demand the balance of the insurance premium when the contract is terminated between renewal dates;...
  • Medical Cards
    Question 722: To ask the Minister for Health if he will address as a matter of urgency the medical card application of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 726: To ask the Minister for Health the number of ambulance drivers by region; the number expected to retire as part of the early retirement scheme; if there will be a reduction in...
  • National Treatment Purchase Fund
    Question 729: To ask the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will qualify for inclusion under the treatment abroad scheme, in view of the lack of suitable...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 730: To ask the Minister for Health if any remuneration, stipend, expense facility, financial facility or similar payment is being made from the Exchequer to any senior public servant...
  • Hospital Services
    Question 731: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide details of each outpatient department clinic which takes place in the Louth County Hospital, Dundalk and also in Our Lady of...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 732: To ask the Minister for Health when the national review of public health nursing will be published; his plans to appoint public health nurses in order to backfill PHN vacancies in...
  • Community Care
    Question 733: To ask the Minister for Health if he supports plans to redesignate the unoccupied beds at St. Francis Community Nursing Home in Galway city to step down beds which would relieve...
  • Departmental Staff
    Question 734: To ask the Minister for Health if he will outline on a yearly basis from 2008 to 2015 in respect of staff leaving the public service in his Department; the cost of lump sums; the...
  • Health Service Staff
    Question 735: To ask the Minister for Health the cost of recruiting doctors from overseas, including re-accommodation and transport costs; the numbers of doctors recruited; the number who sat...
  • Health Services
    Question 736: To ask the Minister for Health if he will support a matter (details supplied). [8474/12]
  • Care of the Elderly
    Question 737: To ask the Minister for Health his views regarding budget cuts in the Lusk Nursing Home, County Dublin, at which it is being proposed that rather than receiving freshly cooked...
  • Health Services
    Question 738: To ask the Minister for Health the ICT projects the Health Service Executive intends to proceed with in 2012; if they will take account of new institutional arrangements for the...

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