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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Has it been possible to identify what might predispose people to long Covid?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: On the State response, where was the national clinical lead drawn from? What is their background?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: What is Dr. Lambert's position on the model of care? We are told that it is an interim model of care. Is there any date set for when it might be reviewed, or is it the only model of care that people are operating to at the moment?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I do not mean to put undue pressure on Dr. Lambert. This is the first time that the committee has dealt with the issue. I suspect it is an issue that we will be dealing with on further occasions. I ask Dr. Lambert to excuse us if he feels we are trying to glean information from him. That may be unfair. On the HSE response to Covid and the decision to locate one post-acute clinic and one...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: It strikes me that because Covid is a new condition and everyone is learning about it, it would make more sense to combine the post-acute and long Covid clinics. Would Dr. Lambert agree with that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Dr. Lambert referred to the fact we do not have PET scans in this country.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: We do not have access to them.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Is the lack of access a cost issue?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I do not want to put too much pressure on Dr. Lambert's own experience, but we are trying to learn about this. Is there any country leading the thinking and the clinical work in this area that we could learn from?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I have some questions following up on what Dr. Lambert said. Is he regularly asked to provide certification for people being out of work as a result of long Covid?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Clearly that will now come into sharp focus with the Government decision to end income supports to people who are out on long-term sickness. Approximately how many of the patients Dr. Lambert is seeing are healthcare workers as opposed to other workers?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I am aware that some long Covid cases have been taken against the State. Has Dr. Lambert had any involvement or been asked to provide any supporting evidence?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Dr. Lambert has spoken about the need for six months' neurorehabilitation for somebody who has been out of work long term. What is the access to that like for insured patients and more specifically for public patients?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Are all the clinics open to public patients? The Government is talking about one in each hospital group. Are they all public clinics?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Effects of Long Covid and Provision of Long Covid Care: Engagement with Dr. John Lambert (6 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I appreciate that.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (5 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I do not know if the Tánaiste realises how difficult it is for low-income families. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is really concerned about the summer holidays because it does not know what is going to happen to those families that are utterly dependent on breakfast clubs and school meals. Where is the food going to come from during the summer holidays? What will happen when...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (5 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: We all know that the cost of living is out of control, inflation is now almost 10% and prices right across the economy are soaring. On Friday Electric Ireland hiked its prices for the second time in just three months, adding a further €350 to the cost of gas and €164 to the cost of electricity. Other providers will undoubtedly follow suit. Families who are already struggling...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (5 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Therefore, will the Government reconsider and to do the right thing? Will it introduce an emergency budget now before it is too late for so many families?

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (5 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: 850. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1402 of 19 January 2022, the consideration that he is giving to putting in place a legal basis for the issuing of do-not-resuscitate orders in hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36174/22]

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Jul 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I welcome this Bill and it is good the Government is abolishing the inpatient charge for children under 16 and that parents will no longer have that as an additional worry when their child gets sick and has to be admitted to the hospital. The Minister made the point that it will ease the financial burden on parents and ensure that cost is not a significant consideration for families when...

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