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Mental Health Services: Statements (26 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: This has been a quite long debate. I was glad to have had the opportunity to speak earlier. It is difficult in five minutes to respond fully to every point raised in the past three hours. I will do my best to mention one or two points raised. Deputy Billy Kelleher acknowledged the fact the mental health budget increased by 16% during the term of the outgoing Government, the Fine...

Mental Health Services: Statements (26 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: The Deputy also mentioned that the service plan lacks detail. If that is the case, I refer him to the mental health operational plan, which is the much more detailed plan for mental health services. It was published subsequently. The service plan comes out first. After that, each area produces an operational plan which is very detailed. The Deputy may wish to read that Deputy Buckley...

Mental Health Services: Statements (26 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Acting Chairman. I was here for more than half the debate. When I was not here, I was covered by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Bruton, and the Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Deputy Harris. It is not unreasonable for me, after Members raise questions and make passionate speeches, to mention that they do not wait around for a reply....

Mental Health Services: Statements (26 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: On the replies, it was alleged that I was playing with the figures. The only figures I used are those that applied to the period of government between 2011 and now, 2016. I cannot account for what happened during the period 2008 to 2011 but Deputy Boyd Barrett is correct to say that in that period the mental health budget was cut back very severely. The number of staff was cut very...

Mental Health Services: Statements (26 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: -----that is something people may need to consider for themselves.

Mental Health Services: Statements (26 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: I welcome the holding of this debate and the opportunity to describe some of the developments in mental health services overseen by the outgoing Government. I am making this statement on behalf of the Government as the Minister of State responsible for mental health services, Ms Kathleen Lynch, is not permitted to speak in the Chamber as she is, regrettably, no longer a Member of the House....

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: I appreciate that we are trying new procedures in the Dáil, but this has been a four-hour debate, in which any number of speakers have made contributions totalling 225 minutes. To be brutally honest, it is not possible for me to do justice to those 225 minutes of speeches, all of which I was present for and all of which I listened to. In the spirit of the procedures we may develop in...

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: That is not correct.

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: I am putting it on the public record. It is not correct.

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: Any decision is not one based on political deals. It is based on the recommendations of the national clinical programme for acute coronary syndrome and that is how it should be.

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: The money can be made available if needs be but it will not be done as a political deal.

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: How much time was I allocated?

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: Is that for the entire debate?

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Leo Varadkar: I welcome the opportunity to speak for the first time in the Thirty-second Dáil and to inform the House of the current state of our health service and, in particular, emergency department overcrowding and waiting lists, which I know are major concerns for Members. Meeting the ever-increasing demand for health care is particularly challenging. It arises from our growing and ageing...

Establishment of a Statutory Commission of Investigation into a Foster Home in the South East: Statements (2 Feb 2016)

Leo Varadkar: I welcome the opportunity to speak to the House about allegations of heinous and horrendous abuse in a foster and respite home in the south east and the subsequent alleged neglect and endangerment by the authorities which should have acted differently. These issues are a matter of grave concern for me, the Government and, increasingly, the public as it has learned more about them in recent...

Other Questions: Vaccination Programme (2 Feb 2016)

Leo Varadkar: I would like to correct the record, if I have ever suggested otherwise. If a patient has symptoms, the symptoms are real. If a patient has pain, it is real and if a patient has a headache, it is real. The patient's symptoms are always real. In this and other circumstances, a person may have a range of different illnesses. Perhaps part of the reason why there has been delay in diagnoses...

Other Questions: Vaccination Programme (2 Feb 2016)

Leo Varadkar: No, not unless the Deputy has a further question.

Other Questions: Accident and Emergency Departments (2 Feb 2016)

Leo Varadkar: If I took the lowest number, I would take the number at 8 p.m. in the evening, which is generally lower than 200, even on a bad day, so that is not the case at all. The number at 8 a.m. is always the worst because of the number of people who come in overnight. A huge amount has been done in this space, probably more than in any recent year, but it needs to be sustained. The demands are...

Other Questions: Accident and Emergency Departments (2 Feb 2016)

Leo Varadkar: The logic of getting rid of the NTPF was twofold. First, it was self-selecting in that people went to it themselves if they were waiting for a period and, second, it never managed to get rid of long waiting lists or waiting times. Instead, the resource was given to the special delivery unit, SDU, which then selected the patients who were waiting the longest and focused on them. For the...

Other Questions: Accident and Emergency Departments (2 Feb 2016)

Leo Varadkar: The time has come for Deputy Kelleher to stop being a commentator and to set out what Fianna Fáil will do differently.

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