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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: I welcome Senator Malachai O'Hara and his mum to the Chamber. They are very welcome. I also congratulate Deputy Simon Harris on his election as Taoiseach and all Ministers who have taken up new or reshuffled positions in Cabinet or as Ministers of State. I also pay tribute to the outgoing Taoiseach, Deputy Leo Varadkar, for his support and friendship over the years. The Committee of...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: I welcome the witnesses and acknowledge the investment by the Department and the new state-of-the-art Saolta radiation oncology centre that opened in UHG last October to target and treat tumours. That said, survival rates in the west are below the rest of the country. What is the strategy or how do the witnesses see that being evened out and improved nationwide and in the west over the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: Without making any excuses for it and we can debate the Government’s response to Covid-19 and so on at the time, how much do the witnesses think Covid-19 and the decisions made impact on the delivery of the outcomes of the third national cancer strategy? I am not trying to make excuses but just-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: It is likely the next Government will deliver the fourth cancer strategy. That is not to say that we do not want to see the third one implemented in its fullest before that. From experience, when would the review of that start, in terms of the preparation or the draft strategy for the next outcome? What role will our witnesses have in feeding into that? Professor Kennedy mentioned the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: Professor Kennedy mentioned in his opening statement that between 1994 and 1998 just 44% of Irish patients were alive five years after a cancer diagnosis and this has improved in 2018 to 65%. Literally thousands of people are alive today and have gone on to have families and have lives and all that goes with that because of the cancer strategies and investment. The figure in 2018 was 65%....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: Would that be the same for heart disease and for all other illnesses? Obviously the 1990s were different in terms of education, more people smoked such as people who started smoking in the 1950s and 1960s who did not know the consequences of it. With younger people today, there may be more pressures, bombardment or whatever else, but most young people know there are dangers with smoking,...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: The Irish Cancer Society has indicated that waiting times for radiation therapy have increased. Expensive equipment is lying idle and there is an ongoing shortage of radiation therapists. What is being done in the short term to address those issues?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: When Professor Ă“ Laoide said they allowed additional overtime, has that been recent? Is it ongoing?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: Are the waiting lists still increasing?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: Will more radiation therapists come through the system next year?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: From how many places? What is the overall figure?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Funding and Implementation of the National Cancer Strategy: Discussion (10 Apr 2024)

Seán Kyne: I welcome the witnesses. I acknowledge the new radiation oncology centre that opened in University Hospital Galway, UHG, in October. It will assist by improving the survival rates for cancer patients in the west, which are below average. What plans are there to bring the survival rates in the west up to the average, as it continues to rise?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: HSE National Service Plan 2024: Discussion (20 Mar 2024)

Seán Kyne: I welcome Mr. Gloster and his team. Mr. Gloster came before the committee on 27 September regarding capital infrastructure in Galway. At that stage, he said he had decided to: ... get a full project team with good, strong expert advice from outside as well as inside to the Saolta group and we would rapidly ensure the overall capital plan for Galway is set out in terms of all the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: HSE National Service Plan 2024: Discussion (20 Mar 2024)

Seán Kyne: The work has not started yet.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: HSE National Service Plan 2024: Discussion (20 Mar 2024)

Seán Kyne: I know work has not started on the building. Has the board started work on the plan? It is hiring consultants.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: HSE National Service Plan 2024: Discussion (20 Mar 2024)

Seán Kyne: Last September or October, Mr. Gloster gave the impression that there would be no delay. It is now March and work has not started. I heard from a report during the summer that work would start in September. I would believe it will start at Christmas at this stage, given the way things go. There is nothing physical. A detailed design has to be drawn up and planning applications have to be...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: HSE National Service Plan 2024: Discussion (20 Mar 2024)

Seán Kyne: It still has to finalise the detailed design of the individual components, whichever component it decides to go for first-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: HSE National Service Plan 2024: Discussion (20 Mar 2024)

Seán Kyne: With the best will in the world, it will be next year before any application for the emergency department, maternity and paediatric labs or regional cancer centre would be lodged.

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