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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Updates on Breastfeeding: Discussion (12 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Should we strive for a 24-hour backup support service?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Updates on Breastfeeding: Discussion (12 May 2021)

Colm Burke: It is a simple question.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Updates on Breastfeeding: Discussion (12 May 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank the witnesses.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: I agree with Deputy Catherine Murphy. I am concerned when something like this is allowed to drag on. I wonder whether the other side is just hoping the OPW will go away. This is what it sounds like to me. The OPW should be trying to put a timeline on this because there is no timeline here, which concerns me.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: We should ask it to come back to us within a specific period of time. Will we still be discussing this in December or this time next year? We should set out that the OPW would come back to us within a specific period of time.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: I believe we are losing the plot here. The builders have a responsibility, but the local authorities have a responsibility as well. For example, if one contacts a local authority and asks for a register of estates that are not taken in charge, I guarantee one would not be able to get that register. I am dealing with a local authority at present. I wrote to the local authority and I was...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Perhaps we should write to the Department on this to find out what information it is getting from local authorities about estates not taken in charge at this stage.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: This is an issue I have been dealing with in the past month. To get a letter from the local authority which states that it is dealing with this since 2008 does not make sense.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: We should also look to the Department to get that information for us.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Healthcare Reimbursement Agreements (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: 745. To ask the Minister for Health the cost of the review by a company (details supplied) of governance structures in relation to the HSE drug reimbursement process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23981/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Healthcare Reimbursement Agreements (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: 746. To ask the Minister for Health the specific date his Department plans to complete its consideration of a review by a company (details supplied) of the HSE drug reimbursement process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23982/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Disease Management (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: 747. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the National Rare Disease Plan; if incomplete or unfinished actions in the existing plan are being prioritised in the context of the update of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23983/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Facilities (11 May 2021)

Colm Burke: 924. To ask the Minister for Health the projects in Cork city and county for which funding was allocated for extensions or improvements of hospital facilities, community home facilities and nursing homes; the amount allocated for each project; if the projects have been fully completed with reference to the years ending 31 December 2018, 2019 and 2020; and if he will make a statement on the...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (6 May 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank the Minister for the information he has given us this evening and the work he is doing. I have had many pregnant women on to me asking who they should contact about the vaccine. I have letters from both GPs and maternity hospitals stating they have got no information on this. People are anxious as there are more than 40,000 women at any one time who are pregnant. Clarification...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank the witnesses for attending this morning. I come from a background where I would have been involved in litigation against the Department of Health in a legal capacity and, therefore, I would be very much familiar with what is involved. Regarding the discovery of documents, where there are a number of Government agencies, including the HSE and the Department of Health and the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: On the defendant’s side, which would be the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the HSE?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: At what stage in the gathering of documentation for a case would a decision be taken as to which body or Department would be in the front line for getting all the documentation together? Would a decision be taken on that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Would there be co-ordination between the Departments and, say, the HSE and would one Department try to co-ordinate that or would it be left to the Chief State Solicitor's office?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Where discovery of documents is made, Dr. MacLellan might explain the extent of that discovery involve? What documents would have to be made available on discovery?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Can we get an idea of what documents would have to be discovered? Would it go back three, five, ten or 15 years? What would be the norm?

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