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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: This is the second time I have had to reply about ambulance service in the House. The last time I replied to Deputy Ó Cuív and his colleagues. I am glad to report that they have since received their ambulance in Connemara. We have, therefore, made a little progress on ambulances. I am going to read a script on behalf of the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly. I will...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: Absolutely.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Early Childhood Care and Education (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank the Deputy for raising the matter and compliment him on the videos he has produced in the past number of weeks. They are simple and snappy. I also thank him for his comments on the Minister, Deputy O'Gorman, and his Department and the work he has put in for the past number of months to support all our parties that have made this happen. There has been a step change in the past...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Irish Sign Language (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank the Deputy for raising this question this evening and welcome the opportunity to address the House on the issue. Irish Sign Language is a matter of significant importance to me. I will put on the record that I met with families and with ISL interpreters. I have engaged with users of ISL and know how important it is to them that they can use ISL when accessing key services. There...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Irish Sign Language (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: Yet again, I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. Anybody who is listing to the debate this evening might not realise the relevance of the Irish Sign Language Act that was signed into law 2017 and the commencement order that we brought forward in December 2020. It was not just one Department, however. It was a whole-of-government approach across all Departments and all public...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Hospital Staff (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank Senator Byrne for raising this issue today, which I am taking on behalf of the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly. I will read the statement but I have my own opinions, which I will add at the end if that is okay.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Hospital Staff (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I compliment the Senator on her understanding of the value of the nurses we are speaking about and the impact they have on patients. I know this is an issue close to her heart and one she has raised on previous occasions. I also understand how important it is to the people of the mid-west that such services are available when needed and that they are adequately resourced and staffed. In...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Hospital Staff (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: The Minister, in his prepared concluding statement, reiterates that the Government, along with the Department of Health, is fully committed to improving services and having patient-centred care in Limerick and throughout the country. This was reflected with the significant funding allocated to improving our health services in budget 2022. University Limerick Hospitals Group is fully...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Disability Services (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: Day services re-opened at 39% capacity at service locations throughout August and early September of 2020, and by end of January 2021 this had increased to 51%. The combination of supports in the location, outreach supports, and remote supports provides an overall quantum of support to service users of over 60% at the end of January. The increase in day service capacity was supported by...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As the issue raised is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Financial Resolutions 2021 - Financial Resolution No. 2: General (Resumed) (13 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I am delighted to outline that, following yesterday's announcement, the overall budget for disability services in 2022 will reach €2.3 billion. I am also pleased to detail a package of €105 million provided for our disability services in 2022. To clear up any confusion over what this consists of, I am happy to provide a clear breakdown of this figure. A sum of €50...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Service Executive (13 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter, his PQ has been forwarded to the HSE for direct reply.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Primary Medical Certificates (13 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Departmental Data (13 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (12 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (12 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (12 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 562, 563 and 564 together. As these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (12 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (12 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Disability Services (12 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

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