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Written Answers — Department of Health: Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (18 Jan 2017)

Catherine Byrne: With effect from 1 January 2014, operational and financial responsibility for the North East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force was transferred to the Health Service Executive. Therefore, this service matter has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drug Treatment Programmes (17 Jan 2017)

Catherine Byrne: The Department of Health is primarily responsible for the health related aspects of drug policy. Under the Misuse of Drugs (Custodial Treatment Centre) Order, 1980 (S.I. No. 30 of 1980) the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin is designated as a place where persons convicted of certain specified offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 may receive custodial medical treatment or...

Written Answers — Department of Health: National Drugs Strategy (17 Jan 2017)

Catherine Byrne: Government policy on tackling the drug problem is set out in the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016. The Strategy is a cross cutting area of public policy and service delivery, which requires a coordinated response to tackling the drug problem, involving the statutory, community and voluntary sectors. Accordingly, the community sector is represented on the institutional structures that have...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Addiction Treatment Services (17 Jan 2017)

Catherine Byrne: As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Addiction Treatment Services (17 Jan 2017)

Catherine Byrne: As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Local Drugs Task Forces Funding (16 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: With effect from 1 January 2014, operational and financial responsibility for the North East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force was transferred to the Health Service Executive. Therefore, this service matter has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Hospital Consultant Recruitment (15 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I apologise for the fact that the Minister for Health cannot be here to take this Commencement matter and I am have been asked to take it on his behalf. I thank Senator Colm Burke for tabling this Commencement matter. Trolley numbers nationally were high in November and have been so far in December due to increased emergency department attendances, greater incidence of infection in several...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Hospital Consultant Recruitment (15 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I understand the point made by the Senator and his anxiety about accident and emergency consultant hours at Mercy University Hospital. The reply I was given clearly outlines that funding has been made available and that the HSE is in the process of providing another consultant, be it through Cork University Hospital or Mercy University Hospital. I will relay the Senator's concerns to the...

Seanad: Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages (15 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I am finished.

Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (14 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I thank Deputy Aylward for raising this matter. I am pleased to take this opportunity to update the House on scoliosis services. Long waiting times for scoliosis surgery are not acceptable, and the Department is working closely with the Health Service Executive, HSE, to address services pressures, particularly in Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, which is the largest provider of...

Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (14 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: Speaking personally, as a mother and a grandmother, no parent should be left waiting for surgery for such a long time. Unfortunately, as the Deputy knows, in the past matters were not as fluid as we would have liked them to be, but funding is now beginning to build up again and the Minister is doing his utmost to ensure that staff are provided. The HSE has tried to recruit people especially...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Addiction Treatment Services (14 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I thank the Senator for raising this matter, but I am afraid that he will not be very happy with my reply. I am not happy with it and will explain why. The Government is committed to tackling alcohol misuse in Ireland and the widespread harm and pain it causes. Alcohol is causing significant damage across the population and in workplaces, families and communities and is a substantial...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Addiction Treatment Services (14 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: As I said in my initial remarks, I am not happy with the reply I received this morning and have already informed the HSE of this. I have asked it how it plans to reconfigure addiction services in the west to ensure all individuals who will present with an alcohol addiction will be catered for in the coming weeks. I will make it my business when I leave the Chamber to get back onto the HSE...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Ambulance Service Accommodation (13 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I am taking this matter on behalf of the Minister for Health. I thank the Senator for raising the issue and giving me the opportunity to update the House on the ambulance base in Carlow. The National Ambulance Service has experienced ongoing difficulties with a prefabricated building that forms part of the station facilities at Carlow ambulance base in the grounds of St. Dympna's Hospital....

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Ambulance Service Accommodation (13 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: There are some similarities in the reply, but a different location is being looked at on the campus. A temporary new prefab is also being considered because of the structural work that must be done. I am not familiar with the campus or the building being considered. It is very clear to me consultation has been taking place with the staff and services in Carlow. I will bring the Senator's...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Ambulance Service Accommodation (13 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I will relay to him there does not seem to have been any definite decision in the reply. I certainly will come back to the Senator on this. I apologise again, but there are a number of indications that something is happening. On a long-term basis, and with immediate effect, more decisions should be made more quickly. I will bring this back to the Minister.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: National Drugs Strategy (13 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: The national drug-related deaths index was published this morning. The figures are shocking. There is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, not only within communities, but as a Government and a nation. I will not say that we will continue monitoring the situation, as monitoring is not good enough. Through the national drugs strategy, we will identify why so many people are losing...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: National Drugs Strategy (13 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I very much appreciate the Senator's contribution to and participation in the public consultation process. As she is aware, I come from a community-oriented background and know and understand the difficulties and the work being done in communities. This morning I was in Tallaght visiting various groups and was taken aback by the work being done on the ground. If we intend to tackle the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Addiction Treatment Services (8 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: With effect from 1 January 2014, operational and financial responsibility for the Kildare West Wicklow Community Addiction Services Ltd. was transferred to the HSE. In the circumstances, I have referred this matter to the HSE for direct reply.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drug Treatment Programmes (6 Dec 2016)

Catherine Byrne: The South Western Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force is responsible for working with communities in County Kildare in order to co-ordinate the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy in the area. As the specific issue raised by Deputy is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

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