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Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: It should not be happening. Clear guidance has been given by the HSE to hospitals. That is clinical guidance. The question is often asked as to who is in charge. In health and in the world of medicine, politicians do not dictate - and have never done so - to medics in terms of clinical guidance. Given that we have had such a successful vaccination programme in hospitals and in view of...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

(Interruptions).

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: I am making the point generally. I am not saying it happened in this context. I am making the point generally, which we must acknowledge. We can criticise the health service a lot, but the work it has done in the context of Covid and in the aftermath of the cyberattack has been truly heroic. I must say that. It has stood up to the test and we must say that a bit more because we are...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Alan Kelly: There are not enough people.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: Those resources, coming into the winter period, were very effective and had much impact.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Alan Kelly: I agree.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: As to the upskilling and recruitment of people, we will continue to work on that. Deputy Paul Murphy stated that it is only a question of whether we use the word “gamble” or the word “choice”. There is a fundamental difference between taking a gamble and making a choice. I say emphatically that I do not gamble with peoples’ lives. I do not gamble with...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (16 Jun 2021)

Alan Kelly: The criteria are tight.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: I will see what I can do to relax the criteria. We did not ask that they be that tight. We want to support community facilities because communities have been very good during Covid-19. They have been very effective in helping the State's efforts and society's efforts to deal with Covid-19. When we allocated the funding, we did not want the criteria to be too tight. Obviously, the funding...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (16 Jun 2021)

Róisín Shortall: Not against transmissibility.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: I know, but a 92% effectiveness against hospitalisation is an important point. It was an important piece of research that deserves to be highlighted. That is the point I am making. Also, NIAC has not recommended the mixing of vaccines. By the middle of July, we will be down to only two vaccines - Moderna and Pfizer. That is where we will be once we have completed the second dosage of...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (16 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Taoiseach, we need to move on. I am afraid we are out of time. We need to go to Question No. 4.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: On the maternity issue, I have spoken to the chief executive officer of the HSE. The HSE runs its organisation and the CEO and his management team deal and work with the hospitals across the country in terms of the clinical guidance that has issued from the HSE. That is the proper way for it to happen. I will engage again with the HSE in respect of comments that have been made in the House...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

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Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Alan Kelly: 4. To ask the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on health last met; and when it will next meet. [27894/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Cathal Crowe: 5. To ask the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on health last met; and when the next meeting is planned. [29522/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 6. To ask the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on health last met; and when it will next meet. [31399/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Paul Murphy: 7. To ask the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on health last met; and when it will next meet. [31402/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: 8. To ask the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on health will next meet. [31800/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 4 to 8, inclusive, together. The Cabinet committee on health oversees implementation of programme for Government commitments in relation to health, receives detailed reports on identified policy areas and considers the implementation of health reforms, including Sláintecare. The Cabinet committee last met on Monday, 14 December. Since then, there...

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