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Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Mattie McGrath: We now move to an dara babhta. The names I have for Fianna Fáil, who will share 15 minutes between them, are Deputies Flaherty and Murnane O'Connor.

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Joe Flaherty: I thank the Acting Chairman but there has been one change to the line-up; I will be sharing with my colleagues, Deputies Devlin and McAuliffe. I commend our new Minister for Health and wish him the very best in his new role. I would be remiss if I did not single out the immense personal contribution of his predecessor, Deputy Harris, in the battle against Covid-19. The challenges in the...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Cormac Devlin: I congratulate the Minister on his recent appointment. I know it is one of the most challenging roles in Government. I look forward to working closely with him during the term ahead. The additional expenditure of €2 billion for the health services illustrates the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our health services. Clearly, the additional resources are welcome and...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: I call Deputy Connolly, who is sharing time with Deputies Harkin and Fitzmaurice.

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: Guím gach rath ar an Aire agus déanaim comhghairdeas leis ina ról nua. Táim ag tnúth le bheith ag obair as lámh a chéile ó thaobh córas sláinte aonleibhéil a chur chun cinn de. I congratulate the Minister and look forward to working with him and I welcome his commitment to a one-tier system. However, his commitment is somewhat...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: The Minister will do his best to correspond, as usual. I call Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Mattie McGrath: I am sharing time with Deputy Michael Healy-Rae. Ar an gcéad dul síos, I pay tribute to all the front-line staff and the workers in all areas who did Trojan work. I sympathise with each and every family that lost loved ones. I thank RTÉ for the "RTÉ Investigates" programme last night. It was just shocking. What happened in nursing homes was unforgivable. I wish...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Michael Healy-Rae: First, I personally wish the new Minister for Health every good luck. As I said in my first address on his nomination, he made a massive transformation. He certainly played his political cards in a very special way and I compliment him very much. I hope he will be able to represent not just his constituency but the people of the country, who are looking forward to better healthcare, in a...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: Unfortunately, the Minister will have to communicate his answers to the Deputy because the time is expired. I call Deputy Lowry.

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Michael Lowry: I congratulate the Minister on his elevation to high office. As Opposition spokesman, he showed a command and a deep understanding of the health brief. He has the ability to be a reforming and performing Minister for Health. In his political transfer, he showed political shrewdness and awareness and I am glad his courage and political agility has been rewarded with ministerial office. I...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Róisín Shortall: Given the time constraints, will the Minister move on to answering my other questions?

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Stephen Donnelly: Yes, absolutely. The Deputy's question about the roadmap for the resumption of services is one that I have also asked. My understanding is that it will not be ready next week and may take several more weeks. It is something I will be looking into with urgency. I will get back to the Deputy when I know more. On the question of whether legislation is required in respect of foreign...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Róisín Shortall: Will the system be in a position to respond to a second surge or wave of infections?

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Stephen Donnelly: I was asking the same question last week and I will get back to the Deputy on it. It is something that needs to be looked at in a lot more detail.

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: I will get the niceties out of the way first by wishing the Minister well in his role. I expressed the same wish to his predecessor, Deputy Harris, four years ago. Once that is done, we can go ahead with not being nice to each other. I want to raise a number of issues, the first of which is the effect of Covid-19 on the nursing homes sector. I welcome the additional provision in the...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank Deputy Kenny for his comments. I am sure we will agree on many things because we are all committed to universal healthcare. That is the goal. We all want to stabilise the system, get through Covid, deal with the reduction in capacity and make sure people can get healthcare when they need it. I am sure we will disagree on plenty of the details but I think we probably agree on the...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Mick Barry: I have a question for the Minister on the issue of mental health services. Before I deal with that, I want to make a couple of points about the deal between the State and the Private Hospitals Association. There have been various criticisms of that deal, some of which are valid and others not. One criticism is that it was bad value for money because there was only a 36% bed occupancy rate...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank Deputy Kelly for his offer of support. We worked together well on the health committee and I hope we will continue to do so. I wrote down many questions but I missed some because I was still writing. I will get the Deputy detailed responses in writing and I am happy to meet him to discuss them. I agree with the Deputy on the presentation of financial data and we have covered...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Róisín Shortall: I congratulate the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, and wish him well in his work. As the Ceann Comhairle said earlier, we all need him to do well. I am sure there will be a high level of co-operation as there was in the production of the Sláintecare plan. If we are on track and if we are serious about accelerating Sláintecare, he will have support across the board in doing that. ...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank Deputy Shortall for her kind words and look forward to working with her and everybody else. The Deputy said quite fairly that if we are serious about accelerating Sláintecare, then we will work together. To be unambiguous, we are deadly serious about and committed to Sláintecare. It is the pathway to universal healthcare, the introduction of which is ultimately our...

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