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Message from Seanad (3 Dec 2021)

Message from Seanad (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Seanad Éireann has passed the Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2021, without amendment.

Message from Seanad (3 Dec 2021)

Sitting suspended at 1.07 p.m. and resumed at 1.47 p.m.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: It is great to have two Ministers of State present. Since we have some time left, I will first call the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, and then the Minister of State, Deputy Butler.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank the Minister of State for giving me a little of her time. I also thank the Ceann Comhairle for giving his time yesterday evening to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and I thank the House for turning Leinster House purple. I thank Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan for introducing this Bill. This matter is something about which I am passionate. On the Opposition...

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: I thank the Minister of State for her comments and for acknowledging that today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I thank the Deputies who contributed on this discussion, in particular the Bill's sponsor, Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan. I commend the goal of the Bill, which seeks to provide faster access for people to new medicines for the treatment of rare diseases. I...

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I thank everyone who has contributed on this debate. It is great to see that the Bill has universal support and I look forward to it going to Committee Stage. Deputy Colm Burke and our own Deputy Lahart are on the Committee on Health. They are passionate about this topic. I will make a couple of comments in summary. There are a few inescapable truths. One is that these drugs are...

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Thomas Gould: I commend my constituency colleague, Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan, on bringing forward this Bill. It is vitally important that we make medicines as accessible and affordable as possible. We need to remove barriers to medicine and this will be a positive step in the right direction, albeit not the final step, in achieving this. Given my portfolio, the epidemic of crack cocaine comes to...

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Colm Burke: We did take action on rare diseases.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Thomas Gould: Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan bringing forward this Bill today shows that action was not delivered. I hope the Minister for Health will finally deliver for people. I know people who have been waiting years to get the drugs they need on the reimbursement scheme. I congratulate my constituency colleague on bringing forward this Bill.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Duncan Smith: I feel like I have walked into a Cork North-Central public meeting.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: Only two of them are bringing forward the Bill. Did the Deputy notice that?

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Duncan Smith: I thank Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan for bringing forward this Bill and I thank the Minister of State for being here. I also acknowledge that the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, has entered the Chamber. Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. While that is not the subject matter of this Bill, we are talking broadly about people having access to healthcare,...

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank my colleague from Cork North-Central for introducing this Bill, which follows on from the Bill that had been originally published by our former colleague John Brassil. Deputy Pádraig O’Sullivan has outlined the extensive work he has done in this area. It is important we give recognition to that and that we acknowledge the commitment he has made. I also thank the...

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

David Cullinane: I commend Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan on bringing forward this excellent Bill, which relates to an area in which I have an interest. The previous health committee looked at this issue and made recommendations, many of which are included in the Bill. I thank an Teachta O'Sullivan for his interest in this matter and for continually raising all these important points, as well as his...

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: I thank the Deputy for tabling this Bill which seeks to address an issue of great importance to us all. I would like put on the record the apologies of the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, who, as the Deputy mentioned, is attending the Cabinet sub-committee, but I understand the Minister engaged privately with the Deputy on the Bill in advance of this debate. I recognise his sincere interest in...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Vaccination Programme (3 Dec 2021)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: We are right up against the clock. Go ahead.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Vaccination Programme (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: Many staff were redeployed into primary and acute care. Some went back into retirement. An amazing number of people had come out of retirement. Students went back to college. In recent weeks, the HSE has been successfully asking people to come back and has been deploying, where possible, from acute settings. However, the acute settings are under severe pressure and one of the areas we...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Vaccination Programme (3 Dec 2021)

Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2021)

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