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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Primary Care Centres (3 Dec 2021)

Primary Care Centres

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Primary Care Centres (3 Dec 2021)

Joe Carey: 100. To ask the Minister for Health if he will report on progress to provide a network of primary healthcare centres in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59225/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Primary Care Centres (3 Dec 2021)

Joe Carey: I seek an update on the provision of a network of primary care health centres in County Clare.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Primary Care Centres (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I am very pleased to inform the Deputy that a number of primary care centre developments are being progressed in County Clare. In addition to the existing primary care centre in Westbury, the site at Station Road, Ennis, is under construction and is expected to be operational by mid-summer 2022. The HSE is also continuing to work with a developer on another centre in Ennis on the Tulla Road...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Primary Care Centres (3 Dec 2021)

Joe Carey: I thank the Minister. The previous Fine Gael-led Government laid the foundations for these primary health care centres in County Clare and I thank the Minister and the HSE for continuing that work. The Ennis site on Station Road is a really striking building and is a state-of-the-art facility. I have been in touch with the Minister, his officials and the HSE throughout its development....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Primary Care Centres (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I do. Station Road in Ennis is under construction and planning permission has been sought to increase the floor area of the building to provide for additional services. A decision is awaited from An Bord Pleanála on this additional application. Subject to the decision, which we all hope will be in the affirmative while we obviously full respect the independence of the process, the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Disability Services (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: My colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, has put enormous work and energy into reducing the number of children who are overdue assessments of need. Nationally, 6,558 assessments of need were overdue in June 2020 under the old process. At the end of October 2021, through a combination of different measures, approximately 6,100 children had their assessments completed, reducing...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Disability Services (3 Dec 2021)

Thomas Gould: The Minister of State made a point about a reduction in the backlog of assessments of need for children. They are getting their assessments of need done, but then there are no services. I am dealing with families who have had no services for their children for years. We are talking about the children's disability network teams. I am dealing with a mother who is doing a 12-week course to...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Disability Services (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: By anyone's metric, achieving a reduction of 93% in a waiting list in 12 months must be acknowledged. Since 2019, some 285 new posts have been allocated to children's disability services across the country. The diversity of posts recruited include dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, speech and language therapists, nurses and some administrative support...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (3 Dec 2021)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Misuse of Drugs

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 96. To ask the Minister for Health the position of his Department on the decriminalisation of drug users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51980/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I tried to put this question concerning the decriminalisation of drug users to the Minister for Justice, but it was redirected to the Department of Health, which I am sure will be of interest to those who have criminal convictions for possession of controlled substances for personal use. I will be interested to know the Department of Health's view of the potential for the decriminalisation...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: I offer the apologies of the Minister of State with responsibility for public health, well-being and national drugs strategy, Deputy Feighan. He cannot be here because of Covid-19 restrictions. I am taking the question on his behalf. Under the national drugs strategy, the Government established a working group to consider alternative approaches to the possession of drugs for personal use in...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: There are several issues with the response from the Minister of State. The use of language in this debate is extremely important. I referred to the decriminalisation of the "drug user", while the response from the Minister of State refers to the "decriminalisation of drugs" and continues with a reference to the legalisation of drugs. Decriminalisation and legalisation are completely...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I thank the Deputy. We are out of time.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: The health-----

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: -----must be much more compassionate than misinformed answers on the floor of this House.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: I do not accept that it is a misinformed answer. The health diversion programme will connect participants with health services and it will provide a pathway to treatment and recovery where there is problematic drug use. It will also allow participants to avoid a criminal conviction. An interdepartmental group, chaired by representatives of the Department of Health, is considering legal...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I am sorry. The Minister of State's proposal is that people will get a criminal sanction if they are caught a third time. What is the difference? If someone is acutely and profoundly addicted to something, surely the hundredth time that he or she has an intervention because of that addiction should have the same response as the third time. What is utterly heartbreaking about this is that...

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