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

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I acknowledge the work done by former Deputy John Brassil in preparing this Bill. The Bill essentially replicates the good work John undertook in the previous Dáil. I am eternally grateful to him for his efforts in this regard and his support over recent months. I also acknowledge the good work of the Minister for Health, Deputy...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I appreciate that. I accept the added difficulties with the pilots the Department was looking to put in place in the context of the wider issue we have that an insufficient number of people are working in this sector. I know that a lot of things are being considered. We have to look at pay scales and any incentivisation we can provide. We know of the difficulties of people, some of whom...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: To go back to the point, the funding of home care is not the issue. We are all aware of the €666 million available. Delays are occurring at the moment because we have delays in providing home care workers into specific areas. As the Deputy said, weekends and rural areas, especially, can be very problematic. Notwithstanding that, the number has come down significantly over recent...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Obviously, we need to look at the issue of the rates of pay. Again, I accept the difficulties in providing a timeline, but we need that task force to have its inaugural meeting. I accept that considerable work has probably been done, but we need the task force to put the priorities that are required in place and on the agenda, to be enacted by the Government as quickly as possible. We are...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: The pilot scheme in the Galway area is operational. The pilot schemes in west Cork, Mullingar and the Dublin area are not. I will get the Deputy a note on that because it will outline exactly the areas being covered.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: That would be brilliant.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: The role of the cross-departmental strategic work force advisory group will be to facilitate the views of stakeholders and to examine workforce challenges in home support and nursing homes. Potential areas will be recruitment and retention, training and the career development of home supports. I was updated by the chief officer yesterday on CHO 4, which comprises counties Cork and Kerry....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: They are family-friendly.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: We are, therefore, challenged but we are working with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to look at different things to see that people on social welfare, for example, might be able to work a certain number of hours and students in receipt of the SUSI grant might be able to work enhanced hours. We are trying to throw the kitchen sink at this to resolve it.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Home Care Packages (3 Dec 2021)

Questions Nos. 113 to 116, inclusive, replied to with Written Answers.

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

Vaccination Programme

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

Duncan Smith: 117. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the roll-out of the Covid-19 booster programme; the issues that have been identified with the early roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59244/21]

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

Duncan Smith: Wow, anything can happen during Question Time on a Friday, including getting through the list of questions. I would like an update on the booster vaccine campaign. GPs seem to be getting on well, but I would like the Minister's view on the mass vaccination centres and the pharmacies and how they are being used for the campaign. Could he also speak to the staffing levels to provide the...

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

Stephen Donnelly: I will caveat my response. I do not think anybody expected to get to Question No. 117, so the note I have does not include everything I would like. I will therefore go from memory, so if some of these figures are off, I apologise ahead of time. Between boosters and third doses for the immunocompromised, approximately 900,000 vaccines have been administered at this stage. The highest...

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

Duncan Smith: Neither of us expected to get to this question, so I appreciate that the Minister does not have detailed notes with him. However, it has been reported that we do not have as many vaccinators or staff as we had in the summer. Is he able to speak to that? I am not looking for numbers, but is that an issue? It may not be a big one; it may be a small one. Second, we are following a...

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

Stephen Donnelly: I will respond first to the Deputy's second point, which was what the level of demand is like. As the Minister of State, Deputy Butler, was just saying to me, the demand in the nursing homes has been huge. There has been no drop-off. We saw over the weekend very long queues. Obviously, we do not want anyone waiting many hours for a booster, particularly in the winter, but it is at least...

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

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: Thank you, Minister.

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

Stephen Donnelly: I might come back on the supplementary-----

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

Duncan Smith: I am happy to cede whatever time I have to the Minister. Do I have 30 seconds?

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

Stephen Donnelly: Perhaps I will just finish up on this, Acting Chairman.

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