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Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Mattie McGrath: I will take the Minister's response in writing, please.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Bernard Durkan: We have gone through the ten minutes plus.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: It is a question-and-answer session so I would appreciate-----

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Mattie McGrath: We never get answers anyway.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Bernard Durkan: If the time is eaten up by the question, there is no answer.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: The people want-----

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

(Interruptions).

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Bernard Durkan: It is a matter for the speakers to control their verbosity in such a way as to be able to get an answer.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

(Interruptions).

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Mattie McGrath: We can have a question-and-answer session or we can take all this time.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Bernard Durkan: It is the same amount of time as for everybody else, no more and no less. I call Deputy Harkin, who will share time with Deputy Connolly.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Marian Harkin: I raise the same issue as Deputy Mattie McGrath. Perhaps there will not be quite the same level of fire in the belly, as it were, but it is just as heartfelt. I raised the matter with the Minister last week and about three weeks ago with the Taoiseach. At the time the contract was put in place with the private hospitals, it was the right thing to do. In fact, it was the only thing to do....

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for raising this important matter and for being honest and truthful. I share the view that there was no alternative option, when we were looking at what was happening in other countries, other than to ensure we had every possible bed, ventilator and ICU bed. That is what everybody in the House was rightly questioning at the time and, thank God, we secured that capacity...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Mattie McGrath: I spoke to the Minister two weeks ago about the situation regarding private hospitals. It is shocking. I know the reason we took them over and now it is time to give them back. Private health cover is not a privilege in Ireland; it is a necessity, as many middle-income families are not entitled to a medical card. It was right at the time but it is wrong to continue it now. It is...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: I will arrange for someone in the Department to liaise with the Deputies from the south east. We had quite a good arrangement during the last Dáil, when we were all allowed to meet in person, and I am eager to keep it up, whereby local representatives are brought together to provide us with the benefit of local knowledge and local connections to get this project moving. I want to see...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Bernard Durkan: Deputy Danny Healy-Rae is sharing with Deputy Mattie McGrath, is that correct? They have ten minutes.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Danny Healy-Rae: I am glad to have the opportunity to raise some issues. The thing that hurt me and many others the most, which I raised earlier with the Taoiseach, is that people died in nursing homes and hospitals without any family member being with them. I do not know who made that decision. We must go forward. The Government did several things right but there were a number of things that were not...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: The commentary about my colleagues is the Deputy's view. The substantive issue about the 67 inspectors is important. The Deputy is right that 67 is not an adequate number with the volume of work that we need the HSA to do. I am pleased to let the Deputy know that my Department will provide approximately 200 environmental health officers to supplement the HSA's work. We will make sure that...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Paul Murphy: I thank the Minister for the answer. Will he clarify if all 200 officers who are being allocated by the Department of Health will be engaged in on-site field inspections, and if not, how many will? That is crucial. It was reported in the Irish Examiner on 19 May that the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation had assured people that the HSA was getting additional inspectors from...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: The 200 environmental health officers, or inspectors, will all carry out on-the-ground inspection activities. They will do so as part of their usual programmed inspections. Environmental health officers already do that and we are basically saying that they already have a remit for a significant number of businesses, with 45,000 food businesses in the country, and telling them to inspect...

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