Thursday, 27 June 2013
Department of Health
Health Services Issues
270. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the State's services for sufferers of vasculitis; if his Department acknowledges potential improvements in pertinent medical research and medical resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31407/13]
273. To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider establishing a registry of vasculitis sufferers in this State or alternatively a North-South registry that would facilitate development of relevant non-statutory support groups and would enable sufferers to work together to establish commonly beneficial resources; if he will raise this matter at an upcoming meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31410/13]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 270 and 273 together.
There is no set treatment regime for vasculitis. Treatment depends on the type of vasculitis that a person has, the organs affected and the severity or otherwise of the condition. Treatment may involve taking over the counter medication and/or prescription medication or, in certain cases, surgery. A patient's General Practitioner or Consultant is in the best position to advise on the particular treatment options in each individual case.
There are no plans to establish a national registry of sufferers or to raise this matter at the North South Ministerial Council.