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‘Topical Issues’

Ambulance Services – Topical Issues Debate

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Speech by Ms Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for State at the Department of Health on a Topical Issue Debate regarding the provision of ambulance services.   I would like to thank Deputies Adams and McConalogue for raising these issues today and at the outset to express my sympathies to the families involved.

In relation to the response of the National Ambulance Service (NAS) to the incident raised by Deputy Adams, the NAS has reviewed the incident and has confirmed that at the time of the call, there was high call activity in the area.  The NAS is, however, satisfied that the call was appropriately prioritised, using the Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System, and that the closest available ambulance was tasked. Read the rest of this entry »

Primary Care – Topical Issues Debate

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Speech by Ms Kathleen Lynch, Minister for State at the Department of Health in a Topical Issue Debate regarding Primary Care.

The Programme for Government sets out this Government’s commitment to ensuring a better and more efficient health system; a single-tier health service that will deliver equal access to health care based on need, not income.   In a developed primary care system, up to 95 per cent of people’s day-to-day health and social care needs can be met in the primary care setting.   The key objective of the Primary Care Strategy is to develop services in the community which will give people direct access to integrated multi-disciplinary teams of general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health care disciplines.   This is central to this Government’s objective to deliver a high quality, integrated and cost effective health system. Read the rest of this entry »

HSE Service Plan – Topical Issue Debate

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Speech by Minister Alex White, TD on a Topical Issue Debate on the HSE Service Plan 2014. The Director General of the HSE forwarded the 2014 Service Plan to the Department of Health late yesterday evening. In accordance with the 2004 Health Act, as amended, the Minister for Health has a period of 21 days from the date of the receipt of the Plan, to either approve the Plan or seek amendment to the Plan, in consultation with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The question of amending the Plan might arise if, for example, the Minister was of the view that the Plan does not contain the required information or does not have sufficient regard to previous directions issued or does not accord with the policies and objectives of the Minister, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs or the Government. Read the rest of this entry »

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