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‘Topical Issues’

Community First Responders – Topical Issues Debate

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Speech by Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D.,  Minister of State at the Department of Health on a Topical Issue Debate regarding  Community First Responders

I will be responding on behalf of the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly.  I would like to thank the Deputy for raising this important issue and for the opportunity to discuss the recent policy developments associated with it.

Community response in various forms has long been an important support in the delivery of healthcare in Ireland, and in particular in pre-hospital care for people who have been unfortunate enough to suffer serious illness or injury. I would like take this opportunity to acknowledge the enormous voluntary contribution, commitment and assistance, offered by various schemes, in responding to emergency calls over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

Report on Narcolepsy – Topical Issues Debate

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Speech by Minister Roisin Shortall T.D.,  Minister of State at the Department of Health on a Topical Issue Debate regarding the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic.

I would like to thank the Deputy for raising this matter as it provides me with an opportunity to outline to this House the importance of the issue raised.

In response to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, the HSE procured two vaccines, Pandemrix® (GlazoSmithKline) and Celvapan® (Baxter). The HSE, with the approval of my Department and the Department of Finance, indemnified the suppliers from and against loss and damage in respect of any claim. This was the arrangement for all European countries.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fair Deal scheme – Topical Issues Debate

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Speech by Minister Roisin Shortall T.D.,  Minister of State at the Department of Health on a Topical Issue Debate regarding the Fair Deal scheme. 

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme will be three years in operation in October 2012 and is on schedule to be reviewed in 2012.

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme was introduced in 2009 with the commitment to review its operation after three years. The reason for allowing this period to elapse is to ensure that trends and statistics will be available in order to inform the work. The review is now on schedule for 2012 and in the course of preparation. Read the rest of this entry »

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