Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (108, 109, 110)

Richard Bruton

Question:

208 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 will obtain a full assessment concerning their application for domiciliary care allowance; the reason it has taken five months for a decision to be taken in this case, in view of the fact that an application was made in May 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25712/04]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

The assessment of entitlement to and payment of the domiciliary care allowance is a matter for the relevant health board and the Eastern Regional Health Authority in the first instance. Accordingly, a copy of the Deputy's question has been forwarded to the regional chief executive of the Eastern Regional Health Authority with a request that he examine the case and reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

Finian McGrath

Question:

209 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the reason there is a waiting list of one year for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 who urgently requires the community occupational therapist assessment for their stair-lift grant; and if she will make this issue a priority. [25744/04]

View answer

The provision of health related services, including occupational therapy, for people with physical and-or sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has been referred to the chief executive officer of the Eastern Regional Health Authority with a request that he examine the matter and reply directly to the deputy, as a matter of urgency.

Billy Timmins

Question:

210 Mr. Timmins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if the Health Board in the South East will assist in community based cardiac self-help defibrillator schemes as currently happens in the Eastern Regional Health Authority Area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25745/04]

View answer

The Department of Health and Children is aware of the potential to reduce the number of sudden cardiac deaths in the community. The provision of community-based cardiac defibrillators, including their placement and the ongoing training of relevant personnel and community volunteers, is to be examined by the recently established task force on sudden cardiac death.

I understand that many communities around the country have purchased or are in the process of purchasing an automatic external defibrillator, AED. I am advised that the South Eastern Health Board and other health boards are considering supporting such initiatives, as part of the ongoing implementation of the cardiovascular health strategy.