Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (833, 834, 835, 836, 837, 838, 839)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

844 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a programme to highlight fibromyalgia (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35302/12]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

847 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if psychological supports will be put in place to assist fibromyalgia sufferers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35307/12]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

849 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will implement the declaration of the European Parliament with regard to fibromyalgia (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35324/12]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

850 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will have fibromyalgia classified as a disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35325/12]

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Sandra McLellan

Question:

852 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health if he will put support mechanisms in place for fibromyalgia sufferers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35331/12]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

860 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health his views on the chronic disease policy developed in 2008, in relation to fibromyalgia (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35348/12]

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Sandra McLellan

Question:

866 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Health the reason fibromyalgia is not classified as a disability; the measures he is going to put in place to rectify this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35381/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 844, 847, 849, 850, 852, 860 and 866 together.

Fibromyalgia is a distinct condition under the international classification of diseases which is the international standard by which diseases are classified and is accepted by Ireland and is endorsed by the World Health Organisation. Ireland's recognition of fibromyalgia as a distinct condition is in compliance with the European Parliament declaration 69/2008 on fibromyalgia which called on the European Union to recognise fibromyalgia as a disease. There are no plans to change the range of supports available to patients with fibromyalgia however individuals may be entitled to a medical card depending on their circumstances. People with fibroyalgia have access to the broad range of primary, community and hospital based services for the diagnosis and treatment of their condition.