Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (15)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

15. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health if and when the signalled package of supports for children who contracted narcolepsy associated with the Pandemrix vaccine will be made available; the other measures that will be undertaken in this regard;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48963/12]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department is working closely with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Education and Skills to address the needs of those affected by narcolepsy following pandemic vaccination.

The HSE provides a range of services and supports to those affected including access to rapid diagnosis, clear treatment pathways, temporary medical cards and reimbursement of expenses incurred. Multi-disciplinary assessments which allow for the appropriate individualised health and educational supports to be put in place have commenced. The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) is also engaging with the HSE and with the individual schools and parents of children concerned to identify and provide educational supports for the children and adolescents affected.

My Department is considering all other possible supports which may need to be put in place for those affected. Any such supports require my approval and the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. officials are currently engaged in discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on this issue.

I would like to assure the Deputy that this matter continues to be a priority for my Department.