Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (720)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

720. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the date on which the Haemochromatosis programme, that has been in place in Dublin since 2007, will be rolled out countrywide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8530/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I agree that a model of care needs to be established for haemochromatosis patients that would provide equal access in the most cost-effective manner possible. In this regard the HSE's National Clinical Programme for Blood Transfusion has reviewed services nationally for haemochromatosis patients with a view to providing a service that reflects best international practice in terms of patient care and value for money. I understand that discussions are ongoing with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and other relevant parties such as GPs to examine options for the improved care of haemochromatosis patients and I look forward to hearing the outcome of these discussions.

Question No. 721 answered with Question No. 649.