Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (265)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

265. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Social Protection if cyclical vomiting syndrome is or will be considered as a qualifying illness for social welfare payments for both sufferers and carers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14817/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Cyclical vomiting syndrome is accepted as a certifiable medical condition. Eligibility to illness and carer's schemes are determined by its severity and expected duration. When applying for illness benefit, medical certification is provided by the customer's GP. For many other schemes, a medical assessment is made after careful review of submitted medical evidence, in accordance with the Department's evidence based medical protocols and guidelines.