Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (49)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

49. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if he will confirm that, in the context of the ongoing reviews of provision of medical cards, all survivors of symphysiotomy will continue to retain their entitlement to medical cards, which are not subject to means testing and which are designated SOS, and which they have been given as part of the package of health supports for such survivors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21286/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My priority continues to be to ensure that the women who have undergone surgical symphysiotomy continue to have their health needs comprehensively and professionally met. The HSE provides a range of services to women who may be experiencing any adverse effects as a result of undergoing this procedure. These services include the provision of medical cards, the availability of independent clinical advice and the organisation of individual pathways of care and the arrangement of appropriate follow-up. All of these services are available on request by the women from the HSE nominated Symphysiotomy Liaison Officers.

Medical cards granted to women on the basis of having undergone a surgical Symphysiotomy are subject to review by the HSE to confirm a continued need for the service. Once this is confirmed, cards are automatically reissued.

Question No. 50 answered with Question No. 13.