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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Home Care Packages Funding

John Brassil

297. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the provision that will be made for the roll out of the home care support package (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51077/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme

John Brassil

92. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Finance if he will address the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50664/19]

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Tue, 3 Dec 2019

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Emergency Works Scheme Applications

John Brassil

247. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter regarding a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50384/19]

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Tue, 3 Dec 2019

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Medicinal Products

John Brassil

404. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No.129 of 14 November 2019, the status of the sodium valproate response report which was recently presented to him; the actions or outcomes anticipated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50159/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Pharmacy Data

John Brassil

144. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the number of claims by pharmacies in each of the years 2016 to 2018 for non-dispensing fees in cases in which the pharmacist exercised his or her professional judgment and did not dispense an item on a GMS prescription; the amount paid in non-dispensing fees in each of those years; and the value of the non-dispensed medicines in respect of these claims for non-dispensing in each year in tabular form. [49496/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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General Practitioner Services

John Brassil

74. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the action being taken to protect general practitioner services in Milltown, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48762/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Ambulance Service

John Brassil

77. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the reason for the significant deterioration in ambulance turnaround times in Kerry University Hospital between September 2017 and September 2019. [48763/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Student Support Schemes

John Brassil

202. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills the policies being developed to ensure that students with disabilities can complete their university education without incurring fees for deferring some of their coursework; and if a plan that would allocate funds to allow additional time for students with visual and hearing impairments and who use wheelchairs to complete their university degree will be supported. [48706/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Hospital Staff Data

John Brassil

274. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the expenditure by public hospitals on locum pharmacists; the rate of pay paid to locum pharmacists in publicly funded hospitals; if locum agencies are used and the daily and weekly rates paid to those agencies in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48613/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Nursing Staff Remuneration

John Brassil

290. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the estimated net cost for 2019 of implementing the nurses’ pay deal agreed in February 2019 based on the savings and productivity measures to be put in place; if the independent verification process to determine the level of savings generated by productivity measures to offset the cost of the deal which was proposed in the Labour Court agreement that led to a resolution of the strike has been put in place; if so, the terms of reference; the details of those who will serve on it; and if the initiatives set out under the agreement will be paused if verified savings and productivity do not materialise by the end of the year in keeping with the recommendation of the Labour Court in dealing with the recent nurses’ pay dispute. [48691/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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National Broadband Plan Implementation

John Brassil

386. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if discussions have taken place between his Department and companies (details supplied) regarding the minimum amount of premises for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48719/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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National Broadband Plan Data

John Brassil

387. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of providers that have been accepted for the national broadband plan; the number of providers that have been rejected without engagement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48721/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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National Broadband Plan Data

John Brassil

388. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the material change to the national broadband plan intervention area since the mapping exercise; the number of premises added to the intervention area; the number of premises removed from same; the breakdown of premises removed from the intervention area by operator type that is fixed line, cable, mobile, fixed wireless; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48724/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Higher Education Institutions

John Brassil

85. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the timeframe in which students with disabilities that are wheelchair users, visually impaired and hearing impaired could complete their degree course will be extended by at least one extra year without incurring extra costs or fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48385/19]

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Wed, 20 Nov 2019

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HSE Reviews

John Brassil

213. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if the findings of the review of the HSE reimbursement and pricing decision-making process undertaken by a firm (details supplied) will be published; the date his Department received these findings; if his Department will be implementing recommendations received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48230/19]

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Wed, 20 Nov 2019

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Medicinal Products

John Brassil

214. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of the implementation of the HSE’s best-value biologics process; if the HSE has plans to review this process to drive greater adoption of the designated best-value biological drug; if the HSE will expand this programme to further therapy areas in which a biosimilar drug is available here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48231/19]

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Wed, 20 Nov 2019

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Medicinal Products

John Brassil

215. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of the planned development of a national biosimilar medicines policy statement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48232/19]

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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Medicinal Products

John Brassil

129. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of the sodium valproate response report which was recently presented to him; the actions or outcomes anticipated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46966/19]

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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Hospital Appointments Status

John Brassil

131. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46983/19]

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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Hospital Appointments Status

John Brassil

132. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of an appointment for a MRI for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46987/19]

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Thu, 7 Nov 2019

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Basic Payment Scheme Eligibility

John Brassil

176. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a basic payment entitlement for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45887/19]

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Thu, 7 Nov 2019

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Free Travel Scheme

John Brassil

191. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the service by Dublin Bus from Dublin Airport to Heuston Station accepts free travel cards from commuters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45854/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme

John Brassil

117. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Finance if the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44677/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Visa Applications

John Brassil

374. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of a work visa for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44372/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Pharmacy Services

John Brassil

463. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health his plans to extend the services available at community pharmacies with specific reference to a minor ailment scheme, new medicine service and the expansion of the free contraceptive scheme to be accessed via pharmacies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44341/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Health Services Funding

John Brassil

531. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 376 of 22 October 2019, if he has evaluated the full costings over the ten-year timeframe provided in the Sláintecare report; his views on whether the costings (details supplied) are accurate for the purposes of implementing the recommendations in the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44594/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Hospital Consultant Data

John Brassil

595. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if the grade of consultant in public health medicine will be established here (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44857/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Health and Social Care Professionals

John Brassil

682. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if his Department continues to recognise that physiotherapy is an autonomous health profession and that patients do not have to have a prior medical referral to access physiotherapy services in the public health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45316/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Departmental Programmes

John Brassil

918. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the active smarter travel programme; if and when further funding calls will be made by his Department for this funding mechanism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44685/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Road Improvement Schemes

John Brassil

926. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when funding will be made available to Kerry County Council to carry out works on the Rathscannel road, R551, Abbeydorney, County Kerry; the plans in place to have the road reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44820/19]

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Wed, 23 Oct 2019

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HSE Staff Remuneration

John Brassil

164. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if a breakdown will be provided regarding a salary arrears payment to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43804/19]

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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Hospital Services

John Brassil

310. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if the full complement of coronary care unit beds will remain fully open and operational at University Hospital Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43088/19]

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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Health Services Funding

John Brassil

376. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if he has evaluated the costings provided in the Sláintecare report; the estimated full year cost of the Sláintecare recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43360/19]

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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HSE Expenditure

John Brassil

408. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the HSE gross hospital expenditure on drugs and medicines between 2015 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43486/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Statute of Limitations

John Brassil

254. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will consider lifting the limitation period relating to all thalidomide claims; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41738/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Thalidomide Victims Compensation

John Brassil

317. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if an acknowledgement will be provided of the wrongdoing by the State in the non-withdrawal and recall of thalidomide; if a full apology will be given for all wrongdoing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41737/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Thalidomide Victims Compensation

John Brassil

318. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if a fair and equitable compensation package will be considered for all thalidomide survivors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41768/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Thalidomide Victims Compensation

John Brassil

360. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health if proper provision of healthcare entitlements to address specific and unique health issues of thalidomide survivors will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41766/19]

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019

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Primary Care Centres

John Brassil

3. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of the decisive shift to primary care pledged in the Programme for Partnership Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41486/19]

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019

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Home Care Packages Administration

John Brassil

25. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the action that will be taken to reduce the waiting list for homecare in County Kerry in which the numbers waiting have seen a significant rise during 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41223/19]

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019

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Hospital Discharges

John Brassil

66. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the initiatives being taken to reduce the number of delayed discharges in University Hospital Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41224/19]

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

John Brassil

125. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the anomaly will be addressed within the SUSI assessment for the special rate of top up grant (details supplied); if the rule will be removed in view of the fact if the income is below the recommended threshold of €24,000 it should not matter whether its source is from social welfare or not; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41441/19]

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019

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Citizenship Applications

John Brassil

141. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applications for citizenship lodged with the INIS in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of decisions still pending for each of those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41452/19]

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Tue, 8 Oct 2019

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School Management

John Brassil

89. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to review in-school management posts in primary schools with a view to revising upwards the provision of posts for schools with more than 45 teachers (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40733/19]

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Tue, 8 Oct 2019

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Assisted Human Reproduction Services Provision

John Brassil

225. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the status of the €1 million special fund announced for in-vitro fertilisation treatment for couples unable to conceive; when the fund will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40657/19]

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Thu, 3 Oct 2019

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Summer Works Scheme Applications

John Brassil

83. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a summer works scheme grant for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40262/19]

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Thu, 3 Oct 2019

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Hospital Beds Data

John Brassil

135. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the occupancy rate for community beds for each of the hospitals at Tralee, Listowel, Killarney, Dingle and Caherciveen community hospitals in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40176/19]

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Thu, 3 Oct 2019

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Health Services Access

John Brassil

164. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the process for accessing a community hospital bed in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40267/19]

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Thu, 3 Oct 2019

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Hospital Beds Data

John Brassil

172. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the number of community hospital beds in County Kerry; the number of beds in each community hospital in the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40334/19]

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Wed, 2 Oct 2019

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Hospitals Data

John Brassil

177. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the number of bed nights that were lost to Kerry University Hospital in the years 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to date in 2019 due to delayed discharges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40076/19]

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