Feeney, Geraldine

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

I support Senator Keaveney’s call for a debate early in the next session on the banning of sunbeds. In recent days we have all become aware that there is about to be a public debate on the s...More Button

He has a better chance than Fine Gael’s man.More Button

A jockey is going nowhere without a whip.More Button

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Committee on Procedure and Privileges: Motion

It was in Members’ pigeonholes last night.More Button

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Order for Second Stage

I move: “That Second Stage be taken today.”More Button

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Second Stage

I welcome the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Harney, and thank her for giving the House so much of her time. I am also delighted to welcome the Bill which is a very workable measure. It...More Button

This is not a political point, but there is opposition to the Bill for the sake of it. The main aspect of the Bill, on which the Opposition has focused, is the 50 cent per item charge. I do not k...More Button

This is a good Bill. It is the start of the Minister’s reform of the pharmaceutical sector, which I welcome. She said 2% of families with medical cards had more than 20 items per month bein...More Button

On the category of people the Minister has exempted from the charge, it is right to exempt children who are in the care of the State, particularly with the Health Service Executive. They will not ...More Button

The Minister stated earlier that long-term illness cards will be exempt from the charge. She might indicate when replying to the debate the illnesses covered by the long-term illness card.More Button

There is a cohort of patients, mainly palliative care patients, who have their medicines changed on a daily or weekly basis. The Minister might examine that because as we are all aware, palliative...More Button

The Minister might examine also the position of people in institutional or long-term community care who may find it difficult to meet that cost. I do not know what 50 cent would buy but it is not ...More Button

The Minister can correct me if I am wrong but Senator Fitzgerald pointed out that Northern Ireland has lifted its charge on prescription charges but I believe that will now be reviewed, with the po...More Button

I stated that I felt the IPU was somewhat high-handed when it referred to vulnerable patients. Every patient is vulnerable. The IPU was concerned also about the way this measure would work and th...More Button

I welcome the Minister’s plans regarding generic drugs. More than any other time in medicine, patients now have the upper hand in terms of their own care. The Internet has opened up the mar...More Button

As we are aware, a pharmacist must prescribe exactly what is on the prescription. The doctor has the right to prescribe what he or she wants but I was happy to hear the Minister say that after Sep...More Button

I have spoken about this issue previously. We were being health and safety conscience when we introduced a quota on the number of pain-killers that could be bought over the counter. One is not al...More Button

I look forward to the introduction of prescriptions for generic drugs. We can all go abroad and buy pain-killers for a fraction of the price they can be bought here. One can buy 100 Panadol in Fr...More Button

That is called double-jobbing.More Button

There are warfarin clinics all over.More Button

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Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages

The Minister made the point I intended to make. On Second Stage, I pointed out that, based on the figures the Minister gave us this morning relating to families, the cost works out at roughly &eur...More Button

We are losing sight of the ethos and value in this legislation, particularly with regard to the generic content and what the Minister said this morning about where she wants this to lead and what s...More Button

Other points were made this morning and I hope the Minister takes them on board. I am glad to hear Senator Prendergast’s contribution. Let us see what we can do with this to move the issue ...More Button

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Employers’ Job Incentive Scheme: Motion

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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

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