New effective but expensive cancer treatments and tax changes for revenue raising for medical treatment

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I will give some good and some bad news and in the process ask the Deputy Leader and the representatives of the Government parties to communicate to the Minister for Health and possibly to schedule a debate in this Chamber on an issue that has become a … Continue reading

Absence of dermatologists; Cancellation of Obesity Surgery; Banking Inquiry Committee

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order Of Business] I apologise if I sound like a broken record but this is yet another day without a dermatologist in the part of the country with the highest incidence of skin cancer, despite months of advance notice. I hope this issue is being addressed as a matter of … Continue reading

Regulation of Sunbeds Usage

[Speaking in the Seanad during Committee Stage of the Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013] There were 400 newly diagnosed cases of malignant melanoma in Ireland in 1998. That number had increased dramatically to 800 by 2008 and to 1,100 by 2010. Other kinds of skin cancer which are less life-threatening, but are still life-threatening and … Continue reading

Health issues related to cancer

[Speaking in the Seanad on the report of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee: ” How lifestyle changes can help reduce cancer rates”] I must admit I knew very little about the fact that this process was taking place or the consultations it involved. Consequently, I am approaching it as something of an ingenue. That said, … Continue reading

The need for regulation of sunbed usage

[Speaking on matters on the adjournment] I urge the Government to introduce legislation regulating the sunbed sector at the earliest opportunity. I am pleased to say the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, has graciously informed me that such legislation will be introduced very shortly. I will be taking a … Continue reading

Skin cancer and delays in dermatologist appointments

On a grey and overcast day, it may not seem appropriate to raise the issue of skin cancer, which is a topic I seem somewhat obsessed with. However, because I see on a daily basis tragedies that result from late diagnosis of skin cancers, I was extremely distressed when one of my dermatology colleagues called … Continue reading

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill

two-tiered

I will broadly support the Bill while taking on board all of the reservations raised by Senator Barrett. The only hopeful way to consider this legislation is to view it strictly as an interim measure until the big bang of major reform into a universal, single-tier insurance-based health care system occurs. I hope it occurs … Continue reading

HSE restricting surgery referrals

I want to draw the attention of the Members of the House to an article in the front of today’s Irish Examiner entitled, “HSE to restrict 20 most common surgeries”, which states that access to hip replacements and skin operations will be restricted. I would be insistent that the Leader would ask the Minister to … Continue reading

Slip, slap, slop and save skin

Skin Cancer

The increase in sunbed use and sun holidays has led to a large rise in cases of malignant melanoma, says John Crown Cancer scare stories are usually unfounded, but one very scary, very true story about cancer in Ireland emerged in recent weeks. The National Cancer Registry published figures that showed that the number of … Continue reading

Slip, slap, slop and save skin

Published in the Sunday Independent on 23rd May 2010 The increase in sunbed use and sun holidays has led to a large rise in cases of malignant melanoma. Cancer scare stories are usually unfounded, but one very scary, very true story about cancer in Ireland emerged in recent weeks. The National Cancer Registry published figures … Continue reading