Transplant Services – any forward planning?

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[Speaking in the Seanad on a Motion on Transplant Patient Services] I thank the Minister for coming in at short notice. I know it is difficult. I should mention at the outset that I have a dog in this fight, as they say in the vernacular, because I am a member of staff at St. … Continue reading

Heart (TAVI) Operations Suffering Due to a Lack of Co-ordinated Planning and Funding by the HSE

Speaking in the Seanad during Commencement Matters on “The need for the Minister for Health to address the inadequate and inefficient organisation of the TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implant) programs across the State, causing delays and lengthy waiting lists for patients.” Watch the video of this short debate here: Senator John Crown: Cuirim fáilte roimh … Continue reading

Famprya – a casualty of the inequity in Health Spending?

[Speaking in the Seanad during Statements on Availability of Certain Medication] The Minister is very familiar with the whole concept of health economics. I do not believe for one second that medicine can be practised in an economic vacuum. I understand that every decision made about a patient has an opportunity cost for another patient … Continue reading

Free GP care for Under 6s

[Speaking in the Seanad at the end of Final Stage of the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill] I welcome the Bill, notwithstanding the genuine concerns which prompted me to bring forward the series of amendments we have discussed. It is important to consider the context in which these provisions are being introduced. As we know, … Continue reading

Statement regarding St. Vincent’s Hospital

[Speaking during Order of Business in the Seanad} I make this statement with somewhat of a heavy heart but I would like in the first instance to express my support for the Committee of Public Accounts in its investigation into the activities of State-funded institutions, including my own hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital Group. It is … Continue reading