This Week In The Seanad

Schedule of Business
Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November, 2015
14:30 – Commencement Debates
15:30 – Minutes Silence to remember the victims of Paris Terror Attack
– Order of Business
16:45 – Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012 – Committee Stage
[Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government]
Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane

10:30 – Commencement Debates
11:30 – Order of Business
12:45 – 14:00 Childcare (Amendment) Bill 2015 – Report and Final Stages
[Department of Children and Youth Affairs]
Spokesperson Senator Imelda Henry

14:00 – 14:45 Tributes to former Senator Jack Fitzsimons

14:45 – 16:30 Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 – Committee & Remaining Stages- Spokesperson Senator Michael D’Arcy
Motion for the early Signature of the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 – without debate[Department of Finance]
16:30 – 18:30 Private Members Business –

That Seanad Éireann


·The Case for Change report published by the Asthma Society of Ireland in February 2014 which included commentary on the prevalence and seriousness of asthma in Ireland.

Acknowledges that:

·There are very significant numbers of people in Ireland living with asthma.
· Hospital admissions from asthma are considered avoidable; recent OECD statistics show that the rate of admission in Ireland is slightly below the OECD average.
· Through a combination of the means-tested medical and GP card schemes and the phased roll-out of universal GP care, more people than ever before (over 2.1 million people) have access to a GP service without fees, including those families facing undue financial burdens and the youngest and oldest in society.
· Medical card holders are entitled to prescription medicines free of charge, subject to prescription charges capped at €25 per month per person or family.
· Under the Drugs Payment Scheme, no individual or family pays more than €144 per month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The scheme significantly reduces the cost burden for families and individuals incurring ongoing expenditure on medicines.
· Significant progress has been made by the HSE in the development of the National Clinical Programme for Asthma:

· The Programme has focussed on the development of National Asthma Guidelines based on international best practice, both for acute care and ongoing asthma management.
· Emergency Adult Asthma Guidelines and Emergency Paediatric Asthma Guidelines have been published.
· The Emergency Adult Asthma Guidelines are currently being considered by the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and once approved, they will be formally launched.
· Guidelines for managing a patient with asthma in primary care have been approved by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP). These were launched in May 2013.
· The Model of Care for Asthma has been approved by the HSE and is due to be launched in the coming months. The Model of Care details how physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals will work with engaged patients to make the most appropriate clinical decisions and to collaborate with specialist colleagues in providing a safe, seamless patient experience within the health system in Ireland.
· Easily accessible patient asthma education supports have been developed in conjunction with the Asthma Society of Ireland to assist guided self-management.
· The community-based Asthma Integrated Care Demonstrator Project is scheduled to commence by the end of this year.
· Proposals for an audit of Asthma Deaths are being developed and will be expedited.

· On 1st July 2015, GP care without fees at the point of access was introduced for children under 6 years. This enhanced service includes an agreed cycle of care for children diagnosed with asthma.
· Negotiations are underway on a comprehensive new GP contract. A priority of these discussions is the inclusion of chronic disease management, including asthma.
· The Government is committed to the extension of free GP services to all children under 12 years of age subject to negotiations in relation to the scope of the service to be provided and the fee arrangements to apply.
[Senators Mary Ann O’Brien, Averil Power, Jillian van Turnhout, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Fiach MacConghail and Katherine Zappone]

Spokesperson Senator Colm Burke

18:30 – Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012 – Committee Stage (Resumed) [Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government]
Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane
10:30 – Commencement Debates
11:30 – Order of Business

12:45 – 13:30 National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Bill 2015 – Committee Stage (resumed) and Remaining Stages
[Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht]
Spokesperson Senator Eamonn Coghlan

13:30 – Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 – Committee Stage
[Department of Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

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