Dáil Éireann - Volume 431 - 26 May, 1993

Written Answers. - Cystic Fibrosis Association Funding.

86. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Health the money, if any, which has been allocated by his Department to the Cystic Fibrosis Association in each of the past three years; and if he has satisfied himself that there is adequate support for [899] care services required by cystic fibrosis patients.

Minister for Health (Mr. Howlin): My Department gave the Cystic Fibrosis Association a grant of £64,000 towards the cost of a pilot home nursing scheme and physiotherapy service in 1990.

Following a recent meeting with the association I am at present considering a request for funding for specialist cystic fibrosis nursing posts. I will let the Deputy know my decision in the near future.

In addition to the normal range of health services, people with cystic fibrosis are covered by the Long Term Illness Scheme under which drugs and medicines for the treatment of that condition are available free of charge. Many parents of children with cystic fibrosis would also be entitled to the domiciliary care allowance of £89.50 per month.