Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

[1135] Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Health and Children the plans she has to clarify and update legislation on eligibility for health and personal social services; if it is intended to address eligibility for chiropodity services, in the context of that legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17732/08]

  Deputy Mary Harney: As the Deputy is aware, my Department is currently preparing legislation to provide for clear statutory provisions on eligibility for health and personal social services. The aim is to produce a clear set of statutory provisions that ensure equity and transparency and to bring the system up to date with developments in service delivery and technology that have occurred since the Health Act 1970. The legislation will define specific health and personal social services more clearly; set out who should be eligible for what services, as well as criteria for eligibility; establish when and in what circumstances charges may be made and provide for an appeals framework. My Department is currently examining the range of services that will be defined in legislation. It is expected that proposals will be brought to Government during 2008.